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If you are overwhelmed with the daily routine of the here and now and don’t have time to step back and reflect. If you feel that you are increasingly surprised by new developments. If you feel that the lack of a broader picture makes your work less effective. Then you’ve landed on the right page.

Looking Sideways aims to make you step back, explore and reconsider. It aims to empower you to take a different tack to the challenge at hand. It aims to provide novel facts and evidence-based insights, and deconstruct self-evident truths (which are often just socially endorsed stereotypes). When the truth is no more than lies waiting to come out, curiosity is the best medicine.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 15 Jul 2013 | From the channel/s: 

I came across Albert O. HIRSCHMAN’s economic development writings when I was trying to enter the trade, long time ago. Then I found him somewhat “obvious” – if insightful. Certainly, he is today the only intellectual in that crowded field I remember with respect.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 25 Jun 2013 | From the channel/s: 

Governments have been caught spying on each other. So what else is new? Before taking informed decisions, governments weigh benefits and costs of action. To this end they gather – by hook or crook – as much contextual and social information as they can afford.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 22 Jun 2013 | From the channel/s: 

I was answering my eMail, at the reception of the resort in Kerala where I’m staying at the moment, when I heard sweet talk coming from the side. A mother and her teen-age boys were rocking gently on a wooden swing, talking, and sharing.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 7 Jun 2013 | From the channel/s: 

The French police stopped the Swiss Ambassador to OECD, the other day, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Charges were placed against him.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 30 May 2013 | From the channel/s: 

Unimaginable, right?

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By Aldo Matteucci on 30 May 2013 | From the channel/s: 
I have been arguing recently that the XXIst century will be the century when we'll bring together what is known (rather than speculated) about man and society. This will transform societies in way we can barely begin to imagine.
 
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By Aldo Matteucci on 23 May 2013 | From the channel/s: 

In my blog entry 211, I waxed skeptical about Joseph S. NYE’s “soft power”. I disliked the intertwining of persuasion and brute power. Persuasion backed by power tends to become dogma. NYE’s concept of “change from within”, however, has an intriguing kernel.

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By Aldo Matteucci on 23 May 2013 | From the channel/s: 

In Broken Images

 

He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.

 

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By Aldo Matteucci on 20 May 2013 | From the channel/s: 

An 18-year-old science student has made an astonishing breakthrough that will enable mobile phones and other batteries to be charged within seconds rather than the hours it takes today’s devices to power back up. http://bit.ly/10P41oY

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