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eArtvolution.net, a Crossroads of Art and Entrepreneurship in Tunisia

(Below is my article to be published on Wamda.com) The connection between art and business has always been a complicated one, and the debate on whether so-called “pure” art can be market-friendly is never-ending. ‘Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art’ Andy Warhol once said… which does not make the picture any clearer. Particularly recently, with …

Glad to be back!

So many changes have happened for the last four months: new country, new job, new direction, new projects and, at the end of the day, new “areas of interest”. I was not sure anymore where to take this blog to. The purpose of  these few articles was not only to share ideas and contribute to any relevant debate, but also to get the comments of friends and readers…and release some frustration when it comes to …

Tapping into the impact investing resources

I Thought it would be interesting to get your comments on my article in the TAYP Newsletter ( TAYP aims at increasing the effectiveness of economic and investment flows between the US and Tunisia, and creating a networking platform for Tunisians who live (or lived) in the United States to help each other professionally) “At this very sensitive stage of Tunisia’s development, with almost one million of unemployed and about 25% of the society living under the poverty line, a few disagree that …

The AKP effect?

Is the AKP party responsible for the Turkish “turnaround” that  had been observed during 2002-2007? After the early elections on November 3rd 2002, due to continuous disagreement between coalition forming parties, a completely different political picture emerged. In fact, the parliament had a dual composition with only AKP (Justice and Development Party), a 15 month-old new party in power and CHP. It was the first time since Turkey moved into multiparty democracy in 1946 that such …

The Future Quotient

At a happy hour in Hub Westminster, I met with someone working for Volans who is developing an interesting concept: the Future Quotient. It measures the long-term thinking and acting capability of individuals and companies, or as they define it: “the FQ is a measure of the future readiness – of individuals, teams, agencies, businesses, brands, and beyond- to positively cope with and overcome the various complexities as a result of foreseeable and unforeseeable future changes in the economy, society and the environment” I found the …

Has India’s economy under-performed relatively to its institutions?

Douglass North defines institutions as “the humanly devised constraints that structure political, economic and social interaction.” Their primarily role in economy is to “reduce the transaction and production costs” and allow potential gains in trade. This capacity of reducing transactions costs translates nowadays into various performance factors measuring the “institutions quality”. Performance of institutions has become a hot subject, particularly within development institutions concerned with their aid effectiveness. Several indices have been developed including factors such …

Socially Responsible Investment in the Mediterranean

ANIMA Investment Network,  a multi-coubtry platform supporting the economic development of the Mediterranean, recently released a report on Socially Responsible Investment in the region entitled: “Socially Responsible Investment: What Strategy for the Mediterranean?” The study provides an outlook of the impacts of investment for the three cornerstones of sustainable development and then presents the stakes, strategies and tools for the four main categories of stakeholders of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) in …