As the 5-day SXSW® ( @SXSW ) Interactive Festival comes to a close today, it celebrates 18 years of providing a unique and unmatched culture of inspired creativity and international community. The combined entities of SXSW Interactive, Film and Music will be the highest revenue-generating event for the city of Austin this year with projections easily surpassing $200 million. While a predominantly start-up culture initially differentiated SXSW Interactive, the festival is now inclusive of both the bootstrapping entrepreneur and the corporate giant.
Despite the global interest in the rise of China, no one is paying much attention to its ideas and who produces them. Yet China has a surprisingly lively intellectual class whose ideas may prove a serious challenge to western liberal hegemony I will never forget my first visit, in 2003, to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing.