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Dec
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Going Green Shouldn't Be This Hard

Going green does not need to be a sacrifice, either for us as individuals or for businesses, governments and the economy.


This is the second episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series takes what can seem like an overwhelming problem and breaks it down into manageable parts: from clean energy to food waste, religion to smartphones. V...


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Why Is Work so Boring?

Many of us find our work rather boring and when we do, we tend to blame ourselves. But there are very large-scale reasons, rooted in history and economics, why certain sorts of modern work are both more lucrative and rather more boring than they might have been in the past. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): https://goo.gl/wVzLCS
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“One of the overriding reasons why modern work is so boring is that we keep having to do more or less the same thing every day. We have to be specialists, whereas we would – deep in our hearts – surely be so much m...


Dec
06
How Stories Control Our Economic Reality

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SOURCES AND FURTHER READING

Nick Hanauer, "A report that analyzed every minimum-wage hike since 1938 should put a bunch of nonsense ideas to rest" (via Business Insider) 2016 http://www.businessinsider.com/minimum-wage-effect-on-jobs-2016-5

Drew Desilver, "5 Facts About The Minimum Wage" (via Pew Research Center) http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/07/23/5-facts-about-the-minimum-wage/

Molly Ball, "A Plutocrat's Case for Raising the Minimum Wage" (via The Atlantic) Feb 2016 http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...


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Which Country Does the Most Good for the World?

It's an unexpected side effect of globalization: problems that once would have stayed local—say, a bank lending out too much money—now have consequences worldwide. But still, countries operate independently, as if alone on the planet. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments thinking outwardly: The Good Country Index. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question, "Which country does the most good?" The answer may surprise you (especially if you live in the US or China).

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minut...


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