African economics / Angola / child mortality / Economic Development / nicholas kristof / third world development

Nicholas Kristof: A Rare Conscience

On a recent PBS Newshour, Nicholas Kristof did what he does best.  Bearing the conscience of a better world, he related findings of his always-thorough investigative research and evidence witnessed first-hand on a rare trip to Angola.  Indeed, the Angolan government had denied him a visa for many years–no doubt with good reason.  He minced no words … Continue reading

Architecture / art / Arts & Culture / Culture / Curiosities / Economic Development / Innovation / International / Middle East / Museums / urban design

Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading

Business / Curiosities / Economic Development / Food / Good News Stories / Health and Wellness / Innovation / Nutrition / urban design

The Whole Foods Teardrop–and Business Strategy

OK, not to be sappy here or deluded as to its purely philanthropic purpose but I have to admit that this weekend’s Washington Post article about Whole Foods’ gutsy new stores in Detroit and Chicago brought a tear to my eye.  Not being overly sentimental, I wondered now where did that come from?  Well, more than anything, … Continue reading

Economic Development / Economics / Environment / News Commentary / Politics

Hear Hear for Encouraging Real Dialogue in America

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/time-bomb-108556.html#.U7nnBU1OUhc Thanks to Politico for this sobering “Call to Conflict” but alas, I fear this entreaty will reach only deaf ears.  The political conscience is muffled by big money.  Accountability will not happen because this country is so polarized now and our politics is so full of empty rhetoric that few will stand up to advocate for … Continue reading

Communications / Curiosities / Economic Development / Economics / Innovation / International / Science / Technology

Facebook’s Vision for World Access to Information

Facebook’s Vision for World Access to Information I don’t know when this project was launched but just discovered it on another blog today.  It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s bold vision for facilitating access to information worldwide.  In the 1990’s I worked with a prescient inventor who sought to make radios available throughout the third world to enable … Continue reading