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SHEIRA M. FURSE :: Brand and marketing ace-at-the-ready, social and cultural explorer, gen xer and flexer, futurist on how we will work, avid reader and antiquarian, and friend to rabbits everywhere.

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Putting a human cost on the iPad 

A sobering story about the suffering endured by Chinese workers at Foxconn. Adds important additional perspective on the New York Times story that I blogged about earlier in the week.

Why Apple can't build iPhones in the US 

A fascinating read, both in terms of the impact of the American middle class and the conditions under which Chinese workers toil to feed the global appetite for consumer technology. Clearly our era of rapid and pervasive innovation is unfolding at a very human cost, both for the American workers who no longer have a place in our economy and for the Chinese workers who labor under conditions that we would consider deplorable even if they are an improvement over Chinese rural living standards. The situation is not sustainable from either end, and it will be fascinating to see what happens as the US reinvents its economy and Chinese workers find their collective voice. Both are long term propositions to be sure, but perhaps not nearly as long as one would imagine in our fast moving world that is increasingly populated by collaborative and civic-minded Millennials.

Dusk, Dawn, and High Noon 

This from Rand: “Demographics are not destiny, but they are the next best thing. The accumulation of slow demographic changes inexorably alters nations, especially vis-à-vis one another — and in ways that are not easy to reverse. In the decades ahead, China and India will have the most to gain or to lose, and the United States will continue to have the most to protect and to defend.” The attached article on global demographic trends is a must read for anyone interested in how the future will unfold.