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. 

Researchers and students who do not wish to subscribe to The Monthly Barometer can access them on a pay-as-you-wish basis. Please pay an amount that corresponds to the value you attach to the product. If you don’t want to pay, remember the following: “If something online is free, you are not the customer – you are the product” (Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government).

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    Vanessa Friedman, "The end of the office dress code"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 26 May 2016

    The fashion editor of The New York Times asserts that a huge power shift has begun in terms of how we dress at the office. In the words of Susan Scafidi, a law professor and founder of the Fashion Law Institute: “We are moving into an era where personal expression is going to trump the desire to create a corporate identity.” (reads in about 6-8- min)

    Published in Weekly selection 28 May 2016


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    Stephanie Vozza, "The four best productivity tricks I learned at Google"

    Fast Company - 1 Sep 2015

    This is not rocket science, but when Google offers advice on how to boost productivity, it is worth listening! The four tricks are neat and simple: (1) Use technology to keep remote employees close; (2) Eliminate silos; (3) Master your inbox; (4) Set goals before meetings. (reads in about 2-3 mn)

    Published in Weekly selection 11 September 2015


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    Jill Neimark, "Canon of taste"

    AEON Magazine - 11 Aug 2015

    The starting point of this longish article (reads in about 15mn): can we restore the world’s culinary masterpieces by rescuing the lost ingredients and flavours that inspired them? And can we approach cuisine as we do architectural restoration, classical music or great masterworks of art? The answer is yes. This portends a growing global trend: the exploration of actual local ingredients that establish a culinary canon and compose it.

    Published in Weekly selection 15 August 2015


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