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in: 101 How Fashion Meets Impact

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by: Sylvia Chant, United Nations (UN),
type: Articles
in: 17 the future of Developing Countries

The overall aim of this paper is to outline the major methodological and conceptual challenges to understanding poverty from a gender perspective. The paper is divided into three main sections. Section one reviews the ways in which the frontiers of poverty analysis have been pushed forward and progressively ‘engendered’ during three decades of dedicated feminist research and activism in Latin America and other parts of the South. This includes discussion of past deficiencies and cumulative improvements in data on women’s poverty, of the ways in which burgeoning research on gender has contributed to evolving conceptual approaches to poverty, and of key factors signalled as leading to gender-differentiated burdens of poverty. In section two, the discussion turns to outstanding barriers to understanding poverty from a gender perspective. The principal challenges identified include varying forms of gender exclusion in mainstream analytical and methodological approaches, continued inadequacies in data on gender and poverty, and the ways in which advocacy for directing resources to women has given rise to certain stereotypes which narrow the optic through which poverty is conceptualised and addressed. The third and final section offers thoughts on future directions in research and policy. How might gender and poverty investigation move forward in the 21 st century so as to sharpen our instruments for measurement, and to better inform and influence policy interventions? In turn, to which areas might policy be most usefully directed? While Latin America is the main focus of analysis throughout the paper, given the global reach of discourses on gender and poverty, insights are also drawn from academic and policy discussions outside the region.

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by: Mathijs van Zutphen,
type: Articles
in: 25 Software Architecture

The meeting proved to be what is becoming a trademark of the Club of Amsterdam's events. New insights arose out of a series of constructive confrontations between radically opposing viewpoints. The big surprise was that a seemingly straightforward technical subject, in appearance almost dull, generated such different, almost diametrically opposed, perspectives. The contrast inspired a frantic discussion about complexity, history, values, and the role of technology in today's and tomorrows world.more....

by: Franco Malerba, TEARI PROJECT,
type: Articles
in: Science & Technology

This part of TEARI project focuses on the different contexts in which research, innovation and diffusion occur and how these different contexts shape them. Themes include the different forms that innovative activity has taken over time, what shapes research and innovation in different sectors, the relevance of innovation also in so-called “low-tech” industries, innovation in services, and the relationship between innovation and diffusion.more....


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by: John Renesch,
type: Articles
in: 34 Consciousness

If we decide we want a secure, peaceful and sustainable world, we have the skill and wherewithal to pull it off. But the first step is to choose. We must decide the promise of humanity is important enough to stand for it. Then we need to insist upon optimizing the likelihood of that promise being realized, change our ways and begin living, talking and working in ways that support its probability. THEN, we get closer to answering the question of who we are and start acting more consistently with what we want.more....

by: High Level Group Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technologies,
type: Articles
in: 12 the future of Energy

In this document, the High Level Group highlights the potential of hydrogen-based energy systems globally, and for Europe in particular, in the context of a broad energy and environment strategy. It then proposes research structures and actions needed for their development and market deployment.
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by: Institute for the Future,
type: Articles
in: 00 The Future

Each year, IFTF steps out beyond the edge of today's common knowledge and asks uncommon questions about the trends and innovations that are likely to reshape our world in the coming decade.

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in: 84 Impact Investment

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by: Frank Brüggemann,
type: Articles
in: 36 Global Workplace

A lot of companies expand their business into international markets. In most cases, the motive is a search for improved cost efficiency or looking for the chance to expand and achieve growth. Today, companies are able to respond rapidly to many foreign sales opportunities; this is made easier by technological, governmental, and institutional developments. They can shift production quickly among countries because of their experience in foreign markets and because goods can be transported efficiently from most places. Companies can also distribute component and/or product manufacturing among countries to take advantage of cost differences.more....

by: Dr. V. H. Manek Kirpalani, Dr. Leif Thomas Olsen,
type: Articles
in: Cross-Cultural Competence

Increased communication speed and its constantly decreasing costs, coupled with the Internet highway and the flow of information technology have resulted in more direct communication between head offices and subsidiaries, emigrants / immigrants and their original home bases, and by the flow of global promotion of products and services, and of global news via established outlets such as CNN and BBC World, as well as more recent additions, such as Al Jazeera and Russia Today.more....

by: Tom Bentley, Demos, Matthew Horne, Demos & NCSL,
type: Articles
in: 11 the future of Education & Learning

This paper outlines the concept and emerging practice of ‘real time learning’ within the Networked Learning Communities Programme. Networked Learning Communities (NLC) is a large-scale, publicly funded, practitioner led, ‘development and research project’. more....

by: Evalueserve,
type: Articles
in: 48 India

Many Indian families will not experience the same struggles as the Ganguli family depicted in the famed book and movie, “The Namesake”, as it seems most fresh college graduates in India now prefer not to leave India. It is well known that graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITians) have historically preferred to move to the United States or other countries to pursue higher studies and explore more attractive career opportunities. However, preferences have changed during the last few years according to a recent survey of 677 IITians by Evalueserve – a global research and analytics’ firm. Among IITians who graduated during 1964 and 2001, 35% moved to countries other than India, while 65% remained. However, among IITians who graduated in 2002 and later (including the graduating class of 2008), only 16% moved while 84% remained in India. Recent graduates also believe that India will be the most promising geography for IIT graduates in 10 years.more....

by: Evalueserve,
type: Articles
in: 48 India

This is an updated report on Knowledge Process Outsourcing with figures that analyse the predictions for the future growth of KPO in India that we made more than three years ago. In this new study, we review the evolution of KPO to date and update our predictions for the industry for the rest of the decade.more....

by: A.K. Vidya, A. Aggarwal, M. Bhatia, S. Bagga,
type: Articles
in: 36 Global Workplace

In this Background Paper, we review the changes that have taken place in India’s R&D environment during the last 15 years (1991-2005), and compare these changes to both the R&D environment that prevailed in India until the early 1990s and the situation in contemporary USA (which has done particularly well with respect to innovations and their commercialisation). This comparative analysis will help us in understanding India’s achievements, along with some systemic obstacles that have impeded research and innovation in the recent past and might continue to do so, if adequate measures are not taken. Finally, in this article, we also discuss our forecasts related to the growth of innovation and research, and their advanced development and commercialisation during the next 15 years (2006-2020).more....

by: A.K. Vidya, A. Aggarwal, M. Bhatia, S. Bagga,
type: Articles
in: Science & Technology

In this Background Paper, we review the changes that have taken place in India’s R&D environment during the last 15 years (1991-2005), and compare these changes to both the R&D environment that prevailed in India until the early 1990s and the situation in contemporary USA (which has done particularly well with respect to innovations and their commercialisation). This comparative analysis will help us in understanding India’s achievements, along with some systemic obstacles that have impeded research and innovation in the recent past and might continue to do so, if adequate measures are not taken. Finally, in this article, we also discuss our forecasts related to the growth of innovation and research, and their advanced development and commercialisation during the next 15 years (2006-2020).more....

by: UNIDO,
type: Articles
in: 17 the future of Developing Countries

Industrial Clusters and Poverty Reduction is a study that addresses the relationship between industrial cluters and poverty. This is a relatively underdeveloped theme within policy research on clusters.more....

by: KPMG Netherlands,
type: Articles
in: 27 Electronic Identity

For many years now, information security has been an important topic for organisations. In this respect, they face a number of substantial challenges. more....

by: Humberto Schwab,
type: Articles
in: 00 The Future

The Club of Amsterdam LABs lead to a change in internal dialogue; people really need a strong dialogue with other beings to change their internal reflections and dialogues. This will directly lead to action, when you make shared action plans and design a sustainable dialogue with the stakeholders. To shift from a money driven society to a value driven society needs a new way of talking: the real human dialogue.more....

by: Evalueserve,
type: Articles
in: Innovation

Research and development (R&D) and innovation go hand in hand; however, R&D is only one aspect of innovation. While innovation is about introducing a new idea or process to the end customer or developing and improving an existing product or service, R&D is about conducting original investigations to gain new knowledge for improving products or services. more....

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