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Building lasting partnerships with African leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators is at the core of USAID’s approach, which seeks to end extreme poverty by investing in Africa’s greatest resource: its people.
Our world is enriched when coders and marketers dazzle us with smartphones and tablets, but, by themselves, they are just slabs. It is the music, essays, entertainment and provocations that they access, spawned by the humanities, that animate them — and us. So, yes, the humanities are still relevant in the 21st century — every bit as relevant as an iPhone.
If a society hopes to achieve renewal, it will have to be a hospitable environment for creative men and women. It will also have to produce men and women with the capacity for self-renewal… Men and women need not fall into a stupor of mind and spirit by the time they are middle-aged. They need not relinquish as early as they do the resilience of youth and the capacity to learn and grow.

Joi Ito's 9 Principles of the Media Lab from MIT CMS/Writing on Vimeo.

Making ideas real: Tim Kastelle 

We often think that a great new idea will speak for itself — that people will automatically see that it is awesome. But that’s often untrue. There are two other crucial components needed before an idea can truly change the world.

Inequality, caused increasingly by technological innovation, will have a growing impact and fears on the ability to innovate, if innovation within countries or regions is not recognized as a real wealth creator or destroyer and its enablers are not effectively put into place and leveraged. The ability to resolve this or not, will have significant impacts on the lives and country positions within the global race for innovating competitiveness.
Many aspects of our online world would be unrecognisable to someone who was transplanted here from any point in the 20th century. But the infighting and gridlock in Washington would be all too familiar.
over time many companies get comfortable doing what they have always done, with a few incremental changes. This kind of incrementalism leads to irrelevance over time, especially in technology, because change tends to be revolutionary, not evolutionary. It’s why we continue to invest for the long term, in our next generation of big bets.

DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) (by DLDconference)
In the digital economy new business models, platforms and brands rise over night while seemingly big industry names can suddenly be forgotten or evolve into something new. Scott Galloway of digital innovation think tank L2 calls it a winner-take-all ecosystem.

In a data driven overview of Scott will give us his predictions on who’s racing ahead and who might be left behind in this digital derby in the fields of social networking platforms, retail, brands and societal trends.

VERY GOOD TALK!

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