The State of the World: A Geopolitical Framework - http://t.co/LMjipp9A
Excerpts from this interesting thought piece from Stratfor:
The period between 1989 and 1991 was unique in that a long cycle of human history spanning hundreds of years ended, and with it a shorter cycle also came to a close. The world is still reverberating from the events of that period. [...]
Three major areas of the world are in flux: Europe, China and the Persian Gulf. Every country in the world will have to devise a strategy to deal with the new reality, just as 1989-1991 required new strategies. The most important country, the United States, had no strategy after 1991 and has no strategy today. This is the single most important reality of the world. Like the Spaniards, who, in the generation after Columbus' voyage, lacked a clear sense of the reality they had created, Americans have no clear sense of the world they find themselves in. This fact continues to define how the world works.
"The Breakup of Britain": Will Scotland Go Its Own Way? http://t.co/g1ZgADf3
Manchurian Trivia: Does Russia share a border with North Korea, or does China touch the Sea of Japan? http://t.co/m1E8TpBL
With all the gloom and doom surrounding Athens and the rest of Greece these days, here's a delightful tilt-shift video of life in the Greek capital made to look like a miniature model.
The music is by Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla whose works are featured in the Motorcycle Diaries and Brokeback Mountain.
From Mao Jackets to Silk Suits - A Chinese military uniform maker takes on European fashion houses: http://t.co/fShrGpgm
'The brand’s name will marry two words, Sorgere in Italian, meaning “to rise,” and Sheji (社稷) in Chinese characters, meaning “nation.” [...]
As investors get a better understanding of what appeals to emerging market consumers, “creating something from a blank sheet of paper is less to be feared than perhaps it was before,” says Hugh Devlin, a consultant who heads the luxury goods practice at law firm Withers Worldwide in London.'
National prosperity is often linked to the level of innovation. However, unlike GDP, ranking countries by their innovativeness is "fraught with difficulty, given the diversity of national business practices, economic structures, and financial and economic reporting conventions." (see source article). Addressing these difficulties was the main objective of the Global Innovation Index (GII), a research project led by INSEAD. Click here to see the 2011 results: http://www.globalinnovationindex.org/gii/main/analysis/rankings.cfm
Top 10 ranking:
- Hong Kong
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
Implications for business?
Corporations have to have a much more global perspective about their innovation strategies. It’s no longer enough to focus on only one market or region. And that has a number of follow-on consequences and implications in terms of how one might design innovation hubs, and how one might think of connecting them. You need to create the right culture to support the integration of ideas from different parts of the world.
- The Innovativeness of Nations (strategy+business)