The Sharing Economy – Why I’m a Fan

Some say that the new sharing economy, meaning our ability to share infrastructure and services mainly due to technological advances such as the ubiquity of smartphones, will transform our societies. While the longterm effects remain to be seen, I can already say that I’m a huge fan.

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How should the world react to protests in Hong Kong?

Causeway Bay, a busy shopping district in central Hong Kong last week: metal and wooden barricades surround tents; people sit on the floor discussing. Signposts in Chinese and English everywhere. It is “Occupy”, the movement led by students demanding more democracy from their administration and the government in Beijing. There are lots of police, but everything seems to be relaxed. Immediately next to the protest camp shoppers check out the latest smartphones and gold jewellery.

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Colombia: A country on the rise

Last month I traveled to Colombia. Although I have several friends from there and know Latin America quite well I had never been in the country before. My one-week trip led me to Bogotá, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Cali and Medellín.

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