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MARK FLORMAN

Mark is a businessman and entrepreneur active in policy making. His mission has been focused on driving and measuring economic & social impact and harnessing human potential.

Business & Society – my Step 1 & Step 2

Corporate Governance Reform for a New Era of Responsible Business. Pre-Second World War, society – including business – did more than the State to provide a safety net for its inhabitants. The Post War Consensus changed this and the State assumed more responsibility. Business has since been left with a narrow focus on profits, failing to do enough to contribute, outside of the basic employment contract, to the communities in which it operates. It needs to do more. For the world’s governments, societies and economies, no question can be more pressing. Enlightened businesses, investors and consumers know that there is only…

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China’s sharp-eyed state

‘Welcome to China, where AI is being pressed into service as handmaiden to an authoritarian government. For many critics, this seems fraught with danger: an Orwellian world where “Big Brother” is always watching, able to spy on anyone from human rights lawyers to political dissidents and persecuted minorities. For supporters, it is near utopian: a…

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O-Zones: The opportunity of poverty

‘As part of the December 2017 Trump tax cut, an unlikely group of billionaires and politicians quietly inserted a generous and complicated new tax break designed to lure big dollars into struggling areas known as Opportunity Zones, or O-zones.  About 8,700 O-zones nationwide, ranging from run-down inner cities to dusty rural hamlets, have already been designated. But investors who want to take advantage…

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The last mile to global health

‘The backpack is a key part of Last Mile Health’s effort to deliver basic health care to people who live beyond the reach of the health system. Raj was born in Liberia and fled the civil war there with his family when he was 9. When he returned as a medical student years later, he…

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Chinese Rebel

‘Despite being born into a relatively prosperous period, well-educated millennials in big cities not only face unprecedented competition in the labour market but are also finding it harder to buy what Chinese people tend to see as the most fundamental asset: an apartment.’ What does it mean to be young and middle class in china…

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Kenya’s millenial hustle

‘Mutua, whose father is a waiter and mother does not work, says he convinced his mother to give him money rather than basic items such as toothpaste and shoe polish. He went to Eastleigh, the Nairobi district famous for Somali traders who boast they can acquire anything from anywhere in the world, and bought decorative…

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Chris Donnelly, The Statecraft Institute

Mark’s riveting address to the security, defence and development professionals, policy analysts and political advisers opened up a brand new perspective for this expert group committed to the reform of national and international institutions. His impressive speech, focusing on the evolution of the three pillars – state, society, and commerce, and based on his extensive personal experience working in the developing world and on UK social justice, connected and contextualised diverse issues in a most original and creative way, stimulating vigorous debate. It was acclaimed as the most inspirational and though-provoking session of 2015.
Chris Donnelly, The Statecraft Institute

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Corruption in crisis?

‘Part of the change is demographic: Over the last decade, Latin America’s middle class has grown by roughly 40 million people and now outnumbers those living in poverty. The middle class wants more than jobs or survival, more than “rouba mas faz.” As taxpayers, they want honest government and are no longer willing to overlook abuses of…

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