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In mechanism design, a Vickrey–Clarke–Groves (VCG) mechanism is a generic truthful mechanism for achieving a socially-optimal solution. It is a generalization of a Vickrey–Clarke–Groves auction. A VCG auction performs a specific task: dividing items among people. A VCG mechanism is more general: it can be used to select any outcome out of a set of…

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Globally, there is a widening divide in the wellbeing of people at the top of the
socioeconomic ladder and people at the bottom. Despite tremendous economic
growth, more than 75% of people in developing countries are living in societies that
are more unequal today than they were in the 1990s (UNDP 2013). In Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, the ratio of average
disposable income in the top versus the bottom decile now stands at 9.5; up from
around 7 in the 1980s (Keeley 2015).

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Escalation of commitment is a human behavior pattern in which an individual or group facing increasingly negative outcomes from a decision, action, or investment nevertheless continue the behavior instead of altering course. The actor maintains behaviors that are irrational, but align with previous decisions and actions.[1] Source: Escalation of commitment – Wikipedia

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Jonathan Fishman GASLIGHTING: What is ‘Gaslighting’? Gaslighting is an dishonest, abusive, manipulative technique which leads it’s victims to doubt their own perceptions, judgements, memories, experiences, mental competence or sanity. Gaslighting, makes a victim question their reality, it makes its victims think that they’re losing their minds. Gaslighters override your own reality, and may lead you…

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Ours is a wild and a beautiful island. But the vast majority of it is unknown to us because, by law of trespass, we are banned from setting foot on it. We are excluded from hundreds of thousands of acres of open space – of woodland, meadows, rivers and their banks – simply because ancient laws of ownership fail to recognise the importance of nature to the public.

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