• David Yanagizawa-Drott “Like most researchers, I’m driven by some fundamental curiosity of how the world works…The greater goal of that is how can we use that knowledge to change public policy, and change life conditions on earth. Where that comes from, who knows?”   When you finish your Ph.D, and Harvard University wants you on staff, you […] No responses July 30, 2011
  • Paul Collier “The idea that the World Bank is some sort of right-wing American institution set to serve the Western policy to crash Africa is a fantasy that collides against the reality of the people actually making these policies…It’s sort of a convenient whipping boy for people’s fantasies.” When it comes to academics and authors who command […] 4 responses June 17, 2011
  • John Githongo “Poverty is no longer the number one challenge to Africa; it is inequality. This is the most deadly issue facing African countries because it is so easily politicized, ethnicized, and very easily militarized.” John Githongo is a man you need to know about. In my opinion, he is an African hero who is doing work […] No responses May 27, 2011
  • Vaclav Smil “(In 50 years) Canada will be what it always has been, economically the 51st state, socially a place awkwardly unsure of itself and without any true national cohesion.”   Vaclav Smil is currently being touted as one of the world’s most important thinkers, and you’ve probably never heard of him. But that’s exactly the way he […] 3 responses May 27, 2011