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China’s political instability

Posted in China, emerging issues, equality, international, politics by thenextwavefutures on 9 August, 2008

Those of us who have been sceptical of China’s ability to maintain its heroic rates of economic growth normally look at environmental issues, or its financial infrastructure (a theme of Will Hutton’s), or burgeoning inequality. Recent reports suggest that the last of these is causing political instability.

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Doping, cycling and the Olympics

Posted in cycling, social, sport, trends by thenextwavefutures on 5 August, 2008

Concerns that success in this month’s Olympics will go to athletes who are using undetected drugs seems to be increasingly widespread as the opening ceremony approaches. I think they can learn something from professional cycling.

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‘Slow Sunday’ and social prototyping

Posted in books, emerging issues, innovation, politics, sustainability, time by thenextwavefutures on 3 August, 2008

The ecological magazine Resurgence declared last Sunday to be its first “slow Sunday“. Although it is a relatively small circulation magazine, its proposal has gained some mainstream attention in the Telegraph and the Metro. Satish Kumar, who edits Resurgence, got space in the Guardian to explain the idea. I’ll discuss the slow Sunday concept further down, but it also raises an interesting question about the purpose of ‘days’ such as these. I think that they are a form of disruption which open up different ways of looking at “everyday reality” – in other words a form of social prototyping.

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