, who helped usher in TED talks way back when
using stunning visuals
, envisions how the world will look in 50 years
as global population grows to 9 billion. To check
further population growth, which might have disastrous consequences
, he exhorts us
to raise the living standards
of the poorest
The Asian century calls for a rethink on growth
- "What is really needed, though, is a new approach to growth. Noeleen Heyzer, head of the UN's economic and social commission for Asia and the Pacific, says the impact of trying to maintain the existing growth pattern over the next 15 years would be environmentally and socially devastating."
It is time for Asia to rewrite the rules of capitalism
- "The western economic model, which defines success as consumption-driven growth, must be challenged."
Marx Awakes as China Rises
- "Something like 800 million Chinese will be moving from the country to the city in coming decades... Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, ironically, were the first to analyze the phenomenon. Peasants, they said, were hard to organize. (Marx compared them to potatoes
, who could only be organized by putting them into a sack.) Factory workers are different. They work together, rather than each on his or her own tiny plot of land. Their interests are distinct from the factory owners, and easy to recognize. They have many opportunities to build trust and to organize on and off the job. They also have power; when peasants quit farming, they starve. When workers lay down their tools (especially in a tight labor market), the factory lies idle, costing the owner." [1
Sweet Spot for China's Blue-Collar Revolution
- "Manufacturers are strong enough to pay higher wages, but will other players adjust to China's new labor environment?"
China Fears Warming Effects of Consumer Wants
- "Experts worry that as China's 1.3 billion people clamor for more cars and creature comforts, international efforts to limit global warming could be doomed."
Can China cope with its massive urban population growth?
- "How can China meet its energy-efficiency targets as it faces the huge demand growth expected to meet the requirements of 700 million urbanites by 2015?"