Co-author of one of the best books I’ve ever read
Originally posted on TED Blog:
“If there is this big difference, with some people worth everything and other people worth nothing, where do you come?” So asks Richard Wilkinson in the trailer for the forthcoming documentary based on his influential book The Spirit Level. Wilkinson, an epidemiologist, spent his career examining health issues caused or worsened by poverty and inequality — a growing awareness that eventually led him to co-found the Equality Trust. The film is the latest step in a quest to encourage politicians and policy makers to address the social damage of inequality. (See the trailer for the film, which also features the likes of Andrew Berg, head of development economics at the IMF, and behavioral economist Robert Frank, at the bottom of this post.)
It’s a campaign that he says got a big boost after he turned up in Edinburgh to speak at TEDGlobal 2011. For him, that was just another day, just another presentation as he looked forward to retirement at the close of a long career. And yet a couple of years and some two million views later, the talk has prompted interest and enquiry far beyond his expectations. “The book sold astonishingly well, yet the attention the talk got has far outdone any of that,” he said in a recent telephone conversation.