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A dictator who burnishes his image on Instagram, the way U.S. college costs discourage having more kids, and a rising political star in Norway: our readers’ favorite stories.
Before we dig into this week’s most-read stories, we have to share our excitement over a few of this week’s tweets and comments. OZY family friend and founder and chair of Emerson Collective, Laurene Powell Jobs contributed a story about building a sustainable global economy by assigning real economic value to the environment. As she explained, the best leadership on this issue is coming from Botswana president Ian Khama, who is steering his nation down an eco-friendly development path. We weren’t the only ones intrigued: former Vice President Al Gore and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey shared the story with their followers.
Must read article by my dear friend Laurene Powell Jobs on why we have to put an accurate value on natural capital: http://t.co/auoKwHdOuj— Al Gore (@algore) October 10, 2013
Ian Khama and Placing a Value on Nature http://t.co/4aj0woIxab— Jack Dorsey (@jack) October 10, 2013
We also must tell you about a few of the insightful points being made in our comment sections. There’s nothing better than hearing direct feedback from the OZY tribe, so be sure to jump in to the conversation and share your views.
- On Foreign Aid ROI - Commenter Shernnel agreed that aid alone isn’t enough to help countries develop: ”Policies focused on education are critical for developing countries…[especially those] targeted to specific groups, projects, etc.”
- On Failure to Communicate - Commenter egebhardt weighed in on how President Obama, known for his moving speeches, seems to have a communication problem on health care: ”In a world driven so much by short form media - tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, summary newsletters - It is equally important to be able to communicate in short bursts.”
On to this week’s most-viewed:
1. Our piece about the ironfisted Instagrammer, Ramzan Kadyrov drew the biggest audience of the week. Kadyrov is a fascinating figure, credited with stabilizing his country but also accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering hundreds of people there. He’s taken to social media with images of himself smelling flowers, playing with animals, and posing with a friendly grin – will the image control pay off?
2. Readers were also drawn to a provocative question we posed: Are the rising costs of college education creating a de facto one-child policy in the U.S.? When you consider that fees for a graduate of the class of 2034 will top $288,000 (in today’s dollars) at an average-priced four-year private college and $123,000 at an average-priced public college, it has to give you pause.
From OZY: Siv Jensen, Norway’s anti-tax minister: “Lady with a bone in her nose” http://t.co/PJDEDuaRaV— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) October 10, 2013
3. A profile of Scandanavia’s own Iron Lady, Siv Jensen , drew plenty of attention from readers, including a tweet from conservative libertarian Republican and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist. Expected to take on the hugely influential post of finance minister, she’ll oversee Norway’s oil-enriched, $800 billion Government Pension Fund, the world’s largest sovereign-wealth fund. The Progress Party she leads may be considered far right in Norway, but in American terms, it would be left-wing Republican: classically liberal and pro-free market. Her next challenge? Partnering with the center-right Conservatives in a newly-formed government.
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