International development

Posted on 8, Jul | Posted by

Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth by Peter Blair Henry

Turnaround: Third world lessons on growth

Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World GrowthIn an era when the tribulations of Greece, Spain and Cyprus dominate our financial news, and the phrases “Made in the USA Recession” or “Eurozone Crisis” are on everyone’s lips, it’s sometimes surprising to note the significant financial discipline and high growth rates that have come to dominate much of the developing world. Once derided as “Banana Republics” or sources of the “Asian Flu” many less-developed nations have now turned the tables on the economically-challenged industrial world. This jarring juxtaposition lies at the heart of Peter Blair Henry’s new book Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth.

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Posted on 22, Apr | Posted by

TINAN Number 45 (April 2013)

In TINAN Number 45:

  • Closing the STEM gender gap
  • How pop-up urbanism is helping communities
  • Libraries – the original business incubator?
  • The world’s fastest growing cities
  • Company Corner: Court Ellingson Named to the Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) 2013 Board of Directors
  • Resource Review: Turnaround: Third world lessons on growth

Posted on 22, Sep | Posted by

TINAN Number 40 (September 2012)

In TINAN Number 40:

  • launches! New website is largest online source of ec dev resources
  • Entrepreneurship is the source of economic growth for National Governors Association
  • Stepping up Kickstarter (and other crowdfunding tools)
  • Is Canada losing its competitive edge?
  • How culture helps to make world cities
  • Client Corner: US-Canada workforce development study trip
  • Resource Review: Winning the coming jobs war

Posted on 22, Oct | Posted by

TINAN Number 29 (October 2011)

In TINAN Number 29:

  • Could You Live On $1000 A Month?
  • Measuring and Improving Aesthetic Capital
  • Near? Far? Where Are You Best Positioned?
  • How Are We Doing When It Comes to Innovation?
  • The Role of Elected Officials in Economic Development
  • Company Corner: Austin Hracs Joins the MDB Insight Team
  • Resource Review: The Evolution of Great World Cities

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, Jul | Posted by

Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization by Jeff Rubin

It’s a Small World After All

Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller

It seems strange to talk about soaring oil prices with the bottom dropping out of the market, but that’s the starting point for Jeff Rubin’s new book Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization.  Rubin is the former Chief Economist for CIBC, Canada’s 5th largest bank, and – depending who you ask – it was this controversial book that was linked to his jumping (or being pushed) from that plum post.  Rubin suggests that while oil may be cheap now, that’s because we’re in a recession – when the recovery takes hold, process will soar, possibly past the previous peak of $147 a barrel.  That sounds like boom times for energy producing regions again, but Rubin also points to other local economic impacts. What happens when shipping cheaply produced goods from China becomes cost prohibitive?  Local manufacturing goes through a renaissance.  What happens when it’s no longer affordable to truck our food thousands of miles from farm to table?

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Posted on 9, Jun | Posted by

A Brief History of the Future by Jacques Attali

Meet Jacques Attali – the Anti-Florida

Skeptical about the happy shiny creative economy described by Richard Florida? Here’s the antidote – A Brief History of the Future by French economist and microfinance guru Jacques Attali, published in March of this year by Arcade Publishing. The former advisor to French President Francois Mitter and begins by describing the rise of economic and business models around the year 1200, always based around successful City-Regions beginning with Bruges and Venice, shifting to Amsterdam and London before crossing the ocean to New York and Los Angeles. Attali argues that the emerging economy is dominated by an “innovative class” very similar to Florida’s creative class. However, Attali sees darker days ahead, as innovation, technology and economic change converge over time to destroy democracy, undermine American dominance and lead to “hyperwar” and “hyperempire.”

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