The future of income per capita isn’t looking good anywhere. Projections for the number of educated workers by economic region looks grim, making up less then half the expected net additions in 2010 to 2030. Even more worrying, the forecast shows a significant decline in net additions over this period, due significantly in part to the world’s aging population. Forget about unemployment; not only will there be job vacancies, there also won’t be anyone to fill them (unless something changes about how old – or by contrast how young – our workforce becomes).
Chart from the Economist.
Sometimes I look back and miss some of the things I once had. The places I’ve been, the friends I’ve had – I imagine this is only the meagre beginnings of what aging will feel like. I can only imagine.
Tools like Skype have redefined what it means to be in distant relationships or to leave family and friends behind. It has helped people conquer the challenges of distance and shifted the intrinsic costs of travel and migration. Although the benefits of video-calling and high-speed internet can be brought together in an analysis of implications for micro decision-making, migration and – by extension – comparative regional economic prosperity, it is important to keep in mind the deep humanity of the subject.
Artist John Clang’s moving photo series, Be Here Now, captures projected families and their international members brought together. View the whole series on Visual News.
Cute! I’m tired too. Exams and interviews are finally done. Glad it’s Friday!
In light of the second week of unending CO-OP interviews, here’s a set of inspiring designer resumés for the stand-out job seeker, by Loft Resumes.
I wonder what the market is like. Do more highly-skilled individuals purchase more expensive resumé design services? Where’s the demand, from which industries, regions, demographic groups? So much information at their fingertips…
Space is expensive, and although this high-tech garbage bin is an effective use of space, I wouldn’t say it’s cost effective. How much time will it save commuters to see the status of the Underground on trash bins, when they can just check it on their phones? Sure, not everyone has an app-hosting phone, but I’d count on it sometime soon.
What else could you put on a garbage bin screen updated in real-time? Image reblogged from This Big City.
At some point, every economics student has a moment that goes something like this.
I wonder if coffee sales on the University of Ottawa campus spike during CO-OP’s 2-week-long first round of interviews. From my consumption alone? Maybe.
Photo reblogged from Sightglass in San Francisco.