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Concentrations of Wealth and Poverty

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Greg Russak's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:11 AM

Amazingly clear and detailed "view" of where wealth is concentrated. Drilling into zip codes shows remarkable details without being overwhelming. This is simultaneously revealing and mesmerizing. As I looked at it, I couldn't help wondering how and why it is that the people living in the vast "dark" regions of the South and the Great Plains insist on voting against their own economic self-interests by voting for representatives who insist on the lie of trickle-down economics and persistent austerity as the strategy for prosperity.

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See where the wealth and poverty are in America using this great map.

Ishwer Singh's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:56 AM

This picture shows the cocentrations of poverty and affluence.  The areas hilighted in yellow show the areas which are wealthy and the dark blue showing the poor. This coincides with the amout of pay and the education levels in these countries. Areas such as Boston, New York and Washington show high cocentrations of affluence. These areas also have much higher education systems and more well -paid jobs. Countries which are highlighted in dark blue are countries with lesser education and lesser paid jobs. This shows the  extent at which poverty can affect a country.

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Worried About Screen Time? Don't Let Kids Go It Alone

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New research reinforces the role of a human — an adult or older child — when young kids learn from technology.

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Ng Hui Wen's comment, March 10, 10:53 AM
In my opinion, parents should not allow children to have so much freedom when it comes to accessing online content. Due to the constant development of technology in our modern society, it is becoming more and more convenient to access online content at a click of a button. However, I feel that that should not be the case as the ease of using technology will bring about two major negative impacts. Firstly, interaction between the child and other people may be limited as the child may get too engrossed in his/her smart devices. This will affect a child's social skills in the future, also affecting their job. Secondly, the child may be exposed to content which he/she should not know about at a young age. This is why I feel that while technology does benefit us, we should not expose it to children when they are still young as they are able to learn more effectively in an interactive environment, and not focus on technology.
Loh Chi Rui's comment, March 11, 11:01 AM
Nowadays in this current age with rapid technological advancement, technology is all around us. It can be said that the possibility of living without technology is close to zero. Tons and tons of data, money and classified information are all on computers. Thus, it is only understandable that children should try to learn and get used to technology at an early age in order to keep up and not get left behind in the extremely competitive market. However, there is a limit to everything. Parents should limit the kind of online content accessible to their children if they are still young, by setting parental controls. There are bad things on the internet that parents want to cover their children
Cherylynn Tan's comment, May 20, 12:40 AM
I feel that technology can never replace parental love and guidance. Children can have to freedom to interact with touchscreens, to explore technology but parents should also be around them to regulate the time children uses such devices, so that children would not be addicted to them. Parents should also link things that children explore on the technological devices to the real world context, to prevent them from being “dislodged” from their surroundings.
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Obama Says Islamophobia Harms U.S. Interests and Islamic State Is a Dangerous Fringe

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President Obama’s last State of the Union address this year was largely lacking in specifics and replete with high ideals and ambitious goals like curing cancer.

But he did address some issues in everyday politics.  One of the more powerful moments came when he implicitly attacked Donald Trump and several other GOP presidential candidates for trying to get ahead by fanning the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry or by stereotyping Latinos or African-Americans.

“That’s why we need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn’t a matter of political correctness. It’s a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith. His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot I stand tonight that “to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.” When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world. It makes it harder to achieve our goals. And it betrays who we are as a country.”

If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time an attack on Islamophobia has figured in a State of the Union address; but surely in any case it is the most extensive defense of Muslims by a sitting president in history.  Obama makes the important point that the image of intolerance projected by Trump and others toward Muslims damages US national security and makes it more difficult to secure the cooperation of Muslim-majority states.  Racial prejudice on a large scale always has foreign policy implications.  (Arab satellite t.v. was swooning over this part of Obama’s speech).

Obama also took a victory lap concerning his succesful negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear enrichment program:

“That’s why we built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war.”

You wonder if originally this para was a bigger part of the speech but perhaps the section had to be cut down because the Iranians took 10 US sailors prisoners just before the speech began. 

Obama devoted the most space to the fight against Daesh (ISIS, ISIL).  He made several points.  First, Daesh is not a new Soviet Union or some large important state.  It is just a radical fringe, dangerous for the terror it can spread or the soft-target civilians it can kill, but hardly a threat to the existence of the United States.  Obama was pushing back against the over-the-top rhetoric of GOP presidential candidates.

“I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well, so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period. It’s not even close. We spend more on our military than the next eight nations combined. Our troops are the finest fighting force in the history of the world. No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead – they call us.

Obama appealed to the notion of a mysterious political collapse in the Middle East, which he said it will take many years to replace with a new system.  Some of the collapse, he said, is rooted in age-old sectarian struggles (this is not true).  He concluded, “It’s up to us to help remake that system. And that means we have to set priorities.”

I was a little taken aback that Obama should speak of “remaking” the Middle East “system.”  Didn’t he learn anything from the mistakes of Bush?

Obama specified,

  “Priority number one is protecting the American people and going after terrorist networks” but this is just routine counter-terrorism, not WW III:

But as we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands. Masses of fighters on the back of pickup trucks and twisted souls plotting in apartments or garages pose an enormous danger to civilians and must be stopped. But they do not threaten our national existence. That’s the story ISIL wants to tell; that’s the kind of propaganda they use to recruit.

Obama then praised his own gradualist approach to destroying Daesh:

That’s exactly what we are doing. For more than a year, America has led a coalition of more than 60 countries to cut off ISIL’s financing, disrupt their plots, stop the flow of terrorist fighters, and stamp out their vicious ideology. With nearly 10,000 air strikes, we are taking out their leadership, their oil, their training camps, and their weapons.”

While Obama may be right that his retraining program for the Iraqi army is having some success (the retrained brigades fought successfully in Ramadi), it isn’t true that his training efforts have yielded any success at all in Syria.

Obama asked Congress for a declaration of war that specifically targets Daesh.  (The Republicans have signaled that he won’t get it).

Obama didn’t say much about all this, but isn’t it weird that the GOP talks about Daesh as though the sky is falling, but then won’t authorize a use of force against it?

Obama also criticized all the talk on the Republican Right wing of carpet bombing Syria.  He said that many places in the Middle East and Asia may become unstable:

Some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorist networks; others will fall victim to ethnic conflict, or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees. The world will look to us to help solve these problems, and our answer needs to be more than tough talk or calls to carpet bomb civilians. That may work as a TV sound bite, but it doesn’t pass muster on the world stage.”

Obama was also impatient with implicit calls to conduct foreign invasions and do nation-building on a large scale:

“We also can’t try to take over and rebuild every country that falls into crisis. That’s not leadership; that’s a recipe for quagmire, spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately weakens us. It’s the lesson of Vietnam, of Iraq – and we should have learned it by now.”

He concluded by urging patience, wisdom and coordination in the midst of a political season full of bluster and cowboyism:

“Fortunately, there’s a smarter approach, a patient and disciplined strategy that uses every element of our national power. It says America will always act, alone if necessary, to protect our people and our allies; but on issues of global concern, we will mobilize the world to work with us, and make sure other countries pull their own weight.  That’s our approach to conflicts like Syria, where we’re partnering with local forces and leading international efforts to help that broken society pursue a lasting peace.

Obama’s argument for the success of his approach looks more solid the wake of the retaking of Ramadi by the Iraqi government.

Obama was not, however, entirely forthcoming about actual US policy in Syria, which has been for the CIA to use Saudi Arabia as a pass-through for delivering T.O.W. anti-tank munitions to “vetted” rebel groups which, however, have often tactically allied with al-Qaeda in Syria (the Nusra Front) or Salafi allies of al-Qaeda.  This replay of 1980s Reagan Afghanistan policy can only end badly for the US, which is strengthening, willy-nilly, the hand of Ayman al-Zawahiri in the Middle East (al-Zawahir was a mastermind of the 9/11 attacks).

Obama’s counsel of decent gradualism and alliance-building thus hides a dependence on shady covert operations, dubious allies, and extra-judicial tactics like the use of drones.  Even his actual policies, as opposed to the ideals of which he spoke, however, are of course far preferable to the proposals being batted around by the GOP frontrunners, which come as though from another dimension and if implemented would throw the world into chaos.


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PAP and the Art of Name Calling

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Ever wonder why Singaporeans are called many names? When foreign immigrants and locals conflicts over nationalism – they call you ‘Bigots’. When foreign immigrants failed to integrate with locals – they call you ‘Xenophobic’. When Singaporeans do not want to cooperate – they call you ‘Ugly Singaporean’. When they want your votes – they call you ‘Dafts’. When they failed to garner your support at Aljunied GRC in GE2011, they call you to ‘Repent’. 

Let’s explore the underlying interest of the PAP controlled mainstream media and the Art of Name Calling (or Labeling).

Name Calling is a form of psychological abuse which can cause devastating effects that affects your inner thoughts and even exerts control over your life indirectly.

The objective is to intimidate others into complying (changing someone’s behavior due to the request, orders, or commands. Victim give in but not necessarily agree to their rules), or to make fun of others whilst drawing attention or encourage criticisms in the process of doing so.

Instead of addressing the social behavioral problem, the media resorts to Name Calling – calling Singaporeans Xenophobic. When in fact the hostile social behavior stems from their heedless immigration policies which impacted the social fabric and national resources. This underlying social dynamics is identified as Realistic Conflict Theory (When a new group of immigrants from a specific ethnic background arrive in great numbers, members of the group often met with profound prejudice because they were viewed as competitors for resources like jobs, public infrastructure, public spaces, social services, healthcare, education, etc)

Economic Sociology was inadequately addressed – the social cause and effects of economic phenomena. For instance; the massive influx of foreign workers has created intense competition, which allowed employers to impose very long working hours for lower pay and hence creating unhealthy working conditions for employees. (symptoms of uncontrolled immigrations policies)

They are working to discard the national identity, transforming the economy, and moving forward to a global identity for economic benefits. From my research, in my opinion they are bias towards the functionalist point of view in globalizing a city especially being economically beneficial. Social impacts from eroding national identity from Interactionism (Symbolic meaning of nationhood) and Conflict perspectives, was trivialized in favor of functionalist ideals.

Research depicts the pros of globalization by deregulating policies that adheres domestic multi-ethnicity and cultural diversity. On the other hand, it tends to ignore the repercussion that comes with social and political cost of intense competition from foreign migrants.

From 2007 onwards, locals began to raise socioeconomic issues such as depressed wages, discrimination in favor of foreigners, soaring housing prices, high cost of living, overcrowding, etc

If Economic Sociology is thoroughly researched, decisions have been made more meticulously, it would have potentially forestalled many social problems. Is it due to Groupthink within their ranks, and the absence of opposing robust views that led to the mediocre decisions?

Now that they have failed (PM Lee has admitted the government did not have 20/20 foresight), trains are breaking down and overcrowding in public spaces is like everyday affairs. Shortage of hospital beds and now tents is the new IN thing. Qualified Singaporeans pushed out of their jobs to make way for foreigner’s old chums from back home. Wages never catching up with the cost of living, and many locals precipitated in myriads of social and economic problems.

The PAP, adroit at using the same insidious ruse now projects blames onto Singaporeans by calling them names, disguising it as criticism so as to gloss over their mistakes. At the same time, it distracts us from the very issues that plagues us, guiding us into our self-criticism.


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Increasing the minimum wage is only a half answer to poverty

Increasing the minimum wage is only a half answer to poverty | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it
Parties also need to reduce childcare and housing costs, improve the quality of part-time jobs and create better progression routes for low paid workers.

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other things like corruption need to be taken care of also.

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Olivia Win's comment, January 27, 2014 11:47 PM
yes, i agree that increasing the minimum wage is not fully preventing poverty, but only one of the means to try to prevent poverty. there are still quite alot of things to be taken care of in poverty. as poverty is a very serious condition that most people all over the world knows about it, not alot of people is helping out with it. major changes in the society have to be done in order to help with out with poverty.
Olivia Win's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:58 PM

yes, i agree that increasing the minimum wage is not fully preventing poverty, but only one of the means to try to prevent poverty. there are still quite alot of things to be taken care of in poverty. as poverty is a very serious condition that most people all over the world knows about it, not alot of people is helping out with it. major changes in the society have to be done in order to help with out with poverty.

Krithigah Muthukumar's curator insight, February 23, 2014 1:18 AM

I agree that increasing wage is not the only solution for poverty.

Not just in London is there problems like this. In the news I have heard that though we have an increase the wage all over other expenses are increasing in price. Some people have to take of old people, little children bedridden therefore many expenses are to made. While reading this article I thought of the government supporting the family in poor income or people who really cannot effort the expenses they have to make this way it will be helpful for the people who needs help. It seems obvious that raising the minimum wage eg. like increasing take up of the Living Wage would reduce in-work poverty by increasing overall household incomes. I am still confused about an increase in the pay still isn’t enough for the people. Why cant the government help the people in poverty. Is it that hard to help them? Or why is the increase in wage isn’t enough. Why do they exceed their expenses?  . 

  
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The brutal truth about how childhood determines your economic destiny - Salon

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When the first film in the series was released in the '60s, many believed that postwar affluence had translated into increased mobility and opportunity in Britain.
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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

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"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Ivan Koh's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:37 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

Tim Stark's curator insight, October 24, 2015 9:54 PM

Great visual for economics and sociology courses

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Three Plead Guilty to Hate Crimes in Killing of Black Man in Mississippi

Three Plead Guilty to Hate Crimes in Killing of Black Man in Mississippi | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it
Three white men involved in the killing admitted they used to drive into Jackson, Miss., from a neighboring county determined to find blacks to assault.

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Jordan Chua's curator insight, July 6, 2014 5:00 AM

It is very unfortunate that such disgusting acts are still being committed all around the world, many of which go unreported. Thankfully in this case justice prevailed, but the damage was done and an innocent man lost his life. To make matters worse, the teenagers believed they did nothing wrong by shouting obscenities like "white power" and "i ran that nigger over" at the crime scene.

Chan Yu Hui's curator insight, July 12, 2014 11:09 PM

Conflicts caused by racism are common worldwide,even countries that are considered stable have their own racist conflicts too.  However this article shocked me, as i had no idea why are innocent people getting involved in this kind of prejudice on racism? Mr Anderson did nothing wrong to deserve this kind of prejudice from Mr dedmon. I wonder why are innocent people discriminated for the no crimes they do? Did they really do something horrible to the other races? well, i doubt so.

It could be that the young teenagers like Mr Dedmon did not know the serious conequences of discriminating the other races. They might think it as fun and exciting to them.Other reason might be because they hold a grudge towards the other races after reading many tweets comments or stories on the internet. Some suggestions to stop this discrimination can be by convincing others that everyone is equal, and that no racism should be allowed or no other races should be unfairly treated.

After reading this article, i hope that the different races can go along well, spare a thought for one another and not involve innocent people like Mr Anderson to get discriminated and killed. A small incident does not just involve the family, but also worldwide, when a small spark can cause a big conflict.

Melissa Chua's curator insight, July 10, 2016 5:03 AM

It is really disheartening to see such an act of racism even up till now, in the 21st century. People should be more open-minded and accept people of different race, language and religion.

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Can you teach people to have empathy? - BBC News

Can you teach people to have empathy? - BBC News | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it
Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people's lives - and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.
Open Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one line will jump out at you: "You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
Human beings are naturally primed to embrace this message. According to the latest neuroscience research, 98% of people (the exceptions include those with psychopathic tendencies) have the ability to empathise wired into their brains - an in-built capacity for stepping into the shoes of others and understanding their feelings and perspectives.
The problem is that most don't tap into their full empathic potential in everyday life.
You can easily find yourself passing by a mother struggling with a pram on some steps as you rush to a work meeting, or read about a tragic earthquake in a distant country then let it slip your mind as you click a link to check the latest football results.

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Can you read someone's mind through their eyes?
The empathy gap can appear in personal relationships too - like when I find myself shouting in frustration at my six-year-old twins, or fail to realise that my partner is doing more than her fair share of the housework.
So is there anything you can do to boost your empathy levels? The good news is that almost everyone can learn to be more empathic, just like we can learn to ride a bike or drive a car.
A good warm up is to do a quick assessment of your empathic abilities. Neuropsychologist Simon Baron-Cohen has devised a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes in which you are shown 36 pairs of eyes and have to choose one of four words that best describes what each person is feeling or thinking - for instance, jealous, arrogant, panicked or hateful.
The average score of around 26 suggests that the majority of people are surprisingly good - though far from perfect - at visually reading others' emotions.
Going a step further, there are three simple but powerful strategies for unleashing the empathic potential that is latent in our neural circuitry.
Make a habit of "radical listening"
"What is essential,' wrote Marshall Rosenberg, psychologist and founder of Non-Violent Communication, "is our ability to be present to what's really going on within - to the unique feelings and needs a person is experiencing at that very moment."
Listening out for people's feelings and needs - whether it is a friend who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer or a spouse who is upset at you for working late yet again - gives them a sense of being understood.

Let people have their say, hold back from interrupting and even reflect back what they've told you so they knew you were really listening. There's a term for doing this - "radical listening".
Radical listening can have an extraordinary impact on resolving conflict situations. Rosenberg points out that in employer-employee disputes, if both sides literally repeat what the other side just said before speaking themselves, conflict resolution is reached 50% faster.
Look for the human behind everything
A second step is to deepen empathic concern for others by developing an awareness of all those individuals hidden behind the surface of our daily lives, on whom we may depend in some way. A Buddhist-inspired approach to this is to spend a whole day becoming mindful of every person connected to your routine actions.
So when you have your morning coffee, think about the people who picked the coffee beans. As you button your shirt, consider the labour behind the label by asking yourself: "Who sewed on these buttons? Where in the world are they? What are their lives like?"

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Think about all the people you take for granted
Then continue throughout the day, bringing this curiosity to who is driving the train, vacuuming the office floor or stacking the supermarket shelves. It is precisely such mindful awareness that can spark empathic action on the behalf of others, whether it's buying Fairtrade coffee or becoming friends with the office cleaner.
Bertolt Brecht wrote a wonderful poem about this called A Worker Reads History, which begins: "Who built the seven gates of Thebes? / The books are filled with the names of kings / Was it the kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?"
Become curious about strangers

I used to regularly walk past a homeless man around the corner from where I live in Oxford and take virtually no notice of him. One day I stopped to speak to him.
It turned out his name was Alan Human and he had a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. We subsequently developed a friendship based on our mutual interest in Aristotle's ethics and pepperoni pizza.
This encounter taught me that having conversations with strangers opens up our empathic minds. We can not only meet fascinating people but also challenge the assumptions and prejudices that we have about others based on their appearance, accents or backgrounds.
It's about recovering the curiosity everyone had as children, but which society is so good at beating out of us. Get beyond superficial talk but beware interrogating people. Respect the advice of oral historian Studs Terkel - who always spoke to people on the bus on his daily commute: "Don't be an examiner, be the interested inquirer."
These are the kinds of conversations you will find happening at the world's first Empathy Museum, which is launching in the UK in late 2015 and will then be travelling to Australia and other countries.
Amongst the unusual exhibitions will be a human library, where instead of borrowing a book you borrow a person for conversation - maybe a Sikh teenager, an unhappy investment banker or a gay father. In other words, the kind of people you may not get to meet in everyday life.
Empathy is the cornerstone of healthy human relationships.
As the psychologist and inventor of emotional intelligence Daniel Goleman puts it, without empathy a person is "emotionally tone deaf".
It's clear that with a little effort nearly everyone can put more of their empathic potential to use. So try slipping on your empathy shoes and make an adventure of looking at the world through the eyes of others.

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Concentrations of Wealth and Poverty

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Greg Russak's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:11 AM

Amazingly clear and detailed "view" of where wealth is concentrated. Drilling into zip codes shows remarkable details without being overwhelming. This is simultaneously revealing and mesmerizing. As I looked at it, I couldn't help wondering how and why it is that the people living in the vast "dark" regions of the South and the Great Plains insist on voting against their own economic self-interests by voting for representatives who insist on the lie of trickle-down economics and persistent austerity as the strategy for prosperity.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:59 AM

See where the wealth and poverty are in America using this great map.

Ishwer Singh's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:56 AM

This picture shows the cocentrations of poverty and affluence.  The areas hilighted in yellow show the areas which are wealthy and the dark blue showing the poor. This coincides with the amout of pay and the education levels in these countries. Areas such as Boston, New York and Washington show high cocentrations of affluence. These areas also have much higher education systems and more well -paid jobs. Countries which are highlighted in dark blue are countries with lesser education and lesser paid jobs. This shows the  extent at which poverty can affect a country.

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Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti...

Failing before school: the gap between children in high and low income families has led to a dangerous disadvantage with those in poorer families more likely to suffer from serious social and emoti... | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it

The clear links between early child development and later adult outcomes do not bode well for children of the poorest families, who, as new research has shown, are much more likely to exhibit clinically relevant social and emotional problems than their wealthier peers, writes Yvonne Kelly.


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Yansheng Xu's curator insight, February 3, 2013 5:35 AM

OfAmericanchildren with the highesttest scoresineighthgrade, only 29% of those fromlow-incomefamilies ended upgoing tocollege, comparedwith 74% of those from high-incomefamilies.Children from higher-incomefamiliesenjoy an advantageincompeting for the top slots.Young people with highest-income families seem happier with life overall and middle income kids feel the most financialpressure.

Wei Quan's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:30 AM

From what I can see from the article poverty has cause education to be
unfair. This has also affected their social health to as the poorer children had to cope with peer pressure too.
I think that this is happening not only in a country but all including Singapore and could not be solve so easily. This problem will turn out to be even bigger if we do not try to contain it properly.
After i have read the article, I had been wondering why is this happening more and more when technology advances.

Brandon Gopilan's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:57 AM

I have seen and read about the poverty that rules the people , it is not discriminating at all, be it child or adult. But the children, from what I can see, they do not even go to school due to the poverty that they are forced to live with. After reading this article, I have seen that even in education, poverty still follows the children and bring them down in their studies. And I have ;earned that for the minds of the 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds, they need a conducive learning environment and such, or else they won't develop. From this article, I have 2 questions in mind. First being "How much endurance can these people take in their impoverished states?" and "Do people ,when educated, rise from poverty?"

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U.S. AID education/poverty infographic

U.S. AID education/poverty infographic | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it

An excellent infographic that highlights the importance of education in the process of fighting poverty.  Why is education (especially women) so pivotal for development?  Should this change how we think about humanitarian aid?       


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Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, January 27, 2014 8:37 AM

From this article i get to know that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually suceed through hard work and support from their family.

Zemus Koh's curator insight, January 27, 2014 10:11 AM

From this infographic, I can see the importance of education and how it can impact us in our lives. Education is key as it can help us in many ways such as being able to teach our offspings survival skills and also help us to earn more so that we can bring up a family and support them. However important education is, it still comes with a price. As such, many are deprived of this oppurtunity to be educated even though education is somewhat considered a neccessity. Other benefits of education to women include a lesser chance of contracting STDs and also having a higher chance to immunize their children compared to non-educated women. Since education is a key to survival and an important part in our lives, why is it that no effort is made to promote this or to fund more projects that help the less fortunate to get a chance to be educated?

Fiqah Nasrin's curator insight, February 23, 2014 7:28 AM

This article tells me that a child who born to an educated mother will benefit more than a child who born to mothers without an education. Quite a number of women in the world are without a proper education. Is it fair to women without a proper education to be condemn to be told that their child will do poorly rather than a child of an educated mothers. Their child would eventually succeed through hard work and support from their family. It stated that most children who drop out from school are girls and most of the people cant read live in developing countries. In this century i am sure that proper education are given to those who could not afford it as everyone want to succeed. I think that it does not matter if a child's mother is without an education as they can succeed if they work hard and opportunity is given to them.

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Report blames Coalition for Scots poverty - News - Scotsman.com

Report blames Coalition for Scots poverty - News - Scotsman.com | Poverty and Affluence | Scoop.it
A NEW report on poverty in Scotland has blamed the UK Government for worsening the social divide but warned that even under independence Westminster would still “constrain” the way the country is run.
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