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Twitterings Q1 2017

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Sense and big data

Data is only valuable when it actually measures something important. 

International trade

I would point the figures on the purpose of world trade depending on what sort of future we expect for the world trade: a world of peace and justice, based on the sustainable development goals and OECD responsible business conduct, and other similar “values”? Or a world of anger, prejudice, war, unfairness, based on the astonishing amount of the big business of military industry in the world. 

Sustainable cities

Great to see that OECD is joining forces with C40 “to identify knowledge gaps, advance research, and ultimately promote best practices and policy solutions for achieving more inclusive, sustainable cities.” 

Twitterings Q4 2016

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Pay gap

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Women graduates

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Urban future

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Twitterings Q3 2016

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Engender equality

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Algorithmic improvement

The algorithmic society…I wonder what George Orwell would have thought about that? 

Disengaged youth

Many of today’s economic and social problems–locally, nationally, globally–have accumulated for a long time and are the result of political and economic institutions’ stiffness, comfort-seeking, inability to (at times painfully) adapt to demands of the day. 

Top earners

The tired old defence of fat cat pay has now become so familiar that it goes largely unchallenged (“Top earners: Why did the 1% get so rich?”). 

Twitterings Q1 2016

Shailey Hingorani @BurntCognac
What will it take to implement SDGs? @OECDObserver has some ideas: http://goo.gl/DVyZDh. #SDGs #UNGA #GlobalGoals

Over growth?

“Sluggish growth, widening inequality, environmental precariousness, and market volatility–is a sobering reminder of the myriad challenges facing policymakers”, yes, definitely! And yes, of course, it is the OECD’s role to “help design policy packages to improve performance” by promoting “new data, new research, new mindsets”.

Climate change

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Twitterings Q2 2016

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Modern slavery

Interesting and up to date overview of all the initiatives taken in recent years to prevent modern slavery. It shows that voluntary initiatives by themselves are not enough to make fundamental changes (not for the first time). The linkage with subsidies and credit schemes, arbitration procedures and campaigns transparency obligations etc. makes these codes of conduct meaningful. 

Silicon shocks

I had no idea that there were so many tech companies with offices in Ireland. 

Gig economy

“But will they be good jobs?” 

Eurasian reserve

You raise the question of whether the euro could one day become a more important international reserve currency (Observer No 230, January 2002). Yet you omit to mention the Panglossian forecasts of some economic commentators a few years back who had predicted a massive shift of international reserves into the euro and out of the dollar–with a consequent surge of the euro.

Twitterings No 303 September 2015
Investment needs regional co-operation

Private investment, particularly in infrastructure, is likely to be a key component of development finance going forward.

What funding for gender equality?

As we embark on adopting a new development agenda, it is an opportune time to put the spotlight on the plight of millions of women and girls around the world who desperately need access to basic services, decent employment and freedom of choice to live a better quality life. Without money and proper funding, gender equality and women's empowerment will never be fully achieved.

Twitterings No 302 April 2015

@OECDObserver has produced an excellent @G20Australia special here #G20Brisbane @NassimKhadem @UNSWbusiness #G20 

Sporting together

We at the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace Working Group believe that sport can be used as a tool for different types of development, including economic, social and personal development.

Don't drag feet on pay equity

With the new forms of employment, we are getting further and further away from equal pay for equal work. And not just between men and women. 

Philanthropy can exclude

The digital era may well be all about inclusion, but often its long reach is at the exclusion of others ("Philanthropy, digital payments and financial inclusion" in No 301, Q4 2014). 

Twitterings No 300, Q3 2014

Most shocking number of #OECD report Education at a Glance 2014: 15% of 15-29 year-olds in OECD R not in a job nor in education or training!

Unequal well-being

We encourage the OECD and other global bodies to provide greater focus on reporting non-GDP based measures alongside GDP per capita when comparing the progress of nations so that this methodology can become more mainstream.