Youth Unemployment Is a Problem for Social Mobility – Brookings Institution

European Political Spectrum

European Political Spectrum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article from US think-tank, Brookings Institution is worth a read. Check it out!

via Youth Unemployment Is a Problem for Social Mobility | Brookings Institution.

Of course, youth unemployment and absence of social mobility are probably a larger issue in Europe, especially Southern Europe. The savage impact of austerity has been brought home powerfully this week by Germany’s treatment of Greece.

It’s time for Europe’s political classes to do something about the barriers to social mobility – otherwise there will be an increasing polarization towards both the hard-left and the hard-right, with the risk of history repeating itself. There’s now an increasing risk that Greece will turn to the hard-right.

Thoughts?

Ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity is about realizing human potential | Voices – the World Bank Whilst

These key indicators of human well-being have ...

These key indicators of human well-being have all improved since 1970. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a worthwhile read. Check it out!

via Ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity is about realizing human potential | Voices.

Personally, I struggle with these concepts for the developed as well as the developing world. Whilst I have witnessed first-hand, the effectiveness of international organizations, like UNESCO, the contextual challenges are enormous.

Examples of barriers abound everywhere. In the US, look at the example of unpaid internships. In Europe, look at the impact of austerity. Germany‘s public humiliation of Greece this week is just the latest example.

As John Gelmini and I have frequently highlighted in this blog, young people must get smart and get ahead of the curve.

Let me turn this to an open question:

How should young people from humble or poor backgrounds realize their own human potential?

Thoughts?