BBC Business Daily : Regulating Banks

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Prof. Charles Goodheart on the BBC Business Daily program.

(click for audio which runs 7m 7s)

BBC Digital Planet : Clay Shirky

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Brilliant interview with the author of the concept of Cognitive Surplus.

(click for audio which runs 10m49s)

…Behavior is just motivation filtered through opportunity…
…It’s not information overload, it’s filter failure…
…The printing press did not cause the scientific revolution, and the scientific revolution would not have been possible without the printing press…

Dr. Atul Gawande On Complexity

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dr. Atul Gawande, author of the recent The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, spoke at a California university on Jan 12th 2010.  A most engaging speech. 

He was also on BBC Worldservice’s Health Check program on Feb 1st 2010.

(audio runs 26m 28s)

BBC Business Daily : India & Privatization

Thursday, January 14, 2010

(click for audio which runs 4m)

Business Daily program today.  The Goldman Sachs’ analyst sounds absoultely crazy with his way-over-the-top optimism on China.  David Roche, though, is a star.  His views, on the role of democracy and free markets in building long term growth, are spot-on.

(click for audio which runs 8m 26s)

Mr. Roche explains why Asian countries (excluding India) have a huge uphill climb ahead in creating a true consumer-led economy.  “I think Asia will get relatively richer…..One of the challenges is that it is no accident that all the rich countries of the world are also democracies…..No Asian economy really has developed the institutions – democratic or otherwise – to achieve that purpose…..I exclude India which is a different type of economy, in some ways more Anglo-Saxon, more service oriented…..Export, manufacturing oriented economies have to show that they are capable of creating the middle-class, consumer-driven society which can actually give them sustainable growth which is created at home.  To do that politically, you have to tolerate the middles classes, their individualism, their claims to property rights, their claim to independent judiciary and their claim ultimately to a democratic system.  That is one hell of a challenge for countries which claim they have found an Asian way by doing the opposite…..