Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The week that was and the week ahead – who’s saying what about progress

Would you believe that it’s only the 5th day of this month and already we feel it’s time to give you a media review?! We’ll be brief, but be warned- these are 5 days of progress you wouldn’t want to miss!

Gauging the Pain of the Middle Class (New York Times 02.04.2011)

This NYT article will also be a highlight of our month. A great piece on what the author deems the ‘Toli Index’- which shows the median number of hours an earner needs to work in order to be able to afford to live in a decent area that has access to a school of at least average quality.

Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% (Vanity Fair 01.04.2011)

Joe Stiglitz amazes again with his wonderful way of articulating inequality statistics. This is an article not to be missed, not only because it is exquisitely written and captivating in true Stiglitz style, but because it is something that each and everyone of us can relate to.

Overtaking (The Economist 01.04.2011)

The US and China must have been highlighted in almost every single edition of the Economist for at least the last 8 years. This article shows how wonderfully diverse our friends at the Economist are and how they can shed light on things we would never even consider thinking about. Competitive lawn-mowing… really?!

Alright, so this one doesn’t quite make the deadline of 5 days- but if you read it I’m sure you’ll understand why I slipped it in. Posted at the end of last month, this blog looks at the role wellbeing plays in the future of development.

A quick look to the week ahead- tomorrow the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) will launch the first ever United States Peace Index (USPI) that will rank 50 states according to their peacefulness. The index aims to identify the key drivers of peace by state and will analyse the economic benefits of peace. IEP President Camilla Schippa will blog in detail about this index at the end of the week… stay tuned! 

Philippa Lysaght 

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