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Why Is President Obama Having So Much Trouble Selling TPP?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Of course, the critics are right, they are looking straight at the facts, the critics know exactly what a good trade policy would look like, and it's nothing like NAFTA or TPP.

Are the Ghosts of the 20th Century Returning?

Kemal Dervis | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Kemal Dervis

BARCELONA - For decades, political debate in Europe between conservatives and the left focused largely on economic institutions and policies. In this bi-polar system, the parties differed on the nuances of economic policy, but broadly agreed on democratic values, the European project, and the need to adapt to and manage globalization, rather than reject it wholesale. But, with the growing success of appeals to identity and renewed ethnic or religious nationalism, that is changing. Are the ghosts of the early and mid-twentieth century returning?

President Obama Don't Fail Us Historically...

Wade Norris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

The TPP, if he pushes it through, against the wishes of many in his own party, it will be a terrible legacy for us in terms of jobs, wages, and most importantly the environment.

Obama Scolding Elizabeth Warren Should Not Deflect Need for Real Debate Over Trade Pact

David Paul | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
David Paul

President Obama's stance on TPP is that Americans should trust him. But even for those who fundamentally support free trade, the experience of the last half-century is hard to square with the president's conviction.

The Future of Buddhism: Race, Money, Mindfulness and the World

Yael Shy | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Yael Shy

Buddhists have the opportunity to uplift and maximize one of the central principles that underlies the religion itself: we are all deeply, completely, inextricably interconnected.

Obama to Visit Nike to Promote TPP. Wait, Nike? Really?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Yes, Nike, a company that grew to be worth billions by outsourcing jobs to overseas sweatshops, a company that sets up P.O.-box subsidiaries in tax havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes, a company that uses threats to extort tax breaks from its "home" state. Is this really the sort of company Obama wants to use as the face of what the TPP will bring?

5 Ways for Brands to Go Global and Resonate with Locals

Noa Gafni | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Noa Gafni

Going global is not easy. Even though we often hear that the "world is flat," the majority of people have primarily local ties. Of all the telephone calling minutes in the world last year, only 2% were cross-border calls.

Enormous, Humongous March Trade Deficit Creating Jobs Elsewhere

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

We should demand balance. Trade partners should agree to actually "trade" with us, not just sell to us. We should also balance the interests of working people, the environment and other stakeholders with the interests of businesses in our trade negotiations.

Read It, Sign It, Share It: How We Can All Make a Difference During Global Road Safety Week

Kate Carr | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Kate Carr

Reducing speed, cracking down on drinking and driving, using helmets on bikes and motorcycles, restraining children in vehicles and establishing safe school zones are all incredibly important steps that will prevent injuries and save lives.

The Global Search for Education: A World of Oppi-tunities!

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Oppi Festival pops up at Leman Manhattan School in NYC on May 15 and 16. When Quincy Jones was chosen to produce "We Are The World" in 19...

'Globalization and Its Discontents'

Carl Pope | Posted 06.23.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.16.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.07.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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.