Tour des Femmes?

By | 2013-08-02T09:58:44+00:00 August 2nd, 2013|Global Market Update|

Can women save the Tour de France? The race covers 2000 miles and takes 23 days, winding along country roads, through city streets, and up tortuous mountain passes. The rider with the lowest aggregate time is the overall winner, although there are team prizes as well. But the world’s premier cycling event is reeling. Between 1995 and 2010 only one winner wasn’t linked to doping, which is affecting its popularity. Thirty years ago Tour organizers included a parallel women’s Tour, using the same finish [...]

Half Full or Half Empty?

By | 2017-07-17T12:34:38+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Global Market Update|

Are you a techno-optimist or pessimist? Some folks think that new technology is leading us towards a bright, shining future. They look at the new smartphone apps and medical sensors and see that new technology allows us to live longer, more productive lives. Others look at manufacturing robots and factory farms and just see displaced workers and environmental degradation. Which is it? It’s unquestionably true that for the past 250 years technology has improved our lives. People are wealthier and healthier and live longer; [...]