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A widening schism: Dambisa Moyo at TEDGlobal 2013

A widening schism: Dambisa Moyo at TEDGlobal 2013

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“Give me liberty or give me death,” says global economist Dambisa Moyo, quoting Patrick Henry from 1775. In Western ideology, freedom is the most cherished value of all, and its government and economic systems have freedom deeply embedded in them. Over the past century, these systems have delivered prosperity and innovation: US incomes have increased []

Progress Enigma: The speakers in Session 1 of TED2013

Progress Enigma: The speakers in Session 1 of TED2013

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As we assembled TED2013′s lineup of speakers from around the world, talked with the TED brain trust, and listened to online conversations, one theme emerged: What is the future of work? Technology and new business practices are, in many ways, putting an end to the classic “good job,” the kind that millions of people once []

Adam Davidson on the fiscal cliff, cable TV, $4000 suits, the giant pool of money and more

Adam Davidson on the fiscal cliff, cable TV, $4000 suits, the giant pool of money and more

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The term “fiscal cliff” is controversial. So Adam Davidson, the New York Times Magazine columnist and co-host of NPR’s Planet Money, prefers to call it “the self-imposed, self-destructive arbitrary deadline about resolving an inevitable problem.” In today’s talk, filmed in TED’s New York office on Monday, Davidson explains what the fiscal cliff is and why []

6 fascinating talks charting informal economies

6 fascinating talks charting informal economies

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When we hear the phrase “the economy,” often the first images that pop to mind are crisp bills being printed in a government treasury, or suited traders wheeling and dealing on the floor of a stock exchange, or a mall where suburban shoppers buy T-shirts and sneakers before grabbing a Cinnabon. But as journalist Robert []

10 ways to chart tangible progress in Africa since 2007

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In 2007, at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, Euvin Naidoo gave an opening talk about investing in African countries — laying out 10 markets and metrics to watch as African nations gained capacity. Today, in a follow-up post, investor Ryan Hoover looks at these 10 metrics that Naidoo laid out — and charts how much has []