Jessica Kuo's Weblog

Bio: Jessica came to Georgetown’s Communication, Culture and Technology program with the intention to reform telecom and Internet policy, enhance international development and design new business models for journalism. Now she aspires to become a city planner. When she's not reading, writing or contributing to DDOT (District Department of Transportation) bicycle/pedestrian projects, she can probably be found cycling, kickboxing or running half-marathons.

 

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Jun 14 2009

A “Corps” Network to Peace

Throughout my undergraduate career, I have always been attracted to the idea of joining the Peace Corps. Continue Reading »

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Jun 10 2009

Qatar You Doing?

Oil, natural gas, and lots of sand—these are the things one may think of when Qatar comes to mind.  But what else does it have to offer? Continue Reading »

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Jun 08 2009

Thanks to Greif, No Need to Grieve Over Development

By emphasizing the importance of the way cultural context shapes markets and economic transactions, Avner Greif was able to go beyond North and Putnam’s institutional and social capital-based prescriptions for avoiding path dependency. Continue Reading »

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Jun 04 2009

Can You Hear Me Now? Let Them Text!

I still remember how devastated I became when my laptop died on me last December. Continue Reading »

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Jun 02 2009

The Potential for Social Capital

Given the current global financial crisis, the continuation of conflicts abroad and the dire state of development in certain pockets of the world, it is, perhaps, too easy to be pessimistic about the adaptability of national and global institutions today. Continue Reading »

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Jun 01 2009

Low Transaction Costs to Attract Development Initiatives

There’s a running joke that professionals flock to DC to do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Continue Reading »

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May 28 2009

Bikes for Rwanda

Economic stability in post-genocide Rwanda can be spurred through something as simple as the establishment of a local bicycle industry. Continue Reading »

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May 27 2009

The Global Context

In mapping out the global network under the lens of development, my first instinct is to visualize it in terms of the diffusion-limited aggregation process that Buchanan cites. Continue Reading »

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May 21 2009

Central Connectors to Expand Small Worlds

It wasn’t until after I graduated from college that I understood just how essential networks–particularly that of my University network–are in fostering my intellectual curiosity. Continue Reading »

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