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Accountability and Collective Action -- Forging New Partnerships for the Future of Women, Children and Adolescents

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

As we get closer to the end of 2015, we think back to the end of September in New York and the buzz around the new bold development agenda. At the General-Assembly, 193 governments adopted the new United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Who Is the Enemy and How Can We Feel Safe When It Includes Us?

Beth Green | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

You probably think I'm talking about terrorists or jihadists. Well, I am and I'm not. Because what I'm talking about is the cataclysmic clash between people who believe in oneness, love and connection and those who believe in violence, domination and prejudice.

19 Ways to Hold Yourself Accountable

Elliot Begoun | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Elliot Begoun

When you are working "in" your business, it is very difficult to find time to work "on" it, let alone on yourself. However, failing to do so can be the difference between moving a business forward or not. If you ignore your own personal development, you run the risk of someone passing you by.

Beyond the Promise: 25 Global Brands and the Evolving Sustainability Tagline for Humanity

Mark Coleman | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

We are relentlessly bombarded by big, iconic, and new brands that work hard to make themselves heard and visible as frequently and distinctly as possi...

Fixing Democracy: Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

At the end of this week, the U.N General Assembly will vote on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next decades. The SDGs are a set of goals and targets on international development that range from eradicating poverty, building sustainable cities, and combating climate change.

Why Can't We Talk About the Real Issues?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian Diane Ravitch describes her blog as "A site to discuss better education for all." Apparently, however, she does not want to discus...

Benghazi and Your Bottom Line

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

To me, the Benghazi attack has become more than fodder for an ongoing investigation. It has become a cautionary tale for anyone who has ever owned or managed a business.


Michael Jinkins | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Michael Jinkins

On the whole I think the debate about transparency is good for the republic. Like so many values in a democracy, the virtue of transparency exists in creative tension with other virtues. It is not, nor can it be, nor should it be, an absolute value.

Government Response to Protests Reveals Clash of Cultures in Beirut

Halim Shebaya | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Halim Shebaya

This clash did not begin with the 'You Stink' protests due to the garbage crisis. It is arguably the apogee of years of work on social and political issues spearheaded by activists and NGOs working on a wide variety of topics.

And Justice for All: 21st Century Policing

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.08.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

For Latino communities, Lopez highlights the need to disentangle local law enforcement with immigration enforcement. While this is not the sole cause of friction between police and Latinos, it would certainly go a long way to rebuilding the trust and confidence Latinos have in law enforcement.

UK Think Tanks Reveal Who Funds Them as Sector Embraces Transparency

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

At least nine major British think tanks will disclose who funds their research and advocacy over the coming month, marking a systemic shift towards greater financial transparency across the entire UK policy research scene.

What Does a Perky Butt Have to Do With Spiritual Transformation?

Ashley Navarro | Posted 10.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ashley Navarro

There are two things I want to achieve before I die. To continuously experience the Divine Loving that I Am, and a Perky Ass. Not because I'm vain and...

How USAID's Secret Think Tank Funding Hurts the Poor

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Till Bruckner

Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 - Leading Special Forces for Sustainability, A Conversation with Mr. Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustaina...

A Modest Proposal (For Hajj Accountability and Reform)

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

What is truly needed likely cannot be fixed with just a few minor tweaks, but will require a fundamental re-think on what constitutes a successful Hajj.

Leading Special Forces for Sustainability: How Peter Bakker and the WBCSD Isolate, Take Action, and Deliver Measurable Impacts on 9 Global Priorities, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Mr. Bakker, who has for the past three and a half years served as President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), understands well the contradiction of power and humility felt by so many CEOs.

BJP's Maha(rashtra)-Strides Backwards

Digant Raj Kapoor | Posted 09.18.2015 | World
Digant Raj Kapoor

The media has spared no details when it comes to its coverage of the Mumbai meat ban. Naturally, it's a juicy topic. But more pertinent issues that have been percolating over time have not received their due attention.

How Much Money Is the World Bank Spending to Intimidate Staff?

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

The Bank is spending precious resources investigating its own staff to prevent leaks containing information that people around the world are entitled to know about in the first place.

Open Letter to Senator Rand Paul

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Stephen G. Cecchetti

Preventing and mitigating such disruptions is precisely the reason that Congress created the Fed in 1914. We know from the history of the late 19th and early 20th century that if we were to strip the Fed of its ability to provide liquidity to solvent banks in times of stress, the result would be frequent bank panics and deep recessions.

Liar's Poker in Africa: How Hidden Agendas Drive the Politics of Fish in Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

According to a recent World Bank study, fisheries make up one quarter of Mauritania's natural wealth, but the waters off the country in north-western Africa are being overfished. Foreign operators pull out the lion's share of the catch - sometimes legally, sometimes not; suspicions of corruption abound.

Warning: Has Educational Accountability Become a Political Pawn?

Rob Furman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

No one will ever argue against the need for educators to be held accountable for their actions or deeds. But, what happens when you are being held accountable to a moving target?

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

Holes In The System: When Your City Isn't Fixing Potholes

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting | LaurenWeber | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

The following story was reported by Naomi LaChance and Brooke Williams of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and published...

Confessions of an SAI Superfan & Recent Lessons From Kenya+

Dana Wilkins | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Dana Wilkins

Everyone has their "thing". That nerdy interest--bordering on obsession--that they get a little short of breath talking about and love tucking into in their spare time. Some people have Arsenal, or Assassin's Creed, or underwater photography. For the last 5 years, I've had Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).