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Anger Rising in Bangladesh, Putting Big Brands Under Pressure

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

It's been about a month since the Rana Plaza factory complex crumbled into a cement grave for more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers. Now, the dust has ...

Dave Jamieson

Bangladesh Garment Industry Traded Workplace Safety For Jobs

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2013 | Business

Like millions of other young women in Bangladesh, Sumi Abedin forged her place in the modern economy at a sewing machine inside an urban garment facto...

A More Democratic Foxconn? No One Told the Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.18.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

With a workforce of more than one million, the electronics giant Foxconn has enough workers in its Chinese factories to fill a small country. So it's...

Two Languages for Every Child

Andrew Cotto | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Andrew Cotto

America, as a country, would be wise to implement languages in the curriculum as early as Pre-K in public schools.

WWII Act II

Stephen Herrington | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Stephen Herrington

We went to war with Germany, Italy and Japan on December 7, 1941 to defeat fascism. Most people would define fascism as a rigid social order that sub...

Bombing, Sovereignty, Globalization and Now the NSA

Edward Goldberg | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Edward Goldberg

Congress has just spent an agonizing several weeks debating background checks for gun purchasers and whether such checks would violate the second amendment. Yet at the moment there is no law to stop foreigners from electronically sending bomb-making instructions into the United States.

Accountability for the Bangladesh Building Collapse: Blame Game or Real Change?

Beth English | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Beth English

If history is any guide, progress on workplace standards in Bangladesh and in other developing countries will be difficult to achieve and slow in coming.

Protesting Interfaith? The Importance Of Advancing Our Dialogues

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

I had never before seen anyone protest an interfaith gathering. But yesterday, a small group of protestors verbally and physically harassed our group of religious leaders and foreign dignitaries. This response and the nature of our cross-cultural encounters leaves much to be desired.

Rethinking Agriculture: National Climate Assessment Provides (Another) Reason

Mia MacDonald | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Food systems are an important area for scrutiny. New agricultural ideas and actions are essential amid rising climate stress, a growing human population, widespread degradation of ecosystems, and rampant food insecurity.

Dead Aid: A Look Into Africa's Poverty

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

These trillion dollars have also resulted in the lack of viable mechanisms for development, such as a market economy and the emergence of entrepreneurs. All this comes together to explain a complete lack of investment and infrastructure, the perpetuation of poverty, in a nutshell.

'Just Jobs Index' Launches: What the IMF, World Bank and G20 Won't Discuss

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

While the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the G20 meets in Washington DC this weekend to discuss economic growth, a completely differe...

Redefining Secrets in Our Global Village

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

In telling our secrets to others (even anonymously), we are holding up a mirror to see the simple but profound truth of what "is." Is this perhaps the secret to life?

You Can't Go Home Again, But You Can Make Yourself Your Home

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

A recent wave of nostalgia accompanied by trips back "home", have had me pondering why we sometimes think that what we left behind might contain somet...

Can Art and Culture Districts Shape the Cities of the Future ?

John M. Eger | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Now more than ever, business and industry are dependent upon an economic system that rewards innovation. But to have innovation, you also need creativity; and a creative and innovative community is vital to that effort.

Elevator Assets and the Rules for the New Mercantilism -- Israel, Russia, China and the United States

Edward Goldberg | Posted 06.07.2013 | World
Edward Goldberg

Israel, dubbed the "Start Up Nation," with its increasing economic dependence on technology, could be the first nation to see the beginnings of this covert clash between its human assets and its state policy.

Jack the Ripper Doesn't Teach Global Competence: Why We Need to Rethink Student Travel

John Hrabe | Posted 06.01.2013 | College
John Hrabe

To prepare American students for today's global economy, we need trips that build global competence with quality cultural engagement. With a few exceptions, most international student travel is failing to build that skill.

Do You Have What It Takes to Crowdscale?

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 05.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

While crowdsourcing pulls in ideas and content from outside the organization, crowdscaling grows and scales its impact outward by empowering the success of others.

The World According to Ataka

John Feffer | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

The party's platform mixes a left-wing critique of globalization with a frankly nationalist approach to minority policy. He wants to replace Bulgaria's flat tax with a progressive tax, but he believes that all ethnic Turks are just Bulgarians forced to convert to Islam in centuries past.

Trade: The World Is Not Flat Yet

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It's true that innovations like containerized shipping have reduced transportation costs for physical goods, but trade remains hampered by remaining costly-to-cross hills and canyons.

Inequality Is Not a Problem That Taxes Can Fix

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
David Paul

If our economic model is working for a decreasing share of the population over time, democratic pressures will ultimately demand not just changes to the system of measurement, but to the system itself.

Business Empathy 

John M. Eger | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
John M. Eger

Empathy they say -- not apathy, not sympathy -- is fast becoming the secret to corporate success.

Difference and Deliverance in the Digital Age

Ruth Starkman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Books
Ruth Starkman

The Deliverance of Others offers political and aesthetic reflections on the global age and interrogates received conceptions of rationality, the family, the body, and human capacities for emotional connection.

A Tale of Two NGOs: In Haiti, Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster?

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Beverly Bell

Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.

The Future Of Learning: Lessons From A TED Prize Winner

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Evie Hantzopoulos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIt's time for our schools to boldly re-imagine their purpose, reconfigure their pedagogy, and allow both students and educators to tap into the innate sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity we possess as human beings, whether we live in India or Indiana.

Letting Learning Happen

John M. Eger | Posted 05.01.2013 | TED Weekends
John M. Eger

The challenge today is not acquiring information, or memorizing it. Rather, it is determining which information is relevant. What do our young people need to know and why, in this new, global, technology-driven world?