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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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
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Nathan Halverson, "We’re running out of water, and the world’s powers are very worried"
Reveal - 11 Apr 2016
This short analysis (reads in about 10-12 mn.) of classified US cables reviewed by The Center for Investigative Reporting illustrates the extent to which water shortages did and will spark unrest across the world. One third of the world’s population will be affected by fresh water scarcity by 2025. Problems will be the severest in the Middle East, northern India, northern China and the Western United States.
Published in Weekly selection 15 April 2016
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
Various, "8 cities that show what the future will look like"
Wired - 1 Oct 2015
This is a longish (reads in about 15-20 mn) but intensely enjoyable article about 8 cities that show what the future will look like. Los Angeles, Shanghai, Medellin, Eindhoven, Mecca, Nairobi, San Francisco and Dubai are each making use of high tech materials, sensor networks, new science, and better data to let architects, designers, and planners work smarter and more precisely. In the process, they are getting more environmentally sound, more fun, and more beautiful.
Published in Weekly selection 3 October 2015
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