It’s almost the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. Maybe you haven’t turned your brain off entirely, but you certainly don’t want to read something. Here are a few videos that have come across my desk recently, and that you can justify watching because they’re vaguely related to development. (Warning: Some may require small amounts of reading. Sorry.)
Are human beings hardwired for empathy?
Jeremy Rifkin describes the evolution of empathy, with clever animated accompaniment.
(H/t A peace of conflict)
Decentralization — it has come to Malawi
Every public policy should have a music video.
(H/t Ryan B and Lauren)
What can development policy learn from evolution?
Owen Barder discusses why development policy should focus less on designing a better world, and more on designing better feedback loops.
Incredible storytelling with a unique medium
This was forwarded around a bunch last year, but I came across it again for a class and thought I’d share. From “Ukraine’s Got Talent”, artist Kseniya Simonova tells a story in sand.
Condolence payments in Afghanistan
Chris Albon links to a video of US Marines delivering payments to the family members of a recent victim. It’s tough to watch, but powerful. (I’m having trouble embedding this one, so you’ll have to go to his site.)
Oh, you actually wanted a ridiculous cat video?
Here you go. Try not to get too distracted.
(H/t Karen B)