The Network of Global Corporate Control Abstract The structure of the control network of transnational corporations affects global market competition and financial stability. So far, only small national samples were studied and there was no appropriate methodology to assess control globally. Citation: Vitali S, Glattfelder JB, Battiston S (2011) The Network of Global Corporate Control. Editor: Alejandro Raul Hernandez Montoya, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico Received: March 29, 2011; Accepted: September 15, 2011; Published: October 26, 2011 Copyright: © 2011 Vitali et al. Funding: The authors acknowledge financial support from the ETH Competence Center “Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems” (CCSS) through ETH Research Grant CH1-01-08-2; the European Commission FP7 FET Open Project “FOC” No. 255987. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Introduction Methods Ownership refers to a person or a firm owning another firm entirely or partially. holds in firm . owns , then firm .
Big Brother race row 'eviction' 19-year-old student Emily Parr is removed from the Big Brother household for using a racist word towards a housemate. At 9.30 this morning the Big Brother house was told that one of the contestants has been forced to leave. Emily Parr had used the word "nigger" last night while dancing with self-proclaimed "it" girl Charley Uchea in the living room. Within seven hours, she was gone from the household. Channel 4 said she had been heard to say: "Are you pushing it out, you nigger?" The exchange was not screened live and was immediately reported to senior production staff, according to Channel 4. Angela Jain, who heads the channel's Big Brother commissioning team, said in a statement: "She understands why her involvement in Big Brother has had to come to an end, and she very much regrets what she said." The incident comes in the wake of the last series of Celebrity Big Brother, when Indian actress Shilpa Shetty was racially abused by housemates.
8 math talks to blow your mind Mathematics gets down to work in these talks, breathing life and logic into everyday problems. Prepare for math puzzlers both solved and unsolvable, and even some still waiting for solutions. Ron Eglash: The fractals at the heart of African designs When Ron Eglash first saw an aerial photo of an African village, he couldn’t rest until he knew — were the fractals in the layout of the village a coincidence, or were the forces of mathematics and culture colliding in unexpected ways? Here, he tells of his travels around the continent in search of an answer. How big is infinity? Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic” A whole team of calculators is no match for Arthur Benjamin, as he does astounding mental math in the blink of an eye. Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music What makes a piece of music beautiful? Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals and the art of roughness The world is based on roughness, explains legendary mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot.
The End Of Advertising As We Know It--And What To Do Now "How are we supposed to judge a creative idea versus a product idea?" This was a question that surfaced during one of the many long judging sessions last week in the South of France where I got to preside over the Mobile category, one of the 16 categories at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. It caused quite a stir in the jury room. Some strongly argued that creative ideas and product ideas should not be in the same category, while others countered that real users don’t necessarily differentiate the two. Whether it’s a campaign or a product, brands are vying for people’s time. Another juror posed a slightly more existential question: Why would we assume campaign ideas are creative and product ideas are not? This question about campaigns versus products was raised simply and partially out of confusion. Yes and Yes. Kodak filed for bankruptcy while Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion. Chris Anderson put it. Now what? 1. 2. 3. 4.
Human "Footprint" Seen on 83 Percent of Earth's Land Hillary Mayell for National Geographic News October 25, 2002 Scientists have produced the first map that traces human influence on the natural world, and the numbers are big. Overall, 83 percent of the total land surface and 98 percent of the areas where it is possible to grow the world's three main crops—rice, wheat, and maize—is directly influenced by human activities. "Yes, humans have a huge influence on the Earth's ecosystems," said Eric Sanderson, a landscape ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and one of the co-authors of the study. "But instead of being discouraged or depressed," he added, "we want people to understand they can actually make choices; that it's possible to live with wildlife in ways that allow us to make a living and at the same time coexist with wildlife." The map was designed to illustrate the extent of human influence and identify opportunities for conservation. The figures are not a surprise to scientists, said Sanderson. Mapping Human Impact
Government Surveillance: Cheaper and Deeper Government Surveillance: Cheaper and Deeper Posted on Aug 24, 2012 Technical advancements and plunging costs for digital storage mean that government surveillance programs no longer have to be selective about the data they store. —Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly. The Caucus at The New York Times: John Villasenor, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles, studied the plummeting cost of computer data storage and reached an astonishing conclusion: It will soon be technically feasible and affordable to record and store everything that can be recorded about what everyone in a country says or does. … Mr. More Below the Ad New and Improved Comments If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page.
List of cognitive biases Systematic patterns of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment Cognitive biases are systematic patterns of deviation from norm and/or rationality in judgment. They are often studied in psychology, sociology and behavioral economics. Although the reality of most of these biases is confirmed by reproducible research, there are often controversies about how to classify these biases or how to explain them. Several theoretical causes are known for some cognitive biases, which provides a classification of biases by their common generative mechanism (such as noisy information-processing). Gerd Gigerenzer has criticized the framing of cognitive biases as errors in judgment, and favors interpreting them as arising from rational deviations from logical thought. Explanations include information-processing rules (i.e., mental shortcuts), called heuristics, that the brain uses to produce decisions or judgments. Belief, decision-making and behavioral Anchoring bias
Big Pictures Primary purpose Summary Potential benefits Who can use the tool? What resources are needed? Development, ownership and support Third sector examples Further sources of information Footnotes The Big Picture Primary purpose The Big Picture is an organisational development framework for identifying the strengths and areas for improvement of an organisation across all of its activities. Each organisation can use The Big Picture in its own way to manage improvement, under the control of those who use the methods rather than an external evaluator. Top Summary Source: The Big Picture seeks to provide organisations with an approach that treats quality and impact issues in a holistic way. The approach suggests bringing as many people as possible together in a room. The Big Picture comes in the form of a workbook. Potential benefits Potential limitations Who can use The Big Picture? What resources are needed? Leadership Proficiencies or skills Staff time 1.
11 ways you are thoroughly (but interestingly) wrong The folks at Your Logical Fallacy Is have compiled a list of 24 common ways that you and I are often mistaken in the way we think. I have to say that looking through their site is perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had being told how wrong I am. And not just wrong in a certain instance, but consistently and fundamentally flawed in the very way I think. Fun, right? Included at the site is a free, very high-res poster for those of you who may have a reason to hang these as a reminder on the wall. (via MetaFilter) Tiffy's glasses in the sun