Archive for the ‘Public Policy’ Category

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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Today is Martin Luther King Day here in the US- a federal holiday recognizing this great man.   It’s a great time to reflect and contemplate some of his most inspiring and thought provoking quotes (below). (more…)

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In my previous post, I mentioned the recommended book list from Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2010.   Here’s a slide show version the book list on Foreign Policy’s site.   For a quick glance at Top 20 books, here’s the full list in one spot with the book description offered by Foreign Policy magazine.

  1. Fault Lines by Raghuram RajanRajan’s look at the fissures that brought about the global financial crisis — and which are still at work today.
  2. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross SorkinAs the Wall Street crisis went global, Sorkin updated his account of the crisis’s ground zero to include more recent events. (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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Last week while driving and listening to the NPR program Forum, I heard a discussion with the authors of the new book Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election (the archived program can be heard here).  Listening to inside stories and analysis of the presidential campaigns of Obama, Clinton, and McCain was compelling drama to me.   Rehashing parts of the campaign and reflecting on my heightened interest levels in the actual campaign vs the dwindling interest in the day to day political system after the election made me think of a pattern I’ve been seeing in myself, others, and the population at large.     That pattern is a greater interest in the buildup to the main event or events than the actual event itself—in other words, the behind the scenes parts of the equation more so than the actual show.

For me, my examples include the election, interest in the the offseason in professional sports and fantasy football, and the fascination with the jury process of a legal case, rather than the actual case itself.  I’ll delve into each one. (more…)

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Tonight, I went to an Intel Alumni (I spent 5 years at Intel) seminar featuring Intel alumni who are now focused on clean technologies.  Legendary Andy Grove was the keynote speaker.  It was great to see Andy Grove— it’s always a treat to hear his perspectives on business, technology, and the issues of the day.     While he remains a senior advisor to Intel’s board and management, he is also actively interested in energy policy and often gives speeches on the topic.  Along, with Grove’s perspectives, Intel alumni in the entrepreneur, product, or investor spaces of clean technologies provided additional perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing these technologies.    Below are some of the key points made by Grove and others and my observations of the night. (more…)

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This month, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a comprehensive health data report, comparing health care statistics across OECD countries.   Their website and study can be found here and an excel file with a sampling of their data is also available.     With the recent flurry around the Obama administration’s health care proposals, it feels like a good time to look at some of the more interesting data sets to me:

  • Healthcare Spending as a % of GDP
  • Doctor Consultations, Number per Capita
  • Hospital Beds per 1000 Population (more…)

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I recently read the excellent study by Freedom House which measured Internet Freedom in 2007 and 2008 across a sample of 15 countries in 6 regions.  The study is available here–(March 2009- Freedom on the Net, A Global Assessment of Internet and Digitial Media)– would highly recommend reading this free report.   The methodology they used includes factors such as the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, government policy towards access to technology, regulatory policy for service providers, censorship and content control, legal structure and surveillance practices along with the independence and dynamism of new media in the country.   Here’s a graphical depiction of the results (Green implies free, Blue is partly free, and Red is not free) (more…)

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What does the former # 2 United Nations official recommend as the top action to help developing countries?

I picked up Time Magazine this weekend and came across the article  “A Glimmer of Hope in Africa”.    While it talks about some of the improvements in Congo, the first paragraph of the article lays out some of the common problems in emerging countries such as Congo:

A region with great natural wealth, riven by war, racked with hunger and traumatized by a long history of colonial abuse, postcolonial kleptocracy and plunder. In the past 10 years alone, millions have died here, and more die each day as a result of the conflict.  Most die not from war wounds but from starvation or disease.  A lack of infrastructure means there is little medical care in the cities and none in rural communities, so any infection can be a death sentence.  The most vulnerable suffer the worst.  One in five children in Congo will die before reaching the age of 5″

That paragraph mentions lack of infrastructure, widespread disease, starvation, high infant mortality rates, tribal wars, lack of medical care in rural areas.  (more…)

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