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Guaranteeing Personal Security: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Guaranteeing Civil Rights, Political Rights, and Personal Security is a critical development goal. This post discusses indicators for personal security. 'Personal security' is an inherently context-specific issue, so at least some indicators should be designed from the bottom up.

Civil and Political Rights: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Given that civil and political rights targets aim to hold governments accountable for fulfilling international human rights treaty obligations, assessment should be external to government authorities, impartial, and conducted by legitimate international bodies.

Combating Discrimination and Inequality: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

A clearer focus on combating discrimination and inequality in the post-2015 development framework would help ensure that the most marginalized and vulnerable groups are not left out and left behind in the pursuit of macroeconomic growth.

Setting the Bar and Measuring Progress for (New) Global Development Goals After 2015

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

In the last round of the Millennium Development Goals, governance and human rights issues were largely excluded, despite their critical importance to sustainable and equitable development. Of course, quantifying and evaluating progress on these complex issues is not simple.

Rethinking Global Development Goals

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

It is technically feasible and increasingly politically possible, on a global stage, to include governance and human rights goals and targets as part of post-2015 development priorities.

After the Millennium Development Goals: Where Do We Go From Here?

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Human rights and good governance are critical aspects of global development. A significant body of research over the past fifteen years has decisively demonstrated that good institutions are a critical ingredient in eradicating poverty and creating equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

The 5 Keys to the Death of Perfect

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Randy Kamen

Repeating the affirmation "progress, not perfection" will help you to create an attitudinal shift that will better equip you to accept your own limitations as well as those of your family members, friends, and coworkers.

Culture as a Competitive Advantage

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

If a creative culture, as identified by creative professionals, is the prerequisite for competitive advantages today, how can manufacturing and service-oriented cultures make this leap?

Not All White-collar Jobs Are Created Equal

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business

Do you get paid a lot? I didn't have any real numbers in mind, but more money seemed better than less. This was my original thinking in a nutshell: seek higher-paid thought work.

An Unexpected Place To Find Inspiration

Rob White | Posted 03.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

I was in the mood to try something entirely new and different, something that would shake up my routine and give me a fresh perspective on life. Zipping around a racecourse at more than 100 miles an hour seemed like just the thing, provided I didn't kill myself.

Outrageous Fortune: The Response to an American Tragedy

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Adam Valen Levinson

There are constructive uses for firearms as tools, but the liberties in that domain long ago eclipsed their legal and philosophical rationale. Please, America: please be angry.

Anchor and Hope

Tom Butta | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Tom Butta

Human nature relies on a cyclical, continuous system to stay alive. It's called Life. We survive on patterns, repetitions, and consistency. As the saying goes we are creatures of habit. Is it surprising, then, that some organizations are stuck in their ways?

Reality Is in the Context of the Beholder

Jason Silva | Posted 01.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Jason Silva

2012-11-16-genericvidpullWe can never really know anything outside of its context, even things we are looking at with our eyes. After gasping at how easily our eyes can be fooled, I found myself thinking of the role of context in many other situations.

VIDEO: Coal Polluter Lobbyist Confronted at Energy Event

Kert Davies | Posted 11.16.2012 | Green
Kert Davies

These laggard coal-reliant companies are responsible for ecologically destructive coal mining and the carbon dioxide emissions that drive global climate change, not to mention a litany of dangerous pollutants.

An Endorsement With an Asterisk

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Ami Fields-Meyer

Under the belief that Obama should have treaded further on the issues he has undertaken -- that he hasn't done "enough" -- it would be counterintuitive for us to veer sharply toward a radical alternative.

Courage Is Like Love: It Must Have Hope To Nourish It

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

To face the future with courage we must believe that we have the power, the resolve, the tolerance to contribute to a world that we and our children will want to live in.

U.S. Ambassador To The U.N. On What She Learned From Hillary

BuzzFeed | Posted 08.01.2012 | Women

You've been at the United Nations for nearly four years. What are some things you have not been able to get done that you would have hoped to? I fe...

After Glitch, Spacecraft Docks With Space Station

AP | Posted 07.29.2012 | Science

MOSCOW -- An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft has redocked with the International Space Station after an aborted attempt five days earlier. The Prog...

Rwanda at 50: Reflections, Reconstruction and Recovery

Margee Ensign | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Margee Ensign

The world needs to celebrate the progress that has occurred and honor those who have taken this country that was broken and devastated only 18 years ago to the top of the development charts in human progress.

Bill Clinton Battles for Wisconsin Democracy, and Hillary Would Too

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The most corrupted special interests of the nation are pouring money into Wisconsin to support Scott Walker, but if the people who care about the country care enough to vote, the good people can still triumph over the dirty money in Wisconsin.

Russian Cargo Ship Docks With Space Station

Posted 01.28.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 01/27/2012 08:15 PM EST on A robotic Russian cargo ship pulled up to the International Space Sta...

Before and After 1492

Alyson Renaldo | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact
Alyson Renaldo

This passed Monday I breathed an uncomfortable sigh seeing my neighborhood banking institutions 'closed in observance of Columbus day.'

Choosing hope over fear drives a recession away

Jurriaan Kamp | Posted 12.04.2011 | Business
Jurriaan Kamp

Ever since I was in charge of the economics desk of a newspaper in The Netherlands almost 20 years ago, I have been convinced that recessions are subs...

Progress Can Make Us More Spiritual, Not Less

Duane Elgin | Posted 11.13.2011 | Healthy Living
Duane Elgin

Ephemeralism does not turn away from the material side of life; instead, this principle of living calls forth a new partnership where the material and the non-material aspects of life co-evolve and grow in concert with one another.

NewSpace to the Rescue for the Space Station

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 10.28.2011 | Technology
Rick Tumlinson

It is absurd that more then 50 years into the age of human spaceflight, the entire world depends on one launch system to get people to and from space.