22
Nov

Economic Growth Is No Longer Enough

Written on November 22, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

By Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of International Relations.

As new technologies subject the world’s economies to massive structural change, wages are no longer playing the central redistributive role they once did. Unless the decoupling of productivity and wages is addressed, the political convulsions many countries are experiencing will only intensify.

Macroeconomic data from the world’s advanced economies can be mystifying when viewed in isolation. But when analyzed collectively, the data reveal a troubling truth: without changes to how wealth is generated and distributed, the political convulsions that have swept the world in recent years will only intensify.

Consider, for example, wages and employment. In the United States and many European countries, average salaries have stagnated, despite most economies having recovered from the 2008 financial crisis in terms of GDP and job growth.

Moreover, increases in employment have not led to a slowdown or a reversal of the decline in the wage share of total national income. On the contrary, most of the wealth created since the 2008 crisis has gone to the rich. This might explain the low levels of consumption that characterize most advanced economies, and the failure of extremely lax monetary policy to produce an uptick in inflation.

Employment, too, seems to be performing in anomalous ways. Job creation, where it has taken place, has followed a different path than history suggests it should. For example, most employment growth has been in high-skill or low-skill occupations, hollowing out the middle. Many of the people who once comprised the Western middle class are now part of the middle-lower and lower classes, and live more economically precarious lives than ever before.

Productivity growth has also become polarized. According to the OECD, in the last decade, productivity within “frontier firms” – defined as the top 5% of firms in terms of productivity growth – increased by more than a third, whereas the rest of the private sector experienced almost no productivity growth at all. In other words, a smaller number of companies have made greater efficiency gains, but there has been relatively no diffusion of these benefits into the broader economy. Read more…

10
Nov

Did you know that 800 Million People in the World Can’t Read?

Written on November 10, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

IFEMME Opened Doors to Raise 100 000 EUR to change that.

A fine art photography project IFEMME created by a Vietnamese photographer Viet Ha Tran and a Ukrainian white shirts brand Simplifi inaugurated its first exhibition in alma mater of its founders IE at Maria Molina 31/Velasquez on 16 November 2017.

Register here for the I Femme Vernisage: http://bit.ly/2haztip

The exhibition will run in Madrid through December 16, 2017 presenting 20 pieces of fine art photography picturing educated women of different backgrounds in their national clothes and white shirts. Through the symbolic white shirts IFEMME showcases modern, independent, liberal and successful women of the 21st century, who are the owners of their destiny while still maintaining their cultural identity.

“As a child, I dreamed of changing the world, in one way or another with this project I hope to be part of making changes happen. I believe that education is the most powerful tool, which can be used to make change happen and art is another powerful instrument that helps changing a person’s inner world and vision.” – says Viet Ha Tran, the fine art photographer and co-foundfer of IFEMME.

The limited edition art photographs will be available to collectors through galleries, auction houses and a series of events that will be held in key capitals of the world including London, Paris, New York, Moscow, Mumbai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Capetown within the next two years. Together with a specially developed model of white shirt and silver IF-shaped cufflinks art photographs will be sold at online platforms www.ifemme.org and  www.simplifishirts.com. All generated profit will be donated to educate girls in Asia and Africa via Room to Read Girls’ Literacy Foundation.

“White shirt brand Simplifi was born two years ago to become the first customer of the newly launched social enterprise in Ukraine funded by the UN structure. Producing our shirts there is our way to create jobs for women deprived at the labor market. IFEMME is our next step of changing the world by brining women to help women” – shares Tetyana Kretova, co-founder of Simplifi and IFEMME.

IFEMME art exhibition is curated by Rikke Jorgensen (Denmark) and is supported by the growing network of people and companies, among which an institutional partner IE Foundation and IE Center for Diversity, corporate sponsors Just Landed S.L, Future Kids Education (Germany) and an academic partner European Cultural Academy (Italy).

Together with IE Center for Diversity IFEMME will replicate the event globally.

With the aim of generating 100 000 EUR within the next few years IFEMME is inviting smaller donations through purchasing an art photography post card at 5 EUR or donating as much as 1 EUR directly at its Room to Read donation page https://give.roomtoread.org/team/130124. Read more…

6
Nov

Cuentos de acuarelas

Written on November 6, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

José Félix Valdivieso y Miguel Panadero publican ‘Dibugrafías’ una colección de historias expresadas en dibujos y relatos

De los pinceles de Miguel Panadero y de la literatura en movimiento de José Félix Valdivieso nace ‘Dibugrafías’, un libro con 51 pinturas y las historias que habitan en ellas. Un dos en uno, que como en un matrimonio bien avenido alcanza la armonía y el equilibrio respetando la autonomía y el carácter de cada parte.

Son representaciones textuales-verbales y representaciones visuales con valor creativo propio que alcanzan una nueva dimensión en la publicación editada por Libros.com, gracias a una campaña de ‘crowdfunding’ (micromecenazgo) y presentada el día 23 de octubre en la galería Álvaro Alcázar, de Madrid.

“El libro se presenta en una galería de arte porque contiene historias sobre las acuarelas de Miguel Panadero”, comenta José Félix Valdivieso, director de Comunicación de IE Business School, que ha puesto en práctica el ejercicio literario de la écfrasis. Pero este apasionado de las lenguas, que se mueve entre la cultura clásica y la innovación tecnológica, no se ha limitado a describir cuadros. Valdivieso ha transformado las figuras de los cuadros de Panadero en personajes — El hombre sin cabeza, La Mujer de los números, El gran Ricardo Bonaparte, Ernesto y Regina, Raimundo, Míster No, … — que en el nuevo espacio narrativo hablan de amor, de ciudades fantasmas, de corrupción, de política, de economía, de disidencia, de convivencia o de naturaleza.

Escribir cuadros José Félix Valdivieso asegura que “hay cosas que nacen sin querer y ‘Dibugrafías’ es una de ellas”. En una conversación camino de un aeropuerto, el pintor canario que ilustró la portada del libro de Valdivieso ‘Cosas y murciélagos’ propuso al escritor cambiar los términos de su relación y de esta forma también invertir el proceso creativo. “Normalmente se ilustra un texto que se escribe previamente y en este caso es al revés; Miguel Panadero me enviaba semanalmente una acuarela y yo escribía sobre ella (…); me mandaba las pinturas sin ningún tipo de explicación y yo las interpretaba” comenta el escritor que ha puesto en juego “esa curiosa relación entre lo que vemos y lo que entendemos”, para después trasladarla al mundo de la narrativa en relatos cortos, con enigmas y respuestas, con filosofía y poesía.

A lo largo del año 2014, las pinturas de Miguel Panadero fueron llegando a Singapur, Nueva York, Pekín, Madrid, San Francisco, Londres, Santiago de Chile, Roma… siguiendo el paso del incansable viajero Félix Valdivieso que escribe “donde se tercia” sin necesidad de crear una atmósfera especial para buscar la inspiración y la palabra.

El resultado es una obra para contemplar y leer, que entronca con “artes muy primitivas” y que nos lleva a pensar “qué fue antes ¿la pintura en la cueva o las historias compartidas alrededor del fuego?”, deja caer el director de Comunicación de IE.

Publicado en El Adelantado (03/XI/2017)

3
Nov

IEU student Mikhail Frantsuzov and the relation between painting and architecture

Written on November 3, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in IE University

2
Nov

Susana Torres, a Cambridge Scholar

Written on November 2, 2017 by Administrador de IE Blogs in Arts & Cultures & Societies

 

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