25 must-read stories for the weekend

  1. “Nigerians don’t need pity, or outrage.” The country is on track to be a global economic powerhouse in 15 years, write Acha Leke and Paul Collier.
  2. Sustainable business. What does it mean, why does it matter? Companies will only prosper long term when they care for the world around them.
  3. Climate change targets have failed. Instead of the endless bickering, countries need to pull together and fund new technology to curb warming, says Jeffrey Sachs. Also: Antarctica is at the point of no return.
  4. Summer of discontent. Today’s diffuse geopolitical crises are pushing Cold War-era institutions to breaking point, warns Michael Spence.
  5. How the Internet broke the monopoly on trust. New publicationsthrive while old ones struggle to survive, writes Lara Setrakian.
  6. Can India emulate China’s boom? Yes, if it boosts manufacturing, cuts red tape and taps into the talent of its people, says Lee Jong-Wha.
  7. If poor countries want to get rich, they should stop exporting their raw resources and start adding value to them. Right? Wrong, says Ricardo Hausmann.
  8. Can what you read change the world? In our podcast,the Turkish novelist ElifShafaktalks about the power of literature to cross borders and improve lives.
  9. Don’t give up on free trade. As pessimists warn that the gains of globalization have peaked, Tomas Hirst makes the case for multilateralism.
  10. Is the Internet destroying middle class jobs? Many of the skills which underpinned status, careers and livelihoods are becoming redundant.
  11. Roadblocks to competitiveness. Forum research backs up this analysis of the challenges holding up growth in G20 countries. (The Australian)
  12.  “We are in this together, so why not share information?” Our Cyber Resilience initiative and report feature in this call for better collaboration to defuse risks. (Computer Weekly)
  13. Top 10 YouTube Channels for leaders. The Forum is included in a list of video channels which inform and inspire decision-takers. (Huffington Post)
  14. Big data: challenges and opportunities. Industry analysis quotes from the Global Information Technology Report. (InformationWeek)
  15. “There should be no room for laws that perpetuate discrimination.” Gender Gap data features in a report on the Philippines’ move to axe a rule constraining a woman’s right to marry. (Rappler)
  16. The end of the Arab State? Christopher Hill on fragmenting power structures in the Middle East. Also: The average age in Gaza? 17.
  17. Ukraine’s economic decline sharpens, as fighting takes its toll.
  18. Modi’s plan for raising farmers’ incomes? Taking top technology from the lab to the land.
  19. Structural poverty. One idea to fix the inequalities ingrained in our system. Also: if minimum wages, why not maximum wages?
  20. “The challenges of democratizing information.” An academic paper on the future of the media, and its impact on all of us.
  21. If technology provides the answers to society’s problems, then what happens to governments?
  22. The end of the experiment. We can’t build a bigger collider, we’ve peered into the furthest reaches of cosmos. A physicist asks if an age of wonder is on the wane. Not so, says Maria Spiropulu: “The quantum universe will continue to surprise us.
  23. The Internet of things will ruin birthdays. Nobody wants a singing fridge or a Tweeting carton of orange juice.
  24. Spotted at last: “Homo Economicus”?
  25. Kapitalism, with Kim Kardashian.

Author: Adrian Monck is Managing Director of Public Engagement at the World Economic Forum, and Professor of Journalism at City University London.

Image: A technician is seen working in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, part of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

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