This is not the prettiest data visualization of the year–not remotely–but it may be the most important. A new study published in Science has quantified the number of people who need to take a stand before they can affect societal change on important topics like sexual harassment and human rights. advertisement And that number? It’s a mere 25% of any group. Only 25% of people need to adopt a new social norm to create an inflection point where everyone in the group follows. You don’t need to read the full paper to get the gist of the research, thanks to this video explainer put out by the University of Pennsylvania, which ran the study. As you can see visualized in simple cartoons, the researchers created a series of small online communities of 20 people and actually paid them to agree on a social norm (in this case, it was the name of a person in a picture). Once each group was in agreement, they paid a select few people in those groups to push for … [Read more...] about The magic number of people needed to create social change
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Renu KohliThe evolving fiscal dynamics threatens to override September’s fiscal reforms and support actions. The government’s action, combined with monetary easing, were seen to spark a recovery from this quarter.But an intensifying resource crunch and its interplay with persisting economic weakness in October are an alarming sign. The fiscal policy is fast getting trapped between the need to restrain spending and yet boost demand or risk negating monetary stimulation.Close Fiscal slippage risks have increased due to a deepening revenue deficit which, in conjunction with fresh financing commitments and corporate tax giveaway, has brought the gap and absence of additional resource-mobilization plans into the spotlight. related news Macro Matters | Was consumer spending in 2017-18 really lower than in 2011-12? FM holds meeting on GST simplification; similar meetings across country on Dec 7 CBIC refutes reports of authorities seeking 18% GST levy on CEO, CXO … [Read more...] about Fiscal hit fears are for real. Where are resources for growth?
Abraham C Mathews Last year, when a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled in favour of permitting entry of menstruating women into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, there was a deep sense of unease with the judgment: Not just among the devout across religions, who now feared that the court was going to judge their religious practices, but also many Constitution watchers, who felt that the court should have stayed out of this one.Religion, after all, is an endeavour that can be rationalised only in the minds of the devout of that religion. Can you then hold religious practices to constitutional standards, which inherently presumes rationality?Close The widespread protests against the judgment, probably orchestrated, left people with a bad aftertaste. In addition, citizens began filing petitions seeking entry of women into places of worship for other religions. Therefore, there was more than usual expectation that the review petition filed against the judgment would be allowed … [Read more...] about Legal Matters | SC’s Sabarimala review makes a bad judgment worse
As passengers in Toronto and Hamilton airports waited to board their flights to Calgary, a giant video screen within a gargantuan Christmas present asks them to scan their boarding pass. Suddenly they are face to face with Santa Claus. He knows their name. He knows who’s standing beside them. This is no pre-recorded message, the jolly old elf is on a live feed. And he wants to know what they want for Christmas. advertisement advertisement During the approximately five hours the 250 passengers were in the air, about 175 Westjet employees in Calgary rounded up every single thing Santa was asked for, from socks to a big screen TV. Wrapped it all up and sent it out the baggage claim in Calgary. The looks on all the passenger’s faces, as well as the brand lovefest the video has garnered online so far, makes it look like a win for everyone involved. Except for the guy who just asked for socks. In three days the video has more than 7.7 million views and gained worldwide … [Read more...] about Here’s How Westjet Helped Santa Actually Deliver Presents To Unsuspecting Airline Passengers
“Hey, can we go in here?” Mark Pincus, Zynga’s founder and CEO, has abruptly stopped walking and is looking around for an answer. Who is he asking? He is the boss. Pincus has been leading me through the San Francisco company’s colorful, dog-friendly Potrero Hill headquarters at a brisk trot, showing off the huddles of engineers and designers who self-assemble into the 13 “studios” that run Zynga’s 11 insanely popular online games. So far, not one person has seemed remotely startled when their boss appears at their elbow and excitedly prompts them to show a perfect stranger their work, or, for that matter, to introduce their actual dog. advertisement As we stand in the hall contemplating our next move, Pincus jukes left, circles back, and takes me around to the still-under-construction CityVille. “This is our next big bet,” he says. A drive-by engineer chimes in, “Actually, it’s live.” Pincus pauses for a … [Read more...] about 09_Zynga