Friday, 27 November 2015

A footballer's view of Brussels

An amazing statement from Vincent Kompany, the captain of the Belgium Football National team - an incredibly straightforward and balanced view of what happened in Paris and Brussels, and why integration respecting cultural diversity is a fundamental value of democracy and development.

"The real wealth of a nation is diversity of cultures", as he quotes a subway graffitti. 

P.S- And, sometimes, there are still people who see these new star athletes and dumb people that were only naturally gifted to play a physical sport...

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A balanced view on how to thwart ISIS

I never heard of Joe Parini before, but I must say I agree with this article in CNN -

Monday, 9 November 2015

Lars Sorensen - Top CEO of 2015, according to HBR

- "I've been part of some of the most stupid mistakes"

- "If we end up curing diabetes, and it destroys a big part of our business, we can be proud, and you can get a job anywhere. We'll have worked on the greatest social service of any pharmaceutical company, and that would be a phenomenal thing"

- "It's to our advantage to have high-quality generic products (...) for countries and populations that can't afford most advanced products"

- "Our philosophy is that corporate social responsibility is nothing but maximizing the value of your company over a long period of time, because in the long term, social and environmental issues become financial issues"

- "When we make decisions, the employees should be part of the journey and should know they're not just filling my pockets. And even though I'm one of the lowest paid people in your whole cohort, I still earn more in a year than a blue-collar worker makes in his lifetime"

- "It is easier to lead when the pay gap between the CEO and workers is smaller."

- "There is nothing more motivating for people than to go to work and save people's lives"

Monday, 31 August 2015

The present in the words of Indra Nooyi

"Every morning you have got to wake up with a healthy fear that the world is changing, and a conviction that, to win, you have to change faster and be more agile than anyone else"

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Cutting bank reserves to stop a bubble burst is dangerous

Because it fuels investment by making money easily available. Now, that is exactly what the Chinese government wants, as it tries to smooth the current stock market bubble burst. And I would say that is ok - but it can also be dangerous if this stimulus is not temporary (and we have seen how addicted to growth China is). Because with more money at hand, banks will do good and bad investment, with lower returns (like the big "ghost towns and malls" in China). And that can mean the Chinese banks will then bubble on their own and generate a burst like we have seen in the west from 2008 to very recently.

Monday, 24 August 2015

There is nothing wrong with state controled capitalism...

I always said that economic long-term oriented social-democratic liberalism (with regulation favoring free market and protecting key areas that should remain under the sovereign eye of the state, and, additionally, free access to information and the power to do one's choices) is the perfect complement for a democracy, because it empowers citizens on their future. But some people argued that there was nothing wrong with China's stance on economics being dictated by the Government - now, after months of confusing messages, trying to cover the basics (a big market bubble in many sectors, powered by over optimistic projections), some investors are even being barred from selling stock positions they believe are over-valued. Capitalism needs a free democracy and free access to information to thrive. Easy.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Paretto refugees

I will never understand a world that beats up a doctor to prevent him from selling sunglasses in a train station. The same world that pushed that doctor away from home and into selling those glasses, fleeing from war, corruption, misery. The world is far from a Paretto efficiency, and it should be our responsibility to improve it, maximizing every single person's potential and recognizing them as human beings.