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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Posted on April 2, 2011 by Tara Thiagarajan in Physics of Poverty, Writing. 2 comments

For tens of thousands of years of human history the world over looked like our village landscape – no running water, no electricity, no cars, no phones, no printing press and low literacy. You have to wonder then how all of a sudden some parts of the world experienced an explosion in innovation and enterprise over the short span of a few hundred years to bring this all about. What was the driver? Surely it didn’t happen because of a king handing out gold coins or jewels from his coffers to the peasants (‘financial inclusion’?).

Some time ago I was lamenting the difficulty of getting new product information to people who live in the villages – no phone, poor road connectivity – and my husband very helpfully offered up that it sounds like we need to have heralds, messengers and town … Read More »