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“The Bottom Billion”–How to help the poorest billion people in the world.

Deepness.  Ever want to throw your hands up in despair at the state of Africa?

This is a TED Talk by Paul Collier, the author of “The Bottom Billion“, a book about the poorest billion people in the world, many of them concentrated in Africa, and how to really help them, as opposed to simply sending them a bunch of short-term money that leads to long-term dependence.

The best line? “…The two forces that changed the world for good: the alliance of compassion and enlightened self-interest.”

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He argues (essentially) that, if those countries worse off continue to go backwards economically even as the world becomes smaller and more socially integrated, it will be a disaster for all of us.

The man almost gives me hope. I hope you’ll stick with it, if for no other reason than to hear him mention the “resource curse“, also known as the “paradox of plenty“) and see if it doesn’t make you think of examples closer to home.

I’ve seen a few of these TED Talks by now and this one has led me to finally bookmark their site. They bill them as “inspired talks by the world’s greatest thinkers and doers”.   Check them out.


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