October 14, 2011

Weekly roundup: Changing roles for women, integrating sustainability and ‘ye olde recipe’

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-The New York Times examines the price everyday Chinese are paying for the country’s growth, as part of its “Endangered Dragon” series on China’s new economy.

-Women in Egypt and Tunisia are “both hopeful and fearful” about how revolution will change gender politics, according to The Economist. And Time takes a look at a debate over the role of women in Brazil, whose culture remains “resolutely macho” despite a female president.

-The Economist argues that Occupy Wall Street “may be the world’s first genuine social-media uprising.”

-Signs of bad times in the U.K.: The Telegraph reports that more Britons are cooking with leftovers and scraps to feed their families and foregoing a foreign holiday in order to save money.

-McKinsey finds that more companies are “actively integrating sustainability principles,” moving beyond simple reputation-focused efforts with initiatives “to improve processes, pursue growth, and add value.”

-Starbucks’ sustainability chief expresses concern that climate change could affect the company’s long-term viability, in an interview with The Guardian.

-With demand for quality higher education outpacing supply in India, more middle- and upper-class Indians are sending their kids to U.S. colleges, according to The New York Times.

-Time asks, “What if the China bubble bursts?

-Businessweek looks at the plight of today’s U.S. worker, plagued with debt, unlikely to get a raise and struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living.

-A long essay in The Atlantic by Kate Bolick argues that “it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of ‘traditional’ marriage as society’s highest ideal.” (Lazy? The Week summarizes her key points.)

-As the luxury market expands in India, Hermes launches the country’s first street-level store for a luxury brand.

-The Atlantic reports that a low birth rate and a high death rate are driving a crisis of confidence in Russia’s future.

-An I.H.T. special report on the energy sector looks at how industry and cities are planning for “the new energy order” following a global shift prompted by natural disasters, political upheavals and market turmoil.

-A poll of American students from fifth grade through high school finds widespread entrepreneurial ambition, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-GigaOM looks at how the Internet of Things will intersect with the smart grid to drive energy efficiency.

-Gift-giving services “are having their Groupon moment,” reports Fast Company, one sign that online consumers are adopting new ways of thinking about shopping.

-The Observer says the issue of email overflow is “zeitgeisting.”

-Larry Kramer writes in Business Insider that change is accelerating in the media business as “content continues to trump distribution.”

-The U.S. now has more phones than people, according to the CTIA, the wireless industry association.

-More supermarkets are testing QR codes, apps and other smartphone technologies, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-GigaOM outlines “5 trends that will shape the future of mobile advertising.”

-Cars will be “the next boom in mobile devices,” reports The New York Times, with connectivity set to change driving behavior and the economics of the auto industry.

-Four in 10 tablet and smartphone owners use the devices while watching TV, mostly to check email, according to Nielsen.

-Smoking is moving further to the fringe in Japan, once a smoker-dominated culture, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-The OECD publishes “How’s Life?,” a 40-country study that assesses factors influencing well-being.

-“Ye olde recipe”—cooking concoctions from days of yore—is the next big thing among adventurous foodies, says The Wall Street Journal.

-Triathlons are the new C-suite activity, according to Ad Age.

-RIP, footnote? A New York Times Sunday Book Review essay notes that with e-books, footnotes become endnotes.

-Our sister site, AnxietyIndex.com, released our latest AnxietyIndex study, a baseline survey in Pakistan that finds the country is among the most anxious markets JWT has studied.

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