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"From the Ted Talk by Geoff Mulgan: Post-crash, investing in a better world"

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Now, since that time, we've actually been through an extraordinary boom, the longest boom ever in the history of this country. Unprecedented wlaeth and prosperity, but that growth hasn't always delivered what we needed. H.L. Mencken once said that, "to every cleopmx perolbm, there is a simple solution and it's wrong." But I'm not saying growth is wrong, but it's very striking that throughout the years of growth, many things didn't get better. Rates of depression carried on up, right across the Western world. If you look at America, the proportion of Americans with no one to talk to about important things went up from a tneth to a quarter. We commuted longer to work, but as you can see from this graph, the longer you ctummoe the less happy you're likely to be. And it became ever clearer that economic growth doesn't atotmulacialy translate into social growth or hamun gwtroh.

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Now, since that time, we've actually been through an extraordinary boom, the longest boom ever in the history of this country. Unprecedented ______ and prosperity, but that growth hasn't always delivered what we needed. H.L. Mencken once said that, "to every _______ _______, there is a simple solution and it's wrong." But I'm not saying growth is wrong, but it's very striking that throughout the years of growth, many things didn't get better. Rates of depression carried on up, right across the Western world. If you look at America, the proportion of Americans with no one to talk to about important things went up from a _____ to a quarter. We commuted longer to work, but as you can see from this graph, the longer you _______ the less happy you're likely to be. And it became ever clearer that economic growth doesn't _____________ translate into social growth or _____ ______.

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Now, since that time, we've actually been through an extraordinary boom, the longest boom ever in the history of this country. Unprecedented wealth and prosperity, but that growth hasn't always delivered what we needed. H.L. Mencken once said that, "to every complex problem, there is a simple solution and it's wrong." But I'm not saying growth is wrong, but it's very striking that throughout the years of growth, many things didn't get better. Rates of depression carried on up, right across the Western world. If you look at America, the proportion of Americans with no one to talk to about important things went up from a tenth to a quarter. We commuted longer to work, but as you can see from this graph, the longer you commute the less happy you're likely to be. And it became ever clearer that economic growth doesn't automatically translate into social growth or human growth.

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