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Forward Thinking on the fragility of the world’s food systems and how to fix them with Jessica Fanzo

– Many people think that hunger and climate change happen to poor people in faraway countries and won’t affect them, says... a leading food systems expert. “But that is a naïve perception of the world.”
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Global flows: The ties that bind in an interconnected world

– Economic and political turbulence have prompted speculation that the world is already deglobalizing. But the evidence suggests... that global integration is here to stay, albeit with nuance.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

On the cusp of a new era?

– Current economic and political turbulence could presage the start of a new era that is structurally very different with a new... narrative of progress.
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Forward Thinking on talent, state capacity, and being hopeful with Tyler Cowen

– A prominent economist, author, podcaster, and talent investor discusses how to better match human talent to opportunities, de-bureaucratize... philanthropy, achieve higher-quality governance, and identify fields of likely progress, and how to get it all done.
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Securing Europe’s competitiveness: Addressing its technology gap

– Even amid war in Europe and the energy and cost of living crisis that has resulted, the region needs to pay attention to its slow-motion... corporate and technology crisis.
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Overcoming the fear factor in hiring tech talent

– Providing the kind of experience and skill building that augments human capital can open up a much broader pool of candidates.
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Forward Thinking on progress in science funding, immigration, and biosecurity with Alec Stapp

– The co-founder and co-CEO of a new think tank, the Institute for Progress, talks about its mission to accelerate scientific, technological,... and industrial progress while safeguarding the future of humanity.
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Forward Thinking on the sustainability revolution in textiles and the fashion industry with Edwin Keh

– The leader of a cutting-edge institute talks about innovative new materials that “eat” carbon and may enable cotton... growing without irrigation, as well as the potential for building the world’s shortest supply chain in two 40-foot containers.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on people, places, and the revenge of places that don’t matter with Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

– A leading economic geographer talks regional growth and inequality, discontent and populism, innovation, migration, and development... policies and strategies.
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Forward Thinking on war in Ukraine, inflation, and cooperation in a fractured world with Jean Pisani-Ferry

– An eminent European economist discusses the economic challenges arising from the war in Ukraine, the spreading economic turbulence,... and the need to work together to nurture global public goods.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Human capital at work: The value of experience

– Human capital represents two-thirds of wealth for the average individual—and work experience contributes almost half of... that value.
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