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6 Changes That Will Make You More Imaginative; With some intentional shifts in how you go about your creative process, you can finally become as innovative as you want to be

6 CHANGES THAT WILL MAKE YOU MORE IMAGINATIVE

WITH SOME INTENTIONAL SHIFTS IN HOW YOU GO ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS, YOU CAN FINALLY BECOME AS INNOVATIVE AS YOU WANT TO BE.

BY MARTY NEUMEIER

Originality is fundamental to innovation and the key to building sustainable businesses and brands. However, in order to innovate, we must move from the known to the unknown–we must dream. Read more of this post

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Immigrants from the future: Robots offer a unique insight into what people want from technology. That makes their progress peculiarly fascinating

Immigrants from the future: Robots offer a unique insight into what people want from technology. That makes their progress peculiarly fascinating, says Oliver Morton

Mar 29th 2014 | From the print edition

SCHAFT, A BLUE-LIMBED robot, lifts its right foot to the seventh step of the ladder, its left foot to the eighth, and stops; it sways alarmingly in the strong Florida sea breeze. Of the 17 teams competing in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a first-of-its-kind event held at a speedway track near Miami in December 2013, only two others got their robots this high up the ladder. One of those two then took a nasty tumble. Read more of this post

Japanese women and work: Holding back half the nation; Women’s lowly status in the Japanese workplace has barely improved in decades, and the country suffers as a result. Shinzo Abe would like to change that

Japanese women and work: Holding back half the nation; Women’s lowly status in the Japanese workplace has barely improved in decades, and the country suffers as a result. Shinzo Abe would like to change that

Mar 29th 2014 | TOKYO | From the print edition

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Japan’s consumption tax: The big squeeze; A tax goes up while recovery remains fragile

Japan’s consumption tax: The big squeeze; A tax goes up while recovery remains fragile

Mar 29th 2014 | TOKYO | From the print edition

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AS IN the rest of Japan, shopkeepers on Jizo-dori, the main street of Sugamo in north Tokyo, are nervously awaiting the effect of an imminent rise in the country’s consumption (ie, sales) tax, from 5% to 8% on April 1st. Keiji Kudo, the president of Maruji, a retail chain, has been devising ways to stave off a drop in sales of the shop’s most popular range, the red underwear which elderly customers buy for the colour’s supposedly health-boosting properties. Last week Mr Kudo began selling vouchers costing ¥2,700 ($26), which from April 1st may be exchanged for ¥3,000-worth of goods. It is the trick of a seasoned retailer, but Mr Kudo complains it will be harder to pull off next time. In October 2015 the tax is scheduled to go up again, to 10%. And Mr Kudo is under no illusion that will be the end of the rises. Read more of this post

On the antlers of a dilemma: The ambitions of Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s president, collide with popular suspicion of China

On the antlers of a dilemma: The ambitions of Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s president, collide with popular suspicion of China

Mar 29th 2014 | From the print edition

THE fresh-faced good looks have been lined and drawn by the cares of office. His immaculate English is forsaken for the dignity of immaculate Mandarin. Patient replies to questions come wearily, as if said many times before. Yet, six years into his presidency, Ma Ying-jeou’s hair remains as lush and jet-black as any Chinese Politburo member’s. And, speaking in the presidential palace in Taipei, he remains as unwilling as any leader in Beijing to admit to any fundamental flaws in strategy. Read more of this post

India’s election: The country’s south will do much to shape the coming national election

India’s election: The country’s south will do much to shape the coming national election

Mar 29th 2014 | BANGALORE AND HYDERABAD | From the print edition

LICK your lips: mangoes are coming into season in Andhra Pradesh, piled up on roadside fruit stalls. Hyderabadis claim theirs are the country’s sweetest. So too are the bribes paid by the state’s politicians to get people to vote. Since early March state police have seized more money from politicians aiming to buy votes—590m rupees ($10m)—than the rest of India combined. An excited local paper talks of “rampant cash movement”, reporting that police do not know where to store the bundles of notes, bags of gold and silver, cricket kits, saris and lorry-loads of booze. Read more of this post

Politics in Taiwan: Manning the trade barriers; Students occupy Taiwan’s legislature in protest against a free-trade pact with China

Politics in Taiwan: Manning the trade barriers; Students occupy Taiwan’s legislature in protest against a free-trade pact with China

Mar 29th 2014 | TAIPEI | From the print edition

TAIWAN’S Legislative Yuan, the island’s parliament, is used to rumbustious scenes. But the occupation since March 18th of its main chamber by protesting students is unprecedented in the country’s nearly two decades of full democracy. The demonstrators, whose actions took many by surprise, want the government to scrap an agreement with China that would allow freer trade in services across the Taiwan Strait. They have displayed a large cartoon of President Ma Ying-jeou in the debating hall, portraying him as a Chinese pawn. The president is at the nadir of his popularity, while China struggles to win over public opinion in Taiwan. Signs of public sympathy with the students are growing. Read more of this post

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