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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  • SOCIETY, Education, ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment

    Seth Godin, "Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’, It’s Your Turn blog"

    It’s Your Turn blog - 1 Feb 2017

    Companies are staffed with employees who can’t be rated on a linear scale, but vocational skills remain the backbone of the HR process. By adhering to the practice of “checking the checkboxes”, we’ve diminished the value of the skills that actually matter: “soft” skills that we should call “real”. They boil down to 5 categories (a must-read!) It is they that separate thriving organizations from struggling ones through difficult-to-measure attitudes, processes and perceptions of the people who do the work. Culture defeats strategy, every time (reads in 6-8 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 10 February 2017


  • SOCIETY, Education, ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation

    Dave Edwards, Helen Edwards, "The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation"

    Quartz - 16 Jan 2017

    This is related to the theme of the article above and is a must-read for anyone with children and/or looking for a job in the years to come. As we compete with robots and AI, which are the human skills that will remain valuable? The authors provide an answer by looking at what careers require human capabilities that the robots won’t be able to beat for a very long time (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 20 January 2017


  • ECONOMICS, SOCIETY, Education

    Adair Turner, "The Skills Delusion"

    Project Syndicate - 12 Oct 2016

    The chairman of INET turns upside down the conventional wisdom according to which better education is crucial to increasing productivity and living standards. He first observes that few skilled people are needed to drive key areas of activity – a disconnect between employment and value added that reflects the role of ICT. Secondly, many higher-paid jobs play no role in driving productivity improvement and do not increase human welfare. The reality of tomorrow’s world is this: a good education will be required to equip us to live satisfying lives, but it may not increase individual pay or measured prosperity (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 14 October 2016


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