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The Future of Capital

September 27th, 2008

Mastering value creation in the knowledge economy demands an appreciation for the pivotal role of intangible capital and a thorough understanding of network dynamics.

One of the most challenging questions for modern business people is, “How can we convert intangible assets such as human knowledge, internal structures, ways of working, reputation, and business relationships into negotiable forms of value?”


Clinton and Blair to Launch First Micro-insurance Investment Firm

September 23rd, 2008

Former President Clinton will officially launch LeapFrog Investments, the world’s first micro-insurance investment firm, at the finale Special Session of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, at 12:00pm ET on Friday (September 26, 2008). The President will be joined on stage by Prime Minister Tony Blair and several heads of state.


Lehman bankruptcy: In capitalism, failure is not a dirty word

September 15th, 2008

A good piece on the value of value destruction

Submitted by John Berlau of  http://www.openmarket.org

My reaction to Lehman Brothers’ declaring of Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the refusal of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and others to take extraordinary Bear Stearns-like measures for the government to prop the firm up can be summed up in three words: It’s about time!


Google backs broadband for the Other 3 billion

September 10th, 2008

O3b Networks has announced plans to launch 16 satellites that will connect Africa, the Middle East and parts of Latin America to the internet. The project is backed by Google, Liberty Global and HSBC and is expected to cost around $750 million and so far has managed to raise only $65 million.


The Pulitzer Center launches Project:Report

September 8th, 2008

Here is a great example of a cross-sector partnership: 

Sony and Intel Corporation partner with Pulitzer Center and YouTube for a first-ever journalism competition! The project encourages aspiring journalists to produce short, high-quality video pieces focused on stories that are not usually covered by the traditional media.


First day of Ramadan: Muslims in the U.S. are increasingly turning to online philanthropy

September 2nd, 2008

Submitted by Paula Chrin

With today marking the first day of Ramadan, a month traditionally associated with fasting and charitable giving for Muslims, any interest in exploring how Muslims in the U.S. are increasingly turning to online philanthropy to give back to their community and satisfy the tenets of Ramadan?


The new movie I.O.U.S.A - May be to the U.S. Economy what An Inconvenient Truth was to the environment. - Reuters

August 5th, 2008

I.O.U.S.A–a documentary premiering August 21 that’s based on an upcoming book of the same name–takes a hard look at America’s growing national debt. A “town hall” discussion following the premiere aims at starting a national dialogue on what we can do to start digging ourselves out of the mountain of debt that’s threatening our nation.


Carbon is just the tip of the iceberg. says Jeffrey Hittner, IBM

July 7th, 2008

Carbon is just the tip of the iceberg” Jeffrey Hittner, corporate social responsibility leader for IBM Global Business Services, told VNN’s Laurance Allen as we discussed IBM’s new consulting offerings designed to improve their clients’ competitive position by being greener and more ethical.




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