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Jaime Lubin

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I see a lot of "job seekers" in TED community...is this a sign from the job apocalypsis?

The illusion of productive life has created a failure generation in a decadent culture. This phenomena is typical from an outdated social and political systems that resist their natural transformation and in final stages use the war issue. This status has been recurrent in the US political structures from their very foundation. Fear instead of responsability is the main current answer from this threatening country diguised with democracy masks. The world beyond nothamerican frontiers is very rich and different...then why we will change it?

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    Sep 20 2012: Thanks, Fritzie, for the clarifications, very much appreciated :)

    I agree that the current political system is very outdated, especially with new technologies like internet and social media. There needs to be a more flexible, adaptable, faster, and more efficient system.

    I am also not one who is knowledgeable in the Mexican culture and the relationship between Mexico and the US and the whole American continents. However, what I do know is that many problems are evaluated by asking a series of questions:

    What is the problem at hand?
    What is causing the problem?
    What is the solution(s) to fix the problem?
    What do we gain from using this solution?
    What do we lose from using this solution?

    And the last two questions is exactly how someone or some group will decide what to do.

    And Jaime, I'm sorry that I don't know Spanish, that is a tragic fact that you and I cannot change at this particular moment in time for this conversation. I would learn Spanish as well as many other languages if I didn't have other priorities in my life unfortunately.

    And there should be a few things I want you to know about me. I think communication is one of the biggest root problems in the world. When I see bad communication, I like to point it out where the problems are that is causing miscommunications. I do this a lot on the Ted forums here. You may say that you are clear in your posts, but the fact that Fritzie, the "clear" one, had to end all his responses to you by questioning his own posts should tell people that something is wrong with the clarity of your posts. You can disagree all you want, but this is what I think.

    Other things you should know about me are that I can be very persistent if I when it comes to communication. I am also good at forgiveness, and I am good at recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of people. I can tell you what I think about myself, but ultimately, your opinion of me is for you to decide.
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      Sep 20 2012: Yes, James. Probably very few of us here are well acquainted with the economic institutions and policies of latin american countries that have strong, resilient economies.

      If we did have this knowledge, we could think about whether there are attributes that would be adaptive outside of those countries in the sense of working as well or better elsewhere in the world

      Alas, I would have to do some serious research even to begin to be capable of doing this analysis, unless some of our latin american participants can fill us in on the policies they believe are particularly promising.
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        Sep 20 2012: Yeah, hmm...

        How is education in Latin America?

        I do know a little about Hispanic-Americans. In a discussion a while ago with David Hamilton, we were looking at the statistics of test scores over the years. Hispanics consistently scored the lowest across the country. I also watched a movie called "Stand and Deliver" which was a movie based on the real life influential teacher, Jaime Escalante, who was trying to teach calculus to a ghetto school and try and get his students (primarily hispanics) into college: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094027/. We were discussing why hispanics were so low on the scores, and I think David said that it could be because of the way family works in a Hispanic family, like how the kid has to help out the family and go to work early and sometimes even drop out of school to help out.

        That is true because one of my friends in high school, who was one of the most ridiculous track and field guys I've seen had to drop out of high school to help out his family.

        But I don't know how much my knowledge on Hispanic-Americans can tell us about the other parts of America if at all.
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          Sep 20 2012: I don't think this material about Hispanic-Americans is very informative for this purpose.This says something about education and lives here rather than in Latin America.

          But here is something from USAID on literacy in Latin America. http://blog.usaid.gov/2012/09/ask-the-expert-literacy-in-latin-america/

          Latin American countries have had their share of problems related to unemployment, inflation, and great disparities in wealth within a country over the years and decades. Recently they have shown impressive economic growth, some of which has to do with the sale of natural resources such as oil and minerals. China is a big customer for Brazil, I think. I have read that there is some concern about whether for a variety of reasons recent growth in latin american countries is sustainable. One issue relates to the dependence on the Chinese market as a customer.

          I do not know whether these countries have the problem we do in the US of high demand in fields which few are trained for (like certain computer and engineering-related fields), a reduction in demand for what I think David would call traditional middle class jobs (in part because businesses in other countries can offer consumers the products more cheaply), and , I think, reasonable demand for the sort of local service jobs that are not highly skilled and that do not pay well. I think we have lots of what used to be called 'structural unemployment," when unemployed people have a lot of training for jobs the economy no longer needs in great quantities but either do not have the training for well-paying jobs with openings or can compete only for jobs that involve a substantial reduction in pay and that many people are competing for.

          I don't know whether the latin american countries have these same issues.
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          Sep 21 2012: One more piece of data may be useful. Using the gini index, the most common measure of income inequality, the inequality in incomes is higher in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina than it is in the United States.
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          Sep 22 2012: To get a little bit of what's happening in Mexico about education try looking up a bit of 'Elba Esther Gordillo'. And a movie/documentary called 'De panzazo'.

          That's how public education works in Mexico. That's how education is managed in this country.
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        Sep 21 2012: Well I thought there could have been a correlation between Hispanic Americans and Latin America people because there are a lot of Hispanics who are immigrants from Latin America.

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