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Innovation spaces of the future: research notes on China's shanzhai meeting the Makers

Over a few months in early 2011, in the course of doing research for an IFTF Tech Horizons Program’s study on the future of “open fabrication,” I convened what turned out to be a remarkable, free-wheeling conversation among a set of pioneering thinker/makers in China, Singapore, and the U.S.

China uses Internet policy to shape "mainstream public opinion"

The current public pronouncements from the China government regarding Google's assertions of government penetration into Google services has been quite revealing of the persuasive intent of China's deep and comprehensive management of information flow on the Chinese Internet:

The Washington Post published a statements from cabinet spokesman Wang Chen on the Web site of the State Council Information. There are several key phrases that caught my attention when I read the article:

new friends for China, new U.S.-Sino p2p cooperation

A new kind of American is beginning to engage with China.

keep an eye on Taobao: China's massive online market

Taobao, which is owned by Alibaba, started out as an eBay clone but has

Asia: Chinese Consumer Collectives

The emergence of the Chinese middle-class is changing the world. The next ten years will see the growing impact of a distinctly Chinese form of Consumer culture—new kinds of urban buying collectives, rooted in China’s socialist legacy and enabled by communications technologies. Serving there new consumer collectives will require distinctly new strategies in product development, marketing, the retail experience, and customer service.

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A political brouhaha in the making: Chinese workers sickened for cleaner energy in the West

The Times of London recently had an excellent article that will make you feel horrible every time you use a compact fluorescent lightbulbs to save energy--and that also suggests an emerging cultural flashpoint around which the Chinese public could organize in the coming years.  "'Green' lightbulbs poison workers", by Michael Sheridan, describes a surge in

Chinese scientists taking kids home for a better education?

Christian Science Monitor had a great piece May 1 on what some call a "reverse brain drain," adding data to the still largely anecdotal trend of U.S.-based Chinese and Indian scientists going home to develop their careers. 

Who's the baddest, Chinese peasants or grads?

Over the past few months I've heard two entirely different points of view about which groups in China are more likely to cause serious problems because of their unemployment.  Will it be educated university graduates, or urban factory workers returning to their villages?  Both groups have high expectations of being able to work and of becoming increasingly prosperous, and both have seen those expectations dashed.

McKinsey's Pitch for a More Compact Urban China

The McKinsey Global Institute has just published a major report outlining four potential scenarios for urbanization in China.

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