"…millions of children—from infants to adults—manage successful, fatherless lives. This is not the same as saying fathers are not needed, but we must stop insisting that if there is no father, it is a life sentence of inadequacy and failure. Raised by single mothers, lesbian mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, or family friends, children can—and do—manage. In cultures across the globe, in centuries across time, from antiquity when paternal early death was quite common to today when daddies disappear, fatherless sons and daughters can thrive."
"The UK’s hedgehog population has fallen by 37% in the past 10 years – a faster rate of decline than that being experienced by tigers in the wild. At the moment, we can still get the thrill of having a nose-to-nose encounter with the European hedgehog – a species that allows us to get much closer to it than pretty much any other wild animal."
"When someone interrupts you, listen intently, help frame the issue, and respond with positivity. Remember that even people who aren’t present may be affected by your words and actions, because whatever you say or do will be relayed to others."
"Meetings, phone calls, email, texts, videoconferences, etc. It can feel like there’s no time to get “real work” done. But these interruptions aren’t keeping you from work, they are work…"
"…policies aimed at long-term issues like the adequacy of retirement saving have important implications for household liquidity and the ability of people to maintain their current standard of living in the face of adverse income changes or spending demands."
"The conventional wisdom has been that you want to give them [stimulus payments]to the poorest of the poor. Our work suggests that to maximize the amount spent you may want to pay out to people at middle-class levels of income as well as the lowest levels."
"There are some kinds of aid that can end up taking more resources from poorer communities than they contribute, especially when you consider the cost of shipping, storing, and distributing certain donated goods. For example, after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami thousands of useless items like winter coats, high heeled shoes, and expired canned food were donated to effected nations. Though this was a generous act, donators didn’t research what was actually needed by the people effected."
"…volunteering in a developing country usually benefits the volunteer more than locals, unless you have specific, applicable skills like medicine or engineering. The volunteer will learn a lot but will likely have little impact on community development. The best aid is the kind that gives locals the ability to craft their own instituions that can continue on long after the trickle of aid money has come to an end. Traveling to teach English for a month is not near as impactful as funding the local schoolteachers who will live and work there for their entire careers."
"How much do you think the United States spends in international aid every year? It’s probably less than you think . When asked how much of the national budget was spent on foreign aid the average American responded with 25%. The actual amount is less than 1%. Even the most generous nation in the world, Norway, gives less than 3% a year. When asked how much the United States should spend on foreign aid, the average response was 10%."