It was a strange old year

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Different events shape our world and imapct our lives. Here are some of 2013’s most significant moments.

World events shape the way we treat each other; they shape the way we do business and with whom we do business. They shape the way we move forward in all aspects of life.

On a social front those events would include the great floods, the Syrian crisis, North Korea’s nuclear testing and the Boston marathon bombing among others. On the economic-business front, we’re looking at the Cyprus bailout, stalling economies, the demise of Australian manufacturing and many others. So here’s a list of four global events that occurred in 2013 that will have significant social, political and business ramifications in future.

1. The political shenanigans among the Labor Party finally ended when the Coalition took power. The failings of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd government are well documented, with some claiming the only achievement was Mr Rudd’s apology to the country’s Indigenous population. Of course that isn’t true. No matter what you think of the way Ms Gillard took office, she was Australia’s first female Prime Minister and won’t be the last. The door is open. Australia has entered the 21st century when it comes to women in leadership positions. Now, if we could just shatter that glass ceiling.

2. Twitter floated. Some love the social media giant, while others hate it. If you’re Ashton Kutcher, then you have some sort of formidable tweeting influence that many who use the outlet aspire to. If you’re not Ashton Kutcher, it can still be a great way to bring attention to your business or social enterprise. In fact, despite its language limitations, Twitter is a formidable business tool. The only problem is that up until this point its revenue has been low. The float is designed to give the company the financial leverage to create new services and improve existing ones. If it is able to do this, then it will be the biggest social media tool we have known and will change the way we communicate and do business.

3. The Australia/Indonesia affair. We’re meant to be friends and allies, but in reality there has always been an antagonistic relationship between the two countries. Indonesia had its back up over spying allegations. No-one can blame them. Yet Prime Minister Tony Abbott stood his ground and refused to apologise. No-one can blame him. In a time when Asia Pacific affairs are front of mind and doing business in Asia is crucial, this diplomatic problem couldn’t have come at a worse time. It affected the Schapelle Corby case. It affected the refugee problem. It affected trade. The Indonesian Foreign Minister went home. The relationship will take time to heal, but it needs to heal for the good of the nations’ economic and social stability.

4. What are we eating? Or more specifically what are the Europeans eating? The Scottish Government announced in November that it is enacting new laws to protect consumers in the wake of the European horsemeat scandal. The legislation will give officers new enforcement powers to seize food that does not meet appropriate standards or labeling rules. It will also be compulsory to report non-compliance with food standards regulations, which cover food fraud. Public Health Minister…

 

 

Excerpted from an article originally published in the February/March 2014 issue of Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine. If you are a subscriber to Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine, you will receive this article in your February/March 2014 issue of TGR. If you are not a subscriber, click here to subscribe.

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