China’s Airpocalypse: Why London’s Playbook Won’t Work.

“Beijing’s pollution is bad, but they'll clean their air just like London did …” In 1952, the five-day Great Smog of London killed more than 12,000 people and made over 150,000 people ill. It was an environmental disaster that many people today consider both a cautionary tale and an instructive example of how to address and overcome an air crisis for areas in similar situations – in part because…

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3 Things That Make a Successful Growth-Stage Startup

The Startup Reality in China It feels that the days when China is called a land of "copycats" are long gone. Since the official launch of the Made in China 2025 master plan, China has been leapfrogging towards an innovation-powered economy rather than one focusing on labor-intensive manufacturing. The nationwide movement has gained huge momentum: In 2015 alone, China’s total patent filings mat…

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Ocean Plastic & China’s Affluence, Markets for Sustainability & Leadership | #AskTheCollective 002

As we wrap up the start of February, we are proud to present Episode 002 of the #AskTheCollective video series. This episode features topics ranging from ocean plastic and the influence of affluence in China, to the link between sustainability and a market-driven economy. Many thanks to askers: Wade Sewell, allaways coffee, and Mario Van Der Meulen. As always, we hope you find these questions a…

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Automation & Manufacturing: 3 Insights of China’s Migrant Workers

With an increased number of reports and discussions focused on the impact of automation on jobs, there is a clear (and growing) concern in many areas of the world. It is a concern that we first studied last year as part of our work with the ILO in creating the Future of Work report. This concern, at the time, was seen as misplaced in the minds of many of the executives and factory owners we spoke…

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5 Predictions for Chinese Markets in 2017

2017 has just begun, and one question is on everyone’s minds: what exactly will the new year bring? In particular, companies in China want to predict and adjust for major trends, and wonder what upcoming news could affect their operations. 2016 was a tumultuous year for Chinese markets. The Chinese Communist Party issued its second red alert, closed factories across the northeast, tackled risin…

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Students Hack Future Car Sharing with JLR – In 36 Hours

This weekend, JLR launched its 36-hour car sharing challenge: "Hacking the Future of Connected Vehicles." Student competitors from Tongji, Jiaotong, Zhejiang, the China Academy of Art, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology will work through Sunday evening, presenting their final designs in front of an industry panel. Each student team will respond to the same question: "How can prem…

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JLR Car Sharing Hackathon Revs Up Inspiration and Ideas

This Saturday, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Collective Responsibility hosted a training session for their upcoming student competition in car sharing: “Hacking the Future of Connected Vehicles. The Challenge: Car Sharing and the Future Needs of Users On December 10, six student teams from Tongji, Jiaotong, Zhejiang, the China Academy of Art, and Nanjing University of Science and Technology wi…

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Ownership to Access: China’s New Paradigm?

An autonomous trip to the airport in one of Jaguar’s executive cars. A weekend away in a Land Rover 4x4. A track day in a high-performance sports car. These are all part of Jaguar Land Rover’s vision for a luxury automotive experience as they seek to innovative the future of mobility in China. Consumers around the world now require a diversity of experiences to satisfy their growing wants, e…

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China’s E-Waste Cities Polluted and Left Behind

This article is in continuation of our previous blog post on the state of e-waste management in China. In our previous article, we highlighted a disconnect between China’s formal and informal recycling channels, as well as areas of potential growth for both e-waste innovators and Chinese officials: If the Chinese government wants to encourage a more dominant formal recycling system, it will…

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New Report: Activating the Elderly

"As China’s 'graying population' grows exponentially, the elderly population will be a major economic target for growing markets and services. While both the public and private sectors have made efforts in addressing this issue, current policies and services have been insufficient in addressing elderly demands, and many economic, social, and political challenges facing these systems still persist.…

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