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Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

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Esther Dyson, Chairman of EDventure Holdings, is an entrepreneur and angel investor concentrating on emerging markets and technologies. She is a board member of numerous companies, including 23andMe, Eventful, Meetup, NewspaperDirect, Voxiva, WPP Group, XCOR Aerospace, and Yandex, and was an early investor in such notable start-ups as Evernote, Flickr, Mashery, Medstory, Omada Health, and Square.

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  1. The Next-Generation Greenhouse
    vertical farming greenhouse Plant Chicago/Flickr

    The Next-Generation Greenhouse

    Aug 27, 2014 Esther Dyson extols the promise of vertical "plant production units."

  2. The Facebook Furor
    Mark Zuckerberg Josh Lowensohn/Flickr

    The Facebook Furor

    Jul 25, 2014 Esther Dyson explores the roots of public outrage over the social-networking site's psychological experiment.

  3. A User’s Guide to Conferences
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    A User’s Guide to Conferences

    Jun 27, 2014 Esther Dyson explains how organizers, speakers, and participants can benefit the most from industry meetings.

  4. The Private Sector’s Privacy Puzzle
    Privacy Woman Covered Face_Frederic Poirot_Flickr Frederic Poirot/Flickr

    The Private Sector’s Privacy Puzzle

    May 27, 2014 Esther Dyson explores when and why people are likely to share their data.

  5. The Great Global Bazaar

    The Great Global Bazaar

    Apr 23, 2014 Esther Dyson on the importance of an open mind and a willingness to wander off the beaten path.

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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell

    In a world of giants, the EU and Mercosur together represent just 10% of the world’s population and 20% of global GDP. If either wants to wield global influence, it needs the other, making the EU-Mercosur trade agreement a strategic imperative.

    urge European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.
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    Let the WTO Referee Carbon Border Taxes

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how a revived World Trade Organization can play a central role in combating climate change.
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    Elon Musk’s Not-so-Hidden Agenda

    Jason Stanley thinks the mogul's takeover of Twitter reflects his interest in destroying all democratic information spaces.
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    Saadia Zahidi on government spending, debt distress, the Iran protests, and more

    Saadia Zahidi argues that social-safety nets must be customized and targeted to ensure efficiency, advocates a more responsible approach to deficit reduction and fiscal consolidation, describes the complex recipe for helping countries reap the benefits of greater female labor-force participation, and more.
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    The Birth of a New International Order

    Joschka Fischer sees global great-power relations taking shape around a Sino-American dominated pentarchy.
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    The World Cup Syndrome

    Raj Persaud reflects on the effects that loving the “beautiful game” can have on one’s health and finances.
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    Rebooting the World Bank

    Suma Chakrabarti & Chris Humphrey outline key reforms that could help the institution regain the trust of developing countries.

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