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Listen Up: the Key to 'Speeding Up and Scaling Up' Business and Human Rights Reforms

Amol Mehra | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Two phrases were consistently heard at the Fourth Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva from November 16 to November 18.

Citizen Science: A Pathway for Citizen Engagement and Innovation

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Hollie Russon Gilman

A combined, cross-sector approach focused on citizens is necessary. The results can be more citizens engaged in the critical science policies that impact our society.

The Emergence of Government Innovation Teams

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

A new global currency is emerging. Governments understand that people at home and abroad evaluate them based on how they use technology and innovative approaches in their service delivery and citizen engagement. This raises opportunities, and critical questions about the role of innovation in 21st century governance.

Helping Doesn't Always Help

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

If we want the world to be a better, more inclusive place, we need to get to know each other better. What we will discover is that those at the bottom of our economic ladder are amazingly resourceful and contribute tremendously to society.

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

Redefining 'Hope' for a Cancer-Free World

Bill Couzens | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

We are in a "war on cancer," and the money-making cancer industry talks about never giving up hope. I want to know to what end we should have that hope. We don't have to give up hope, but we need to communicate honestly about cancer.

Converging Crises and Opportunities

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

On a ruined planet there can be no development or justice, peace or security, functioning economies, markets or states. Can we mature into responsible global citizens fast enough and stop living at the expense of our children and all future generations of life?

More Inclusive Governance In The Digital Age

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

Governments should create channels to empower existing communities and their networks. Networks are digital, hyper-local, and at the same time, global. High levels of experimentation are necessary to test and pioneer diverse strategies in cities of different sizes.

No Clarity From the Fed, so More Volatility Ahead

Sara Zervos | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

statement. They are still worried, so they will watch the next month's worth of data on labor markets and inflation before they make up their minds. What?!

Seize the Opportunity for a Sustainable Path

Victoria Espinel | Posted 10.22.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In "The collapse of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor: Solving the new privacy Rubik's Cube," Microsoft's Brad Smith provides insight on ways to ensure European...

Make Steps and Dollars Matter in Cancer Walks

Bill Couzens | Posted 10.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

If 50 percent of all cancers are preventable, we need to start hearing news about cancer declining, not increasing. Are we as a nation up to this challenge?

Most Australian Think Tanks Keep Their Funding Secret, New Data Shows

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Australian think tanks are among the least financially transparent in the world, according to data compiled by Transparify.

It's Personal

Bill Couzens | Posted 10.06.2015 | Crime
Bill Couzens

School shootings must end. I appeal to you to reach out to civic and political leaders and make them act. Yes, there are solutions, and they lay with us. Children must not die in school and we must end these senseless deaths. Engage today. Get involved.

How USAID's Secret Think Tank Funding Hurts the Poor

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Till Bruckner

Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.

Sierra Leone: Frontline Nurses In Aftermath of Ebola Outbreak Battle Depression, Stigma and Lack of Recognition

Fatou Wurie | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Nurses like Magdalene are in the hundreds, these frontline soldiers are yet to be given proper acknowledgement for service to their country. And Magdalene's beckons us not to forget.

Why Paid Leave Matters for the Future of Business

Stew Friedman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Stew Friedman

At this time of year, as students return to campus, I find myself reflecting on why I became a professor and the principles I teach the business leaders of tomorrow.

Kristen Bell, Jessica Alba and Others Support Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth at Raising Baby

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Welcoming close to one hundred current and former foster youth, along with their adorable children, to the event, Raising Baby provided the young parents with multiple workshops and activities.

What the FDA Can Learn From Argentina's New Gay Blood Donation Policy

Daniel Kort | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Daniel Kort

The skewed rationale behind the FDA's deferral of MSM is a reminder of the double standards inflicted upon LGBTQ individuals in American society. In addition to failing to meet the blood needs of potential transfusion recipients, a policy like this can also take a negative toll on the deferred population.

Resettlement of Tortured Refugees Must Include Rehabilitative Care

Curt Goering | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Curt Goering

There are more than 40 torture rehabilitation programs in the U.S., operating in 25 states and doing life-saving work with torture survivors -- but each of these already has a waiting list of survivors. Will Syrians in desperate need have to wait months or even years to receive care?

Albania's Ageing Problem

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 09.25.2015 | Women
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The World is proving incapable of addressing its greatest challenges. An ageing population is no longer limited to developed nations. Many developing countries particularly in the Balkans are facing the pressure of ageing.

The Government Is Learning How To Change Your Behavior -- Supposedly For Your Own Good

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Technology

Not every effort to change how we make choices will go flat like the soda ban that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration tried to impose up...

The USDA Called My Company A "Major Threat"

Josh Tetrick | Posted 09.14.2015 | Green
Josh Tetrick

The good folks at the USDA should fight for good food to be less expensive than crappy food. For carrots instead of greasy chips; maybe some whole grains instead of fractioned corn syrup.

The Fed's Modern Day Parenting

Sara Zervos | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Sara Zervos

When did we all turn into a bunch of babies that need to be coddled, with our policy maker parents smoothing volatility and promising a world of full employment and a perfect 2.0 percent inflation rate? It's normal for economies to experience cycles, both expansions and recessions.

Community Wisdom and the Dyett High School Hunger Strikers

Martin J. Blank | Posted 08.27.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Until we get to a point where decision making can be shared in Chicago and elsewhere, we will stand with the wisdom of our partners and friends at Dyett who are risking their well-being in their quest for a high performing community school.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.