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Product-Based Businesses Expect Increase in Revenue in 2015

Andre Bourque | Posted 01.28.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

This report highlights the optimism many small businesses have as 2015 begins. With the economy gradually improving, SMBs have a prime opportunity to reach out to new consumers and convert them into return customers who will continue to buy from them for many years.

Increasing Global Connectedness Through Trade and Investment

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 01.23.2015 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

On the heels of the President calling on Congress during the State of the Union to grant him trade promotion authority "to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren't just free, but fair," it is worth noting a fascinating study released recently on global connectedness.

An Entry-Level Pay-As-You-Go Lamp is the First Rung of the Energy Ladder

Victoria Arch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Victoria Arch

What is the role of the solar lantern in energy access? In July of last year, I attended an Engineering for Change Webinar called "Off Grid Technology...

5 Questions to Ask About Faith in Emerging Markets

Chris Seiple | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Chris Seiple

The influence of faith in South-East Asia can be like the air: it is so pervasive that it's invisible, a sometimes unobservable influence that saturates society, consciously and subconsciously, unobservable to the outside eye.

Philippines' Shallow Capitalism: Westernization Without Prosperity

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines, shaped by its colonial legacy, has emulated Western lifestyles and urban architectures It is time for the Filipino elite to rediscover the true meaning of modernity, democracy, and progress. And for the wider population to fight for genuine prosperity.

Is Your Business Ready for the World's Emerging Middle Class?

Andre Bourque | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business
Andre Bourque

Is it time for us to rethink how we perceive the global middle class? Currently, more than half of the world's middle class population can be found in the Western world. However, recent reports and studies have consistently shown that the global share of the middle class is shifting.

7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. There is, however, much more to this complex and evolving story.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Yoga in the Philippines

James Brown | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
James Brown

From the design of the facilities and choices for in-house props to the all-important standards for teachers, Manila is presenting a more grown-up version of the yoga scene than I've seen anywhere else.

The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in Impact Investing

Randall Kempner | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Randall Kempner

I'm in the midst of an exciting and exhausting round on the conference circuit which has taken me across the continent and back. This week I'm in South Africa participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities. Luckily, I have had plenty of reading material for the plane rides.

Alibaba, the Golden Child of China's Globalization Strategy

Roselyn Hsueh | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Roselyn Hsueh

With the world increasingly and economically beholden to China and Chinese business, China's globalization strategy has won dividends at home and abroad.

Smart Fiscal Policy Will Help Jobs

Vitor Gaspar | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Vitor Gaspar

In some countries, particularly in Europe, reform of labor markets may be necessary to remove persistent rigidities. Fiscal policy cannot substitute for such reforms. But fiscal policy can work in tandem with broader structural reform efforts to support job creation.

The Emerging Market That's Not on the Map

Peter Hubbell | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Peter Hubbell

While it's sometimes convenient to ignore advancing age, it's nonsensical to ignore global aging. Those who "break new ground" in the emerging market of aging will be joining the likes of a modern day gold rush which we call The Old Rush.

Markets, Aging and Solutions

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As these BRICS establish their bank in Shanghai -- the only noticeable outcome of the summit -- they'd be wise to heed the market needs and opportunities of a silver economy.

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Financing Can Finally Eliminate the Kerosene Lamp

Victoria Arch | Posted 10.18.2014 | Technology
Victoria Arch

Today in Africa over 600 million people live without access to electricity; that's between 60 - 65% of the continent's population. To meet basic energ...

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

The Slow Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are.

Stacking Up the BRICS

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

For now, the BRICS Bank is a global statement certainly, and one with the ability to score each of these leaders some political capital domestically. Whether or not it crashes and burns is an entirely different conversation.

Fashion and the Market for Curated Identities

Lottie Ntim | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business
Lottie Ntim

The concept of a curated identity is nothing new, but increased connectivity and consumer conscience has certainly paved the way for what is now a burgeoning market, that ultimately serves to give us more choice, control and flexibility when it comes to what we wear.

World Cup Hangover: Brazil Coming Of Age Through Heartbreak

Andres T. Tapia | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
Andres T. Tapia

As the World Cup crowned Germany champion while host Brazil was left out of its own party, this South American nation was left to contemplate if something good can come through heartache in the wake of its World Cup devastation.

Philippines' Infrastructure Conundrum: Prematurely Hosting the World Economic Forum?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Despite several years of above-average economic growth, lack of inclusive development is a huge concern. Without proper infrastructure, the Philippines will continue to struggle to attract high-quality investment from abroad.

Sheep, Goats and Re-starting Emerging Markets' Growth

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The "emerging markets" have become shrouded behind a huge question mark. As corporate earnings season underscores, Morgan Stanley expects recent good performance to turn south, noting that emerging markets have made little "improvement in fundamentals."

5 Things You Need to Know to Profit in Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As an investor, misunderstandings and overreaction can offer some of the best opportunities to profit. Here, five widely held beliefs are challenged and attractive investment strategies revealed.

For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

The issue of rising fiscal imbalances is worth dwelling on. A number of economic observers have asked the question: Are countries heading back to the bad old days of rapid debt accumulation that may need to be forgiven down the line? Are these fears well grounded?

Algerian Elections: The End of the Arab Spring?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

As Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured his fourth term in office, many are wondering whether the 2010-11 Arab uprisings have had any lasting imprint on the region at all.

This Is The Next Generation Of Global Cities

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Cities in lower-income countries are rapidly catching up with the world's top business capitals, according to a new report. Chicago-based consulti...