THE STORIES WE CAN’T STOP TALKING ABOUT…
You won't know until you try it! said all parents everywhere, always. But like a stubborn two-year-old we don’t experiment with new choices and ideas – often to our own detriment. In fact, the reason why you hire the “safe” choice to fill the open spot on your team is also the reason you order the same dish at your local restaurant: a bias towards the status quo. “Experimentation is an act of humility, an acknowledgment that there is simply no way of knowing without trying something different,” writes the author.
Blockchain-4D? Still struggling to make sense of the blockchain? Join the club. But with organizations like CDC, WFP and UNICEF already testing the waters, you may want to brush up on your ‘distributed ledgers’ and ‘Merkle Trees.’ For development, it could be a game-changer – tracking aid dollars, or determining land and property rights, even for public health surveillance. The caveat, say experts: you need reliable energy supply and open access to the Internet.
Are we training for measles eradication? Measles cases affected 20 million people in 2016 and killed almost 90,000 children. The global health community is torn about when to begin a global eradication program. As the writer asks, could the failures—and near-successes—of other eradication campaigns ultimately teach us how to conquer measles? All this while measles cases in Europe are soaring; up by 300% in 2017.