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Posts by author Hugo Von Meijenfeldt

world map trade

Free trade between countries leads to more economic growth for all, because of production by the lowest-cost-country. Protectionism through trade barriers, both quantitative (diverging tariffs, quotas, open or hidden subsidies, […]

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Who deserves what he earns?

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
5 Jun 2015

Book cover Thomas Piketty

Candidates for the Presidency of the United States of America are not in it for the money. The annual salary is $ 400,000 or $ 569,000 including compensations. The housing […]

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A crucial but invisible role

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
2 Jun 2015

The opening of the pitch night by Hugo

Sometimes it seems the Dutch Consulate General jumps from internal to external events and from incoming to outgoing missions. I’m afraid my weekly blogs fuel that impression.   Although events […]

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Dutch Design & Music

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
21 May 2015

The opening of the exhibition captured by @edvanderschaft

Zahid Sardar, guest curator of the Museum for Crafts and Design of San Francisco, and already known to us for his books “100 Best Bikes” and “The Dutch Bike,” has […]

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CG HugovM blog

The Netherlands sets aside May 4 to commemorate all Dutch people, civilians and military, who have died in wars and peacekeeping missions since World War II. The Netherlands had 8.7 […]

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Urban parks: protect, use and integrate

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
24 Apr 2015

Golden Gate Park (SF)

Some cities do not have parks, and believe it or not people still choose to live there anyway. Last week, City Parks Alliance organized an international conference, “Greater & Greener […]

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Typical Dutch Crossing

SFDutch is a website established by the Dutch community in San Francisco. Other cities on the west coast like Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles have similar websites. What makes SFDutch […]

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Exponential Thinking & Racing

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
16 Apr 2015

Nelson Piquet Jr wins Long Beach Formula E - Hugo2

Last week I encountered great examples of Dutch and American values being combined. The greatness of these examples is not equal to the equation of 1 + 1 = 2, […]

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Angels in a circular economy, part II

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
13 Apr 2015

entrepreneurship-ecosystem

The financial crisis that began in 2008 was based on linear assumptions, almost like a pyramid scheme. Prices of houses, shares, options, derivatives and commodities were supposed to always increase. […]

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Angels in a circular economy, Part I

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
6 Apr 2015

Blog Hugo 3

You are preaching to the converted on the West Coast of the United States when you say the days of a linear economy are over. The Industrial Revolution was possible […]

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Zuidas-Amsterdam's main business district

The 2015 Mercer Quality of Living City Rankings came out last week. Like last year, the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam ranks 8th in Europe and 11th in the world. […]

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Lawyer, Manager and Diplomat

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
31 Mar 2015

Blog Hugo 1

I was honored to speak last week at Innovate Berkeley about my experiences and the development that led to my current position. During my talk I highlighted three important steps […]

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