In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
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Karen Weintraub, "You may have more control over aging than you think, say ‘The Telomere Effect’ authors"
StatNews - 4 Jan 2017
In “The Telomere Effect” that just came out, a molecular biologist (Nobel prize winner) and a psychologist explain why we have more control over our own aging than we imagine. Telomeres sit at the end of strands of DNA – they are like the protective caps on shoelaces: stress from a rough lifestyle will shorten them, making it more likely that cells will stop dividing and essentially die. The authors argue that we can actually lengthen our telomeres — and possibly our life — by following sound health advice (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 January 2017
Lisa Feldman, "How to Become a ‘Superager’"
The New York Times Magazine - metered paywall - 1 Jan 2017
A professor of psychology involved in super-aging research explains what makes super-agers (i.e. older people who remain mentally nimble while others decline) tick. The response is surprisingly simple: work hard at something, whether the effort is physical or mental. There is a caveat: the road to super-aging is difficult, because the brain regions involved have an intriguing property: when they increase in activity, we tend to feel pretty bad. But it’s important to push past the temporary unpleasantness of intense effort… (Reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 6 January 2017
Constance Gustke, "The Hottest Start-Up Market? Baby Boomers"
The New York Times - metered paywall - 3 Aug 2016
More and more companies and entrepreneurs are plugging into a wealthy slice of the over-50 demographic called the longevity market. In the US alone, an estimated 75 million baby boomers generate an annual economic activity equivalent to $7.6 trillion. The biggest market opportunity for start-ups is older Americans rather than hip millennials. The point to remember: “Every dissonance of age is a marketing opportunity.” (reads in about 8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 5 August 2016
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