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January 30, 2013
Four years ago when I attended the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the theme of the program was “Shaping the Post-Crisis World” as the financial crisis continued to unfold in the developed world. Back then I wrote a blog titled “From Davos with Hope” to call for courage as key decision makers faced new challenges. Those were the final days of January 2009 when snow fell heavily in the tallest city in Europe, and when fear, anxiety and hope were all mixed among the meeting participants.
December 19, 2012
At a staggering height of 2,722 feet and over 200 stories high, Burj Khalifa, a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, holds the record as the tallest manmade structure in the world. Construction on the architectural phenomenon began in September 2004, and a reported twenty-two million man hours later, Burj Khalifa opened in January 2010.
November 14, 2012
Although you may still be polishing off Halloween candy, walk into almost any retail store and the holidays will hit you in the face—ornaments, gift suggestions, bold advertisements reminding you to shop early for the lowest prices. Retailers will likely pull out all the stops this year, especially since shoppers have 32 days to purchase and send gifts—the maximum—between Black Friday and Christmas.
October 30, 2012
In the next few days, Americans will exercise one of the sacred rights that makes the United States a great democracy—they’ll head to the polls to vote for president in the general election. Two days after the close of the U.S. election, China’s highest ruling body, the Standing Committee of the Politburo will also be formed. The contrast between the two processes is as dramatic as any drama can depict in terms of the level of participation and transparency.
September 28, 2012
The Bund is a one-mile pedestrian walkway that runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China, offering one of the most spectacular views of the Shanghai skyline. Reflecting off the water, the lights that line the buildings along The Bund are a sight to behold for tourists and natives alike, their flashing cameras only adding to the light show.
August 21, 2012
While summer break may be too short for many students, the end of summer is a welcome change for retailers eager to learn whether students “hitting the books” will result in more parents hitting the store aisles.In line with a general slowdown that occurs during the restful summer months, economic activity also feels a “summer pause,” a “quiet” that can be as loud and jarring as fingers on a chalkboard for many retailers. Fortunately for them, the early back-to-school predictions could mean good marks in their future sales logs.