November 11, 2011

Weekly Roundup: The ‘Chindian Century,’ Brazilian luxury and mobile Africa

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-An International Energy Agency report concludes that the planet is “headed for irreversible climate change in five years” barring changes to our fossil fuel infrastructure. Meanwhile, the economic and human impact of climate change is likely to be “even more staggering than previously thought,” according to a Huffington Post report on a new study.

-Time examines “The Chindian Century,” asking whether China or India will be the prime driver of global growth in the coming decades.

-The McKinsey Quarterly reports on “China’s confident consumers,” based on the firm’s latest survey in China.

-The Economist looks at what it terms “one of the world’s biggest social trends”: the rise in marriages between people of different nationalities. And USA Today reports on a Census analysis that finds many more Americans are marrying outside their race.

-The wealth gap between older and younger Americans is widening, according to a Pew Research Center analysis. And Fareed Zakaria mulls social mobility in America in a Washington Post column.

-A Wall Street Journal series on “Generation Jobless” argues that American youth are “in crisis” and includes a look at how young men and minorities in particular have been hard-hit by one of the worst job markets in history.

-Ad Age asks, “What does Occupy Wall Street mean for marketers?”

-Fast Company’s Co.Exist reports on Havas Media’s Meaningful Brand Index and concludes that “the brands that survive will be the brands that make life better.”

-A New York Times op-ed columnist outlines “the next big technology-driven revolution,” which he terms “consumer health.”

-The Atlantic explores “How Walmart Is Changing China.” And NPR looks at the retail giant’s plan to expand into health care in the U.S.

-“Exactly How Hot Is Brazil?” asks the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, who explores the Brazilian market for luxury shopping.

-Bloomberg Businessweek reports on how retailers are retooling brick-and-mortar outlets to lure “mission shoppers” and compete with e-commerce. And The Financial Times outlines how three retailers are responding to consumers who toggle between the Internet and physical stores.

-A new Gartner report examines the future of online music.

-Restaurateurs are turning to crowdsourcing platforms such as Kickstarter to launch their projects, explains The New York Times.

-According to a study by online security firm Unisys, a majority of Brits are in favor of a social media shutdown during periods of social unrest.

-The Next Web reports on research from analyst firm Informa that forecasts Africa will become the world’s No. 2 mobile market in five years. And a study by industry group GSMA says Africa is the world’s fastest-growing mobile market, according to the Associated Press.

-Nielsen examines the surge in Internet use in Southeast Asia, reporting that in some countries’ Internet use is now surpassing traditional media.

-The Pew Internet Project explores “How American teens navigate the new world of ‘digital citizenship.’”

-The difference between brand pages on Facebook and Google+, as told by Mashable.

-A recap of the impact of last Saturday’s Bank Transfer Day.

-With China’s toy market forecast to double by 2015, Chinese toy exporters are turning to the domestic market for growth, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

-Fast food chains are working to appeal to a broader demographic than young males, reports Ad Age.

-“Are apps making cookbooks obsolete?” asks The New York Times.

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