If you follow American politics, the big deal this week was Obama’s State of the Union address. But what if we take this to a global level- how are we doing and where are we headed?
1. Global inequality
Branko Milanovic (World Bank, Columbia University) tells us why and how global inequality is actually decreasing! He’s among the most knowledgable and respected economists in this area, so he’s worth listening to
On the other hand, Winnie Byanyima (Oxfam) announced that by 2016, the top 1% will have more wealth than the bottom 99%. The announcement comes at a tender time for the world’s elite, who are gathering in Switzerland for their annual World Economic Forum.
2. Our Future
Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter, making bets for where the world will be at in 2015. Idealistic as ever, they wager that poverty will be wiped out and technology will transform health and banking for the poorest. Exciting predictions to read.
Politico magazine responded by interviewing 15 world renowned experts in various fields, asking for their predictions. Everything is in the cards; extraterrestrial engagement, biometric ID, a world without borders. For a reality check, skip ahead to Leslie Gelb, who asserts that “the world of 2030 will be an ugly place, littered with rebellion and repression.”
3. Just for Fun
Corporate Social Responsibility at its most transparent, a hilarious ad from my new favourite Max Joseph
What do you think? Do you fall on one side or the other of these two debates? Or did you just skip ahead to the last link, in which case- what’s your favourite ad?