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Economic Development

Rebuilding The Upstate Economy

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 09.01.2015 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

There have been decades of decline and a parade of politicians promising help that never materialized. It's hard to believe in the future again after so much disappointment. On the other hand, the evidence of rebirth is overwhelming and economic optimism is necessary to make revitalization possible.

Less Developed Countries Cultural Assets May Be the Pathway to Creativity in the New Economy

John M. Eger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

The entire world is waking up to the fact that a new economy -- a global economy based on creativity and innovation -- is knitting every nation together. In the process, both developed and developing nations are starting to feel the effects of a structural shift in the world's economics.

Redefining the Messiah Complex

Tobias Roberts | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

For those of us who work in the world of faith based non-government organizations (NGOs), we're well accustomed to the snubs and not so subtle criticism of our "secular" NGO peers.

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.

The More Hands Crafting, the More Lives Touched: the Story of JOYN

To The Market | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Despite the plights JOYN's employees have endured, "there is an inextinguishable joy," Mel says of her family's collective. "It is the one thing that continues to amaze me even today."

Asset Building and the Path to a "Universal Fix" to Poverty

Ben Hecht | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

While the debate about relief programs has become, unfortunately, deeply politicized, if we are serious about addressing poverty and inequality, we will need to get beyond the rhetoric to really hone in on what elements have worked and where there is room for improvement.

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).

TFTA: Africa's Crucial Inflection Point

Dante Disparte | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Dante Disparte

On June 10, 2015, at the 25th African Union Summit in Cairo, Egypt, African leaders signed the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA). Prior to its signing, the agreement had been in negotiations for seven years.

Mobile Access to Improve Lives

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Tripling mobile Internet access over the next 15 years could make the developing world $22 trillion richer. And such improvement in the lives and earning potential of poor people could indirectly help with the other challenges; more prosperous people tend to be healthier, better fed and better educated.

We Can't Wait (to Invest in Working Families)

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

Calling for shame and charity in order to get our country to pay attention to poverty or the lack of mobility is old, and wrong. For 50 years, the stories from the war on poverty have almost singularly tried to shame us into addressing these issues, but, ultimately, they harm the cause.

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

Why Companies Getting Tax Breaks Should Help Fight Senior Poverty

Daphne Mallory | Posted 08.01.2015 | Business
Daphne Mallory

With cuts to federal, state and local funding that would otherwise provide basic transportation, meal delivery and affordable housing to senior citizens, there are tremendous, dare I say, heroic opportunities to serve.

Action -- Not Lofty Rhetoric -- Needed Out of Obama's Nairobi Summit

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Charlotte Florance

President Obama is in Kenya for the 5th annual U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Summit. While the African continent is not a surprising choice for the Summit, given it is home to some of the most promising economies in the world.

How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.21.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

One of the most significant changes since the declaration of the Millennium Development Goals, set to conclude this year, is that the private sector is now seen as a key stakeholder. With governments reneging on prior commitments, and given the projected $3 trillion to $4.5 trillion price tag to achieve the SDGs, corporate participation is essential.

Growth -- The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Economic growth is the most powerful single determinant that has ever entered political and economic language.

The Global Middle Class: A Force for Radicalism

Brenda M. Seaver | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Brenda M. Seaver

Anecdotal evidence from the last decade suggests that U.S. officials need to consider the multiple ways in which the rising global middle class is fueling radical politics.

Finance as a Tool for Inclusive Growth

Bertrand Badre | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Bertrand Badre

"This is the one of the most beautiful scenes I'll ever see in my life," I thought and said so to our guide, who also happened to be a monk. "You know that's wrong," he replied. "Every single human being is more beautiful than this."

How Best to Achieve Gender Equality

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.09.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Gender inequality in parts of the developing world is much worse than in rich countries, where it does still also exist; traditional cultural norms mean that many girls receive little education, are married and bear children while still adolescents and cannot even open a bank account.

Better Stoves Can Reduce Indoor Pollution

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.01.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Around 1880, when the air was worst in London, it is estimated that 9,000 people died each year from air pollution, about one of every seven deaths. Today, London air is cleaner than it has been since medieval times.

Empowering Survivor Communities Through Commerce

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Economic empowerment is a commonly used term these days. Programs upon programs are developed and implemented with the hopes of providing disadvantaged populations with the necessary tools, skills, and resources that will allow them to improve their economic conditions.

Mississippi at the Crossroads of History

Mike Green | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology
Mike Green

It's surreal to be in the south during this time in history. The hot, humid muggy Mississippi weather today was interrupted momentarily by a ferocious thunderstorm that flashed and rumbled over the Capital City, dumping buckets of warm rain in its hurry to race through the region.

Integrating Roma Into Europe's Future: Change Must Come From Within

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

A large majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma living in Europe, six million of them in the EU and the majority in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Romania, continue to face social-economic prejudice, exclusion from mainstream education and healthcare, intolerance, xenophobia and stigmatization.

Igniting a National Movement With Inclusive Competitiveness

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Whether addressed through stories of the candidate's humble origins or lofty ideals, their conversations are beginning to be about how to set the economic stage for greater prosperity for all of our citizens. This is a promising trend.

Research Institutions Are a Vital Economic Engine on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 06.10.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Long Island's research institutions are key to the region's economic activity and potential growth. We should see them not as ivory towers but as vital parts of the engine that powers the region -- and its future prosperity.

Lessons From Other Cities at Detroit's Global City Forum

Rana Florida | Posted 06.10.2015 | Detroit
Rana Florida

It's a fact of life: cities rise and cities decline. While the largest can hold their dominance for a very long time, second- and third-tier cities come and go.