Posted by: alexswallow | June 28, 2013

Since the TED Talk: an update from Richard Wilkinson

Co-author of one of the best books I’ve ever read

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“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…

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