Ted Talks: The Risky Politics Of Progress
Jonathan Tepperman began his speech through explaining how despite the gloom of the media and the seemingly loss of conventional wisdom in the world he still remain optimistic that solutions do exist for problems that nations face.
Before he began his travels, Jonathan explained how he did not believe in the media’s gloom and as a journalist he sought to find his own source of other countries solutions to both political and economic problems. Jonathan confesses that the results of his investigation awed him.
He discloses to the audience that progress to solutions of severe problems that countries face are out there, some of them in the most peculiar places. Jonathan reveals to the audience that the three places which he travelled to were Canada, Indonesia and Mexico.
Three Problematic Countries; Three Solutions found.
Jonathan explains how throughout the three countries Canada was able to remove explicitly racist anti-immigration policies, replacing them with policies focusing on promoting education, experience, and language skills. Furthermore, he explains how Canada adopted the policy to promote ‘diversification’ as a key representation of Canada.
Jonathan then reveals to the audience how despite all odds, when the Indonesian tyrant leader, Suharto was removed, the country did not succumb to becoming the new tropical version of Iran. Although at first, it seemed that this would be the casedue to the mix between religion and politics. However, Jonathan reported to the audience that through extensive measures against terrorism, Indonesia was able to become one of the few thriving Muslim based countries.
Lastly, Jonathan divulged how Mexico – home of a lot of ongoing problems had their own ray of hope come through in the form of Enrique Pena Nieto; who managed to not only create peace between three warring political parties but also created the ability to passing immigration, campaign finance as well as banking reform, all in a single day.
The Tools For The Solutions Of Countrywide Problems
Jonathan then summarized the three lessons from the three countries he visited. He explained that these lessons are in fact tools to be used as solutions.
Jonathan concludes his speech by stating that the real obstacle is not ability, nor circumstance rather that of making big decisions that pose risk. He states that the solution to problems is finding leaders with guts, which is rare but as Jonathan told the audience they are out there.