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Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

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Esther Dyson, Chairman of EDventure Holdings, is an entrepreneur and angel investor concentrating on emerging markets and technologies. She is a board member of numerous companies, including 23andMe, Eventful, Meetup, NewspaperDirect, Voxiva, WPP Group, XCOR Aerospace, and Yandex, and was an early investor in such notable start-ups as Evernote, Flickr, Mashery, Medstory, Omada Health, and Square.

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  1. The Next-Generation Greenhouse
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    The Next-Generation Greenhouse

    Aug 27, 2014 Esther Dyson extols the promise of vertical "plant production units."

  2. The Facebook Furor
    Mark Zuckerberg Josh Lowensohn/Flickr

    The Facebook Furor

    Jul 25, 2014 Esther Dyson explores the roots of public outrage over the social-networking site's psychological experiment.

  3. A User’s Guide to Conferences
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    A User’s Guide to Conferences

    Jun 27, 2014 Esther Dyson explains how organizers, speakers, and participants can benefit the most from industry meetings.

  4. The Private Sector’s Privacy Puzzle
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    The Private Sector’s Privacy Puzzle

    May 27, 2014 Esther Dyson explores when and why people are likely to share their data.

  5. The Great Global Bazaar

    The Great Global Bazaar

    Apr 23, 2014 Esther Dyson on the importance of an open mind and a willingness to wander off the beaten path.

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    Death or Glory in Russia

    Slavoj Žižek

    The Russian state’s ideological madness and reversion to warlordism have been abetted by a religious fundamentalism that openly celebrates death in the name of achieving a god-like status. As Vladimir Putin’s propagandists are telling Russians, “Life is overrated.”

    traces the religious and intellectual roots of the Kremlin’s increasingly morbid war propaganda.
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    Only the US Congress Can Stop Ukraine from Winning

    Simon Johnson explains why Russia’s best hope now lies with House Republicans’ nonsensical position on the US debt ceiling.
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    What Japanese Deterrence Would Look Like

    Bill Emmott explains what it will take to discourage aggression by North Korea, Russia, and especially China.
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    Getting to Monetary Integration in Latin America

    Camila Villard Duran explains why the vision of a regional unit of account, advanced by Brazil and Argentina, is achievable.
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    The Age of Verbiage

    Arvind Subramanian blames today’s nonstop inundation of expert opinion for undermining the quality of public discourse.
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    Davos Man Has a People Problem

    Antara Haldar suspects that the socially “disembedded” economic logic of globalization has gone as far as it can go.
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    Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

    Willem H. Buiter thinks the US Constitution and common sense argue for a de facto abolition of the cap.
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    Japan’s Fiscal Dilemma

    Takatoshi Ito explains why the country’s deficit-financed spending spree endangers its national security.
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    Too Soon for Global Optimism

    Kenneth Rogoff

    It is hard to reconcile the jubilant mood of many business leaders with the uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine. While there are some positive signs of economic recovery, a sudden escalation could severely destabilize the global economy, cause a stock market crash, and accelerate deglobalization.

    warns that the Ukraine war and economic fragmentation are still jeopardizing world growth prospects.

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