The following video was produced by JESS3 for The Economist and highlights, in 6 minutes, the main points of a 150 page report called the “Women’s Economic Opportunity Index." Two things struck me about the video, the first being the content and the second being the form. The discussion of what form to use when communicating development and economic data is a critical conversation to have.
In my last post, I ended with the following statement: “Depicting development is a struggle, but we must always remain cognizant of culture and relational representations.” Understanding culture is necessary not only to depict development but also to enact development projects. This is understood as necessary and imperative for all development practitioners.
This semester, I spent a lot of time on public transportation. Since September, I have taken 15 Amtrak rides, average train ride 3 hours 20 minutes, for a total of 2 full days on Amtrak, and then there are all the subway rides to and from the train station in two cities, as well as weekly transportation to and from school.
On October 13, 2010, I watched as a dirty, red, white, and blue cylinder slowly emerged from a hole that was only 26 inches in diameter. The first of the 33 Chilean miners was rescued - after spending 69 days trapped 2,300 feet underground. For me, it was that first live, global, news event - and I had witnessed it thousand of miles away, on television, from my comfortable couch in Washington, DC.
In the October issue of Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis investigates the current Greek debt crisis (now at an astonishing deficit of 1.2 trillion) in "Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds". He tries to answer the following questions:Will Greece default? And who is there to blame for this extraordinary situation?
During our previous Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the New Deal in order to put American’s back to work. The New Deal was a program that reshaped the way Americans not only interacted with the government, but with each other.