Month – January 2017

Organ Donation: When Changing a Default Can Save Lives

Promotional prices can be irresistible sometimes. Who hasn’t signed up for a magazine subscription or a cable TV provider tempted by the low initial rates, and then continued paying the full price after the promotional period was over simply because canceling the subscription required taking the time to make a phone call or fill out […]

Capitalizing on Teacher Satisfaction: Using Tutors to Energize Education

They labor in loud and unruly environments, with demanding and emotional people. They impose discipline constantly, and their wages are notoriously poor. Yet, according to data from a survey of 15 Latin American countries, an average of 98% of primary school teachers say they like their jobs. If this seems surprising, it shouldn’t. Careers that […]

Reforming Constitutions: A Pandora’s Box

In March 1990, some 2 million Colombians cast a symbolic vote during elections demanding a new constitution. The vote followed a harrowing year of guerrilla, paramilitary and drug trafficking violence. Three presidential candidates had been assassinated, and many people argued that only a new national charter, creating a more inclusive, representative and decentralized government, could […]

Public Information on Vaccines Can Be a Matter of Life and Death

Public information campaigns are a complex, delicate undertaking. Getting them right is crucial, as undoing the damage of misinformation is very difficult: once perceptions have been formed, it’s very hard to modify behavior. And when it comes to vaccination —an issue that has sparked controversy over the years and became news again this week— the repercussions […]

Natural Disasters: How Nations Build Resilience

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti in 2010, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving 1 million homeless, governments and multilateral organizations gathered in New York to pledge an unprecedented $10 billion in emergency aid and long-term reconstruction.   “Our goal is not to rebuild.  It is to build back better,” […]

Interactive Learning: Making it Work in Latin America

Can technology improve education? For most educators, advances in computational capacity and artificial intelligence open the doors to potential revolutions in learning. So do increases in mobile devices and broadband access. Interactive textbooks, using web-based animations and videos, allow students to visually grasp math, science and engineering issues in ways that were unthinkable before. Interactive […]

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