Global economy

Posted on 20, Mar | Posted by

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How climate change could hamper global productivity

An article in the scientific journal Nature observes that there is a “Goldilocks” global average temperature of 13 degrees Celsius in which economic productivity is most efficient, but finds that productivity will decline by 23% by 2100 because of increases in the global average temperature.

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Posted on 22, Dec | Posted by

TINAN Number 42 (December 2012)

In TINAN Number 42:

  • The Christmas Price Index
  • The future of global manufacturing
  • 2012 Canadian American Cities Online Marketing Index
  • Crowdfunding Solutions to our Biggest Issues
  • Welcome Generation Z to the workplace!
  • Company Corner: Happy New Year!
  • Client Corner: Russian cultural delegation tours Ontario with MDB Insight
  • Resource Review: Gift Giving

Posted on 22, Nov | Posted by

TINAN Number 30 (November 2011)

In TINAN Number 30:

  • The great manufacturing rebound?
  • Heel heights: the hottest trend in alternative economic indicators?
  • Ranking Canadian cities’ online marketing
  • What makes a great national brand?
  • Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be psychologists
  • Company Corner: Alex Barlow joins the MDB Insight team
  • Resource Review: Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Posted on 9, Jan | Posted by

MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams

MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Economic Development

In 2006, Canadian writers Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams authored a little book called Wikinomics.  It described how wikis and the collaborative tools of Web 2.0 were poised to reshape how the global economy operated, and – when the dust finally settled – it also became a massive international bestseller, and was translated into more than 20 languages. Building on case studies and practical examples,Wikinomics described how online collaboration was changing consumer behaviour, reorienting the role of data in the economy, and allowing companies to build huge new markets. MacroWikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World is less a sequel and more of a second chapter in the wiki story. Almost 5 years have passed since the first volume, and while some 2006 reviewers thought Tapscott and Williams were a little excitable and over the top, time has proved them right.  MacroWikinomics is packed with examples of industries being transformed by the power of collaboration, from health care to energy to transportation and logistics.

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Posted on 9, Jun | Posted by

The Great Reset by Richard Florida

Richard Florida Hits Reset

There’s no question that the biggest – and most controversial – name in economic development of late has been Richard Florida. The New Jersey native, who relocated to Toronto a few years ago to head the Martin Prosperity Institute, is best known for his 2002 book The Rise of the Creative Class. In that book, and in several follow-up books and articles (including The Flight Of The Creative Class and Who’s Your City?), he explored the increasing economic importance of a new group of creatively-oriented knowledge workers, and how they were reshaping the economies of communities across the industrial world. While that work won him many accolades and has helped to anchor a “creative industries” focus for economic development in many communities, it has also been described as too elitist, too urban and too obvious. Now Florida is back on the bookshelves with a new offering.

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