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Common Threads – August

Interesting things we’ve been reading, watching or listening to this month:

  • Controversial new paper on the development movement – A discussion of a new paper on how ‘[big-D] Development “depoliticises poverty by viewing it as a technical problem to be ‘solved’,” [small-d] development “recognises the political nature of poverty and inequality that requires long-term structural change.”’ And Duncan Green’s response to the paper, expressing frustration at the lack of inclusion of NGO voices in the analysis.
  • The value of nature – Monbiot argues against the monetarisation of nature: “If we allow the discussion to shift from values to value – from love to greed – we cede the natural world to the forces wrecking it.”
  • Being primed with ‘individual choice’ makes people more accepting of inequality.
  • Tim Jackson on the “G” word – After Rio, Tim says we need to start talking about the religion of ‘growth’: “Prosperity is more social and psychological, it’s about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose. And you could in principle build a society in which people were fulfilling their needs and flourishing as human beings in a higher way than in a consumer society, provided you had the right investments in the opportunity to flourish in less materialistic ways.”
  • Why climate change doesn’t spark moral outrage – “Unlike financial fraud or terrorist attacks, climate change does not register, emotionally, as a wrong that demands to be righted.”
  • People don’t like shocking adverts, the ASA find, so how should organisations convey reality?
Richard HawkinsCommon Threads – August