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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
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    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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    When Women Win, the World Wins

    Indermit Gill & Tea Trumbic share new findings suggesting that some of the progress made toward gender equality has been overestimated.
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    The Case for a European Public-Goods Fund

    Age Bakker, et al. propose a new financing tool to support green and digital investments across the European Union.
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    What Does Trump Mean for the Climate?

    Gernot Wagner doubts that a change of power in the United States would derail the long-term trends that really matter.
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    What’s Behind the US Stock-Market Disconnect?

    Kenneth Rogoff

    Buoyed by the artificial-intelligence boom, the US stock market is breaking records with no apparent end in sight. But given the significant challenges and uncertainties facing the American economy regardless of who occupies the White House in 2025, there is little reason to believe that the current rally can last.

    warns that investors are underestimating the severity of the threat to American democracy.
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    Carbon Credits Hold the Key to Combating Deforestation

    Roselyn Fosuah Adjei explains how nature-based offsets could help reduce emissions and benefit local communities.
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    Alexei Navalny Did Not Die for Nothing

    Ian Buruma

    The Russian opposition leader faced a dilemma that all dissenters in authoritarian states must grapple with: live in exile and fade into obscurity, or confront an oppressive regime and risk imprisonment and torture. Navalny’s choice – and the price he paid for making it – will inspire dissidents for generations to come.

    highlights the crucial role of political martyrs in inspiring resistance to oppressive regimes.
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    The Submergence of Emerging Markets

    Andrés Velasco worries that major middle-income economies are facing a prolonged slowdown, jeopardizing global convergence.
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    How AI Could Reshape Medicine

    Junaid Nabi highlights the new technology’s potential to transform how we diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases.
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    Making Bretton Woods Work for Africa

    Hippolyte Fofack envisions a reformed global financial architecture that provides equal access to long-term patient capital.

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