This summer, I am a cultural bridge fellow at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs of Liberia. I will be assisting the Government in the development of the country’s Medium Term Growth and Development Strategy, which will define development priorities and guide the government’s policies over the next five years.
“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. […] We never call boys bossy. Any of the women in the room who as a girl were called bossy? If you got to Davos you were called that. I was!”
~ Sheryl Sandberg, on women as the way forward.
“I have succeeded so much in life because I only had to compete with half the population.”
~ Warren Buffet, on gender equality.
J’aurais aimé être avec toi aujourd’hui. Aussi fort que j’aurais aimé être présente le jour de ton départ le 4 Décembre pour te dire adieu en bonne et due forme.
A défaut, j’honore ta mémoire à distance, dans mon petit studio de Boston. Je sais que tes autres petits fils font de même, de Londres, Dublin, San Francisco, les Alpes, Montréal, Illinois, Dubaï, Bogota, et Paris. Tu vois, Jeddo, ta semence a fait le tour du monde. Continue reading →
The Arab World’s overdue awakening is now irreversible and unstoppable. This was the feeling that dominated the 5th Harvard Arab Weekend (HAW), which took place this weekend across Harvard University. Under the theme Arab (R)evolution: What’s Next?, the weekend brought together more than 600 participants in what is the largest pan-Arab conference in North America. In place of the usual royals and government figures, this year’s conference showcased opposition figures, rebel leaders, and young activists – in whose hands lies the future of the region.
It is finally out!* Ricardo Hausmann and Cesar Hidalgo’s latest baby is out and is downloadable here. The Atlas measures the diversity of productive knowledge of 128 countries, and determines their growth potential accordingly. The top 10 countries are *drum roll* (extract from the press release):
Tomorrow morning Liberians go to the polls for the second time since the end of the civil war in 2003.
16 presidential candidates are running for the executive post. But the two main contenders are Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and William Tubman (both Harvard graduates). (eh, couldn’t resist plugging that in). Senatorial and legislative seats are also up for grabs in this election.
How do corporations secure natural resources (such as rubber) in a sustained way over a long period of time – knowing that most resource-rich countries are also usually prone to instability? The way corporations have traditionally done so is by signing long-term deals with the government of the country (be it a democratically elected one or not) and providing some basic services to the employees it hires (usually as little as their company’s Corporate Responsibility allows) – Firestone style. This old model is attractive because it is financially viable.