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'Globalization and Its Discontents'

Carl Pope | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The current trade regime is not just a matter of the U.S. exporting manufacturing jobs to China and importing cheaper consumer goods. We are also dramatically increasing the volume of pollution associated with our consumption, so much that a significant part of U.S. pollution is now generated in China in the production of goods for U.S. consumers.

Photojournalism: Capturing the Stories of Our Globalizing World

Gwyneth Frederick | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Gwyneth Frederick

Photography meshes reality and art together to portray the surreal truths of our world. It recalls times past and harbors life-impacting moments in tangible still-life frames.

When Doing Well While Doing Good Could Be Bad For You

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Inclusive business, or business that pursues opportunities in traditionally unattractive market segments, ought to be a strategic imperative for corporations and investors.

What Is a 'Corporatist Agenda,' and Where Can We Find One?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

TPP looks like a corporatist agenda, walks like one, quacks like one, and has the same effect on my daily life as a corporatist agenda. When you say, "It's not a corporatist agenda," you immediately put your credibility in doubt.

World Health Day 2015: From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe

Keiji Fukuda | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Keiji Fukuda

Creating more sustained awareness is one of the keys to better public health. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children aged under five years and much of this is preventable. This is one reason why World Health Day this year is focused on food safety.

Big Data Can Drive SDGs With Improved Accountability and Transparency: A Question of Trust

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The rise of big data can help build a framework, shifting away from macro-analysis and demographics to individualized targeting.

A New Dark Age?

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

We could be falling into the abyss of a new dark age where nationalism, populism, and xenophobia rules the world order in a sinister combination of fanaticism, ignorance, and anti-science. Unlikely? No. Look to history.

The On-Demand Economy and the Global Skills Gap

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 03.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Today, the majority of the world's population uses a cell phone. In addition, what is known as the "internet of things" is connecting us to our appliances, our cars, and our buildings through wireless artificial intelligence. This has major implications for our economy.

Why Germany Shouldn't Take Its Economic Success for Granted

Jürgen Jeske | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Jürgen Jeske

FRANKFURT -- The central weakness of democratic systems also contributes to the problem: The quest for votes favors the extension of social benefits and discourages unpopular measures that would put the economy on a more sustainable footing. As the German economist Herbert Giersch once put it, what is politically expedient is rarely economically beneficial.

Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

Lynn Parramore | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

In Part 2 of an interview with the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Dasgupta shares his view of the contradictions and tensions of India's economic and political scenes. How does India's warlike capitalism co-exist with its deeply democratic spirit?

Start-Up Seeks to Aid Basketball Globalization

Nicolas B. Aziz | Posted 03.09.2015 | Small Business
Nicolas B. Aziz

The evidence is clear: the sport of basketball is quickly becoming more global and will soon decrease the seemingly large distance between itself and football (American dubbed "soccer") on the world's popularity scale.

The Uncommon Reasons for the Rise of Stress

Rajesh Setty | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Rajesh Setty

Do you feel like there is an unlimited supply of stress in this world? No, not the kind of stress that comes with growth. Unfortunately, it is the kind of stress that comes with being stuck. Common sense says that your growth is hugely influenced by the right investments you make in yourself.

How India's Traumatic Capitalism Is Reshaping the World

Lynn Parramore | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Lynn Parramore

Novelist Rana Dasgupta recently turned to nonfiction to explore the explosive social and economic changes in Delhi starting in 1991, when India launched a series of transformative economic reforms.

Pope Francis Rails Against 'Throwaway Culture' Of Globalization

Reuters | James MacKenzie | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion

(Reuters) - Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throwaway culture" of globalization and calling fo...

7 Sustainability Secrets That Will Save the World

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Bob Brinkmann

We have plenty of resources. In the sustainability field we tend to focus on the lack of things -- food, energy, metals, etc. However, the lack is often caused by overconsumption, use of old technologies or poor distribution.

The Future of Peace

Annabel Hertz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Annabel Hertz

There is no reason to believe that citizens, more generally, cannot compel governments to act earlier and in concert to avert war. But this requires exerting an unprecedented, united, highly focused and sustained effort.

A One-Room School and Reclaiming Economic Sovereignty

Peter Block | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Peter Block

History is often a useful arbitrator of what's possible; for the many who imagine that debt forgiveness simply is not possible, it's worth remembering what happened sixty-one ago: In 1953 in London an agreement was reached to cancel half of Germany's post-WWII debt.

Mastering the Art of Indirect Language for Global Business Success: The Soft Sandwich

O'Brien Browne | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Sandwiches are delightful creations: they have nice soft slices on the top and bottom, and something substantial in the middle. For international businesspeople, however, communication sandwiches can be a great source of confusion, misinterpretation, misunderstanding and even conflict.

The Chapel Hill Shooting: Why Our Lives Depend on Closing the Global Achievement Gap

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Katie Mgongolwa

Who is teaching kids problem-solving, or entrepreneurism, or how to collaborate and appreciate diversity? Tests don't really assess that.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

Does Globalization Cause War?

Scott Malcomson | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Scott Malcomson

Wobbly nationalistic middle classes are not to be underestimated as political forces. They tend to have a stronger sense of their own importance than lower social classes, which explains why the spectacular global growth in incomes of the bottom 50 percent seems to have so little direct political valence, however huge it is in terms of how well humanity lives. Middle classes in more authoritarian states like China might indeed make even stronger demands, as a class, than in democracies, since their ascendance under "state capitalism" could lead to greater expectations of the state. One can imagine income inequality becoming a genuinely strategic question.

Globalization, 21st Century Style: The National Security State Goes Global

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Remember the glory days of the 1990s, when our interconnectedness was endlessly hailed? It was the era of "globalization," of Washington-style capitalism triumphant, and the planet, we were told, would be growing ever "flatter" until we all ended up in the same mall.

Leading a Global Transformation of the American Research University

Nicholas B. Dirks | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Nicholas B. Dirks

The time has come for the private sector to step up and provide support for public higher education in a manner commensurate with the benefits it enjoys through the research we conduct and the future leaders we educate.

Internationalizing Your Business: The Execution

Nick Jefferson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Nick Jefferson

Even when a corporation is in the 'right' markets, success is far from guaranteed. Products and services need to be appropriately calibrated, and offered in a way, and at a time, that makes sense to local consumers.

Stop Poking the Bear. Je Suis Global Citizen.

Maya Mathias | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Maya Mathias

In this moment of post-attack fog as the world tries to get back to normal, I urge you all, whether leaders in title or in conviction, not to poke the bear. Find a way forward that comes from a quest for understanding, soul-searching and peaceful resolution.