Go into any bar or restaurant in Latin America during the World Cup and you'll witness ecstatic fist pumps, shouts and hugs after a goal by the national team. Sports makes for tribal celebration, and the shared experience that occurs when the tribe excels and triumphs can bond even strangers and serve as a powerful social glue. But it's not just true for watching sports. It … [Read more...] about Sports Programs Can Boost Solidarity and Strengthen Societies
Teaching is one of the most important professions, vital to a nation's long-term dynamism and productivity. But it is simply too hard to get all but the most dedicated teachers to commit to long-term careers, when, as in Chile and the United States, they make two-thirds of what people of a similar educational background earn. That is the dilemma Chile tried to confront in 2002 … [Read more...] about Keeping the Best Teachers: Is Money the Answer?
Soccer fans throughout Latin America will be glued to their televisions in June and July, basking in the excitement and pride that come with belonging to a region famed for its brilliance at the World Cup. But it's not just about elite athletes. Since at least the days of the ancient Greeks, societies have understood that sports can make citizens healthier and happier. They … [Read more...] about Sports can transform lives if we do it right
In June and July, Latin Americans will gather around their televisions to admire the prowess of soccer superstars and cheer their national teams on to victory in the World Cup. The question is what they will do when each game ends. Will they get off the sofa and channel the thrill into starting their own pick-up game, playing some other sport, or even going for a jog? Sadly, … [Read more...] about Failing to Exercise in a Region of World Cup Stars
Artificial intelligence (AI), with its self-teaching smart machines, will transform Latin America and the Caribbean. It will not happen immediately. But it is inevitable, and the region needs to ensure that legislation and regulations are in place so that AI increases productivity without harming privacy or abetting discrimination. There is no time to lose. AI in the region, … [Read more...] about Can Latin America Ride the Wave of Artificial Intelligence?