Weekend Reading, Watching and Listening Recommendations (September 4, 2020)
The World Is Becoming More Equal; Adapting Negotiations to a Remote World; Bonds of Trust — Blockchain and disaster relief; Why Karachi Floods
Read: The World Is Becoming More Equal: Even as Globalization Hurts Middle-Class Westerners [Branko Milanovic in Foreign Affairs]
Read: Google Has a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree. Google's new certificate program takes only six months to complete, and will be a fraction of the cost of college. [From Inc.]
Read: The Second Act of Social-Media Activism: Has the Internet become better at mediating change? [From The New Yorker]
Listen: Adapting Negotiations to a Remote World: Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, studies negotiations to understand the path to the "sweet spot" where all sides of the table come away happy. [From HBR Ideacast]
Listen: Climate change, societal collapse & nuclear energy: A golf-ball-sized lump of uranium can deliver more than enough power to cover all of your lifetime energy use. Many people aren’t comfortable with the danger posed by nuclear power. But given the climatic stakes, it’s worth asking: Just how much more dangerous is it compared to fossil fuels?
Watch: Bonds of Trust — Blockchain and disaster relief: Three years after Hurricane Harvey, tens of thousands of Texans are still wading through an antiquated and disjointed disaster relief system. Blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize and streamline processes to help government agencies, private insurers, community partners and others better coordinate their efforts so all disaster survivors can recover more quickly.
Watch: Why Karachi Floods: Town planner, architect, and historian Arif Hasan about why the city keeps flooding.