50 Facts That Should Change the World by Jessica Williams

By Jessica Williams

In this new version of her bestseller, Jessica Williams assessments the temperature of our global and diagnoses a malaise with a few stunning indicators. Get the proof but additionally the human aspect of the tale at the world?s starvation, poverty, fabric and emotional deprivation; its human rights abuses and incredible wealth; the unstoppable upward thrust of consumerism, psychological disease, the medication alternate, corruption, gun tradition, the abuse of the environment and extra. The analysis may glance bleak, but there's desire, Williams argues, and it is right down to us to behave now to alter issues.

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This edition has had a fairly major overhaul – updating some of the facts, completely replacing others. And there’s one major reason for this: the world is changing. Some of the original 50 facts are just simply not true any more. The first edition contained a fact about how 70 per cent of the world’s population had never heard a dial tone. That’s no longer true, thanks almost entirely to mobile phones. It made me so happy to draw a big line through that fact, thinking that maybe with this mushrooming of technology we might be making some serious progress in eroding the ‘digital divide’, the huge gaps that used to exist between the information-saturated rich world and the countries where you might face a year-long wait to have a telephone connected.

A cynic might say it pushes expensive containers filled with coloured, scented potions of dubious effectiveness. But there’s obviously a lot more to it than that. What are the forces at work that can make a grown woman delight in buying a brand new lipstick, when she has five others at home in exactly the same shade? Far more than what’s in the pretty glass jars, the beauty industry sells a potent mixture of self-esteem, empowerment and evolutionary advantage. The desire to adorn ourselves is as old as the human race itself, and in every culture in the world, physical beauty confers many benefits.

He will be truly embarrassed to be in any list like this, which just makes me more determined to thank him. About the Author Jessica Williams is a journalist and television producer for the BBC, where she has researched and produced interviews with such disparate figures as the political philosopher Noam Chomsky, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Sir David Attenborough, Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble, and the late American academic Edward Said. Introduction: Why should these 50 facts change the world?

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