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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, ECONOMICS, SOCIETY, ENVIRONMENT, Sustainability

    Sebastian Buckup, "How to fix modernity’s Godzilla problem"

    Quartz - 22 Dec 2017

    This is an interesting take on a very broad and complex set of issues. The WEF head of programming observes that humanity’s dominance as a species results from its capability to carry the power of scale from the biological into the social realm, but by giving us superpowers, scale also makes us frail. As a result of the digital revolution, we’ve now entered a new age that is testing the boundaries of scale in unprecedented ways. The solution is to rebalance the focus of innovation from growth to maintenance and repair (reads in 15min+). 

    Published in Weekly selection 23 December 2017

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  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies

    Gabriel Sherman, "I Have Power: Is Steve Bannon Running for President?"

    Vanity Fair - 21 Dec 2017

    Interesting and insightful throughout. On a whirlwind tour around the globe, Trump’s former aide and alter ego reveals what really went on in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka, his complicated relationship with his erstwhile boss—and his own political ambitions (reads in 8-10 min.)

    Published in Weekly selection 23 December 2017

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    Moises Naim, "Honest Politicians Won't Fix Corruption"

    The Atantic - 12 Dec 2017

    Everywhere, people are fed up with venal politicians, but often look for the wrong solution: empowering a seemingly “honest” leader who promises to stamp out the problem, but often makes it worse. The author of “The End of Power” explains that a new trend might be effective in fighting corruption – it consists in combining the power of a well-organized civil society with technological innovation and information transparency in the public sector. AI does help, as the example of Rosie shows (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 15 December 2017

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