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Discussions Discussion Understanding Societies
Vittorio Masoni, Oct. 24, 2011

I would add that the understanding of our culture and of the cultures of other people, as well as the depth at which any culture is rooted is fundamental to many aspects of life. It is vital for the whole country, in order to make enligthened decisions in both internal and foreign policy.
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  • Bedford Wells Bedford Wells Oct. 24, 2011
    The CNN blog entitled, “America must learn from Germany - before it’s too late,” presents a scenario in which international cultural understanding of Germany could help forge more successful domestic policy towards the US manufacturing sector

    Why has Germany managed to retain and create research-intensive, high-wage manufacturing jobs while the USA manufacturing sector has lost 5.5 million jobs and 54,000 factories over the past ten years? Why hasn't Germany fallen prey to Asia's low waged base manufacturing model?

    One key reason is that Germany has put in place a strategic, well-funded industry research institute that forges partnerships in applied research in key areas. In other words, while the United States focuses most of its R&D investment on mission-oriented research (e.g., defense and health) or basic research, Germany focuses on industrially-relevant applied research that gives their manufacturers and technology firms a leg up in global competition. This is why almost one third of German firms in a 2009 survey credited their innovations to German government research and innovation policies!

    Understanding the culture of others, in this case Germany, must play a role in shaping US policy at home and abroad. More here…


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Discussions Discussion Perspective: How Can One World Appear so Diff…
Megan McCausland, May 16, 2011

This is an amazing story about Freedom Rider James Zwerg, a hero to many, but a villian from the perspective of his own mother.

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  • Marco Masoni Marco Masoni May 17, 2011
    Wow, that is a moving story. We rarely hear about the continuing effects and sacrifices of the people who took to the trenches to fight for civil rights.

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