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The wider problem, part 3. Protesters getting fined

Part 2.

In summer 2019 many protesters in Moscow got sued by the city transport authorities and a restaurant for making them work harder (!). This seemed like complete nonsense until I understood the wider problem. Most Russians haven’t got rid of the bug of believing that the Tsar or the Party will fix their problems. Thus they believe the only person that can solve the problem is someone from the government. The government of course, became tired of this: solving every problem is impossible.

It took advantage of the popularity of opposition leaders and the protesters following them by fining these people high sums for minor misdemeanours. Most people in Russia haven’t crowdfunded anything, so by engaging in a nationwide discourse, the state created a situation in which people would impulsively help them, by crowdfunding. People learned about crowdfunding to later use it for personal matters. Russians got richer and Russia got better. This is especially noteworthy as Russia established a new crowdfunding law on January 1, 2020.

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The wider problem, part 2. Ground floor room

Part 1.

When something seems like a solution to a problem, look beyond.

This summer I stayed at a Milanese hotel for a night. I found some of its eco-policies to be admirable, while others to be ridiculous. One of the ridiculous ones was giving me a room on the ground floor. “We are afraid of wasting precious energy powering the elevator as this would harm the environment”, they said. These are fancy words for “we want to save money”.

They also did not think that sound pollution is more of a problem for me than using excess electricity. I might have come up with some fantastic idea if it weren’t for the dogs barking next door.

Part 3.

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The wider problem, part 1. Flight shaming

When something seems like a solution to a problem, look beyond.

Greta Thunberg insists on shaming people for flying. She even forced her mother—an opera singer—not to hop on a world tour. While some voyages are faster and cheaper by rail than by plane (Genoa to Rome, for instance), others are not.

Don’t tell me to take a five-day train from Moscow to Sanremo because it’s better for the environment. It might not be. It’s a waste of time to spend five days instead of eight hours to get from one place to another. During the extra four days in Sanremo I could have invented something that would in the long-term help the planet more.

If business people were to cancel their flights to meetings “in order to save the planet” we as a society could be losing more: breakthrough ideas would not be shared, so new products would not be created, therefore the economy would not develop faster and polluting factories would exist for longer.

Part 2.

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How to make Russia a better place

When Russia hosted the World Cup this year—an event of international importance—the host cities got streets cleaned and trash thrown away, made life safer and the overall appearance neater. (Oh, and people were friendlier)

The more such events Russia hosts (or any country, for that matter), the better everything will be. It’s a pity that Ekaterinburg didn’t win the Expo 2025 bid.

 No comments    13   2018   problem solving   Russia
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How to solve most of the world’s problems

Take the problem, often a lack of something or a negative form of it, and turn it into a positive: just feed those who starve, just get the homeless homes, just get the unemployed work, just educate the uneducated, just stop wars (become neutral).

 2 comments    6   2018   problem solving   world problems