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!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
Andrew Clark, Sarah Fleche, Richard Layard, "Origins of happiness: Evidence and policy implications"
VOXeu - 12 Dec 2016
More and more, the economics of happiness is attracting the interest of policy-makers. This article discusses evidence indicating that the things that matter most are people’s social relationships and their mental and physical health; and that the best predictor of an adult’s life satisfaction is their emotional health as a child. The five authors call for a new focus for public policy: not ‘wealth creation’ but ‘wellbeing creation’ (reads in 7-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 December 2016
Olga Khazan, "The best music for productivity? Silence"
The Atlantic - 8 Dec 2016
Studies show that for most types of cognitively demanding tasks, anything but quiet hurts performance (and the more engaging the music is, the worse it is for concentration…) (reads in 3-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 December 2016
The Dalai Lama and Arthur Brooks, "Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded"
The New York Times - metered paywall - 4 Nov 2016
This op-ed addresses the central question of our time: why, when there has never been a better time to be alive, is there so much anger and discontent? The Dalai Lama and the NYT editorialist explain that this is due to the fact that “we all need to be needed” – not selfishly but in a way that “consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women”. The problem in the world’s richest nations is not a lack of material riches, but the growing number of people who feel they are “no longer useful, no longer needed, no longer one with their societies” (reads in 3-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 11 November 2016
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