Test your jargon, Rodrik's parable, bamboo is grass, Google future, an Asian Norway, 6 theories of policy change, the history of the universe in 18 minutes: links I liked

Test your knowledge of development jargon (and yes, ashamed to say I got 100%, but it is pretty easy). A nice parable for the world economy, from Dani Rodrik and an accompanying explanation of its underlying economics. ‘This single move can rid economies of the growth-without-jobs syndrome. This is the new green growth model the world is desperately seeking—creating opportunities to build economic wealth from regeneration of forests, and more importantly, creating inclusive and equitable wealth and wellbeing.’ What is this magical step? Reclassifying India’s bamboo as grass [h/t Triple Crisis]. The future, according to Google search results (allegedly). ’Nair is describing a kind of Asian Norway, with the benefits of natural resources controlled and socialised to a high degree, rural communities subsidised to keep people on the land, fisheries protected, a high commitment to energy efficiency and high taxation to support high levels of social welfare.’ The FT reviews ‘Consumptionomics’, by Chandran Nair. Madeleine Bunting discusses here. ‘Understanding different theories about policy change can help organizations more effectively choose advocacy strategies, focus evaluation efforts on the right outcomes, and avoid the “kitchen sink” syndrome of doing a little bit of everything and unrealistically expecting change in all areas.’ Ben Ramalingam reviews a useful-looking paper on theories of policy change. Another Ted Talk for when you’ve had a couple of drinks. David Christian does the entire ‘big history’ of the universe in 18 minutes (and that includes a four minute intro). ]]>

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