Ideas for Tomorrow - 2016

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Consumptionomics: China’s Dilemma on Moderate Prosperity

Moderate prosperity is a level that allows everyone to overcome the drudgery of life. That is the basic obligation of the state—to provide water, sanitation, housing, energy and nutrition. But the idea that everyone can be rich or middle class and have a swimming pool and a car is a lie.

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Hong Kong-based chief executive has tomorrow on his mind

Chandran Nair is considering the multifarious challenges facing Hong Kong, including the future of the city’s youngsters as they face the housing crisis

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Small farmer, big field

Contracting out to agribusinesses might provide a better deal for Asean's farmers - if done with a mutually beneficial approach

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Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to Asia is a rational move

The Pax Americana is outdated and it is time for regional powers to realign.

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A New Life Under One Roof

Local think tank Global Institute For Tomorrow advises giving abandoned villages new life in a holistic way under one statutory body.

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Rising Temperatures Are Making Life in Tropical Cities Precarious for the Poor

If the people living in tropical cities are to survive our hot future, governments need to radically rethink how they manage urbanization.

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Why talk up the tech revolution, when Asia’s problems are largely pre-industrial?

It is premature to talk about how technology will save Asia when so many of the region's problems are pre-industrial in nature.

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How one Hong Kong village has adapted a rural lifestyle for the 21st century

Karim Rushdy and Nicholas Gordon say the improbable revitalisation of a village in northeastern Hong Kong should serve as a role model to preserve our rural culture – by making village life economically viable

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The Olympic Committee Made a Huge Mistake Snubbing These Incredible Sports

The Olympics are the only time many sports and atheletes get the attention they deserve. The Olympics should not focus on sports that regularly reach global television screens (e.g. soccer, basketball, and golf), and focus on sports that deserve more attention, like squash and sepak takraw.

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The key to beat superbugs? Handwashing

Superbugs require a focus on infection prevention. Encouraging handwashing is a simple way to do that.