Category Archives: Economic innovation

Snapp: how Tehran’s answer to Uber is changing how people travel, and live | Cities | The Guardian

“For the first time in Iran, the priority is with the customer, you can leave feedback and it’s taken seriously, we’ve never felt like that before in Iran,” Reza (not his real name) said. And most drivers have a second job. “I have friends who’re doing a master’s degree at Sharif University or other universities and they’re Snapp drivers,” he said.MTN Irancell, the telecommunications group, is Snapp’s major investor. The taxi app is currently offering several services including Snapp Plus, which features rides with better cars, and Snapp Box, a courier service to send and receive parcels on motorbikes. Unlike Uber, Snapp drivers accept both online payments and cash.Snapp also has a service called Snapprose, offering female drivers for women and families. Writer and commentator Sharmine Narwani was visiting Iran earlier this month. She posted on Twitter at her surprise at having a female driver.

Source: Snapp: how Tehran’s answer to Uber is changing how people travel, and live | Cities | The Guardian

Who’s Afraid of a Changing World Order? | DQ-en – Danny Quah

The form that Asia’s soft-power story will take remains a work in progress: Asia’s intellectuals still need to forge that vision. In some circumstances, networks can usefully replace multilateral agreements. In many situations, a duties-based social understanding can perfectly substitute for a rights-based one. Reverence for learning and scholarship is not a Western monopoly. Gentle pluralism beats arrogant universalism. And that fetishism that for creativity one needs space to rebel, flies in the face of all manner of important disciplined scientific investigation. All these sit easily with and, indeed, are on ample offer in Asia.

  • But certain other things need to be excluded right away from Asia’s narrative. When Trump and his circle display xenophobia, racism, anti-Islamic policies, nationalist populism, and an extreme zero-sum mentality, Asia needs to NOT say, “We see no problem with that.”
  • When Trump undermines the free press and subverts America’s democratic institutions or America’s judiciary, Asia can NOT say, “We are okay with Trump and his people doing those things; we have the same problems here. “ Asia must NOT say, “Let’s focus on Trump’s business acumen and deal-making instincts” – for that too is what Asia knows best and likes most.
  • These ideas have no place in Asia’s soft power narrative; Asia must categorically reject them.
  • Otherwise, Asia has no story.

Source: Who’s Afraid of a Changing World Order? | DQ-en

Key findings about U.S. immigrants | Pew Research Center

About 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2015, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 110,000 people, followed by Mexico (109,000), China (90,000) and Canada (35,000).By race and ethnicity, more Asian immigrants than Hispanic immigrants have arrived in the U.S. each year since 2010. Immigration from Latin America slowed following the Great Recession, particularly from Mexico, which has seen net losses in U.S. immigration over the past few years.Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the U.S. by 2055, surpassing Hispanics. In 2065, Pew Research Center estimates indicate that Asians will make up some 38% of all immigrants, Hispanics 31%, whites 20% and blacks 9%.

Source: Key findings about U.S. immigrants | Pew Research Center

How can Asia lead the liberal world order? | Danny Quah-en

The most enduring values of liberal democracy are simply those that get schoolchildren through sports day: There is a level playing-field; no one is excluded from playing and everyone gets a fair shot. The rules are transparent, and cannot be changed mid-contest. Afterwards, there are winners and losers, and that’s OK. Compete fiercely to win, but those who don’t succeed need to wish the winners well, and to exit on friendly terms. Winners should behave with good grace, and not bully or display arrogance.Everyone shares these values, whether you’re in Asia or in the West (or perhaps more accurately, those pockets of human society that don’t follow these rules? You find them both in Asia and in the West.)For Asia to lead, it has to have a story. What form that narrative takes remains work in progress: Asia’s intellectuals need still to forge that vision. In some circumstances, networks can usefully replace multilateral agreements. In many situations, a duties-based social understanding can perfectly well substitute for a rights-based one. Openness and transparency work well for social benefit, but only up to a degree. Reverence for learning and scholarship is far from a Western monopoly. And that old fetishism, that for creativity one needs the space to rebel, flies in the face of all manner of disciplined scientific investigation that have lead to profoundly significant discoveries. When Thomas Alva Edison perfected the modern light bulb, he was not wearing cut-off jeans and chewing bubble gum.But certain other things need to be excluded right away from Asia’s narrative. When Trump and those around him display xenophobia, racism, anti-Islamic policies, nationalist populism, and an extreme zero-sum mentality, Asia needs to NOT say, we see no problem with that. When Trump undermines the free press and subverts America’s democratic institutions or America’s judiciary, Asia can NOT say, we are OK with Trump and his people doing those things; we have the same problems here. Asia must NOT say, let’s focus on Trump’s business acumen and deal-making instincts – for that too is what we know best and like most.

Source: How can Asia lead the liberal world order? | DQ-en

Italian researcher creates a gelato that makes you better at sport – The Local – Viva!

The foods which best conserve the substances include dried fruits, cocoa beans and green tea, he says – and low, controlled temperatures help too. So gelato is the perfect way to eat your way to a healthy heart.The scientist created three types of ice cream (chocolate, hazelnut and green tea flavour) following a secret recipe at a Rome gelateria, before transporting it to the university on his moped.There, he carried out tests to check the effectiveness of the antioxidant dessert.Participants took blood tests before and after sampling the gelato (with some taking a placebo, a standard chocolate ice cream) and were also asked to pedal as fast as they could on an exercise bike.The tests showed that the gelato improved vascular function and also improved participants’ physical performance. These changes were not observed in those who ate the placebo ice cream.”Who says that health foods have to taste bad?” asks Sanguigni.

Source: Italian researcher creates a gelato that makes you better at sport – The Local

Interlogix Recalls to Inspect Personal Panic Devices Due to Failure to Operate in an Emergency | CPSC.gov “Funny and not so funny, if you bought one.”

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Interlogix ® wireless personal panic devicesHazard:The wireless personal panic devices can fail to operate, which could result in the device not communicating with the security system if activated in the event of an emergency.

Source: Interlogix Recalls to Inspect Personal Panic Devices Due to Failure to Operate in an Emergency | CPSC.gov

A Two-Mile Beer Pipeline Carries Belgium’s Lifeblood to Be Bottled – The New York Times

Beneath the gilded spires and medieval cobblestone streets of Bruges, the lifeblood of Belgium now flows at more than 1,000 gallons an hour.The turn of a tap on Friday propelled the Belgian city into the future — and sent its citizens to the bar — as dignitaries and drinkers celebrated a momentous innovation: the world’s first beer pipeline.The two-mile pipeline, visible in one spot through a transparent manhole cover cut into the cobblestone, carries beer from one of the country’s oldest still-operating breweries in the center of Bruges to a bottling plant on its outskirts.The project cost about 4 million euros, or $4.5 million. But the brewery discovered an innovative way to raise the funds: promise donors free beer for life.“As far as we know, this is the first time ever that such a thing has been done,” Xavier Vanneste, the director of De Halve Maan, or The Half Moon, a brewery, said in an interview. “It’s an old product, but an innovative project.”

Source: A Two-Mile Beer Pipeline Carries Belgium’s Lifeblood to Be Bottled – The New York Times

Announcing South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action | whitehouse.gov

Nominate yourself or someone you know to attend the White House’s South by South Lawn. On October 3, the White House will convene creators, innovators, and organizers from across the country for an evening of music, film, and great ideas. It is a call to arms for every American to roll up their sleeves and make a positive mark on our country — and a celebration of the great work so many of us have already accomplished.Know somebody creating change — big or small — in your community? We’re inviting you to nominate yourself or somebody you know to attend. Submit details below by September 10th at 5pm. WHO IS YOUR NOMINEE? *TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY YOU OR YOUR NOMINEE SHOULD ATTEND: *SHARE A LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION:CITYSTATEZIPINSTAGRAM ACCOUNTTHE NOMINEE’S EMAIL *YOUR EMAIL (IF NOMINATING SOMEBODY OTHER THAN YOURSELF):*Your information may be shared among the White House, South by Southwest, AFI, PCAH, with other agencies and nongovernmental organizations working on South by South Lawn. You must 18 or over to submit a nomination.

Source: Announcing South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action | whitehouse.gov

July’s Strong Job Numbers Still Don’t Match Trump’s Claims | FiveThirtyEight

Donald Trump is running for president on the idea that the American economy is stuck in a deep hole, and only he can get it out. The job-market data keeps saying otherwise.U.S. employers added 255,000 jobs in July — significantly more than economists had forecast — and job growth in May and June was stronger than initially reported, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Wage growth accelerated, drawing more Americans back into the job market, and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent.Last month, I wrote that the economy will probably look pretty good on Election Day. Friday’s report makes that a near-certainty, at least as far as the job market is concerned. With just three more reports to go until voters head to the polls — October’s jobs numbers will be released four days before Election Day — it would require a historic collapse for the unemployment rate to be much above 5 percent in November.

Source: July’s Strong Job Numbers Still Don’t Match Trump’s Claims | FiveThirtyEight