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Friday, February 5, 2010

TEDxNewYork 02/02/10 George Ayittey (2007)

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  1. Dear Colleagues
    George Ayittey is an African saying what has needed to be said for a very long time ... but he does not go far enough. The profiteering that was attributed to the Colonial era did not end with independence, it just morphed into an even more obnoxious set of arrangements. The sad reality is that he ... and others ... can talk all they want, nothing is going to change until there is a paradigm shift in how the game is played. In my book, what gets measured gets done. Also the way you keep score defines the way the game is played. A world where the only measures in play are corporate profit, stockmarket indexes and GDP growth and ignores everything to do with sustainability, environment, quality of life and so on, is bound to end up on an exponential trajectory of disaster. When we get serious about "following the money" in development assistance, and that includes the current Haiti disaster, we will continue to fund people whose primary interest is themselves and their Swiss bank accounts. My hope is that modern technology and an increasingly savvy youth will force paradigm shift in the metrics ... and maybe in time to improve socio-economic rebuilding in Haiti.
    Peter Burgess
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