“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Here is a list of 7 prominent individuals who, through the efforts and merits of the work they have accomplished, are all considered to be at the forefront of their fields. It is a collection of leading thinkers from different backgrounds, converging on the topics of global health and an end to hunger and poverty. Enjoy, and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
– Jeremy Rifkin, born January 26, 1945 is an economist, social theorist, published writer, public speaker, political adviser and progressive activist. He is president of the TIR Consulting Group LLC, which advises national governments on developing Third Industrial Revolution Master Plans, and he is a Senior Lecturer at Wharton’s Executive Education Program. He coined the idea ‘The Empathic Civilization’ and is one of the leading thinkers on progressive economic policy.
– Paul Collier was director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank from 1998 – 2003, and is currently Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Director of the Center for the Studies of African Economies at The University of Oxford. His most influential works are The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, which discusses the pros and cons of aid to developing countries and The Plundered Planet, a self described attempt at a middle road between the extremism of climate change denial and Utopian visions of progress.
–Richard Wilkinson, born in 1943, is a British social epidemiologist by trade, published author and social advocate. He is currently the Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham. His most influential work was a book put together with Kate Pickett titled The Spirit Level, first published in 2009. Through a comprehensive compilation of social health statistics from the wealthiest nations, compared to the economic distribution, the book posits that societies with a more equal distribution of incomes have better health and fewer social problems.
–Raghuram Rajan was born in 1963. He was the Chief Economist at the (IMF) from October 2003 to December 2006. He is currently the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India having taken charge of India’s central banking institution on September 4, 2013. In 2003 he won the Fischer Black Prize and was awarded the fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013 for his most influential work on macro-economic policies around the world. Fault Lines ( 2010) Won many awards for its synthesis of current geo-political tensions and the global economy.
– Joseph Stiglitz was born in 1943. He is an American economist, published author, public speaker, former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank. Currently he is a Professor at Columbia University and he chairs the University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute. He was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. Some of his more influential work include, The Price of Inequality (2012) and Freefall: America, Free Markets and the Sinking of the World Economy (2010).
– David Harvey was born in 1935. He is a leading social theorist and he received his PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, and is among the top 20 most cited authors in the humanities. His work has contributed greatly to serious methodological tools in the critique of the process deemed ‘globalization.’ Currently he is a Professor of Anthropology and Geography at the City University of New York. Some of his most influential work includes, The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism (2010) and A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Volume 2 (2013).
– Glenn Greenwald was born in 1967. He is an American journalist, political commentator, lawyer, columnist, blogger, and author. From 2007 to 2012 he wrote for salon.com, and was a columnist at The Guardian when he broke the Edward Snowden story. Foreign Policy Magazine named him one of the top 100 thinkers of 2013, and he is seen at the forefront of the fight for privacy and independent journalism.
– Tyler Shafsky