I have been watching developments in Poland from a distance of 4192 kilometers in the past few months. From such distance you can see it differently. Here are some impressions:
- huge domination of negative news and opinions (destructive criticism) as opposed to more balanced news and opinion (constructive criticism) in other countries.
- shallow debate. Key development issues are ignored, instead both politicians and media focus on short-term popularity gain. It is not the case in other countries, compare for example elections coverage in UK and in Poland.
- themes that divide Poles are all over the place, themes that unite Poles are scarce. Think of the fifth anniversary of the Smolensk tragedy and press coverage. Poles should be together in this sad moment, but media and politicians used this date to tear the nation apart.
Why is it happening? After 25 years of transformation, economic growth and social development, Poland should have a much higher level of development of civic society, social capital, ability to focus on strategic priorities.Or maybe it does not matter. Maybe Poles living in their small comfort zones, furnished with large plasma TVs and celebrity shows do not care, and their small worlds are parallel to what is happening in the public arena.
Meanwhile, I continue the idea of Go Global brand, established by our research team in 2010 (report on innovativeness of Poland, called Go Global), which later mushroomed and now is present at NCBiR Go Global program and Think Tank Poland Go Global. I am working with several Polish companies that have large international presence to establish win-win cooperation with New Economic University, the goal is to help Polish companies expand in Central Asia, while NEU students at the same time have possibility to work on interesting international projects.
Economy of the XXI century - https://www.mpolska24.pl/blog/economy-of-the-xxi-century
Professor Krzysztof Rybinski holds MA in computer sciences, and Ph.D. in economics. He has an extensive professional background. He worked as software engineer in Tokyo, director of the Soros Foundation programs in CEE, a consultant to the World Bank. He was chief economist and managing director at commercial banks. In 2004, he was appointed the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Poland by the President of Poland and performed this function for four years until 2008. He was in charge of research, foreign exchange reserves management, payment systems, cash circulation management, monetary statistics and international relations. Under his supervision National Bank of Poland changed its investment strategy which resulted in additional one billion dollars profit for Poland. In 2004-2005, he was member of the EU Economic and Financial Committee, and in 2007-2008 a member of the Polish Financial Services Authority. In 2007-2008 he served as a World Bank alternate governor for Poland. He was also member of the supervisory boards of several financial sector companies (2008-2009) and Partner in Ernst & Young Poland (2008-2010). Since 2010, he has been Professor and President of Vistula University in Warsaw, which offers education to students from more than 30 countries. In 2012 he launched the investment fund called EUROGEDDON, its investment strategy assumes deepening financial crisis in the Eurozone. The fund launch was covered by Financial Times and CNN International.
Krzysztof Rybinski was economic advisor to several Polish governments. In the last few years he was a coauthor of country higher education strategy, e-government strategy and intellectual capital strategy.
Krzysztof Rybinski is author of numerous refereed papers in economics and (co) author of several books. In March 2012 ranking he was ranked the fourth best Polish economist by number of scientific citations. In October 2012 he received the business award of most respected Polish economist. He has also contributed hundreds of articles on economics and financial markets to Polish newspapers. He published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. He was the first senior central banker in the world to have started a popular and often quoted by media economic blog www.rybinski.eu already in 2006.