I don’t know how many of us realize that we have already lived through a fifth of this century, mired in crises of one type or another. It all began with 9/11 in America which led to a series of ill-conceived wars in Asia. Then, we had the Great Recession from 2007-8 onwards from which… Continue reading Will the World Ever Rediscover Its Innovative Spirit?
Merely a decade ago, we were barely recovering from the 2008 Financial Crisis. Most of the world was still reeling from the domino effect it sent across the world through the global financial system. Even countries that were not part of the globalized world of finance were impacted through the effects it had on trade… Continue reading Crises Make Us Hope for Change
The Covid pandemic has cast such a long shadow over most of 2020, that as we near the end of the year I can't help but think of ways in which we can celebrate despite the virus. November seems to be the month for festivities of some kind in most parts of the world, from… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #14: Autumn Festivities
For the past several centuries the world has made much of its progress on the back of the relationship between citizens, governments and businesses. From the time of the Magna Carta, when aristocratic barons seized privileges and rights from the monarchy, businesses have had the upper hand in the relationship. As agents of innovation and… Continue reading How Illiberal Politics is Impacting Business and Economies
I recently read about the newly renovated - and partly rebuilt - Museum of Modern Art in New York in a New York Review of Books article and it said that the project cost US $ 450 million and is its third expansion in over 30 years. The newly expanded building (it now includes the… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #3: Museums
As we draw down to the end of the year, my memories of 2019 will be conflict, protest marches, pellets, pepper spray and tear gas. Hundreds killed too, as in the cities of Iraq over the past two months. It is over a decade since the financial crisis began. And it was believed to have… Continue reading 2019: The Year for Pellets, Pepper Spray and Protests