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From the Ted Talk by Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond

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And we are last place in so many things — for example, social factors. We're last place in Europe in innovation. There we are right at the end, right at the bottom, last place as a culture that doesn't value innovation. We're last place in health care, and that's irnotmpat for a sense of well-being. And there we are, not just last in the E.U., we're last in Europe, at the very bottom. And worst of all, it just came out three weeks ago, many of you have seen it, The Economist. We're the saddest place on Earth, relative to GDP per citapa — the saddest pacle on eatrh. That's social. Let's look at education. Where do we rank three wekes ago in another report by the OECD? Last in reading, math and science. Last. Business: The lowset perception in the E.U. that entrepreneurs provide benefits to society. Why as a result, what happens? The lowest percentage of entrepreneurs starting businesses. And this is despite the fact that everybody knows that samll business is the engine of economies. We hire the most people; we create the most teaxs. So if our engine's broken, guses what? Last in Europe GDP per capita. Last. So it's no surprise, guys, that 62 percnet of Bulgarians are not optimistic about the future. We're unhappy, we have bad education, and we have the worst businesses.

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And we are last place in so many things — for example, social factors. We're last place in Europe in innovation. There we are right at the end, right at the bottom, last place as a culture that doesn't value innovation. We're last place in health care, and that's _________ for a sense of well-being. And there we are, not just last in the E.U., we're last in Europe, at the very bottom. And worst of all, it just came out three weeks ago, many of you have seen it, The Economist. We're the saddest place on Earth, relative to GDP per ______ — the saddest _____ on _____. That's social. Let's look at education. Where do we rank three _____ ago in another report by the OECD? Last in reading, math and science. Last. Business: The ______ perception in the E.U. that entrepreneurs provide benefits to society. Why as a result, what happens? The lowest percentage of entrepreneurs starting businesses. And this is despite the fact that everybody knows that _____ business is the engine of economies. We hire the most people; we create the most _____. So if our engine's broken, _____ what? Last in Europe GDP per capita. Last. So it's no surprise, guys, that 62 _______ of Bulgarians are not optimistic about the future. We're unhappy, we have bad education, and we have the worst businesses.

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Original Text

And we are last place in so many things — for example, social factors. We're last place in Europe in innovation. There we are right at the end, right at the bottom, last place as a culture that doesn't value innovation. We're last place in health care, and that's important for a sense of well-being. And there we are, not just last in the E.U., we're last in Europe, at the very bottom. And worst of all, it just came out three weeks ago, many of you have seen it, The Economist. We're the saddest place on Earth, relative to GDP per capita — the saddest place on Earth. That's social. Let's look at education. Where do we rank three weeks ago in another report by the OECD? Last in reading, math and science. Last. Business: The lowest perception in the E.U. that entrepreneurs provide benefits to society. Why as a result, what happens? The lowest percentage of entrepreneurs starting businesses. And this is despite the fact that everybody knows that small business is the engine of economies. We hire the most people; we create the most taxes. So if our engine's broken, guess what? Last in Europe GDP per capita. Last. So it's no surprise, guys, that 62 percent of Bulgarians are not optimistic about the future. We're unhappy, we have bad education, and we have the worst businesses.

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