America's Place in the World
Topic: America's Place in the World
Michael Porter: The U.S. is caught up in these issues big time. I think that the kind of tragic thing about the U.S. situation right now is, I think for a country where the vast majority of Americans have such good motives – and try so hard around the basics of freedom and democracy, and helping other people, and being generous, and being philanthropic and all these things – that somehow the country gets demonized and attacked.
Frankly, I find it at the very grassroots level as I travel around the world, which I do a lot.
I think there’s a tremendous level of respect for the U.S., but for whatever reason, if you read the newspaper, you would think we’re the worst country in the world. And I don’t think that any of the folks that call us names have even glanced at themselves at the mirror, because I don’t know how you would come to that conclusion.
So that’s troubling, and I think that’s partly our own fault; and I think it’s because of the way we’ve engaged the world lately. And I think we can do so much more.
Recorded on: June 11, 2007
We are still respected but have damaged our respect through our policies.
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.