Danilo Broggi

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Quantum leaps into the future

We are at the threshold of an epochal scientific revolution. The advent of quantum computing will drastically change our societies and governments within a few decades. Are we ready? 

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How to counter short-termism in business

Focusing on profits that make quarterly earnings reports look good rather than strategically assessing what is best for the company in the long term has become the bane of the business world.

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Globalization: good but not good enough

With globalization facing widespread criticism, the experience of one economist in his native India should put things into perspective. What is important is how one implements the openness required.

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The rise and fall of an electric drill

The sharing economy used to hold so much promise. 
But like many high-minded ideas, the reality of economic profit risks tarnishing an undoubtedly great way of making our lives more efficient.

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The hazards of smartphone finance

A computer in your pocket makes many things easier, including playing the financial markets. But there are now risky instruments available, which are effectively scams, and regulators are still lagging behind the technology.

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Sharing economy or shakedown economy?

Just because a business makes your life easier through technology and originated in sunny Silicon Valley, doesn’t mean there aren’t any areas of darkness being unwittingly fed by investors.

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What makes incompetent people so self-assured

It’s a vicious circle. If we’re ignorant and incompetent, then we lack the knowledge or skill to judge ourselves accurately. So to compensate we cling to those who think and perform like us.

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No work and all play, is it the best way?

Utopia may be closer than we think. Some researchers are giving serious consideration to the idea of everyone getting paid for doing nothing. Impossible? Despite evidence to the contrary, some say it might be a good idea.

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9-9-6, or working to death

Healthy ambition can be a good thing. But contemporary societies are having to deal with the unhealthy variety. Too much work can seriously harm overzealous employees and employers – even kill them.

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Italy: the urgent need to reverse course

The wealth gap keeps widening while the middle classes have seen their incomes stall or shrink. With children now poorer than their parents, the ground is fertile for populist resentment. 

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The best of city living

Living in urban areas has its advantages. That’s why cities have become magnets for young talents. But what exactly makes one city a better place to live, and which cities are the most livable?

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Pokemon Go: only a game?

To enjoy the next big thing in the internet revolution, you don’t just sit and stare at your device. Rather, you hunt through a vast area of augmented reality, chasing figures superimposed onto your ordinary surroundings.

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Helicopter money: look out below!

One easy solution to spur the stagnant economy would be to drop cash directly on people from a helicopter. That way they’ll immediately run out and buy things. Or will they?

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Crunching the numbers

Have the Brexiters done the math with respect to leaving the EU? Recent studies show that if the UK opts out of the Union, it will be a lose-lose proposition.

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The one-percent's offshore blues

The Panama Papers have blown the lid off a phenomenon everyone knew existed. Could this serve as the impetus for addressing the issue of hidden wealth hoarded in tax havens?

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Italiano, music to the world's ears

 The language of Dante and opera has seen a resurgence among foreign students. is interest, combined with a substantial Italian diaspora, has created opportunities for seducing the world with the sweet Italian tongue.

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Small giants in the market turmoil

Despite difficult economic times, or perhaps because of them, new spaces are opening up for investments that circumvent traditional banking channels and could spur smaller, more dynamic companies.

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Still far from ( fiscal ) paradise

Evading taxes by deftly choosing jurisdictions is becoming increasingly difficult. Still, there are some companies that are hard to pin down to any specific geographical location. 

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New threats to business

Business models are changing. But if that were the only problem, then entrepreneurs would have it easy. The biggest problem, in fact, may come from changes in regulation that these new types of business induce.

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What a country is worth

Gone are the days when a nation’s wealth was determined by GDP. Now we need to take the intangibles into account and evaluate what a nation’s brand is worth.

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The (false) Rheingold

The Volkswagen emissions scandal is proof that capitalism only works if the game is played according to a set of rules that benefits both the system and the individuals who make it work.
 

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Chinese shadows

Everyone knew the runaway growth couldn’t go on indefinitely. Now the question is weather the Chinese leadership can manage a soft landing, or if things have already started to spin out of control.

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Think of me intensely

Communication in the future will be more than just pressing a few buttons and talking into a piece of plastic. Through virtual reality, we will soon be able to share our most intimate emotions with the world telepathically.

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McDonald’s and (de)globalization

Once the symbol of how the Western lifestyle and the free market would gently conquer the world, McDonald’s golden arches are no longer a talisman against war. Globalization is no longer a value in itself.

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Money can’t buy you happiness

The Unites States is a country with an astonishing wealth gap. Now there is a movement to raise the minimum wage, and a host of high-profile figures are joining.

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Vying for (north) pole position

To some it may seem a wasteland, but to many hyperborean governments the area around the North Pole could hold untold treasures. So now there is a race to lay claims to the seabed.

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The rising shale bubble

The shale gas revolution has drastically affected both energy prices and the energy balance of power. But the very effects of the revolution may lead to shale gas’s own undoing.

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Profit is not all it’s cracked up to be

The obsession with return on investment for shareholders may seriously sabotage the world economy. Now a host of voices are rising up to challenge what for so long has been understood to be common business sense.

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YouInc: a hired gun for anything

Thanks to the advent of smartphone apps, getting and selling freelance work has never been easier. However, there are still many problems to be worked out.

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Who’s afraid of the giants?

Many Europeans would like to break up Google simply because it is better than the competition – even though it benefits consumers. Europeans would be better off encouraging the kind of innovation Google embodies. 

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Like salmon swimming upstream

Businesses that have experimented with offshoring are now returning to their roots. For manufacturing powers, this is good news, and more efforts will be needed to bring the wayward companies home.

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Minding the wealth gap

The debate over economic inequality has been reignited. Various proposals to alleviate the situation have been proposed, but there are fears they will all lead to a form of wealth redistribution.

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The Third Industrial Revolution

Advances in technology are giving us the means to produce things individually, with much less intermediation by huge factories and the corporations required to sustain them.

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Lessons from failure

The high-tech industry is a perfect example of the need to fail, even often, in order to finally achieve the success that all new entrepreneurs dream of. In fact, we may be seeing the rise of a culture of failure.

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What’s mine is yours

The sharing economy revolution is proving to be an excellent way of optimizing goods and services. Nevertheless, there are still those who are resistant to the seemingly irreversible trend.

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Future shopping with crypto-currency

Soon the days of paper money and credit cards will become a relic of the past. With the advent of new currencies and wearable technology, the line between desire and purchase may gradually dissolve.

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­­­Mobility challenge

Moving around in cities can involve any number of modes of transport. Integrating those that require massive investment with those that incentivize people to do things differently will be the key to sustainability.

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Brand strategies

Gone are the days when a company could convey to consumers the image it wanted of itself. Now brands have to slalom through countless opinions and information sources to manage their reputations.

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