Dr. John Psarouthakis
During the recent four decades we find ourselves in an accelerating, globally-interconnected, knowledge and technology driven times full of opportunities driven these accelerating knowledge and technologies, with ever more open national borders.
As the information and technology advancements gather momentum, society will, as always, look to university graduates, faculty, and staff for fundamental research, and for creative understanding and application of the knowledge they generate and engaging business, industry, governments, and other social institutions in new endeavors of learning, research, and problem solving. This will be an important element of the leading universities of the future.
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Dr. John Psarouthakis
During the last four decades or so we have witnessed a fundamental and historic shift of how the economies around the world develop. With the collapse of communism, the centralized and state control model of the economy has collapsed. Other socialist State models, i.e., Sweden, UK before Margaret Thatcher, and Venezuela recently have also collapsed. What we have now, however imperfect it maybe, is the economic model of the “Free Market.” This shift is occurring in parallel with two other socio-political expressions: 1. Smaller government, though i recent years this seems to have moderated quite a bit, and 2. The need, indeed the demand by our society to provide assistance, protection, and distribution of economic benefits a “fair” way. What we are witnessing is a major shift on “how we can fulfill our expectations of a humanistic society” this influences the development and distribution of technology and business / economic Knowledge while we keep the state’s interventions and control power at minimum.
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Thomas Katakis, he is a business executive with 14 years of experience in 5 blue-chip companies. He has an impeccable lust for art, sailing, history, and traveling.
Athenian Democracy was an unprecedented social experiment that prevailed over time. But how come this system go so far? And was Athenian Democracy the epitome of empowering leadership?
Laying the Ground for People Power
We all know that democracy was born in Athens. Athenians were the civilized, the philosophers, the democrats, the dreamers that built the Parthenon. The daring sailors who travelled far and wide to infect others with their ideas and… their trade (after all, money speaks louder than words). But what we might not all know is that although the golden era of Athenian Democracy was associated with the leadership of Pericles (great marketing by the way), its foundations were first laid by Cleisthenes (508 BC). He was the one who broke up the system of political power based on nobility and wealth and handed it to the common people. That – quite literally – is what democracy means: “demos” means people and “cratos” means power. So to us Greeks the People’s Republic of China, for example, translates as “People’s People’s Power”. Sounds weird to us, but we’re not judging.
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