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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  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Innovation, Manufacturing

    Steve LeVine, "No one is prepared to stop the robot onslaught. So what will we do when it arrives?"

    Quartz - 14 Apr 2017

    Robots will wipe out many jobs - somewhere between 9% and 47% of workers in the West over the next two or so decades according to various estimates, and more in emerging markets. Workers will adjust but the transition could be agonizing and the backlash monumental. We won’t stop the robots, but robotization won’t happen unfettered. A tax on robots, “affirmative action for humans” and “back to the basics”: all these are ideas that will gain traction.  Long (9-13 min) but a must-read.

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017


  • Technology, Innovation, ECONOMICS, Manufacturing

    Dominic Barton, "Catching the digital wave"

    Project Syndicate - 15 Jan 2016

    McKinsey’s global managing director explains why technological innovation is transforming the competitive landscape, with the most advanced companies, rather than the largest or most established players, coming out on top. These changes arise from the power of digital platforms and network effects. Companies that do not digitize the core components of their business and rethink organizational design and governance processes will be left behind. For incumbents, the threat of displacement has never been as real as it is today. (reads in about 8 mn)

    Published in Weekly selection 16 January 2016


  • ECONOMICS, Manufacturing, ENVIRONMENT, Sustainability

    Dan Charles, "Can Big Food Win Friends By Revealing Its Secrets?"

    NPR - 26 Dec 2015

    This article explains why the significant bias against Big Food can only be overcome with companies opening up and revealing details of their operations. This will come through “smart label” codes that inform consumers about “the good, the bad and the ugly”. We posted this article because the trend will extend well beyond food companies. Greater transparency is no longer optional. (reads in less than 5mn)

    Published in Weekly selection 2 January 2016


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