We tend to think of medical breakthroughs arriving in the form of a radically effective pill or a flawless diagnostic tool. But what if the next great innovation we need is a different way of interacting with patients?
Quick—predict the next nation in the world that will adopt a democratic form of government.
Let's see. Burma (or maybe Myanmar) is a good bet, thanks to the persistent efforts of Aung San Suu Kyi. Bhutan has experienced change into a democracy at a remarkable pace. And there's Libya—in 2012, they experienced the largest jump in The Economist's Democracy Index, though it is still classified as an authoritarian regime.
I didn't want to become one of those people. You know who I mean. Maybe you've been one yourself.
If so, here's your MO: constant social media posts about your exercise routines. Status updates filled with pre-fab facts about the cause. Endless e-mails asking for $10 more. Yes, I'm talking about the charity walker in the age of the web.