TED Talk Salon: A Chinese model for emerging economies

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Join in our TED Talk Salon for a brain-stimulating presentation and lively discussion. A "video-style" book club for the curious world citizen.

(Please note the change of time; since the Library now closes an hour earlier,we'll meet from 2-5pm.)

There is a number limit due to the room size; we appreciate your courtesy to fellow members in keeping your RSVP up-to-date for this popular event!

Presenting: Is China the new idol for emerging economies? by Dambisa Moyo

The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.

Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs.

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Schedule (times are approximate)
2:30...Show the TED Talk, break into smaller groups to discuss
4:00...Whole group summary/further discussion
--End time is flexible...We have the room until 5pm


On the first Saturday of every month, we view a recorded TED Talk (of about 20 min.) from those posted at ted.com. Talks are by a person notable in their field, who has interesting things to say. After viewing their presentation, we'll break into smaller groups and talk about the ideas and opinions presented. Share your thoughts, questions, and experiences around the topic.


Talks are selected because they spark the interest of Rebecca, our TED salon moderator, and are likely candidates for good conversation. Send your recommendation for a future TED Talk Salon - topics or presentations - to Rebecca.

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  • Norman

    Good to see everybody at last Saturday's talk. I enjoyed the discussions very much. By the way, below is a link to my favorite Ted talk on China by Martin Jacques. It shaped my thinking on China very much.


    This is an incredible presentation and the 20 minutes are well worth watching it. Here are few quotations from the video.

    o “I know it’s a wide spread assumption in the West that, as countries modernize, they also Westernize. This is an illusion.”

    o “… the most important political value for the Chinese is unity.”

    o “We in the West overwhelmingly seem to think … that the authority and legitimacy of the state is a function of democracy. The problem with that proposition is that the Chinese state enjoys more legitimacy and more authority amongst the Chinese than is true with any Western state.”

    February 4, 2014

    • Lee

      Great source and thinking! Thanks and love to discuss more about it.

      February 4, 2014

  • Greg H.

    I am suspicious of any argument which is supported through the quantification of "freedom." "Freedom," which is apparently the currency of the political right, cannot be charted on a graph.

    3 · February 2, 2014

  • Natalie V

    very impressed: fantastic intro to the group! many thanks. Natalie

    2 · February 2, 2014

  • Kristin M.

    Thanks to Mark for presenting, and thanks to all for a great discussion. And sorry to be over-opinionated...I'm a frustrated egalitarian who sometimes gets a little cranky over these kinds of topics :( ....but I enjoy them greatly! :)

    4 · February 2, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Thanks everyone for a stimulating discussion.

    4 · February 1, 2014

  • Don

    I really enjoyed this event. The sharing of ideas and view points from everyone. A feast for the mind! Thank you Mark for hosting it. What a great group of people. I am looking forward in seeing all of you next time.

    2 · February 1, 2014

  • Ginny R.

    I liked the dual related topics chosen for this month's TED Talk. A really stimulating discussion ensued, too! Good job moderating, Mark......

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Carolyn

    Sorry not going to make it after all.

    February 1, 2014

  • Richard D. L.

    Comments: 1. China has one of the most unbridled capitalist sectores in the world, leading to great inequality; 2. The centralized command sector affords those with government power tremendous opportunities to strike it big in the capitalist sector; just look at recent news. I am not sure the devloping world needs to follow this.

    January 30, 2014

    • Nathan C.

      Fascism is defined as a system wherein the government and big businesses enable each other. Seems like China is moving into a comm-fascist totalitarian system.

      January 30, 2014

  • Richard D. L.

    I would like to attend. Richard Logan, Vice Chair, Moving Forward Africa. (We have a development project in western Kenya.)

    January 30, 2014

    • Mark T.

      Sounds like you have much to offer to our conversation Richard. Sign up and join us. We'd welcome you.

      January 30, 2014

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