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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  • SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Violet Hudson, "Trees save lives: why doctors are prescribing forest walks"

    The Spectator - 11 Aug 2016

    This is a new wellness trend. ‘Forest bathing’, which originated in Asia, is now spreading to the West via the US and the UK. Medical research shows that walking in the woods is beneficial for anxiety. After a walk, we have lower blood pressure and fewer adrenalin-triggered stress hormones. Some studies show that after two nights in a forest, our levels of ‘killer’ white blood cells (that attack infection and tumors) soar by 50%. The heart rate is also lowered (reads in about 4-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 August 2016


  • SOCIETY, Health

    Jo Marchant, "Training the Brain to Heal the Body"

    The Atlantic - 10 Feb 2016

    New research in immunology suggests that Pavlovian conditioning may be an effective tool in helping patients fight disease – in essence it’s about teaching your body how to respond to a particular medicine, so that in future it can trigger the same change on its own. This great piece shows that ultimately the brain is in control… and it reads like a detective story (in about 15mn)

    Published in Weekly selection 12 February 2016


  • SOCIETY, Health, Technology, Innovation

    Joseph Jimenez, "A New Era of Health-Care Innovation"

    Project Syndicate - 19 Dec 2015

    The CEO of Novartis explains how technology and the dramatic pace of innovation in healthcare are about to revolutionize the practice of medicine. This owes much to genomics and can be attributed to three key factors: (1) the ability to personalize therapy, (2) the capacity to get treatments to market faster, and (3) improved engagement with patients. (reads in about 7 mn.)

    Published in Weekly selection 26 December 2015


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