Big Shifts and Lifelong Learning

5G, China, the transformation from the old to the new economy and lifelong learning were hot topics at the World Economic Forum. This newsletter's got you covered for it all.

I wish you an inspirational weekend and all the best,


The New Order: China, the Role of the West and Techno Nationalism

"If China had the same GDP per capita as Portugal, its economy would be as large as the ones of Europe and the US combined." Let that sink in for a minute. To understand what it means for the world, I recommend the following discussions from the World Economic Forum which were the most insightful I've seen.

Discussion about The New World Order
Discussion about Techno Nationalism

WTF is 5G?

If you don't know about 5G, it is about time you change that because it's been one of the frequent topics at WEF and will change business completely starting this year. Read my briefing about the major technological shift on the Sparkr Blog.

Executive Briefing on 5G

Business Transformation and Lifelong Learning

With world orders, technologies and business changing significantly these days, it's never been more important to be open, creative and remain a curious lifelong learner. The President and CEO of ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was one of many emphasizing the importance of these mindsets in Davos this year.

The latest Sparkr Podcast episodes are a great place to start: Get insights on transforming businesses, lifelong learning and China from serial-entrepreneur and Co-Founder of legendary WIRED Magazine Ian Charles Stewart

Furthermore, understand what it takes to build high performing, creative teams with the Chief Creative Director of a globally leading creative agency Chacho Puebla.

Business Transformation and Lifelong Learning with WIRED Co-Founder Ian Charles Stewart
Building and Enabling Creative Teams with Chacho Puebla

Computational Thinking Initiative

Sparkr is not only talking about the importance of creativity and learning. Sparkr is setting impulses in the Swiss education system together with powerful partners such as digitalswitzerland, EPFL or Swisscom. Together with these partners, the Computational Thinking Initiative was launched last year. What it is and why it matters? Check out the press release.

Press Release (German)
CTI Portrait in Blick (German)

Impressions of a Short Innovation Trip to China

I visited Shenzhen for a couple of days with entrepreneurs and investors. It was an impressive trip. Here are some pictures.

Huawei's HQ. Yes, it's impressive. And kind of creepy.
China's largest tech fair: The Chinese love their facial recognition and crowd behavior analytics AI. A piece of technological "progress" that might be a taboo in Europe appears to be a source of pride in China.
HAX Accelerator is building on Shenzhen's strengths: hardware and rapid prototyping.
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