China’s stock crisis gives Beijing an opportunity to create a market suited to its own unique situation.
Ideas for Tomorrow - 2015
The unfortunate truth is that talking about solutions with any specificity would violate many of the assumptions that underlie climate talks. We are thus stuck with vague hopes rather than real policies; we must challenge these "myths" if we are to address the existential threat of climate change.
As we enter the latter half of the 21st century's second decade, the hope that the world was entering an era of great promise and convergence has been shredded by two poorly recognized "world wars." They are the "war on nature" and the "wars of resentment."
China and India must have “dreams” that are bigger than the Internet. They need to take the lead in figuring out a new model of development for the 21st Century that intelligently leverages science and technology, but without being seduced by musings about e-commerce that mask deep structural flaws of current economic models.
Iran, in spite of news stories describing it as a "troubled region", is rich, stable and welcoming. Years of grinding Western sanctions have heavily discounted what it has to offer: one of the most diversified industrial and agricultural sectors in the Middle East; a large, developed domestic market; a young, educated population; and the largest proportion of educated women in the Middle East.
As new evidence emerges of the catastrophic effect Indonesia's haze is having on human and plant health, the CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow think tank Chandran Nair says its time to accept the problem is now economic as much an environmental.
The enormous environmental and social costs of Indonesia's fires should indicate to negotiators at the upcoming Paris climate negotiations that we must confront the fundamental market failure in a global economy that relies on underpriced resources and externalized costs.
Southeast Asia’s environmental catastrophe must be the catalyst for transformative solutions, not merely tutting at Indonesia, or hoping plantation owners will follow non-enforceable pledges.
The idea that a world of limitless connectivity, spreading democracy and freer markets promotes convergence and endless possibility may be fashionable, but it is far from the complete picture.
Nations and their policymakers must wake up from the fantasy that technology will somehow provide answers to the dangers thrown up in the new Anthropocene age. We need to recognise the limits of technology and take a good hard look at our consumption habits. The eco-modernist manifesto needs a progressive revamp.