India’s Demographic Moment
With the right conditions in place — education, entrepreneurialism, and environmental awareness among them — a young, eager, educated workforce can be the key to prosperity.
by Nandan Nilekani August 27, 2009
Harvard Business Review
When conditions are right, large numbers of young workers can drive a nation’s growth to remarkable levels. This theory is known as the “demographic dividend,” a phrase coined by demographer David Bloom. He proposes that when young working-age adults comprise a disproportionate percentage of a country’s population, the national economy is affected in positive ways.
Phi Beta Iota: Earth Intelligence Network (EIN) integrated the eight demographic powers (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Wild Cards) into EarthGame not because they are a threat, but because they are the opportunity. China graduates more honors students from high school than the US graduates as a whole. US schools have been machines of mediocrity, and as part of the Paradigms of Failure, spell the death of the American ideal. India–and Gujarat Province in particular–strikes us as the center of gravity if it gets Nokia to put a cell phone factory in each province; creates the call centers and global virtual networks to educate their 1.5 billion poor “one cell call at a time,” and puts a stop to the looting of the water commonwealth. America is a “dumb nation” because our elites–both on Wall Street and in small towns across the land–chose to enrich themselves individually rather than the Republic as a whole. If we do not pass the Electoral Reform Act of 2009 and the Smart Nation – Safe Nation Act of 2010, the United STATES of America is now andwill remain a 21st Century Second World nation.