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GES 2011 Live Blogging

The Impacts of GES on the Public

Arriving at the Global Economic Symposium I had the impression that its representation (luxury hotel, black limousines and security-guards everywhere) is exemplary of how global decision-making is done. But can solutions to global problems really be found in that way?


Migration in a Globalized World

Globalization is also the globalization of labor and therefore migration is becoming an intrinsive part. “This is an issue, everybody knows something about.”


Dealing with the Race for Agricultural Land

Five men from different backgrounds discussed the problem of “land grabbing” (a term that some in this panel felt was inappropriate) or more positively put the foreign investment in agricultural Land - the buying or leasing of land by private or state investors in foreign countries, most often in Africa and Latin America.


“too big to fail” and now “too big to default”?

The Global Economic Symposium is supposed to deal with solving global problems. One of the main issues is systematic risk. The fall of Lehman Brothers and its impact on the whole financial sector was unpredictable. Governments began to bail out banks and resultantly the phrase ”too big to fail” sprouted.


GES2011 Video: Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director World Bank

After talking about “Transformational Insights Into Global Problem-Solving”, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director of the World Bank and former Minister of Investment in Egypt gave an interview for FutureChallenges. He shared with us ideas about the recent austerity packages enacted in the world, about how the crisis entered the developing world dismissing hopes for decoupling and also on whether he chooses incrementalism over transformation.


“Smart Electricity Systems”: Keep it simple, stupid

I overheard one attendee at the “Pioneering Smart Electricity Systems” debate say he felt by the end “as confused as when he came in”.


Internet Governance. A Debate With Few Debaters

The Internet, multi-layered system of networks, protocols, hard- and software, and finally users, is taken by many for granted. To more than 2 billion people every day it provides news, e-mails, airplane tickets, Facebook likes and valuable tweets, Saturday lolcats, etc. No one cares how things work until they work well, right?


Prof. Sheri Markose – Coping with Systemic Risk

In an interview, Professor Markose provides a missing perspective on systemic risk and her ideas for adding intelligence to the financial system.




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