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Matthieu Miossec

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What are a few things your country could learn from other countries?

There are many ideas which a country may too readily vilify or praise without looking outside of its own borders where some of these ideas will have been tried and tested. Look outside your country and go hunting for great ideas.

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    Sep 3 2011: - Entrepreneurship from California
    - From Japan: their moral lessons about friendship, being there for each other, following your own path in life (and taking up responsibility for it), their 0 tolerance for crime/violence (making their cities the safest of the planet), discipline and robotics
    - From Asia, South America and Africa: eating insects
    - From Germany and northern Europe: low corruption, correctness and sane ecology
    - From Almost all countries: their cuisine
    - From Almost all countries: how to form a government ;-)
    - From Congo, North Korea and other countries: that we can praise ourselves we are far better of, and should not complain as much.
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      Sep 3 2011: I do appreciate how cuisine is pronounced here in all countries, sir.
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      Sep 5 2011: Christophe,
      I wish you had included something to the effect, "-From the USA, the Preamble to the US Constitution, one of the greatest, yet unpracticed, ideas that exist." 
      Of course, I cannot expect such an unheralded idea to be promoted outside the country. However, if non-Americans promoted America's Preamble, Americans might notice it.
      It calls for Abraham Lincoln’s vision: governance of the people, by the people, and for the people.
      Phil
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    Sep 23 2011: That bull fighting is savagely cruel and should be banned once and for all.

    EDITED:

    LAST BULLFIGHT IN BARCELONA LAST NIGHT, SO WE MIGHT SLOWLY BE GETTING THERE!
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    Sep 15 2011: Their language
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    Sep 22 2011: The thing China definitely needs to learn from other countries, like Ameica, is about food safty. In the recent years, these scandals about food safty in China have scare our people. From poisoned baby formula to the recent drainage oil,a general epithet for the oil recycled from the garbage,which is infamous for its low quality. Our authority should learn how to supervise and scrutinise the food when it's in the process rather than solve the problem when it has already harmed our people.
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      Sep 22 2011: Hang in there, Jessy. As a parent, I can't imagine how frightening it is to be concerned about your food supply. I do hope the government finds a way to instill confidence in this area.
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      Sep 23 2011: Ni Hao Jessy,

      I live in China and the quality of the food here is a real concern.

      Not as an excuse but as a partial explanation: I think it's hard to imagine just how difficult it is to "manage" 1,300,000,000 people. The opportunities for wealth-creation are huge in China, and some people try to take advantage of the opportunities by cheating.

      Things will change. Slowly. But they will change.

      Is there anything you can do that would help improve the situation?

      My wife and I are considering importing oil from Canada. It's not a long-term solution but it's something we can do.
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    Sep 9 2011: Hi everybody,

    First, by "learn" here I mean "would be great if my country adopted best practices of ... but it never did"
    I wish it did.
    But it's complicated.
    Even when it comes to the best idea or practice, we have to understand - what works for one country doesn't work for another. And sometimes it shouldn't.
    And many roads lead to Rome - where "Rome" is the place where everyone is happy, healthy, wealthy and moral.
    So, we adopt practices - it takes ages to shift and evolve. We adopt ideas - it takes ages to soak in. (Agree with Frans! - it doesn't happen automatically, overnight) With some ideas and practices it's easier, some - impossible, depending on the size of the gap and - the common sense.
    Theoretically, however, I wish my country Russia could learn how to respect the human right of an individuum, to tolerate the differences, to focus on improving the environment and quality of life, to preserve green - from my country the Netherlands.
    My country the Netherlands ... I wish it could learn how to feel and share with others, to live as a community, to bring ethics into daily matters, to dig deeper into human soul - from my country Russia

    And then comes health care, technology, laws, windmills and roads.

    We are - the countries, aren't we? I think we are learning, slowly. We started with cuisine :)
  • Sep 6 2011: i think every country, including my home country australia, would benefit from implementing japan's employment policy. employment levels are legislated: if your company makes X amount of money you have to employ Y number of people, and not only is there a minimum wage but also a minimum bonus, so that if a company does especially well, it's not just the CEO getting the bonus but all the employees are rewarded for their hard work in carrying out the CEOs orders.

    the results of this are great service. with plenty of staff customers aren't kept waiting, staff are happy being adequately compansated and having enough other workers to share tasks so they're not exhausted by the end of the day.

    i'm sure some of you will be thinking "that must be incredibly expensive for comapnies! certainly it kills the economy!" but actually the reverse is true. with so many people earning reasonable salaries, you also have lots of people with money to spend, which means better sales figures and more company profits. every dollar spent on wages comes straight back into the economy meaning not only are people happy but all companies and the country as a whole does well too - japan is the world's third biggest economy even though it has no natural resources, importing all raw materials and even 60% of its food!

    truly it should be clear that rich people don't create jobs, consumer demand does.
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    Sep 6 2011: Nigeria could learn how to utilize it's Knowledge potential... and not just rely upon its natural resources. They could learn from the likes of India, how they can even export their know-how, and make it a viable income model. They could learn the unlimited benefits of providing food for itself, exploring its agricultural potential... and not importing billions of dollars worth of food every day. We could learn a lot from other countries!
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    Sep 23 2011: This may have been mentioned already, but I believe that some aspects of Switzerlands Direct Democracy should definitely be implemented in other democratic nations. The US has some programs working on this, such as the recent establishment of the "We, the People" Petition Feature on the White House Website.

    Other than that, as a High School Senior and soon-to-be College Freshman, I wouldn't mind if the US considered some form of Swedens Educational System. The debt american students are expected to accept is ridiculous and, frankly, I find it sad that a nation whose citizens are known for their (sometimes delusional) Patriotism fails to provide attractive alternative payment plans. Education is a crucial part of our lives, and we seem to care more about fighting distant wars against a nearly invisible enemy than encouraging academic excellence.
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    Sep 23 2011: I think a lot of countries could learn a lot from Costa Rica.
    They dissolved their army in 1949.
    Around 95% of all their energy comes from renewable sources.
    Their life expectancy is 77, yet their GDP is only $11,500 (compared to USA's 78 @ $48,600) and according to the Happy Planet Index, they are the most happy country on earth (8.5 life satisfaction compared with USA's 7.8)
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      Sep 23 2011: Did you know that Canada is now paying for Costa Rica's police force? This is a fact. It was front page news in our Canadian newspapers about a month ago. Because it is hard to believe, I am including a link:

      http://www.calgarysun.com/2011/08/11/in-costa-rica-harper-talks-trade-and-hockey
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        Sep 24 2011: That's interesting but you've twisted the fact from the article: "The program provides up to $15 million a year to help Latin American countries fight and prevent crime". That doesn't mean Canada pay for Costa Rica's police, it means Canada will give them a few $million to help them out and so they can reassure tourists that there is Canadian approved policing.
        It's really not that un believable when it coincides with a bunch of trade negotiations between the two countries. From the same article: "Through today's commitments, we are helping Costa Rica to become a safer place for its citizens and for travellers and businesses from abroad, thereby protecting our interests in the region and ultimately at home."
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          Sep 24 2011: Hi Charlie, thanks for the clarification. I did not read this particular article but I read several
          others. What you have said is true to a point, however, this newspaper is very pro-government and pro Harper who originates in this province so this article is spun to make the pill go down easier for Canadians. I still think it is really odd that Canadians are paying for policing in other countries.
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    Sep 20 2011: Learn from criticism made by other countries. It's like only Brazilians can criticize Brazil. Not a good thing.
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    Sep 20 2011: I am from India and one thing I wish we learn is "fairplay" ...
  • Sep 16 2011: What I think countries should do is to promote TED talks because it is just amazing the things I read on this site . No I don't work for this site , I just find the people here ... so unique , so different but at the same time , so wonderful . I just enjoy reading their comments , and I do my best to try and understand how they look at certain topics such as this .

    I guess I'm asking for countries to be more open minded to what other countries think simply because we all think differently , and thus making decisions from a wider perspective which may result in a win win situation rather than the usual , everyone's equal , if someone wins , another has to lose economist's point of view (Sorry if I've offended anyone because of certain words I've used in this paragraph , specifically economist)
  • Sep 14 2011: In business, Korea has to learn the freedom of ideas.
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    Sep 10 2011: I keep coming back to this conversation but each time I do I can't think of anything... It's hard to think as you are asking us to do, Matthieu! We are almost always thinking in the opposite way... But finally I locked into what I like about the few countries I know well enough to actually comment on.

    What I like about the English is their ability to express themselves in a way that draws me in.
    What I like about the Irish is their doomed, fatalistic sense of humor.
    What I like about the French is their flair for perfection.
    What I like about the Mexicans is their earthiness.
    What I like about the Canadians is their innate sensibility.
    I wish we Americans had more of a sense of history.
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    Sep 6 2011: My country, Bulgaria, can learn how to make great road construction from China and Japan and we can learn how to improve our tourism sector by Turkey and Greece. We have great nature but lousy roads and bad tourist service!
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      Sep 6 2011: The roads in China are pretty good! Much better than the roads in North America.
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    Sep 5 2011: What nations (actually the people living in sundry 'nations') could learn from people of other nations is probably unlimited. Unfortunately what's true on an international level reflects what happens in any town or village... folks put learning very far down on their list(s) of priorities. Even within families most parents resist learning from their children -- and the children resist learning from their parents. Humans simply don't like to learn from others. There are exceptions, e.g. children up to the age of 12 or so come to mind. So WHAT people COULD learn is a question that simply highlights what most people refuse to do. And somehow that seems to be a 'human universal', mimicking 'learning from the past' which most humans also refuse to do. This aspect of 'being human' may result in tragedy, but that's a topic for someone else to worry about -- or so most folks would say.
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    Sep 4 2011: Nations could learn from each other by exchanging ideas on how to preserve written justice yet maintain respect for each person’s opinion. I chose the words “justice” and “respect” to separate from “law” and “tolerance,” respectively.David Gibson’s article, “A ‘Christian’ Europe Without Christianity,” Religion News Service, August 11, 2011, perhaps unintentionally, supports separation of State from Church. Gibson claims that atheists are teaming with Christians to preserve European culture, in fear of Islam.In this case, Europeans could deeply study the Preamble to the United States Constitution, which claims seven secular goals to be committed to and trusted by We the People. We the People is an uncelebrated product of the phrase “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (the US Declaration of Independence, 1776) plus the debates eleven years later.The 1787 Founders were autocrats in a closed building with closed windows in the heat of summer so that the public could not hear their debates. However, when sufficient states ratified the Constitution and the government started operating (1789), elected politicians began to ‘Christianize’ America, and thereby weaken the US Constitution. Democracy has stymied the republic.I cannot imagine one of my neighbors denying a Muslim family the opportunity to become beneficiaries of and contributors to American governance. Yet, it is commonplace to hear/read, regarding different cultures, “This is America: love it or leave it.” Many Americans resist separation of Church from State. Abraham Lincoln’s vision, “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” has not materialized.Many Americans could benefit from profound discussion of what the US Preamble could mean to citizens of another country; they might perceive what the Preamble could mean to America’s future: seven worthy goals, including justice and respect for each citizen.Phil
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    Sep 4 2011: I'd love to see my country embrace multilingualism and I'd love for non-native language learning to start in Kindergarten!
  • Sep 4 2011: Hi my name is Jayson, I'm 18 and I live in the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago/

    My country can certainly learn how to deal with its problems with youth criminal activity by administering systems that have worked abroad; this is not to say we should indiscriminately apply solutions lauded by other countries, but its become evident that we are too inexperienced, too young a democracy to deal with these social issues without re-inventing the proverbial wheel. How do other countries get their youth motivated and inspired in nation-building activities? I once spoke to a Canadian mother living in my country who lamented the fact that there were so few volunteer programs that her children could join to develop that same sense of social responsibility and desire to help develop the place.

    I believe in self determinism and all that in-so-far as we do not forget that we live in a 'global' world, a connected world, where the knowledge and tools are at our finger-tips. Young countries sometimes need to learn to swallow their pride and ask for all the help they can get. And to end with an overused cliche: Rome wasn't built in a day!

    Thanks, great topic.

    Jayson
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    Sep 3 2011: How to provide health care for all citizens seems like something the US could (should) learn.
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      Sep 4 2011: Mr. Bruni, it would be interesting learn your idea of a country that meets your objective, "provide health care for all citizens," then learn your information 1) on how that country's medical provisions are assured economic viabilty, and 2) how the quality of health care in that country compares with the health care America provides its citizens and non-citizens.
      I have the impression that medical care in America is the best in the world--that when you go elsewhere, quality, scheduling, and treatability versus age suffer and are expected to decline as economic viability declines.
      • Sep 4 2011: Don't forget about the people, who are not in the system.

        google.de results for "uninsured americans" = 50 Million, roughly 20%.

        compared to "uninsured europeans" = no result.
        (ok, Europe is not really a nation, but none the less ;-))

        Also, you may find some of these npr articles interesting:
        http://www.npr.org/series/91972152/health-care-for-all
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        Sep 4 2011: America does not have the best healthcare in the world, whatever metric you chose to use. Have a look at countries that implement universal healthcare. France's healthcare is particularly renown for its excellence (it was number 1 in the WHO's 2000 ranking).

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_system#Cross-country_comparisons
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          Sep 4 2011: Interesting, and together with the NPR series promising. Thank you. Phil
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          Sep 6 2011: health care in america is something like 17% of gdp so why would they change? the more sick and dying the better it is for there healthcare sector and the better the gdp looks
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          Sep 7 2011: @ Matthieu. I just read a great book that outlines how the managed healthcare in the USA propagandized the American population into believing that lie. It was written by one of the guys who actually worked on the deliberate PR campaign.
          Thanks for contradicting that propaganda here on TED and for making it clear that America does not have the best healthcare in the world. As long as they continue to believe that manufactured lie, so many of their citizens suffer without healthcare.
        • Sep 7 2011: I would argue that U.S.A. has the best Heathcare that money can buy. Unfortunately, one needs a rather large amount of money in order to reach the "best" status.
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          Sep 8 2011: The name of the book is:
          Deadly Spin: An insurance industry insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing healthcare and decieving Americans.

          Worth reading.
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          Sep 8 2011: QUOTE: "I would argue that U.S.A. has the best Heathcare that money can buy. "

          As you say, if you can afford it, you can get good healthcare in America. But I wouldn't say it is "the best." One of the best, definitely. The best ... probably not.
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          Sep 22 2011: Health promotion and primary care should be important components of healthcare in the United States. Some of the health issues in the U.S. may be different than those in France. An unhealthy diet, tobacco use, and lack of exercise can lead to problems we often see in the States like type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, lung disease, metabolic syndrome, etc.
        • Sep 25 2011: I always thought Cuba had the best healthcare system in the world? Correct me if I am wrong but do they not also have one of the best education systems in the world as well. I believe around 80 - 85% of the population owns their house with the outstanding being that of doctors and nurses who have accommodation provided for them wherever they are based.
        • Sep 29 2011: America does have the best technology, although it is sad that we don't have healthcare for all...........................................
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        Sep 5 2011: Well for starter we have about a third of the population who do not have access to healthcare. Yes in emergencies they can get vital needs met, but most likely will be bankrupt shortly there after. As for a routine visit or, good luck with that. Now if you have coverage most likely it is paid through your job. This contributes to a stagnant economy. Many people who would change profession for what ever reason have the the idea of no health care coverage hanging over there head. It also is not good for business who have to pay for it, and compete with companies in other nations who do not have this added expense. Because of this many companies who provide benefits (a dying trend) hire few people and work them with quite a bit of overtime which is cheaper than providing a healthcare package. Oh and forget about any vacation time with this sort of setup, which increases stress levels for the population as a whole which in return is unhealthy.

        Now the funny part is we spend about twice as much as most other industrial countries that provide service for all. This is why I responded to Matthieu question by saying we could learn to provide healthcare to it's citizen from other countries. Perhaps I should have been a bit more specific and said we should learn to fund a healthcare system that provides all it's citizens.
      • Sep 5 2011: I'm an American college student. Health insurance is a luxury and a dream to my demographic. We do have the best quality which is pathetic and pointless since we can't use it. I can't describe to you the fear of getting sick and not being able to speak treatment outside of life treating emergencies, which is hard to get anyway. ANYONE in the U.S who has healthcare has been screwed over by them. IT IS INSANE here its like having a life preserver dangeled in front of you while your drowning. Docters drive up health care costs without a care, Nurses get crap wages, I would rather die from cancer at 75 than 4, A reality I have witnessed in my lifetime, purely do to lack of income.
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          Sep 6 2011: My three children paid for medical insurance while they were in college, and it was reasonable at the time. What's happened in twenty years?
        • Sep 6 2011: i don't have any figures to support this, but i do know that many of the world's biggest companies are insurance companies, and they must be making their profits from selling insurance, and also they are obliged to satisfy investors by making each year's numbers better than the previous year's.

          also you have all the litigation nowadays in america that didn't use to exist. this adds another vicious upward spiral since doctors need to buy increasingly expensive insurance against possible malpractice suits (even a perfect doctor must have insurance), which means costs go up, which means insurance costs go up even further.

          i think then logically the solution is to cap payouts for medical malpractice, and introduce an optional not-for-profit insurance system to act as an anchor. we have medical cover in australia, but the public system is 'bronze' level. if you want better service you pay for a 'silver' or 'gold' level private health insurance from a for-profit insurance company.
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        Sep 6 2011: Hi Phil,

        It's not an area I know much about but, apparently, you could learn something about universal health care by looking north.

        Canada's system is said to be quite good.

        I do have some first-hand experience with the Canadian system: About three years ago, I slipped and fell on some icy steps and broke my leg in two places. We called an ambulance; they picked me up and delivered me to the hospital where I was treated. I was in the hospital for two or three weeks (I don't remember the exact number of days) and I was operated on three times. There were complications that required skin-grafting and so on. I was released with a wheel chair.

        When the bill arrived, I had to pay $85.00 for the ambulance, and $10.00 for a splint. Everything else was covered by "medical."

        I pay about $60.00 a month for the service. Regular check ups and non-emergency treatment is also covered.

        I don't know how that compares to other countries' plans but I am grateful for, and satisfied with, the Canadian system.

        As far as I know, everyone in Canada - even the destitute - qualify for coverage.
        • Sep 6 2011: i think an important point in thomas' story is that after healing, he got back to work and paying taxes, no doubt much more than the treatment cost the government.

          a lot of opponents to public healthcare cite the cost, but it's actually more expensive not to give healthcare away for free:
          a sick person needs welfare and other care, but a healthy person works, pays taxes, and spends their salary, all of which contribute to the economy instead of burdening it.
        • Sep 6 2011: I've had a similar experience in australia, tore my acl playing football and had a reco. i pay $0 a month for my governmant health care and only had to pay for the crutches everything else including the opp was covered
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          Sep 6 2011: There's nothing like first hand experience. And I appreciate Ben's point about getting working people back to work. Yet I wonder about the long term sustainability of universal health care. How does it impact personal responsibility?
          I am retired and consider it my duty to myself to 1) regurlary exercise and 2) manage what I eat and drink. Of course I don't smoke. In fact, when an ailment comes my way, the first think I think of is, "How can exercise rid this problem?" For example, I knead a sore finger loop to release the tendon and avoid trigger-finger surgery.
          My family needs me alive and well to cope with events like tropical storm Lee this past weekend and other practical and social matters.
          The question of giving up my cancer treatment four a four year old (see Joe Fletcher's comment) is perplexing. Seems like you'd need euthanasia for me. But then, what about my family? I would not volunteer.
        • Sep 7 2011: phillip i think that's a great point and i agree we don't want a system that absolves people of responsibility. in australia the government plan is only the most basic bread-and-water type cover; it'll keep you on your feet but will never be a 'desirable' level of insurance cover.

          there have been discussions in australia about making those who choose lifestyles that lead to poorer health make a larger contribution to the system, but really they already do. the tax on tbacco products is very high, so smokers have already paid for their emphysema medication long before they get the illness, and fresh food is exempt from tax whereas instant and other prepared foods (which are more likely to lead to disease associated with obesity) attract a 10% tax.

          i'm not sure what you mean by giving up your cancer treatment for a four year old? i think joe was referring to the fact that a 4-year-with cancer will die if they are denied health insurance, however if they have it they can get treatment and life a good long life even if they do finally succumb to the disease at 75.
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          Sep 8 2011: I would like to agree with and support Thomas' story and respond to Philip's points re: personal responsibility. I am Canadian.
          I am a very grateful Canadian. Our religious leaders led us into Universal healthcare in the 1930's. A man named Tommy Douglas (actor Keifer Sutherland's grandfather) is considered the greatest Canadian ever for helping us to understand that like education, healthcare is a necessary and important responsibility that Canadians share with one another. I think most of us take responsibility for our health but I also realize that some people in every society are less able and less mentally healthy to do so. This is a red herring because most mentally healthy people realize that even if healthcare is free, the personal cost of illness is too high.
          I have never faced financial hardship due to healthcare costs even after giving birth to 5 children (who grew up strong and healthy and are now tax payers themselves) and having a bout of cancer. When I was finally diagnosed, I was given surgery within 10 days of the diagnosis, given surgery by a world class surgeon who specialized in my form of disease, was released from the hospital and given nursing care at home to help to close the wound and I NEVER paid one cent out of pocket. I am able to be a well employed and contributing member of society without any financial crises because I was sick. More than 5 years later, I am healthy and productive and very grateful to my country and to my fellow citizens.I am proud to live in a caring society and we pay far less of our GDP to healthcare than is paid in the USA and everyone- no matter how poor- has universal access to healthcare. If you are sick- you are cared for- PERIOD.
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          Sep 22 2011: Debra, thank you SO much for sharing that story. I see you on these conversations regularly and am so glad for your fellow citizens to help get you back on your feet so you can share your insights.
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        Sep 22 2011: Great point, Phillip. Too many of us take a hard line on one side or the other on this issue. Several of my family members and friends are in the medical field or related to its research in some way. While I would rather be in the U.S. if I had cancer or a rare illness, for day to day health care, I don't think the we do all that much better than many other industrialized countries. A simple examination of statistics like life expectancy and infant mortality doesn't show a huge discrepancy either. I wonder, though, how much of that is due to cultural influences and lifestyle choices (we're not exactly known for a stress-free, organic existence :) These are all difficult questions, but worth exploring.
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          Sep 22 2011: One of the most rewarding benefits of working hard on your own fitness and healthy diet is that it influences people who know you. They can see in your body and conduct and expressions how much it helps, motivates, and inspires you. I am 68 and just got off the phone with a guy, Kishon Seth, who is 76 and almost thrives on calling me nearly daily. We are laughing about how much the stock market is falling and our retirement funds are shrinking but we focus on our fitness practices of the day, congratulate each other and re-commit to our duty of staying out of the hospital. He celebrates a recent triumph over syatic nerve problems and refers me to a book titled Back Prescription. He and I both share these attidues with as many people as we can. The only negative is that few listen.
  • Sep 3 2011: Dear Matthieu

    I like your subject, in fact I love your subject. I like mentioned that every country in this world has some specific rules which are really surprising for another. Cultures, habits, ceremonies, education and families. idea sorting in any countries are different. In any place, opportunities are uncountable and this is a gift for all of us. :)
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    Sep 3 2011: From Singapore : Cleanliness , excellence in execution even with government bureaucracy, public safety from crime
    From Japan : How to become economic giant with low natural resource and points as described by Christophe
    From Switzerland : Protection of environment despite of being home of lot of global chemical giants
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    Sep 3 2011: My country could learn a lot from a country like England.From what I see, the English people did a good job at preserving their historical monuments and buildings.My country is a developing country,so, we tend to destroy 'old stuffs' just to make way for new ones (if you know what I mean).Some buildings/monuments in my country are still worth preserving.It would be really amazing if we could preserve those buildings instead of making modern new ones.
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    Sep 2 2011: I've never heard of countries that could learn.
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      Sep 2 2011: Have you heard of the Sun going up and coming down? Have you heard of the wind singing? Have you heard of parties making decisions? I'm truly sorry if you think your comment was witty.
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        Sep 2 2011: What I wanted to point at is that people can learn and every country has a variety of cultures and opinions within their borders that goes from stupidity to the opposite.
        As parties reflect the society it isn't much different there.
        Another thing is that I've seen that the same discovery is sometimes made in different countries with decades in between. Information doesn't cross borders automaticallly or it is a form of plagiarism.
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      Sep 13 2011: Even though I am new, I have seen many of Frans Kellner's comments, and have never detected insincerity. Let someone site a country that has learned.
      My country hides the greatest political claim. It surpasses United Nations statements in simplicity and completeness.
      It states: people who want unity, justice, tranquility, defense, prosperity, liberty, and continuity, hereby establish governance of this nation. See the real words in the Preamble to the US Constitution.
      This gift to the world is suppressed by many Presidents in fine Machiavellian style, but especially by one of the most celebrated Presidents. He imagined “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” even though it has yet to appear. He blamed God for the US Civil War; I appreciate his opinion but can only speculate its meaning. His legacy adds to the suppression of We the People.
      Many Americans suppress triumphs in history. For example, recognizing the evil of the 1692 “witch” executions (19 hanged, one pressed to death, 4 to 17 died in prison) are labeled “Salem Witch Trials.” Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Divinity School Address,” is excluded from lists of his essays published by religious institutions. Because the majority of Americans wait for God, We the People remains obscure if not imaginary.
      America leads the world in bemusement by religious freedom. America leads the world refusal to embrace the rule of law according to We the People.
      If you ask one from the American majority what they are doing Friday, they are likely to respond, “Why? What’s special about Friday?”
      You respond, “America celebrates September 17!”
      “What’s that?”
      “It’s our annual Constitution Day.”
      I want revolutionary reform.
      I have witnessed for my country--which I love. Perhaps others would speak of other countries learning/not.
      Phil
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    Oct 1 2011: As I am originally from Germany, my country has a history of and bad experiences with nationalism (I am writing about Germany here but this is applicable for the whole Western society, mostly for them which were directly involved in the second world war).
    When I went to India in July, I got the chance to talk to some Indian men, mostly my age of 17, 18.
    We asked them if they are alright with the increase in female education and their suprising response was something like "As long as it is good for India, it is good for us as well".
    My point is that they have a totally different and refreshing approach of nationalism viewing their young country as a community (though it is devided into several different states from which most of them speak a very different dialect) and not as something superior to another country. I would take this even further and claim that if we (the European countries) do not see ourselves only as German/French/Polish but also as European, the Euro crisis would have happened on a smaller scale because the self interest of a country lies behind the greater good.
  • Sep 25 2011: Storytelling in the home.

    I do not mean reading books, I mean the oral stories passed down the generations. While working at a hotel that people stay for long stretches I have the pleasure of making friends from different parts of the country and many people from India. One of the guests shared with me many stories his grandfather would tell him as a child. I would always ask to hear them- Would love a book with all of the tales that his grandfather once spoke to him, it would be such a delight
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    Sep 25 2011: Afghanistan is rich in natural minerals like Copper,Iron & etc, but we havent been able to make anything from it yet. So my country badly need some great ideas to get mining industery started.

    I dont know why so many countries give donations which does not work on the long run rather than helping Afghanistan in mining industery.
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    Sep 22 2011: Hi Matthieu
    From my point of view, we can learn how to use ICT meaningfully. For this I feel that I can leave my country to learn in your country.
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    Sep 22 2011: I wish we had better public transportation infrastructure in the United States. It is wonderful how trains are connected in Europe.
  • Sep 20 2011: I feel, And this is my personal opinion, That my country the United States of America, could learn the difference between control and slavery, in reference to the freedoms that we "Possess". Again this is only from my perspective, but i personally feel that certain business' such as insurance or banking, policies and regulations should be controlled through the government, so that these companies to not Enslave the US population that is Below the Middle class line. Forcing families out of their houses because of huge rate increases, Insurance that is affordable or even payed for by tax money. I would love to hear the justification that the other side of my argument has, but from my level of thought i can not comprehend any possible reason other than personal gain...