This is a favorable article from the Economist, but in a separate article, the Economist warns Brazil about being too supportive of nationalizations in Argentina and Bolivia.

The Economist Brazil Innovation in Rio

May 8, 2012 | Filed underBusiness | Posted by

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Economist, a weekly English-language publication is also responsible for organizing a series of conferences that take the ideas from the magazine and discuss them in the flesh. “The Ideas Economy” is a series of events organized by the publication throughout the world with the purpose of providing a forum where talented individuals from different disciplines can share innovative ideas.

The Economist Brazil Summit in São Paulo in 2010, Brazil News

The Economist Brazil Summit in São Paulo in 2010, photo by Economist Group.

This Thursday, May 10th, a mixed-bag of policy and industry professionals, artists and tribal leaders, will converge on Planetário da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Planetarium of the City of Rio de Janeiro) for a one-day conference titled “Brazil Innovation: A Revolution for the 21st Century.”

As the name suggests, the event is focused on how Brazil will foster and improve entrepreneurial-ism and innovation in the coming decades.

Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid), DJ, multimedia artist, author, Antarctic adventurer, is curating this week’s event after participating in prior Ideas Economy events. He talked to The Rio Times recently about his thoughts on why this type of event is important for Rio now.

Miller explained that he relied on his DJ experience when selecting the speakers. ”I’m a big fan of Caetano Veloso, AfroReggae, Nação Zumbi, Bebel, Gilberto et al. I tried to set up a situation where the same eclectic approach to a festival would apply to how people approached the actual conference. It’s a ‘mix tape’,” he said.

The result is an eclectic mix of speakers from different areas, including: Brazilian singer Carlinhos Brown; Chief Surui tribal chief Almir Narayamoga Surui; and the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes. Miller is optimistic that this diverse group will drive innovation in the twenty-first century. Brazil, and Rio in particular, is important to the development of the innovative economies.

“Brazil, everyone knows, represents an alternative, post-colonial future. It took them over hundred years to recover from colonialism, but so much of what Brazil is doing is showing leadership outside of the Asian context that will probably dominate the twenty-first century. South Africa and India, if they could learn from Brazil, are also set to shine. It’s a really optimistic moment to see how Brazil is evolving.”


Read the balance of the article in the RioTimesOnline