But Tim argues that the greatest lessons for may come from poems written more than 1,000 years ago, that deal with problems that are all too familiar in modern times. These include the plight of refugees, social inequality, homelessness, tax evasion, substance abuse and even the perils of excessive logging.
What, he asks, can mankind learn from these lines as they echo down the centuries?
Tim Clissold was educated at Cambridge University, where he read Physics. He first came to China in 1987 and has resided and worked there for nearly 30 years. In the early 1990s, he co-founded one of the first private equity groups based in China, and went on to run the China operations of an international bank, recovering distressed assets. More recently, he founded a business that invests in energy efficiency and greenhouse emissions reduction projects in China.
He is the author of the bestseller Mr China, which has been translated into 15 languages and was one of the Economist magazine books of the year, and of Chinese Rules. His most recent book is Cloud Chamber.
For many years, Tim has specialised in cross cultural dispute resolution, developing and implementing practical solutions to some of the intractable conflicts that have occurred between Western and Chinese organisations. He has also been instrumental in efforts to introduce formal courses and A-level qualifications in Chinese Civilisation into Britain’s secondary schools and elsewhere in the English-speaking world.
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