Embrace Change

Professor Lynda Gratton‘s thirty years of research into the technological, demographic, cultural, and societal trends that are shaping work and building on what we learned through our experiences of the global pandemic, has presented us with her four-step innovative framework for redesigning work that will help you. Gratton is the global thought-leader on the future…

Federal Reserves actions prevented the collapse of US economy

On January 29, 2020, Jay Powell gave the first press conference of his third year as chair of the Federal Reserve, by flipping open a white binder, looking up briefly to welcome the assembled reporters, and then looking down to read his preprepared statement. His demeanour was low key but his message was upbeat: the…

Development : Winners and losers

To eradicate extreme poverty there should be a generation of the explosive growth of the sort mustered by Japan, South Korea, and China, and more recently countries like Vietnam and Bangladesh have reached economic escape velocity, In the last thirty years, the developing world has undergone tremendous changes as overall poverty has fallen, people live…

Cost of a pint climbs to £8 in London

The price of a pint in London has hit £8.06 for the first time as pubs struggle to cope with spiraling inflation. Pub companies are threatening further rises because of sharp increases in the cost of grain as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, which is a prime supplier, along with rises in energy…

How can we prevent the Next Pandemic?

Professor Devi Sridhar’s vital roles in communicating science to the public and speaking truth to power. In Preventable, she highlights lessons learned from outbreaks past and present in a narrative that traces the Covid-19 pandemic including her personal experience as a scientist, and set out a vision for how we can better protect ourselves from…

War for the breadbasket of the world

Wheat that travelled along the rivers, between ports, and across seas show how cheap American grain toppled the world’s largest empires. In Oceans of Grain, University of Georgia academic Scott Reynolds Nelson reveals how the struggle to dominate these routes transformed the balance of world power. Imperial Russia in the early nineteenth century fed much of…

China’s growth of 5.5 % lowest in three decades

China revealed a growth target of  5.5 per cent, its lowest in three decades. Beijing seeks to boost its economy after a sharp loss of momentum in 2021 and fallout from the Ukraine war. However,  Beijing maintains its strict Covid measures, enforces its common prosperity policy to reduce inequality while boosting party control over the…

Energy in human affairs

Czech-born professor and Canadian scientist Vaclav Smil from the University of Manitoba,  a world-leading expert on energy and an astonishing polymath, in a thought provoking book  “How the World Works”, encounters the influential thinking, crushes complex data, with fundamental importance of energy in human affairs. We never had so much information or disinformation at our…

Age of ZIRP: Fed’s fateful decision to turn the liquidity to spigots

Christopher Leonard, the New York Times business journalist, infiltrates  the Federal Reserve to show how its policies steered by Chairman Jerome Powell over the past ten years have accelerated income equality and put America’s economic stability at risk. The press credited the Fed when the economy grew and also when the economy imploded in 2008,…