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Watch the trailer of Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Short “China’s Unnatural Disaster”, from HBO

If you’re in China, you probably won’t be able to watch the HBO documentary “China’s Unnatural Disaster” which chronicles the aftermath of the Sichuan Quake from the perspective of the grieving parents. You can — at least — watch the trailer here […]

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Information Technology Innovation Software

Watch Lalitesh Katragadda’s “Making maps to fight disaster, build economies” talk at TED

As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster — and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads. In this short talk, Google’s Lalitesh Katragadda demos Map Maker, a group map-making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world […]

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China Economics

Disaster prevails as relief effort beefed up

Weather conditions in southern China will remain severe and relief work difficult, Chinese leaders warned yesterday as the country battles with the worst snowfalls in decades. The warning came after a meeting chaired by Chinese President Hu Jintao to study the relief effort. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has just concluded his second visit in a week to central Hunan Province, the region worst hit.

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Inspiration

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

One of the world’s great designers, Massimo Vignelli, is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. His son Luca would like all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration to write him a letter […]

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Design Economics Innovation

Watch Erik Hersman’s Keynote on IxDA | Interaction ‘11 Conference

Erik is the co-founder of Ushahidi (which means “testimony” in Swahili), a web application created to map the reported incidents of violence happening during the post-election crisis in Kenya. Currently, he is working with a team of mostly-African programmers to continue development of this new free and open source platform that makes it easier to crowdsource crisis information and visualize data […]

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Information Technology Trend Watching

US State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton “Remarks on Internet Freedom” at the Newseum

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on Internet Freedom on January 21, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C.; Secretary Clinton’s policy address laid-out the Administration’s strategy for protecting freedom in the networked age of the 21st Century […]

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China Innovation Trend Watching

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: Smart future showcased at Shanghai World Expo

With heavy coverage from newspapers and television, you may have become quite familiar with the theme of the Shanghai World Expo – “Better City, Better Life.”[…]

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Watch Ben Shneiderman’s “Science 2.0: The Design Science of Collaboration” Seminar on People, Computers, and Design at Stanford University

Advancing Science 2.0 will require a shift in priorities to promote intense collaboration, integrative thinking, teamwork-based education/training, and case study ethnographic research methods. Science 2.0 will reduce the gulf between basic and applied research, while bringing theory and practice closer together. This talk lays out an ambitious vision that will impact research funding, educational practices, and democratic principles […]

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Watch Bill Gates’ “A New Kind of Philanthropy” talk at TED

Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them […]

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China Consumer Behavior

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: spending still strong and accelerating

The increase in China’s retail sales volume exceeded 20 percent year on year in the last eight months and is still accelerating, enough to sustain economic growth above 9.5 percent for the rest of the year, a HSBC report said. According to the report ‘China Economic Spotlight‘ released on recently, consumer spending has performed strongly despite the slowing economy, the disastrous earthquake and the cancellation of the May Day golden week…