Five leadership priorities for 2017

Five leadership priorities for 2017

In the picture: Thais hold candle lights as they pray to celebrate the new year at Sanam Luang park in Bangkok, Thailand January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom. As the past year has demonstrated, leaders must be responsive to the demands of the people who have entrusted them to lead, while also providing a vision and […]

What is GDP, and how are we misusing it?

 www.themirrorinspires.com   The Elephant in the Conversation                                               on FaceBook You shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and growth thereof, has been widely used over the years to […]

Will electric cars cause the next oil crisis?

Will electric cars cause the next oil crisis?

  Some inventions are an immediate success. When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, customers lined up outside stores, desperate to get their hands on what the media called the Jesus phone, a reference to the device’s popularity. Other innovations aren’t quite as successful. Take electric cars. They’ve been around longer than you might think – […]

Protecting their crops through green technologies, Caribbean women fend for themselves

Protecting their crops through green technologies, Caribbean women fend for themselves

Through workshops, women farmers in Barbados, Grenada and Jamaica are learning more sustainable farming techniques and securing their livelihoods. Often totally dependent on rainfall for irrigation, battling increasingly longer droughts and intense bursts when the rain does come, Caribbean women farmers are looking to more sustainable means of crop production. With UN Women support, the […]

The Rubik’s Cube of Economics

The Rubik’s Cube of Economics

Deciphering real world issues in economics is like solving a Rubik’s Cube, says SMU Assistant Professor Zhang Haiping. By Yamini Chinnuswamy “The job of an economist is to explain how the world economy works – from analysing economic data, conceptualising economic phenomena, forecasting economic trends to making policy suggestions,” says Assistant Professor Zhang Haiping from […]

Productivity across all sectors

Productivity across all sectors

Over the last couple of years I have been receiving information from Wal Mart workers in the USA about their conditions and terms of employment and salary. They have a very intensive campaign which continues their push for improved wages so they have a fair deal and can afford to pay their bills. So my […]

“Water man of India” makes rivers flow again

“Water man of India” makes rivers flow again

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India, and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.  School textbooks in India have been telling children for generations that Rajasthan is an inhospitable state in the northwest of the country, constrained by the hot, hostile sands of […]

G7 have created 4.5 million jobs since before the crisis

G7 have created 4.5 million jobs since before the crisis

But productivity remains key to escaping the clutches of the financial crisis, says PwC report. Almost seven years on from the global financial crisis and a broad based global rebound remains elusive.  But one of the most damning and tangible metrics of the crisis – the huge upturn in unemployment in the G7 – is […]

Great by Choice Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck

Great by Choice Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck

    Morten T. Collins Jim/Hansen Random House $60 Following on from the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice – based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous […]

Eco marketing: What price green consumerism?

Eco marketing: What price green consumerism?

Remember the innocent days of the 1980s ethical consumer movement? New Age entrepreneurs rode the green wave into the hearts and malls of the world. The promise? Buying pricey ice-cream or hair rinse made with Brazil nuts (or the stocks of the companies that made those products) would make the world a better place. That […]

Funding entrepreneurship in developing countries a winner

Funding entrepreneurship in developing countries a winner

NEW ZEALAND: A Victoria University student has collected the top award in a global business competition for a scheme to support entrepreneurs in villages in developing countries. Jake McInteer, a student from Victoria Business School, accepted the 2013 Global Enterprise Experience ANZ Champion Team Award at a function at Parliament on behalf of his international […]

NGOs and big business: Too close for comfort?

  Campaigners can wield great power by working with rather than against the companies they want to influence. But they must always stay in control, says Brendan May. WWF explores the fine line NGOs must tread when engaging with big companies. WWF is not alone in finding itself attacked by those who believe the conservation […]

Living wages: Still shackled in global supply chains

   There are still too many regulatory loopholes that allow labour abuses in big brand supply chains, argues Jon Entine Are global corporations cleaning up their supply chains? Trying to answer that question is like wrestling an octopus into a shoebox: no matter how hard you try, something dangles out somewhere. The debate over the […]

Economic crisis can be ended Through Farz Methodology

Before I come to the point that I want to make today, I have a little story to narrate. About four years ago, I stumbled on to the microfinance sector by a sheer stroke of chance.  Before that I had always dreamt of doing something for the teeming millions suffering in the ruthless clutches of […]

Internet communities organise to take on global economic crisis

Suppose the internet existed in 1929. How might the Great Depression have been different? The Internet is a tool of global communication. If it had been available in the 1930s, the downturn and subsequent restructuring that became the Great Depression could have occurred faster and more efficiently, yielding less suffering. Eighty years later, we are […]