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”.

Subscribers of the Monthly Barometer can access curated Weekly Selections as part of their subscription. 

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Technology, Innovation, Internet

    Jason Del Rey, "This is the Jeff Bezos playbook for preventing Amazon’s demise"

    Recode - 12 Apr 2017

    In his letter to shareholders, Jeff Bezos explains how he’ll prevent Amazon’s demise. He offers four different answers: (1) customer obsession, (2) a skeptical view of proxies, (3) the eager adoption of external trends (AI and machine learning being the most prominent), and (4) high-velocity decision-making (“most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow”) (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 April 2017


  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Wellbeing

    Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, "Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too"

    Nautilus - 1 Apr 2017

    Famous scientists and artists only spent a few hours a day doing their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking. In short, their creativity and productivity were not the result of endless hours of toil, but instead resulted from modest “working” hours. The lesson for us: Even in today’s “always-on” world, we can blend work and rest in ways that make us smarter, more creative, and happier (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2017


  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    James Hamblin, "On Cognitive Doping in Chess and Life"

    The Atlantic - 21 Mar 2017

    A landmark new study on how “neuro-enhancement” affects the performance of top chess players comes to the counter-intuitive conclusion that thinking more effectively may mean thinking more slowly. Now the challenge is to consider how these substances will occasionally work as tools to help people in deliberate ways, as opposed to keeping swaths of people constantly enhanced or never enhanced.

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017


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