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A One-Room School and Reclaiming Economic Sovereignty

Peter Block | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Attali: Why A ‘Positive Economy' Is Our Only Hope

The European | Max Toll | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

Jacques Attali is one of France’s leading intellectuals and an expert on issues ranging from classical economics to classical music. He told Max...

Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1)

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Because of the dominance of free-market ideology in much of the world today, Naomi Klein admits that the full set of ideas and policies she spells out to fix the climate may seem outlandish. The role of her book, however, is to show why those ideas are necessary and to make them feasible.

Peter Diamandis: Technology Erases Borders

Singularity University | Peter Diamandis | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

Besides your passport, what really defines your nationality these days? Is it where you were live? Where you work? The language you speak? The curr...

The World Needs Moralistic Politics

Delovan Barwari | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Delovan Barwari

The calamity that unfolded following the Syrian uprising in 2011 and the rise of ISIS following its blitzkrieg advance across a large swath of territories in Iraq and Syria has led to one of the most devastating humanitarian crisis in the history of mankind.

These Photos Show Santa's Workshop Is Actually A Sprawling Factory Town In China

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

You may not have heard of the Chinese town of Yiwu, but chances are some of your Christmas decorations were molded, glued, sewn and hand-painted there...

The Global Talent Crunch

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To begin with, globalization is generating increased competition among companies not only in the traditional centers of business and finance in the developed world, but from emerging countries as well.

How Globalization Changed America in 2014, and What It Might Mean for 2015

Edward Goldberg | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and so on. I thought I should continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

Breathtaking Baha'i Temple Rises in Chile

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Martha Root was to make many trips around the world spreading the Baha'i Faith, which is now the second most widespread religion worldwide after Christianity. To the east of Santiago, Chile, a new spectacular Baha'i Temple is taking shape -- a testament to how far the community has come in the country since its humble beginnings.

Globalization of Knowledge via the Internet

Sriya Chakravarti | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Sriya Chakravarti

We have come far in our quest for education. The journey of knowledge and exploration is quite fascinating and deeply speaks about the interconnectedness and the interdependence of the world.

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

Ali Ahmadi | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Ali Ahmadi

Why is Western society so obsessed with pulling people into certain categories? In an era when sexuality is increasingly understood to be a fluid spectrum, why must we assume that any non-oppressive society must have its fair share of "out-of-the-closet" homosexuals?

A Line in the Tar Sands: Naomi Klein on the Climate

Dave Pruett | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Dave Pruett

I was to have been one of 400,000 protestors gathered for the People's Climate March in New York on Sept. 21. Alas, a knee injury sidelined me. As a consolation prize, a friend bought me Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. So wowed am I by Klein's singular accomplishment that I dedicate this post to an unsolicited review.

Are We Viewing Consumer as Human?

Jure Klepic | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Jure Klepic

Companies which take the time to study cultures and subcultures, look for patterns and themes, and truly look at their consumers as human beings instead of just marketing statistics will increase the effectiveness of their marketing campaigns and improve their overall consumer experience.

Breaking a Silence -- Colleges and the Changing World of Work

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

Wages have been stagnate for years. As Steven Baker put it in the New York Times, the recession, "devastating for working people everywhere in America," followed decades of largely flat wages.

Can Faith Moderate US Gun Culture? Studies Link Religion to Lower Devotion to Firearms

David Briggs | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Rather than propping up an anything-goes gun culture, religion may be part of the solution in promoting conversations that move beyond the partisan divides that have immobilized debates over gun control.

The 7 Biggest Travel Myths, Busted

Doug Lansky | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Doug Lansky

As hunter-gatherers turned tourists, we may be hardwired to eat, seek comfort, maybe even shop, but how long do we look at a famous attraction before we're supposed to move on?