Links I Liked

US subtitler v Dr Who (who is from Huddersfield)

Oxfam’s new ‘Make Change Happen’ MOOC (free online course) kicks off next week. Register here.

Fox News TV presenter falls off chair. Colleague pretends nothing happened and goes into next segment. Weird.

Adding formulaic pro-diversity statements to job ads actually reduces the number of applications from minority groups. Other approaches like mentoring and dedicated college recruitment teams, work much better.

The countries with the fastest growing numbers of super rich (net worth of $30m plus). Check out the winner.

2 new podcasts: IDS has started the ‘between the lines’ series. First up is dev legend and all round lovely person, Robert Chambers 

Adaptive Management and how it applies to development and peacebuilding. Me on the new Adapt Peacebuilding podcast (34m).

Somebody have fun with Theresa May’s Dancing Queen routine

If a Banksy painting suddenly shreds itself moments after you’ve bought it at auction for $1.1m, should you get your money back?

‘Dear Young People: Don’t Vote’ Great voter registration exercise – can we do one for UK please?

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6 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Pete

    Duncan, for once I think you’ve misrepresented some data.

    The chart on fastest growing super rich populations is about the percentage change of this group, while you have described it as the fastest growing numbers.

    Assuming that Bangladesh has a relatively small number of ‘ultra-high-net-worth’ individuals, then a few more will correspond to a large percentage growth in this group. In the US there are already a large number of rich people, so their 8% growth corresponds to a much a larger number of newly rich.

    Having said that, all these high percentages are really bad news for equality in these countries.

  2. Mark Gorman

    Duncan, the “Dear young People – don’t vote” video on which you’ve commented approvingly, is offensively ageist. While I get the point about encouraging people who don’t normally vote to do so, using stereotypes such as these is an inappropriate way to go about it. The ageist comments put into the mouths of the actors simply makes it worse.

    For the great majority of older people (a category which in itself embraces a hugely diverse age group) who are not affluent, who face the same daily struggle that large numbers of young people are coping with, these stereotyped characters and their reprehensible views are equally alien. And for those who have spent their whole lives combating views like those portrayed, this ad seems deeply insulting.

    By all means let’s try to persuade more people to vote, including young people, but they are by no means the only ones who don’t vote. I live in the London Borough of Newham, whose two parliamentary constituencies regularly have among the lowest election turnouts in the UK. Newham also has among the highest rates of deprivation in the country. Some connection here? As your blog rightly points out on a regular basis, the global fault lines are between wealth and poverty; setting up a generational divide is simply diversionary.

    Ageism is so pervasive partly because it isn’t either recognised or called out, as has happened with other prejudice. A similar ad which stereotyped women, or an ethnic or religious minority, would cause outrage, and rightly so. Why then, is it OK to stereotype older people?

    • Duncan Green

      Thanks Mark, I agree and apologise for not spotting this. However I will leave the video and your comment up, as I think they raise important issues about the acceptability of lazy prejudice against older people

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