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Hans Rosling's Magic Washing Machine. Machines of progress, resource use and the developping world.

What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. In under 10 minutes Hans Rosling does us the service of providing a solution to the argument that "the developping world musn't consume like the developped world as there arn't enough resources". In his TED talk at TEDWomen in Dec 2010 he puts to us the case for allowing developping countries access to the machines of progress. 

TED: Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.

Is it in the Rules?

Enabling countries to 'find ways to develop new rules' is going to be important for convergence. Rules are a massive factor in tragedy of the commons type situations and in Paul' Romer's story of phones and light bulbs, Paul highlights how these situations are incredibly complex and have evolved over a long time. Similarities can be drawn between the cases explored in Paul's talk and with the resources into which CONVERGE will explore in that alot is going on at the level of rules.

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