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More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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Scott Bade works on the communications team of Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies. He previously researched international security at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies. Scott graduated from Stanford University and lives in New York.
Jason Bade lectures on social problem solving at Stanford Law School and is active in the impact investing space. He often advises startups and social entrepreneurs on strategy and human-centered design. Jason graduated from Stanford University and lives in California.
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don't work for us as we might hope. Hard to say if any of these ideas might ever come to pass but this author
definitely has some very powerful ideas..
- He does not like money in politics, and thinks it should be limited somehow. He does not like the Citizens United decision. This is a common sentiment, though he does not devote much time thinking about the alternative. For example, should Hillary Clinton be able to censor documentaries that portray her in a negative light, which was the issue under debate with the Citizen's United case?
- He does not like the government's general lack of due diligence with it's policy crafting. He also thinks it should be more like Silicon Valley and have hackathons and stuff. I can't disagree with the due diligence part, the government *absolutely* should follow up with their policy decisions to make sure they are being implemented exactly as expected, and things should be adjusted if otherwise. But good luck getting the government to do that! And you're simply not going to be able to hire great "hackers" if you're going to pay them a government salary, with pay scaling strictly with tenure and authority.
- He hates our "factory"-like schools and thinks that across the board we should switch to small class sizes, with free-range teaching where students learn the joy of learning by not being forced to work. News-flash: learning useful skills isn't always going to be joyful, and sometimes students must be motivated to do things they wouldn't necessarily do on their own. It also isn't clear to me how he expects to pay for such a school system, especially if he expects it to be universal. So we're going to triple each teacher's pay and triple the number of teachers, and then triple all the infrastructure to coordinate that, and this to go along with our universal health care system, and perhaps even universal basic income? Let's get competent teachers into the inner city before we jump off the edge of the earth.
- He doesn't like the American healthcare system because it is too expensive and not universal. He doesn't like the UK's healthcare system because it is too bureaucratic and over-strained (he does not mention how it is two-tiered as well!). I understood where he was coming from, but he tries to have it every which way. In general he thinks we should have "less medicine, more health", but he even acknowledges how that naturalistic style didn't work for Steve Jobs. He begrudges the self-defensive behaviors of US hospitals over-testing people to avoid malpractice suits, but running a hospital without doing those defensive checks is impossible because eventually you are going to get sued. He wants a universal healthcare system like the UK that is personalized like the US? Sounds great.
- He thinks our way of producing food neglects the rights of animals. He acknowledges that buying locally sourced, organic food is more expensive but to him it's worth it. Unclear how this would scale.
- He thinks we should double the minimum wage? But what about the people that lose their jobs to account for this? Shouldn't that come up somewhere, since it's the canonical argument against raising the minimum wage? In Mr. Hilton's world, businesses can always afford to pay their workers more because they were really just routing the extra money to the CEOs. He acknowledges a potential problem with small business but doesn't really address it.
- He thinks we need to encourage fatherhood and good parenting. What about other programs where government has tried to nudge people's personal lives, like Japan and France's feeble fertility programs? Good luck.
- He wants to ban pornography for kids. Good luck, not that it's not a noble goal...
- We should have lots of green buildings and stuff, not square, square is bad, contributes to race riots apparently? Round. Organic.
I've certainly missed some stuff, but this covers most of the stuff that was tugging at the back of my consciousness while I read this book. I think in general it suffers from a lack of the concept of scarcity, but maybe that's the Silicon Valley attitude these days.
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