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Every day on my commute to work, I drive past downtown San Francisco, onto the Bay Bridge, and into the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.   Along with the beauty of the San Francisco skyline, the glistening water, the contrast of the old and new Bay Bridge, a must see part of this drive is the shipping cranes of Oakland.  I’ve become fascinated with the large cargo ships, the imposing cranes, the aluminum containers that neatly move from ship to truck, and the unexpected innovation and clockwork efficiency of the global and vast shipping and trucking transportation industry.

To get a closer look, I ventured to  the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, right smack in the middle of the Port of Oakland.   The park has a viewing center to see an operating crane and you can see close up the stacked crates at the port.   Here are some photos from my afternoon at the park (more…)

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Here in August 2013, it feels like there is unprecedented promotion, clamor, and attention for the English Premier League in the US.  (more…)

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Wael Ghonim is the remarkable Google Executive in Egypt who was instrumental in organizaing and mobilizing the Egyptian citizenry to demand change and push out Hosni Mubarak from Egypt’s government.

In this speech he made at TED11, he talks about the Egyptian revolution including his specific role. (more…)

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TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. They maintain a must visit website featuring inspired talks from leading thought leaders.   Local TED groups (designated by TEDx) organize and hold their own events following the spirit of TED’s mission.   This past weekend, I had the good fortune to attend TEDxBerkeley’s conference– Engaging the World,  at the UC Berkeley campus.

The list of speakers: (more…)

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Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!  Tomorrow, Saturday, January 15, Wikipedia will turn 10 years old.  Earlier this week, founder Jimmy Wales spoke to NPR reflecting on the current state of Wikipedia after its first 10 years.  Take a listen (click on Wikipedia icon below to launch audio) (more…)

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fp_logo Foreign Policy magazine just published their list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010 who most influenced the global marketplace.  A very worthwhile article that I would recommend reading— you can read the report here.

The report provides an overview for each person and their achievements and thinking that led to their inclusion.  Also, the results of a survey of intriguing global questions asked and responded to by the majority of the recipients is a must read.   Additionally,  a book list of the top 20 books recommended by the Top Thinkers is a great resource for all readers of the article (Fault Lines by Raghuram Rajan is the # 1 recommended book). (more…)

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Recently, I attended a World Affairs Council event in San Francisco titled Is Africa the Next China?. James Manyika, Director of McKinsey & Company and also Director, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s economic research arm presented the findings of their study on recent economic trends of the continent of Africa.  McKinsey released the report titled Lions on the move: The progress and potential of African economies in June 2010. (pdf documents of the entire report and executive summary can be downloaded here). (more…)

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The World Cup has completed its group play stage and has reached the exciting knockout quarterfinals.  The remaining teams are now battling for the title of World’s best, with only the razor’s edge of margin separating the very top teams.  The drama, excitement and pressure are all building and drawing in more and more fans around the world.

All of this excitement has me lamenting that I have not seen a World Cup event in person.  I’ve stated that my goal in 2014 will be to attend the World Cup in Brazil.   But as I think about attending the World Cup, I also ask myself which event would be better to attend:  the World Cup or the Olympics.  After all,  Brazil also hosts the 2016 Olympics.    To me the answer is clear:  the World Cup, and this article from sports journalist Peter King provides the justification better than I ever could.   (more…)

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This week I attended a World Affairs council lecture titled Academic Globalization- How International Universities are Reshaping the World.  Author Ben Wildavsky, former Education Editor for US News & World Report and currently a fellow at the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation, discussed his recent book titled, The Great Brain Race, How Global Universities are Reshaping the World.

The focus of the discussion was around the increasing globalization of higher education.  Wildavsky focused on three themes:

  1. Unprecedented Academic Mobility
  2. Race to create world-class universities
  3. Emergence of global college rankings (more…)

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