We bring you here a TED conference that seems very timely in these times of scarcity where it seems difficult to prioritize efforts and direct resources. In it, renowned Anglo-American journalist Jason Pontin takes a detailed look at the challenges we face in using technology effectively… that is, for the problems that really matter.

The video has already been seen by 1,348,456 people, so only you should be missing. Put your headphones on during a break at work. If you are one of those who make public spending decisions, then don’t miss it. It still tells you something.