No TPP? No problem, says one country

It’s an upside-down world, with free-trade champions erecting barriers at their borders and communist countries taking leadership in global affairs. It’s not just China; Content Director Deepali Srivastava points out that Vietnam is also taking on a leadership role. It will host the annual APEC summit in 2017 and you might be surprised at how it plans to boost social development: more trade. Check out her column on LinkedIn here.

The Silver Lining to 2016

This year was a pretty tough one. There were the surprising election results in the US and UK, which left me disappointed, to say the least. And memorials were weightier and more numerous in 2016; here’s an analysis from way back in May. For me, many of those lost were heroes (not mere celebrities), including Muhammed Ali, David Bowie, John Glenn, Gordie Howe and Harper Lee. In April, my mentor in thought leadership, Joel Kurtzman, passed away. It was a savage year for me. Luckily, Content Director Deepali Srivastava pulled me out of the doldrums with her most recent Forbes …
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Inspiration from the New York Times Energy for Tomorrow conference

Judging by the headlines, this year has been a roller-coaster ride on the climate change front. On the one hand, the Paris agreement that emerged from last year’s historic UN climate talks came into force much earlier than many had expected. On the other hand, populist votes in the US and Western Europe have made it abundantly clear that their governments need to spend more policy attention on their native workers. This dampened expectation for government follow-through in key countries, notably the United States. Scan below the fold, however, and you’ll find more-positive stories, stories about companies continuing the momentum …
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China’s energy finance footprint

Renewable energy investment in China reached US$ 102.9 billion in 2015, according to the UNEP. That was 36% of global investment – more than the US, the UK and Japan combined. But China’s energy finance footprint is larger than the Middle Kingdom itself, explains Content Director Deepali Srivastava in her latest Forbes column. For its twin development banks are now the largest provider of energy finance in the world. China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China together provided US$ 13.5 billion a year from 2007-14 in energy finance to foreign governments, which is more than the World Bank provided …
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Walkable Cities

One of the tenets of “new urbanism” is reducing our urban reliance on automobiles. From rapid transit to bike lanes to mixed-use zoning that brings the high street to every block, urban planners are reimagining life in the city to be less reliant on motor vehicles. Indeed, it should be noted, none of us at Kite Global Advisors drives to work. This book from the Centre for Walkable Cities, edited by Consultant Grace Chua in her spare time, highlights lessons on walkability and bikeability, from Seoul and Singapore, two cities at the forefront of redefining our urban automobile relationship. And lessons …
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Re-examining the story of climate change

Conventional wisdom places the Industrial Revolution at the heart of the climate change crisis. It was a period when Western nations harnessed fossil fuels to power factories, middle-class consumers discovered consumerism – and, of course, carbon dioxide emissions began to rise. Or so the story goes. Our Contect Director, Deepali Srivastava pokes holes in that narrative in her most recent Forbes column. She sat in on a spirited conversation between Amitav Ghosh, author of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, and historian Naomi Oreskes, and came away convinced that imperialism had as much to do with climate change …
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The private sector and society: Evidence of progress

HP Enterprises held its Living Progress Challenge finals event on August 3 and I had the opportunity to attend. At the event, 10 finalists pitched their ideas to solve for the question, “What software applications and digital services would you create to improve people’s lives?” The majority of pitches were from NGOs. It makes sense: NGOs are in the business of finding ideas to improve people’s lives and they need the support of corporate partners like HP Enterprises to bring their ideas to fruition. Among the winners was a World Wildlife Fund web-based tool that uses trade data to identify illegal …
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The Olympics turn to Asia

The Olympics are a sore subject for some of us. Notably, our Boston contingent was quite mixed, to say the least, in its support for Boston’s 2024 Summer Olympics bid. Asia, on the other hand, has not been afraid to show its Olympics spirit. Korea, Japan and China are hosting the next three five-ring circuses. And why not: Those three nations rank 11th, 7th and 2nd, respectively, in the Rio games medal count. And don’t forget South-East Asia, which FiveThirtyEight picks has the dark horse to have most outperformed expectations this summer. Still, the reality is that the economics of …
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