12. 05. 2015

While learning is still in for today’s students, school’s out

The commencement season is about to begin. It will be a wonderful time to celebrate, once again, our enduring rituals of collegiate education. Now prepare to say goodbye to them. This isn’t to say...

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09. 05. 2015

Energy Independence is Here, and It’s Not Funny (or Coffee > Oil)

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. That was my reaction earlier this week when I read an article from the current issue of The Economist titled “Oil be damned:...

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01. 05. 2015

“Creative Karachi” by Sabeen Mahmud

Here are excerpts from a case narrative that Sabeen Mahmud wrote in 2013 for publication in Innovations journal. Twenty-four years ago, I fell in love for the first time—with a Macintosh Plus computer. It had...

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19. 02. 2014

Profiles in Development Progress: High-Impact, Long-Term Solutions to the Challenge of Global Development

A little while back I authored a post in which I objected to the title of a book co-edited by Jessica Cohen and Bill Easterly: What Works in Development?: Thinking Big and Thinking...

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27. 01. 2014

The Aid Debate is Irrelevant (Outtakes from The Coming Prosperity)

Here are sections I cut from The Coming Prosperity that make reference to the aid debate. I cut them because I decided that, if my conclusion ends up being that the aid debate really...

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14. 01. 2014

The Peer-to-Peer Business Models That Matter Most Are the Ones We Haven’t Seen Yet

I’m testifying tomorrow to the House Committee on Small Business at a session titled: “The Power of Connection: Peer-to-Peer Businesses” Here’s an excerpt from my written testimony: From the standpoint of the United...

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04. 07. 2013

Post #1 on the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Why no posts from me since January? To a significant extent because I’ve been spending all available time preparing for the launch of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation which took place at the Clinton...

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04. 05. 2012

Don’t Just Create a Product. Create a Movement.

I’ve got a post up as of today on the Harvard Business Review blog. Here’s how it starts: As the editor of the journal Innovations, I’m asked with some regularity, “So, what is innovation anyhow?...

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04. 05. 2012

The Coming Prosperity in 3 minutes

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16. 04. 2012
Gathering at Sekem

How The World Gets Ahead (Wall Street Journal Review of The Coming Prosperity)

It was great to see The Coming Prosperity featured this weekend in the Wall Street Journal‘s Spring book review section, along with Breakout Nations by Ruchir Sharma (head of emerging markets for Morgan Stanley) and Need, Speed,...

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13. 04. 2012

In Praise of Punctuality (… or Why I’m Not an Optimist)

We’ll, I can’t say I didn’t ask for it. When you title your book The Coming Prosperity, you can expect to be called an “optimist” at minimum–even “Dr. Boom” or the “Permabull.” You...

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07. 04. 2012
Street Scene, Mazār-i-Sharīf, Afghanistan, 2010

The Coming Prosperity—Reviews and Media

Reviews “How the World Gets Ahead,” Matthew Rees, The Wall Street Journal The Coming Prosperity is filled with vivid profiles of men and women who have succeeded under harsh conditions…But The Coming Prosperity...

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