Brazil’s Productivity Gap

“Doing more with less.” As world population heads towards 8 billion, countries and companies across the world aim to use technology, organizational techniques, and training to do more with less: increase productivity and conserve resources while sustaining a decent quality of life. One of the key concepts here is productivity. I recently participated in a forum[1] where I had the privilege of seeing a presentation by Dr. Carlos Pio of the University of Brasília, an examination of Brazil’s economic prospects through the prism of...

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Dealing with Overcrowding in Brazil’s Prisons: Innovative Legislation Passed

Brazilian legislators have passed an innovative law to deal with overcrowding and high recidivism in Brazil’s prisons: one day less in prison for every 12 hours spent in the classroom, reports Folha de São Paulo. As world population continues to surge past 7 billion people, prison overcrowding and repeat incarceration have become major policy problems around the world. Statistics from a 2010 report show that there are 440,864 prisoners in Brazil’s prison system, and a total of 299,597 spots, meaning that prisons are 140,000 over...

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Access to Technology versus Manaus: Brazil’s Conflicting Goals

Among the thirteen pillars of President Dilma Rousseff’s mandate,  number 7 and 8 are about education and technology: 7. To guarantee education for social equality, citizenship, and development. 8. Transform Brazil into a scientific and technological power. A goal that falls in line with both of these pillars is to make computers more accessible to kids. Brazil would be smart to follow the lead of the one laptop per child concept. Undoubtedly the most important learning tool available, a computer is a window into the  universe and a...

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