On Friday we had a lection with professor Fang who gave us interesting insight into oriental philosophy and the way it is reflected in Chinese business model: yin and yang, ambidexterity prospective and unity of opposites. After the lection we had a chance to discuss the economical success of China based on the balance between stability and progress and on the respect to their past. Chinese tend to use accomplishments of communist China, learn on their mistakes and look to the future; and this is what modern Russia and maybe some countries of the Eastern Europe lack. We tend to build our worldview on the denial of the past and in the end we risk to lose our identity in the globalized world. However, in my opinion, building the identity only on the past achievements may be also a dangerous trap. I definitely think that you should visit lectures of professor Fang if you are interested in international business, Asian cultures and seek for new sources of inspiration.
Christmas market is already opened in the heart of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) in Stockholm that counts its traditions from 1523. There you can find Swedish Christmas sweets and a range of Swedish handicrafts. We really enjoyed glögg (mulled wine) and waffles with blueberry jam on Saturday at the market and in the evening attended the concert of the brazilian band in Debaser that Leo told you about – that was fun!
Hope you’ll have a nice and productive week!