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, History, PSYCHOLOGY, Human condition

    Oliver Burkman, "Is the world really better than ever?"

    The Guardian - 28 Jul 2017

    An increasingly influential group of thinkers - “The New Optimists” - insists that humankind has never had it so good. The facts and the data vindicate their position, but should we assume that the situation will continue to improve? This article sheds some interesting light on this fundamental question and the arguments of the opposite camp who worry that the world we have created is so complex, volatile and unpredictable that catastrophe might befall us at any moment. Dense and rich – reads in 12-16 min.

    Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2017


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

    Bruno Caprettini and Joachim Voth, "Rage against the machines: New technology and violent unrest in industrialising Britain"

    VOXeu - 10 May 2017

    This piece of research describes how labour-saving technology played a key role in one of the most dramatic cases of labour unrest in recent history: the Swing riots in England during the 1830s. It serves as a powerful reminder of how technological disruption can entail social and economic disruption. The point to remember: there is a causal connection between the introduction of new technologies and social unrest (reads in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2017


  • SOCIETY, History, Technology, Innovation, Internet

    Niall Ferguson, "The global network has become dangerously unstable"

    The Boston Globe - 20 Feb 2017

    The historian explains why we can’t understand today’s world without understanding how it has changed as a result of new information technology, which has enormously empowered networks of all kinds relative to traditional hierarchical power structures. He argues that the global network has become a dangerously unstable structure. Far from promoting equality, it has done the opposite by allowing hyper-connected “super-hubs” to emerge (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 February 2017


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