Information and action

Today we all know – or at least most of us know – how to get information, but at the same time, many of us don’t actually know what to do with the overflow of information we get.

We can’t just open the website of a newspaper and think we already know everything about anything. We must dig through a sea of information for what really matters to us. As it is easy to get information, it is also easy to get lost, and, in the end, we end up knowing nothing more than we did before. In other words, what are we looking for: info on the rainy season in Somalia, something about starvation in some parts of Africa or Asia, or just the sports news in Brazil?

In order to search for this information, we need some essential tools to know the path to what we are looking for. We must not only optimize information but also the ways to get to it and, in addition, improve the way we use what we know and learn.

Central banking in times of crisis and its future – introducing

First of all, I guess a brief introduction is in order. I’m an economist based in São Paulo, Brazil; 32; working in financial markets since months before the great Argentina default of 2001. Though I was a fairly decent undergrad student, I think I developed most of my current strengths from learning with some brillian

t bosses and colleagues with whom I was lucky to work and from my almost unstoppable urge to understand how the world works (together with the belief, held from a very early age, that, as a Brazilian journalist put it, there’s no alternative to reading). The extremely nice people from Bertelsmann Foundation found me through my blog in Portuguese, and conceded me the honor of writing about the future of central banking for Future Challenges. So, here I am.

Why are women still the big elephant in the room?

I’m not going to say here that women are still facing the same problems as always. But, also, I don’t want to lie to you and say that now that we can work, study and vote, everything is great.

It’s not.

When there are more women studying, and yet they are not making as much money as men, we can tell: there’s something strange here. And I’m referring not only to Brazil, the country I’ll write from, but also to the whole world.

A bunch of people I know (including fellow women) work in great places. As great places, I say they have their rights as workers respected: they earn their salary every month, they can take paid vacations, and even get health care, maternity leave, etc. Many have women as bosses, and some of my women friends also are bosses.

So, why do I think women are the elephant in the room? Why am I talking about it in the first place?