Today’s Revolutionary: Nate Silver

  

 Nate Silver is an American statistician. He is perhaps the first and only statistician who has ever made statistics exciting, and he has done that mostly by being right. 

He gained some fame by analyzing baseball, and predicting winners, with great accuracy. I’ll skip that part of his career. He became a celebrity when he got into predicting elections: he correctly predicted the winner in 49 out of fifty US states in the US presidential election of 2008, and then scored 100% in the presidential election of 2012 - he also picked 51 out of 53 senatorial races.

He is the Tiger Woods of statistics, the Glenn Gould of prognostication - someone who is so much better than most other players, that they have to change their game to stay relevant. The big US survey houses, particularly Gallop, are reexamining their procedures, looking hard to see how they can improve their accuracy.

And - If you have read this far, you must be interested in surveys, right? Please take a moment to click on the survey to the right!

 


 

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Savings Groups are catching on in Europe and North America.

Follow this movement, and maybe get involved yourself.

Start by reading the Northern Lights page of Savings Revolution.

Then, if you like, contact us below, and we can talk about how you can form your own groups. We’ll put you in touch with someone who can help you do that!

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    Favorite Sites

    Here are some other sites that Kim and Paul read, that we think you might enjoy.

    The SEEP Savings Led Working Group site. Congratulations to SEEP for putting together this comprehensive, easily accessible go-to site on savings groups. Check out their library, their report on outreach by country, and lots of other goodies.

    Making the Road - a blog by Bill Maddocks. “Through honesty, courage and persistent inquiry we learn the way forward as development practitioners and human beings.” Bill brings rich experience not just with development work, but with life, to these discussions. 

    Village Finance Blog. Brett Hudson Matthew’s thoughtful posts are grounded in an understanding of oral cultures, history, and social dynamics. Recommended for anyone trying to understand what’s really happening in savings groups. 

    Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at UC Irvine. “Its mission is to support research on money and technology among the world’s poorest people. We seek to create a community of practice and inquiry into the everyday uses and meanings of money, as well as … technological infrastructures”. ‘Nuff said.

    David Roodman’s Microfinance Open Book Blog. David Roodman combines intelligence, honesty, and a sense of humor. He attempts to bring intellectual rigor to the analysis of the impact of financial services, and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers in the process.

    Clean Air, Bright Light. This site by Savings Revolution co-founder Paul Rippey contains useful information about lessons learned in using savings groups to promote clean lighting. Still in development but check it out anyway!

    The Evidence Project. Chris Dunford was CEO of Freedom From Hunger for many years and probably more than anyone helped FFH earn a reputation of being willing to look closely at what they were doing, and whether they really were meeting people’s needs. Chris continues that role now as a blogger…

    Center for Financial Inclusion. CFI supports traditional microfinance to become more client friendly, more inclusive, and generally smarter. They have a long-term vision for the sector, and the blog attracts many good writers and thoughtful comments.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Financial Promise for the Poor 

    Financial Promise for the Poor: How Groups Bulld Microsavings is your go-to book on savings groups. Its contributors are authors you often read in this blog. It covers current innovations in microsavings happening around the world.

    Also, don’t miss…

    Savings Groups at the Frontier, the book inspired by the 2011 Savings Group Summit!

    Buy in UK or US.

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    Over the last twenty years, many people have become interested in helping poor people around the world get good financial services. Mohammed Yunus and the institution he founded, the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, won a Noble Prize in 2006 for helping start a movement that has brought financial services to millions around the world. 

    Banks and microfinance institutions are one way to bring financial series to the poor. Savings Groups, managed by the members and based on savings rather than debt, are another solution. In fact, we think they’re such a good solution that they really are revolutionary.

    Savings Groups are self-selected groups of 15 to 30 women and men who get together to save and borrow. Rather than go into debt to an external institution, they manage their own savings through transparent procedures and all the money they earn through interest on loans stays in their village, and in their group.

    This seven-minute video is a great short introduction to savings groups:

    A number of international non-profit organizations work with local partners to train people in villages and cities in how to manage their own savings groups. There are now over five million savings group members in Africa alone, and the movement is also growing in Asia and Latin America. (There are even a few groups in Europe and North America).

    Savings Revolution is designed to help you learn more about Savings Groups, and to get involved with the most exciting new approach to bringing safe financial services to people around the world.

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    Our friend Evelyn Stark sent around this kind of cool YouTube video promoting savings in the US, with this note: 

    Greetings on a cold Seattle Friday,

    Thought I’d pass along something that made smile.  US Bank apparently held a contest to get young people talking about savings…. The winning result, Young Muny & L’il Savings music video…Feel free to pass along to more partners! Surely this video is as good as talking dog videos J. Go viral!  

    (I found this on Game Theory Academy’s website if you really like youth & finance topics and wanted to look at more cool stuff)

    Thanks Evelyn! Made me smile too! 

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    I shared this on Mpendulo Project's (of which I am the director) FB page and I intend to show it to at least some of our groups....there is a new one that I particularly have mind. Young guys 19 to 20-something just formed a savings groups and gave themselves the name BWA (Brothers With Attitude).

    I figure they would love the video.

    Sat, January 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill Thompson

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