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, Globalization, Technology, Innovation

    Katrin Bennhold, "On London’s Streets,
Black Cabs and Uber
Fight for a Future"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 4 Jul 2017

    This is a great piece of journalism! Katrin Bennhold looks at the issue of “disruption against the incumbent” through the lens of a black cab driver and a Uber female immigrant driver. Her analysis makes the reader realize that London’s cabby wars epitomize what disruption is all about: they are less about the disruptive power of an
app, or a new business model, and more about the disruption of a country’s way of life (reads in 7-9 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 7 July 2017


  • SOCIETY, Globalization

    Satyajit Das, "If Corporations Are People, They Can Be Jerks"

    Bloomberg View - 5 Jun 2017

    The investment banker turned writer argues that the problem we collectively face isn't globalization, but how companies treat the countries where they operate. This problem has a name: “hotel civilization,” meaning that today's multinationals lack a deep connection with the countries in which they operate - they're as transient as hotel guests, seeking short-term gains and ignoring long-term costs. 

    Published in Weekly selection 10 June 2017


  • SOCIETY, Globalization, GEOPOLITICS, New world order

    Jeff Colgane and Robert Keohane, "The Liberal Order Is Rigged"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 30 Apr 2017

    The two academics argue that the sudden return of populism to Western countries means that today’s crucial foreign policy challenges arise less from problems between countries than from domestic politics within them. They claim that the time has come to acknowledge the reality that the social contract has broken down out and push for policies that can save the liberal order before it is too late (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017


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