Inequality hurts the rich too

How economic inequality harms societies

This remarkable TED talk by Richard Wilkinson should be required watching for every person on the planet, it needs to be shown in schools, it should be understood by every voter and particularly by every politician and economist.

Inequality is one of the most important causes of the woes of the 21st century world.

It’s worth noting that in the developed world, the most unequal societies are generally those of the English-speaking world and the most equal and most contented are in Scandinavia.

You can stop starvation

“Sometimes I’d like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it… but I’m afraid God might ask me the same question.” — Anonymous

I’m a big fan of TED.com. I’ve been moved, amused, intrigued, and sometimes inspired by quite a few TED presentations. This one is the most important I’ve seen.

“Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.” — TED.com

We know how to fix it, we have the resources, we have the food, we should have the motivation. It would even save us money!

What can you do to promote Josette’s program?

Why wouldn’t you do it?

You can stop starvation

“Sometimes I’d like to ask God why He allows poverty, famine, and injustice in the world when He could do something about it… but I’m afraid God might ask me the same question.” — Anonymous

I’m a big fan of TED.com. I’ve been moved, amused, intrigued, and sometimes inspired, by quite a few TED presentations. This one is the most important I’ve seen.

“Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.” — TED.com

We know how to fix it, we have the resources, we have the food, we should have the motivation. It would even save us money!

What can you do to promote Josette’s program?

Why wouldn’t you do it?

Tim Harford on hit-and-miss success

Another gem from TED.

Voting for failure and the triumph of serendipity

Tim Harford is the author of “The Undercover Economist”, an outstanding book which explains practical economics without using formulae. Here on TED he tells us why trial and error beats teams of PhDs and why those political candidates’ promises are totally empty.

Tim Harford studies complex systems — and finds a surprising link among the successful ones: they were built through trial and error. In this sparkling talk from TEDGlobal 2011, he asks us to embrace our randomness and start making better mistakes.