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Making It in Lowicz

John Feffer | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
John Feffer

When we first met 23 years ago, Wojciech Waligorski worked for a newspaper devoted to sobriety. He updated me on the state of alcoholism in Poland. We also talked about the impact of former Communist officials, the role of religion in Łowicz, and what people expect from a local newspaper.

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins

David Morris | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly. On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there.

A Standalone Sears: Is There Weakness in Numbers?

Eric McAfee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Detroit
Eric McAfee

Some businesses just fail to quit, though it's not necessarily from lack of trying. And if all the negatives in that sentence dilute the denotation, ...

Separatism Everywhere : The New Global Epidemic

Kimon Valaskakis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Kimon Valaskakis

Like modern marriages, half of which end in divorce, there is a new and ominous global threat: the break-up of previously stable political entities through separatism.

Will Jordanians seriously consider decentralisation?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The never-ending search for an appropriate democratic model in Jordan continues without any result. Popular protests sped up the debate while the cur...

Can Africa Follow China's Industrialization Path?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

If anything, China had to import all that. This should make industrialization relatively easier for Africa, a region super-rich in commodities. But that depends on how that wealth is spent. Is it going to build Africa's human capital?

The Center Holds (Too Much) in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

In contrast to the famous Yeats poem, the center indeed holds in East-Central Europe, and perhaps holds too much. Budapest, for instance, dominates Hungary. The Czech Republic is similarly centralized around Prague.

Microsoft's Reorganization: 5 Issues Decoded

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 09.15.2013 | Technology
Chitra Nawbatt

Reorganizations take a significant amount of deliberation, internal maneuvering of people and politics, and time. However, the more time you take and indecisive you are provides opportunities for employees to be distracted and not focused on their jobs.

Until Subnational Debt Do Us Part

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The subnational debt market in some developing countries has been going through a notable transformation. Private capital is emerging to play an important role and subnational bonds increasingly competing with traditional bank loans.

Courting Capital in Serbia

John Feffer | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

Established in 2006 by USAID but now an independent organization, NALED is devoted to promoting economic development in Serbia.

Six Economic Steps to a Better Life and Real Prosperity for All

Gar Alperovitz | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Gar Alperovitz

When traditional systems falter and fail, new ideas spring to life. Little noticed by most observers, handholds on processes of potentially important new forms of change have been quietly developing around the country.

Has Decentralization Worked?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real question is not whether decentralization has worked or not, but whether there is something in common among the cases where it has. There is.

Education and Activism in Alternative Schools

Amelia Marzec | Posted 08.01.2012 | Education
Amelia Marzec

In an Occupy-saturated New York, there's a push for education by the people for the people that calls for new structures of collaboration and new uses of resources.

PHOTOS: Mesmerizing Biological Delights

Carla Leitao | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Leitao

The expanding definition of "life" or "alive" is not only a consequence of joyful abuse of language and metaphors, but also the outcome of an increasingly able gaze upon the things that make -- and with which we make -- the world we supposedly know.

How Tomorrow's Infrastructure Will Be Built

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Ideology is being replaced by standards. Never-ending arguments about privatization, who should own the electricity company, have given way to public discussions about performance, who can avoid more black-outs.

Occupy Research: Methods and Tools for a Decentralized Future

Amelia Marzec | Posted 01.25.2012 | Technology
Amelia Marzec

To decrease reliance on corporate media, protestors are moving towards building their own open source tools. Hackathons have been organized in New York, Boston, DC and San Francisco. The projects are available on Github so different camps can download and run them locally.

We Need Decentralized and Renewable Energy

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.07.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

As the rest of the economy moves away from capital-intensive, highly-centralized production facilities, we need to do the same with energy. As we take that step, let's also replace our dependence on fossil fuels with renewable forms of energy.

Creating a Cycle of Haitians Helping Haitians

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We found a group of Haitians rebuilding their country in a sustainable, scalable model through decentralization. Unfortunately, foreign aid tends to overlook this in favour of short-term, surface relief.

Vermont Revolutionaries and the Rise of a Green Tea Party

Christopher Ketcham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Ketcham

The most radical antiwar candidate in the US is not Dennis Kucinich or Rand or Ron Paul or any of the usual suspects. It's a 42-year-old Vermonter named Dennis Steele, who is running for governor of his state as an open secessionist.

In Command But Not in Control By Design: J&J's Management Model

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

How would you manage 250 operating companies spread over three industries that do business in more than 60 countries? That's a question Johnson & Joh...

How to Give Up Power and Get More Done

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Cross-posted from Washington Post: On Leadership Would you give up some of your authority and responsibility if it resulted in accomplishing more? F...

Bouncing Back From the Disaster in the Gulf

Byron Kennard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Byron Kennard

The Gulf oil spill is yet another grim reminder that our society's reliance on highly complex and centralized energy systems renders us highly vulnerable. In fact, there seems to be a correlation: the more complex and centralized a system, the more vulnerable it becomes.

Disaster in the Gulf: Making Sure it Never Happens Again

Byron Kennard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Byron Kennard

I imagine that we will probably find and fix whatever technical malfunction caused the Deepwater Horizon explosion. But this is no way to make sure it never happens again.

Tea Partying's First Anniversary

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

One way or another the Tea Party's future prospects are likely to hinge on whether their decentralized nature turns out to be their strongest point, or their weakest.

Rebuilding Haiti, with A Rwandan Twist

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

Haiti's development plan shouldn't be identical to that of Rwanda, but what the two countries do have in common are local solutions to unthinkable problems.