Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce

“Tipping Point” author Malcolm Gladwell gets inside the food industry’s pursuit of the perfect spaghetti sauce — and makes a larger argument about the nature of choice and happiness.

Writer
Detective of fads and emerging subcultures, chronicler of jobs-you-never-knew-existed, Malcolm Gladwell’s work is toppling the popular understanding of bias, crime, food, marketing, race, consumers and intelligence. Full bio

Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China

Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of “When China Rules the World,” he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.

Writer, columnist
Martin Jacques is the author of “When China Rules the World,” and a columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman. He was a co-founder of the think tank Demos. Full bio

Charles Robertson: Africa’s next boom

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid growth for a billion people, sooner than you may think.

Emerging-markets economist
In “The Fastest Billion,” Charles Robertson re-examines the narrative of economic growth in African nations. Full bio

Flow without friction: An interview with eBay’s Devin Wenig

Technology is enabling the creation of a single global online marketplace. The president of eBay Marketplaces explains what that means for the company and its customers. April 2014

China Exports – Visualizing the numbers infographic

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US Commercial Service: Going Beyond Borders