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Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

Further reading on China’s investment in Africa … and what it means

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In today’s talk, Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo describes how China’s growing presence in Africa is challenging a centuries-old tenet of Western political thought.   For more than 200 years, Moyo argues, liberal democracy has ruled the roost. Particularly in the West, it’s long been considered the political system most likely to deliver economic success and []

Bjorn Lomborg is still thinking about “evil economics”

Bjorn Lomborg is still thinking about “evil economics”

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In 2005, Bjorn Lomborg bounced onto the TED stage in Monterey to challenge the assembled audience to think about “the biggest problems in the world.” Author of the book The Skeptical Environmentalist and the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, Lomborg promptly advised the somewhat startled audience to forget about global warming. If we really want to make an impact on the serious []

Turbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier Sornette

Turbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier Sornette

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Forecasting the stock market has a storied past of unfruitful predictions. But in today’s TED Talk, Didier Sornette shares how he and his research team have successfully identified unstable market bubbles and even predicted when they’ll pop. His findings, if accepted, could quite literally change the way we do business, by shifting how banks, traders []

Africa and the fastest billion: Charles Robertson at TEDGlobal 2013

Africa and the fastest billion: Charles Robertson at TEDGlobal 2013

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Charles Robertson, co-author of The Fastest Billion, is the second speaker in the “Forces of Change” session this afternoon at TEDGlobal 2013. His message is loud and clear: Africa’s future is bright. Africa is booming: Per capita income since 2000 has doubled; life expectancy has increased by one year every three years; and HIV infection []

A tale of two systems: Eric X. Li at TEDGlobal 2013

A tale of two systems: Eric X. Li at TEDGlobal 2013

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Born in Shanghai in 1968, at the height of the Cultural Revolution, Eric X. Li grew up hearing a story: All human societies develop in linear progression, beginning with primitive society, moving through capitalism to socialism and, finally, Communism. Sooner or later, all of humanity, regardless of creed or culture, will reach that final stage []