From the monthly archives:

August 2013

The difference between fiscal and monetary policy

August 31, 2013

Economic policy-makers have two kinds of tools at their disposal to influence a country’s economy: fiscal and monetary. Fiscal policy relates to government spending and revenue collection. For example, when demand is low in the economy, the government can step in and increase its spending to stimulate demand. Or it can lower taxes to increase […]

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3D Printing–Is the way we make things set for a revolution?

August 29, 2013

Before the industrialization manufacturing was a cottage industry pursued at home. Once the flying shuttle, the Spinning Jenny and other machines were invented manufacturing moved out of the homes and in to factories. And since then, most of what we do, we do in factories. This however might not remain the case by mid-century. Since […]

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The new life of antique Salona

August 26, 2013

In the July issue of “Banka“, which is a Croatian financial and business magazine there is an article published about the Salona project. This magazine is a jubilee issue, dedicated to Croatia entering the European Union and becoming the 28 member country. In the scope of the situation for Croatia, there is an interview covering […]

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Exit Ballmer–Microsoft in transition

August 24, 2013

“Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.” – Steve Ballmer Transition times In 2000, Microsoft was at the peak. Windows was everything and the new version, Windows 2000, was the first 32 bit implementation, bringing stability to an operating system notorious for the “blue screen of death” that had harrowed the earlier […]

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The Moser Lamp: Daylight For All

August 22, 2013

I enjoy reading about innovative solutions to existing problems, especially when the idea is incredibly simple and can bring significant living benefits to millions of people worldwide. This blog is about one such success story. Alfredo Moser is a little know Brazilian mechanic who struck upon an innovative idea during one of the many blackouts […]

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No Money, But Love: The Case of Yubari, Japan

August 19, 2013

This article was originally posted on placesbrands. Detroit has been all over the news recently with its declaration of bankruptcy, as already discussed on this blog. With Chicago also showing signs of struggle, I decided to hoist the spotlight across the Pacific and shed some light on another city that has already collapsed financially, yet […]

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Innovation drives growth for UK exporters to emerging economies

August 19, 2013

EEF Manufacturers Organisation in Great Britain is an organisation dedicated to the future of British manufacturing. The organisation helps manufacturing businesses evolve, innovate and compete in a fast-changing world, providing a combination of business services, government representation and industry intelligence. In a survey published today, with respondents from 150 companies, the organisation reports that manufacturers […]

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Innovations in the Space Race

August 18, 2013

…I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none […]

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Are machines taking our jobs?

August 16, 2013

With the industrial revolution, jobs started to be replaced by machines at an unprecedented scale. This led to many protests and fears that people would be without jobs, but in fact it led to increased productivity and a raise of living standards at a pace never seen before. Now again in the time of automatic […]

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Hyperloop – A transport revolution?

August 13, 2013

Over the past few days I’ve been reading with great interest about a new hypothetical type of high speed ground transportation.  Dubbed the ‘Hyperloop’, this near supersonic system of pods and tubes could one day see passengers, freight and even cars being transported the 610km between Los Angeles and San Francisco in an astonishing 30 […]

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The Innovations that made Western Civilisation Dominate the World for 500 Years

August 11, 2013

What do I think of Western civilisation? I think it would be a very good idea. – Mahatma Gandhi As I have written about in another article on this blog, in 2013, for the first time since the the industrial revolution, emerging economies will produce the majority of the world’s goods and services. This implies […]

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The Tipping Point of Advantages in Urbanisation

August 8, 2013

It is a well-known fact that urbanisation and poverty levels are linked. This summer, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have published the annual Global Monitoring Report, which shows that the advantages of urbanisation set in only after it has reached a critical level. According to the report, countries with urbanisation rates […]

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Change management – an essential condition of a successful strategy implementation

August 2, 2013

The execution of a strategy is at least as important as the brilliance of the strategy itself, which means there is no successful strategy without using relevant tools to make it pragmatic and operational in the field. So, first of all, the successful implementation of a strategy stands on structuring and rational tools or techniques […]

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