Archive for May, 2007

TED Talks | Ashraf Ghani: How to fix broken states

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Amazingly thought-provoking talk at TED2005 by the brilliant Dr. Ashraf Ghani

Very insightful approach to developmental issues…

“The aid system is broken,” says Ashraf Ghani in this powerful, reform-oriented talk. He discusses how to mobilize capital for state-building; why technical assistance fails; and why classic economic theory proved useless in Afghanistan, which is “dominated by the drug economy and a mafia.” He emphasizes the necessity of investment (“A dollar in private investment is equal to 20 dollars of aid”) and design ingenuity to rebuild broken states. And he offers a blueprint: the 10 key functions that a state should perform, from providing infrastructure to enforcing the rule of law.

Leveraging Google Maps to control epidemics

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Came across this neat idea of laying disease location data over google maps. ArsTechnica covers it in its article titled, “The wisdom of unhealthy crowds: Web 2.0 takes on the flu

Gardens: The solution to all the world’s problems

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That’s what the narrator says at the end of a short video feature about greening the desert sustainably using permaculture. The video and a short write-up is posted here on worldchanging.com

Microfinance eBay-style

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WRI’s blog reports here that eBay is acquiring MicroPlace. Is microfinance the new Web 2.0?

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