opinion

How do you network on social media?

Would you walk up to a stranger at an event and demand something from him? And if you did, what would the result be? Yes, most likely failure. So why do so many people think they can do that online where chances of succeeding are even slimmer? [...]

Global poverty – Are we closing our eyes?

How do you map health clinics or water delivery sources in a slum? Humanitarian agencies will be seeking answers to these and other questions as vulnerable populations settle in a sea of shacks on the outskirts of cities and towns across the world in the next few years. [...]

Shifting wealth of nations – what is overlooked

Needless to say the world is focusing on China and India due to its huge populations as well as rapidly rising economies and middle classes. Correct if you look at the amount of people. But by looking at the issue that way we overlook a very potent and prosperous group of people. [...]

Are we addicted to safety?

Many Europeans are cushioned from conception to death. The side effect is that people believe the government will protect them against everything and stop thinking for themselves. If we don’t want a future society filled of people that have to be taken care of it’s time for governments and the European Union to step back and let people use their judgement about what’s safe and what’s not. [...]

Urbanization – Mega trend for the future?

Every day about 180,000 people move into cities. Add to that that half the world’s population already live in cities and it’s obvious that urbanization is one of the mega trend for the new decade. Needless to say this has an enormous impact on what we consume because urban consumers are more daring, liberal, tolerant, experienced and prone to trying out new products and services. [...]

Are free market policies always right?

For decades governments that dared to challenge the IMF model swiftly found themselves out of favor in Washington and other Western capitals. But the financial crisis that started in 2008 prompted a new debate over free market policies and IMF ideology [...]