You and most people around you are likely to be in the wealthiest 1% who have ever lived. Yet why, for so many people in rich countries, does progress not make us feel better? With the help of a new tool, Comparonomics delves into the factors that make us feel bad and reaches some surprising conclusions. Not only are we much better off than we – or the economists – think we are, but the things we aim for like economic growth, improved social mobility, and equality don’t impact most of the feel-bad factors. In other words, we’re feeling worse than we ought to, and we’re doing too many of the wrong things to feel better. With its surprisingly simple tool, Comparonomics shows just how wrong conventional economics is about progress, what impact this has on our lives and offers readers some strategies for making sense of our modern world. Grant J Ryan is the son of an Invercargill chicken farmer who ended up a hopelessly addicted inventor. He has founded several technology companies, an opensource project to protect native species, and has worked as an advisor to the New Zealand Government. Grant has a degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in ecological economics.
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Can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security policy. Melbourne is a city on the brink, from arson fed bush fires, searing heatwaves and the potential threat of terrorism. Detective Inspector Robbie Gray, falling foul of Police bureaucracy, gets called to a body found lying in a rural swamp. When the nationality of the victim is revealed, ASIO take over her investigation and she is sidelined. Convinced they are misinterpreting the evidence, along with a disenfranchised Aboriginal policeman, she secretly digs for the truth and discovers an entirely different motive, one which transcends international borders and exposes corruption in the humanitarian world. When the killer is arrested, DI Robbie Cray realises that the past contains only hurt and pain and she asks herself whether in certain circumstances, murder may well be justified.
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An inspiring rallying cry for humanity to solve our biggest problems by returning to the most basic driver of human behaviour and culture – story. In A Future Untold, the author offers an entertaining, inspiring, and at times deeply vulnerable glimpse into how we can solve social and environmental challenges by addressing the stories and narratives that underpin our lives. Drawing on her experience in award-winning spoken word, environmental advocacy, political communications, and her role helping to build a 500+ strong global entrepreneurial leadership community, Alina Siegfried (AKA NZ Poetry Slam champion Ali Jacs) translates the fundamentals of narrative change into authentic stories, entertaining anecdotes, a handful of powerful poems with corresponding QR code video links, and ten new myths for humanity. The book provides a call to action for everyday citizens who believe that we can build a better future, urging them to re-author the harmful stories and cultural narratives that lie beneath “the way things are”.
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