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A radical centrist on globalism & trade

From his outpost in Seattle, Bill Center, a self-described "radical centrist" explores the challenges of globalization and trade in search of real solutions. Finding few easy answers he enlisted the aid of fellow seekers Larry Fuell, Michele Anciaux Aoki

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Want to continue the dialogue?

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 17:04:00 +0000

If you're interested in international issues, check out the P-I's blog on international education:

Thanks Bill!

Wed, 03 Jan 2007 06:11:00 +0000

I would like to add my own farewell to the blog and thank its readers and especially thank Bill for giving me this opportunity to participate.

Happy Holidays

Wed, 20 Dec 2006 02:40:00 +0000

It is obvious by now ... my feeble attempts to restart the blog have bogged down. I am forced to take some time off to focus on my family and regaining my health and stamina. Thanks to those who read and commented on the blog. I feel you are my friends. And you can never have too many friends!

Globalization and Individuals, Again

Tue, 12 Dec 2006 03:51:00 +0000

I argued in this space recently that public speakers do a disservice by only talking about how third parties outside the room (usually governments or "big business") play a part in creating or solving problems like global warming or poverty. There are ways that even those in the audience contribute to both causes and solutions to these problems. Perhaps a little reminder of this would be a good thing, I suggested.

Globalizing Education, One Breakfast at a Time…

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 02:00:00 +0000

Early Thursday morning Michele and Bill attended the 7th anniversary International Business Breakfast. That event is held each fall to raise money to support Seattle's International Schools. The breakfast was the brainchild of Marilyn Hawkins back in 2000 when the John Stanford International School was launched under the leadership of Principal Karen Kodama.

Globalization and indivual responsibility

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 01:53:00 +0000

On October 28, I wrote about a talk by Joseph Stiglitz on our favorite subject and some thoughts it provoked. My main point was that he, like others who speak of reforming governments and industry, did not mention lifestyle changes that his prescriptions would require of individuals, including those in the audience. It isn't just them that have to change; it is you and I as well.

The Results Are In

Tue, 07 Nov 2006 22:30:00 +0000

I was wrong. I missed the mark.

Warning: Economists Cannot Predict the Future

Sun, 05 Nov 2006 03:30:00 +0000

In the last entry, I bashed the Republicans. To maintain my "centrist" credentials, it's time to focus an equally critical eye on the Dem's.

It’s Only My Opinion, But …

Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:40:00 +0000

Sorry for the brief hiatus. I contracted pneumonia while in Brazil or on my way home. It really slowed me down.

Globalization, You and Me

Fri, 27 Oct 2006 19:00:00 +0000

Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 winner of the Nobel Prize in economics and author of Globalization and its Discontents (2002), spoke in Seattle last week. He began his remarks by saying he was optimistic that globalization could work, thus the title of his new book (Making Globalization Work); it just needs some adjusting.

Visas Numbers Up or Down?

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 09:34:00 +0000


Washington Learns to be Global – a blog by Michele

Mon, 23 Oct 2006 03:47:00 +0000

Washington Learns is Governor Gregoire's initiative to examine our state's education system--from early learning to K–12 to higher education--and find ways to improve it. Three advisory committees (Early Learning, K12, and Higher Education), along with a high-powered steering committee, have been meeting for almost 18 months. On November 13, the Governor and Washington Learns plan to unveil the final recommendations at an Education Summit to be held, appropriately enough, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. I say "appropriately enough," because Governor Gregoire has made it clear that Washington needs to think of itself as a small nation, competing economically on an international, not just national, basis. Keynote speaker is Bill Gates. You can register online. The draft report from the Washington Learns public forums in September states:

A Few [More] Thoughts on Jobs and Immigration

Sun, 22 Oct 2006 08:15:00 +0000

Traveled to Vancouver, BC this week for a leadership conference hosted by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. The conference took a comprehensive, future-oriented look at human capital in the Puget Sound region.

More on Voting in Brazil

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 05:00:00 +0000

A few days ago I briefly discussed voting in Brazil. Another interesting feature of the voting is that Brazilians vote electronically. 100% of the voters use one of the most advanced electronic voting systems in widespread use.

We Met Some Real Heroes in Brazil

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 07:30:00 +0000

While we were in Brazil we had the high privilege of meeting with two Ashoka Fellows.