Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Red is Red and Blue is Blue Unless It's Not

Is there just one word for blue or are there specifics for light blue and dark blue?  According to the author of the Fast Company article titled: Do we perceive colors differently depending on the language we speak?  The answer varies. 

There are different words for shades of blue in Russian, Greek or Turkish.  In English blue is blue unless you add another word to describe the variations.   The author goes on to tell us that studies show that the world of colors, like many other aspects of perception, can be affected by cultural influences and by our learning experiences.  How many colors do you see, how many ways do you describe them? 


Read the article

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

If your state was a country which one would it be (based on GDP)


In 2021 the American Enterprise Institute (aei.org) created a variation of a US map.  Instead of state names as we know them (California, Texas, Florida, etc.) they named them for countries with similar GDPs.   Thus, California became the UK, Florida Indonesia, Texas Italy and Arkansas is Ukraine.    


For the numbers and more:  Details behind the choices

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Top Global Cities Today and Tomorrow

Each year Kearney (https://www.kearney.com)  creates reports two reports assessing the importance of cities around the world.  The Global Cities Index (GCI) and the Global Cities Outlook (GCO).

 For the 2022 GCI they looked at 156 countries seeing to “quantify the extent to which a city can attract, retain, and generate global flows of capital, people, and ideas.”  To create the ranking, they looked “across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.”   The top five for 2022?    New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing.

Will these still be the cities of the future?  The GCO looks to the future, to “identify the cities likeliest to assume and sustain leadership roles in the years to come.”  Which are the top five?  London, Paris, Luxembourg, Munich & Stockholm.  (NY #1 on GCI in 2022 drops to #6 when looking to the future).

Where will you or your business go next?   What is most important thing you consider when looking at a city for business or pleasure?  
Get the full report at https://www.kearney.com/global-cities/2022