Ideas for Tomorrow - GIFT Rap

The GIFT Rap is a new series of short opinion pieces by members of the GIFT team. New raps will be posted once every two weeks, we hope you enjoy them!

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Switching on the incentives for mini-grids

Whilst Hong Kong bathes in excessive light pollution I am reminded that there are still 1.3 billion worldwide who do not have access to electricity.

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Deserts and Desserts – How America came to be both hungry and obese

The US is spending billions of dollars on crop subsidies every year yet more people are getting a less nutritious, less healthy diet; more and more food is being produced cheaper and cheaper yet more and more Americans are going hungry.

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Reporting the future

Last month the McKinsey Quarterly celebrated its 50th birthday by releasing a report on the way the world will look 50 years from now. The Financial Times’ Lucy Kellaway promptly excoriated the report whose main feature, as she put it, was its “arresting banality.”

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In the Dark – India’s Energy Crisis

With India poised to be the most populous country in the world and an economic superpower, an unstable energy sector has raised concerns about the country’s infrastructure and the government’s ability to meet the rising demand for electricity.

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Will Any Agency Hire This Man?

Given that all hires are risks, no matter their qualifications, isn’t hiring a little more broadly one of those risks that is worth taking?

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Fading into Bolivian, or; Why we indulge celebrities but shouldn’t

Popular culture enjoins those with celebrity status to express themselves on everything from food to politics to religion, which, when done for long enough, inevitably leads them to believe that they always have something worthwhile to contribute. This includes branching out into fields they may not be very good at, to put it mildly.

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Food for thought – Hong Kong’s globalised ecological footprint

At a time when sustainability and food security have becoming pressing issues, the controversial North East New Territories New Development Areas will result in the closure of 10 percent of the remaining vegetable farms in Hong Kong, most of which have been in cultivation for over a century. Should agriculture continue to give way to property development?

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Sex, drugs and economic growth

Apparently prompted by the unsatisfactory 1.8% GDP growth last year, Britain's government has discovered a new means to increase the country's economic output, at least on paper. UK would for the first time include prostitution and illegal drugs in its official national accounts.

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A case for food before profit

Economic incentives drive all commercial activity, but in the case of industrial food companies in particular such incentives often run counter to the public interest.

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The Chinese Dream should not be a fairytale

When people inevitably realize that miracles won’t fix the divide in Chinese society, the tension between the well-off will only get worse.