Bright Spain Stories of brightness and success happening in Spain

Antonio Garrigues Walker: “Spaniards used to have great passions, democracy, Spain, Europe.”

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We had lunch at Banzai, a Japanese restaurant in Madrid, because he likes hot sake and all made in Japan. But we ate and drank little, maybe too little, because for this 79-year old gentleman food and drink have now become trivial and unimportant. His current obsession is to get Read more →

Eduardo Serra: “In 2000 I could listen to myself saying, ‘I’ve seen it, we’ve done it!’”

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I was sitting in front of him at a recent breakfast of five. He listens carefully to whatever you have to say and, as he listens, he thinks on the best possible answer. We were talking about the state of power in the world. “The narratives of the Anglo-Saxon economic press Read more →

Bright Spain on The New York Times

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One day ny friend Raphael Minder, the New York Times correspondent in Madrid, called me to ask me more about my blog and why I was writing it. He had identified a story that included not only my efforts but also those of other individuals and organizations. On March 13th Read more →

Carlos Álvarez: “In Spain we sacrifice disruptive innovation for loyalty to the institution”

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Yesterday I had lunch with a US diplomat who’d like to settle down somewhere, after spending many years in many different countries. “I would love to live in Madrid for good, but the problem is there is no diversity here,” he pointed out. So to the eyes of a foreigner, Read more →

Diego Gronda: an Argentinean crafting the world from Madrid

Diego Gronda

He always dresses in black and seems reflective and calm. But he soon confesses that he lives in a constant tension in order to thrive. And that’s because we live in these “Turbulent Teens”, he explains, an expression coined by The Future Laboratory, a British consultancy, as a characterization of the Read more →

Cultura en red: engine of opportunities, engine of growth

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On Tuesday in sunny and cold Madrid, the cultural industry and the technology sector met at beautiful LASEDE COAM, our capital’s hub for architects. The occasion? Cultura en Red, a local initiative promoted by Grupo Planeta, Bertelsmann and NBC Universal. Culture on the web is the great promise. It is Read more →

Spaniards: Don’t despair after the horribilis week

I haven’t written much since we returned from Christmas. It is hard to write about positive things in the current social and political environment. The week that is about to conclude has material enough to make us all despair. However, I connected with what journalist Jesús Cacho said in his Read more →

Luis Vidal: the prosperous Spanish architect


It is hard to find successful architects these days in Spain. Luis Vidal (Barcelona, 1969) is among the gifted few. How he has managed to build up the largest architecture studio in our country was my first question mark, when I met with him one evening right before Christmas at Read more →

Inspirational phrases to nurture our faith this Christmas

I believe 2013

Dear fellow Spaniards and all global friends: I write this post, not only to wish you a Merry Christmas, but also to INSPIRE you with the following phrases and quotes. We need to nurture our faith this Christmas, we need to believe that 2013 will be a definite year for Read more →

The IEB, an example of Spain’s ambitions in financial education


Spain’s current post-graduate education system enjoys international leadership. Three of four ranked Spanish business schools (IE, Esade and IESE) are among the top six, according to the Financial Times rankings. The Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles aims at becoming the next in the list. The IEB was founded in 1989 upon Read more →

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