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 11, Feb | Posted by

Can productivity save global economic growth?

By Tarryn Landman

People in a busy plaza

Rapid growth in productivity and the number of workers has helped to fuel global GDP growth over the past 50 years. As populations age and workforces shrink in many countries, how will the global economic growth fare? The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) looks at this question in a new study of the G19 (the G20 minus the European Union) and Nigeria, which generate 80 percent of global GDP. Read the full blog post

Posted on 8, Apr | Posted by

The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen by Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer

On the hunt: Ideas for the intuitive

The Idea Hunter

This month’s resource review is The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen by Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer, two leading business academics. A few months ago, TINAN reviewed Tim Hurson’s book Think Better: An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking, and it proved to be one of the most popular books we’ve covered here.

Both books are devoted to the concept that by using specific tools, each and every one of us is capable of generating innovative and transformative ideas to improve our work, our productivity and our lives. Each book, however, moves in a different direction, diverging along a kind of right brain/left brain split, articulating an approach grounded in certain models of how the world works.  Hurson’s book Think Better definitely described a series of tools for left brain thinkers: long lists of sequential questions with self-survey forms and forced response techniques designed to push idea generation down a defined channel leading to targeted outcomes.  If you naturally turn to rational, logical and analytical left brain tools and approaches in your work, Hurson’s your man – his book is still available here.

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Posted on 16, Nov | Posted by

TINAN Number 7 (November 2009)

In TINAN Number 7:

  • Legatum Institute Releases Online Prosperity Toolkit for 2009
  • Saskatchewan Develops Indicators for Assessing Economic Development Success
  • Newfoundland & Labrador, ACOA Announce new Gateway Funding to Lure Foreign Investment
  • FedDev Rolls Out More Funding in Southern Ontario
  • 3 Canadian, 6 US Communities Among Top 21 “Intelligent Communities” for 2010
  • Employment Development Index October 2009
  • Company Corner:  Daniel Van Kampen Joins MDB Insight
  • Resource Review: Communities in Boom: Canada’s Top Entrepreneurial Cities

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