Capitalism: emerging market style, DIY cheese, declining material goods
-With the Western version of liberal capitalism flapping about, The Economist‘s January special report focuses on the rise of a new form of state capitalism in emerging markets.
-According to the Global Risks 2012 report, world leaders are pessimistic about the likelihood of global catastrophes in the next decade, thanks to income inequality, fiscal woes, water supply crises and cyber attacks.
-Noting U.K. consumers’ declining use of material goods, Fast Company’s Co.Exist asks “Have We Reached Peak Stuff?”
-As global economic uncertainty persists, Time’s Michael Schuman mulls over “How to Save Capitalism.”
–The Economist reports on a Harvard Business School study that finds widespread pessimism among businesspeople about America’s competitiveness.
–The Guardian dubs 2011 “the time when many ever-optimistic Americans began to give up hope.”
-Various EU leaders are urging youth to migrate for work as high unemployment persists.
-A U.N. report says putting women at the center of energy development programs is the key to bringing communities out of poverty and improving health.
–USA Today takes a look at the state of the luxury market in China.
–The Economist sketches a demographic profile of America’s 1%.
–The New York Times notes that more day care centers are open round-the-clock as parents work longer or nonstandard hours.
-Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, critiques “the New Groupthink.”
-For today’s youth, sharing digital passwords is a sign of commitment and trust, explains The New York Times.
–Fast Company’s “meta mashup” of SOPA news.
-More online shoppers are “rooting for the little guy,” staying away from the “supersites” as a matter of principle, reports The New York Times.
-An Ad Age blogger outlines “three technologies that will change the way we shop.”
-Challenged with fickle, smartphone-equipped consumers, retailers are looking for “technology and tricks” that can keep them competitive, reports The Wall Street Journal.
–The New York Times looks at emerging engineering trends from the Detroit auto show.
–The Wall Street Journal examines whether enhanced e-books represent the future of publishing.
-Libraries are struggling to keep up with demand for e-books, according to The Washington Post.
–Fast Company weighs in on Apple’s announcement that it’s getting into the textbook business.
–USA Today spotlights some trends evident at the Winter Fancy Food Show.
-Making cheese and other dairy products is the latest trend for do-it-yourself foodies, reports The Wall Street Journal.
-The market for mobile health apps (“mHealth”) is “poised for takeoff,” says Information Week.
-More airlines are offering long-haul nonstop flights for those willing to pay a premium, according to The Wall Street Journal.
-Though America’s teen pregnancy rate is falling, it’s still the highest in the developed world, according to the L.A. Times.