Drones: From Tools of War to Tools for Social Innovation

Drones: From Tools of War to Tools for Social Innovation

photo: Aris Messinis/Matternet The evolution of information and communications technologies late last century enabled the development of new military weapons guided by onboard computers, like the Tomahawk cruise missile, which were first used during the 1991 Gulf War. These missiles were the precursors to what would become the first unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), today known […]

Shortening Distances in Economic Development: The Poor as a Digital Crowd

Shortening Distances in Economic Development: The Poor as a Digital Crowd

photo: Matt Phipps  How many clicks separate economic development practitioners in Washington, D.C., from the beneficiaries of their projects in other parts of the world? Probably a few clicks (according to the theory of six degrees of separation). In the last few years, the rate of digital connectivity have continuously risen, and although more than half the […]

The Coming Revolution of Chinese Robotics

The Coming Revolution of Chinese Robotics

photo: Cory M. Grenier A few years ago, Chinese robotics market was dominated by foreign industry leaders. Today, China is the largest robotics market and about to become the leader in robotics production. The emerging robotics industry is booming in China. The move to advanced technology is aligned with the government plan – ‘Made in China […]

The People’s Verdict on Globalization

The People’s Verdict on Globalization

photo: Nicolas Raymond The similarities in the electoral appeals of businessman Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have been widely noted (see, for example, here, here and here). Both men attract voters who feel trapped in their economic status, unable to make progress either for themselves or their children. Moreover, both men have assigned the blame for the loss of […]

Technology and Millennials Are Driving Business Strategy and Social Change

Technology and Millennials Are Driving Business Strategy and Social Change

Doing well by doing good is now expected for businesses, and moral leadership is at a premium for CEOs. For today’s companies to maintain their license to operate, they need to take into account a range of elements in their decision making: managing their supply chains, applying new ways of measuring their business performance that […]

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

Redefining Property: The Sharing Economy

From the Multilateral Investment Fund Trends blog The world’s largest taxi company, Uber, doesn’t own a car; the fifth largest lodging company, Airbnb, doesn’t own a room; the biggest social network, Facebook, doesn’t produce content. These platforms allow a massive sharing of resources. Today’s combination of disruptive information technologies and globalization has achieved the death of distance. […]