Quote of the Week http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/taxonomy/term/9243/all en Quote of the week: David Edgerton http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-david-edgerton <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/edgerton.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="180" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/edgerton.jpg" style="float:right" title="By King's College London" width="140" /></a>“Our understanding of tech is dominated by those interested in futuristic nonsense and those moralizing about it. Techno hype is fundamentally about getting money out of governments or investors. We really need to grow up. We should stop gawping at the future like children and reflect on the world as we find it as adults.”  <br /><br /><a href="http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/people/staff/Academic/edgertond/edgertond.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">David Edgerton</a> – Historian, Professor at King’s College London</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7739 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Adam Gopnik http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-adam-gopnik-1 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/adam_gopnik_in_2014.png" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="250" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/adam_gopnik_in_2014.png" style="float:right" title="By PEN American Center (Wiki Commons) " width="216" /></a>“Of all the prejudices of pundits, presentism is the strongest. It is the assumption that what is happening now is going to keep on happening, without anything happening to stop it.”</em><br /><br /><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Gopnik" rel="nofollow">Adam Gopnik</a> – is an American writer and essayist.<br /><br /> Quoted in <em>The New Yorker </em>March 20, 2017 "Are Liberals On the Wrong Side of History?"</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:27:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7734 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Simon Armitage http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-simon-armitage <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="" height="236" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/simon_armitage_in_2009.jpg" style="float:right" title="//creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="157" />“If everybody’s reading poetry, it’s probably not doing its job. I don’t think it can or ever should be a frontline, popular art form. If it was, I wouldn’t be interested in it. The poetry I will always like sounds like a version of people talking, or singing, or praying. I’ve always thought of it as alternative, not a mainstream activity: a kind of refuge. It’s never been the new rock ‘n’ roll, or the new stand-up comedy or whatever else it’s supposed to have been. It’s still an art form of dissent – to the extent that it even refuses to get to the end of the page. It’s unbiddable!” </em><br /><br /><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Armitage" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Simon Armitage </a>is an English poet.<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Tue, 30 May 2017 12:45:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7730 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Tony Blair http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-tony-blair-6 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><span><img alt="" height="206" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/msc_2014_blair_mueller_msc2014_cropped_1.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="151" />“If you take a step back and you look at the broad sweep of history, this is actually a great time for humanity in many ways. You've had more people out of poverty than ever before in human history."</span></em><span><span> </span></span></p> <p> <span>-<span> </span></span><a href="http://www.tonyblairoffice.org/pages/biography/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>Tony Blair<span> </span></span></a><span><span>-  Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 - 2007.</span></span><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 22 May 2017 15:16:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7724 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Svetlana Alexievich http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-svetlana-alexievich-2 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/swetlana_alexijewitsch_2013_0.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="227" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/swetlana_alexijewitsch_2013_0.jpg" style="float:right" title="By Elke Wetzig via Wikimedia Commons" width="256" /></a>“I love how humans talk…I love the lone human voice. It is my greatest love and passion.” </em><br />  <br /> - <a href="http://www.alexievich.info/indexEN.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Svetlana Alexievich</a>, an investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer who was awarded the <a href="http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/press.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2015 Nobel Prize in Literature</a> "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." She is the first writer from Belarus to receive the award.<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 15 May 2017 14:18:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7718 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Michael Lewis http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-michael-lewis <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/256px-michael_lewis_2009.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="234" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/256px-michael_lewis_2009.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="163" /></a>“When you are fighting racism or bigotry of any sort, or stereotyping of any sort, you are in combat with the way the mind works. You are, in a weird way, in the world where you are trying to overwhelm impulses. It’s hard to get rid of it. This is how people think.” </em></p> <p> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Lewis" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Michael Lewis</a> – an American non-fiction author.<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 08 May 2017 14:42:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7712 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Trevor Noah http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-trevor-noah <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><img alt="" height="203" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/trevor_noah_at_the_dubai_comedy_festival_cropped.jpg" style="float:right" title="//creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="149" />“I see most things in terms of finance and investment and marketing. In school, one of my favourite subjects was business economics. I had an amazing teacher who went beyond the syllabus. And so even now, in life, I read economics textbooks and I try to dabble in financial accounting, just to understand the world.”<br /><br /> - </em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Noah" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Trevor Noah </a>– South African comedian, television and radio host.<br /><br /><span>Quoted in </span><em>Financial Times Weekend</em><span> print edition December 17, 2016 "Life"</span><span> by Michael Skapinker</span><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 01 May 2017 13:34:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7705 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Zadie Smith http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-zadie-smith-0 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/zadie_smith.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="200" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/zadie_smith.jpg" style="float:left" title="By David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons" width="160" /></a>“There is a line of Salman Rushdie’s, I think it’s an essay, where he says: our lives teach us who we are. And I think that’s the case. It’s not that you have a set identity, it’s that by your actions you find out what sort of person you are. And the news is not always…lovely.”  </em><br /><br /> - Zadie Smith - novelist, short story writer, essayist, and a tenured professor in the Creative Writing Program at New York University.<br /><br /> Quoted in <em>Financial Times Weekend</em> print edition November 12, 2016 "<a href="https://www.ft.com/content/231416be-a5ac-11e6-8b69-02899e8bd9d1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Lunch with the FT Zadie Smith"</a> by Jan Dalley</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:12:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7699 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Theresa May http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-theresa-may <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/theresa_may.png" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="233" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/theresa_may.png" style="float:right" title="//www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="192" /></a>“Do I worry about people focusing on what I wear? No. There’s a story that might illustrate why. A few years ago I got into a lift in the House of Commons with a young woman who happened to be wearing a nice pair of shoes and I said: “oh, nice shoes.” And she said she liked my shoes as well. And then she looked at me and said: “Your shoes got me into politics.”</p> <p> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theresa_May" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Theresa May </a>– Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since July, 2016.</p> <p> Quoted in the <em>Financial Times</em>, December 10, 2016, “Women of the year” by George Parker and Lionel Barber.<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:17:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7692 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week:Janan Ganesh http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-weekjanan-ganesh <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/bookshelves.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="200" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/bookshelves.jpg" style="float:right" title="by Hans Dinkelberg via Flickr" width="300" /></a>“Perception and humour are the same thing. A joke is only funny if it gets at a truth. Prose that makes us laugh contain an observation that had always half-occurred to us but which we could never put into so many words.” </em><br /><br /><span>- </span><a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/comment/columnists/janan-ganesh" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Janan Ganesh</a><span>, a political columnist for the </span><em>Financial Times</em><span>. Previously, he was a political correspondent for </span><em>The Economist. </em><span>He appears weekly on BBC1's Sunday Politics television show and wrote a biography of George Osborne, the UK chancellor.</span></p> <p> <span>Quoted in the </span><em>Financial Times</em><span>, March 25, 2017, "</span><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/99af761c-0fbd-11e7-a88c-50ba212dce4d" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The unbearable sadness of bookshelves</a>. <span>" by Janan Ganesh</span><br /></div></div></div> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:35:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7685 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Jean-Claude Juncker http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-jean-claude-juncker-0 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/348px-ioannes_claudius_juncker_die_7_martis_2014_0.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="240" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/348px-ioannes_claudius_juncker_die_7_martis_2014_0.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="174" /></a></em></div> <p> <em>“Forgetting the importance of national landscapes, cultures, national behaviours, reactions and reflexes is a big, big mistake. I am against nationalists, but I am very much in favour of patriots.”  </em><br /><br /><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/president_en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jean-Claude Juncker </a><span>- The President of the </span><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">European Commission</a><span>.</span><br /><br /><span>Quoted in </span><em>Financial Times </em><span>print edition March 25, 2017 "Lunch with the FT" by Lionel Barber.</span><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:15:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7679 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Mohsin Hamid http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-mohsin-hamid <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div> <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/mohsin_hamid_reading_brooklyn.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="247" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/mohsin_hamid_reading_brooklyn.jpg" style="float:right" title="//creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="212" /></a><em>“Hope is an active state. To hope you have to do stuff. You have to put your finger on the scale. It’s important for people to imagine futures that do involve huge amounts of change and yet where our grandchildren can be all right.” </em><br /><br /><a href="http://www.mohsinhamid.com/about.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mohsin Hamid</a> - novelist and writer. His novels include <em>Moth Smoke</em>, <em>The Reluctant Fundamentalist</em>, <em>How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia</em>, and <em>Exit West</em>.<br /><br /> Photo credit: By Mr.choppers (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0" rel="nofollow">http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0</a>) or GFDL (<a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html</a>)], via Wikimedia Commons<br /><br /><a href="https://twitter.com/PublicSphereWB" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Follow PublicSphereWB on Twitter!</a></div></div></div> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:55:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7672 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Dilma Rousseff http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-dilma-rousseff <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/512px-dilma_rousseff_-_foto_oficial_2011-01-09.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="233" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/512px-dilma_rousseff_-_foto_oficial_2011-01-09.jpg" style="float:left" title="By Roberto Stuckert Filho/Presidência da República (Agência Brasil) [CC BY 3.0 br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons" width="156" /></a></em></div> <p> <em>“When you are a woman in authority, they say you are hard, dry and insensitive, while a man in the same position is strong, firm and charming. One day, after tiring of hearing how tough I was, I said [sarcastically] that yes, that’s right, I am a hard woman surrounded by sweet men; all of them so sweet.” <br />  <br /> - </em>Dilma Rousseff - 36th President of Brazil from 2011 to August 2016.<br /><br /> Quoted in <em>Financial Times</em>  print edition December 10, 2016 "Spectrum | Women of 2016."  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:30:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7665 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Tony Blair http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-tony-blair-5 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/msc_2014_blair_mueller_msc2014_cropped_0.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="229" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/msc_2014_blair_mueller_msc2014_cropped_0.jpg" style="float:right" title="" width="168" /></a>“Outrage is easy; strategy is hard. Outrage provides necessary motivation. But only strategy can deliver victory.”</p> <p> <span>-<span> </span></span><a href="http://www.tonyblairoffice.org/pages/biography/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span>Tony Blair<span> </span></span></a><span><span>-  Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 - 2007.</span></span><br /><br /><span>Quoted in The New York Times March 3, 2017 <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/tony-blair-against-populism-the-center-must-hold.html?_r=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Op-Ed by Tony Blair</a>. </span><br />  </p> </div></div></div> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:30:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7656 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere Quote of the week: Fareed Zakaria http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/quote-week-fareed-zakaria <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <em><a href="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/fareed_zakaria_peabody_awards_2012_cropped.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="246" src="http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere/files/publicsphere/fareed_zakaria_peabody_awards_2012_cropped.jpg" style="float:right" title="By Anders Krusberg / Peabody Awards" width="178" /></a>"The world has been transformed by the globalization of goods, services, and information, all of which have produced their share of pain and rejection. But we are now witnessing the globalization of people, and public reaction to that is stronger, more visceral, and more emotional."  </em><br /><br /> - <a href="https://fareedzakaria.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fareed Zakaria </a>- host of CNN's international affairs program <a href="http://www.cnn.com/shows/fareed-zakaria-gps" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fareed Zakaria GPS</a>.<br /><br /> Quoted in <em>Foreign Affairs</em> print edition November/December 2016 "<a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiYrY65i8LSAhWTZiYKHXKTAEAQFggaMAA&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foreignaffairs.com%2Farticles%2Funited-states%2F2016-10-17%2Fpopulism-march&amp;usg=AFQjCNFW3Ub4n5Rp-dZ3nwxYTV0vCxeW_w&amp;sig2=ILnC_3ri0_hrKpIO45kCIw&amp;bvm=bv.148747831,d.eWE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Populism on the March</a>."</p> </div></div></div> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:30:00 +0000 Sina Odugbemi 7653 at http://blogs.worldbank.org/publicsphere