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Oral History Puts a Human Face on Global Economy

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.02.2014 | Books
Rick Ayers

A review of: Invisible Hands: Voices From the Global Economy Compiled and edited by Corinne Goria Voice of Witness, McSweeny's Books, 2014 This new a...

Is Singapore the Perfect Country for Our Times?

Andrés Martinez | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Andrés Martinez

Even now, at the height of its success, Singapore doesn't get much love (as opposed to grudging respect) from the legions of foreigners who avail themselves of its First World amenities. It's almost obligatory for Westerners visiting or residing in Singapore to complain about the "sterility" of the place, and joke about the carefully manicured boulevards and the pristine shopping malls, contrasting Singapore unflatteringly to the grittier authenticity and "character" of nearby Cambodia and Vietnam. It's indeed easy to mock Singapore if you haven't lived in a poor country, and it's a form of colonial prejudice to begrudge Singaporeans their lack of Third World "charm." We prefer our tropics to be exotically chaotic, thank you -- not tidier and more efficient than the Swiss. And Singapore's system is highly responsive to its citizenry's needs and desires, without being terribly democratic.

Third World Wisdom Is Vital for Redeveloping a Sustainable Civilization

Rohit Kumar | Posted 06.07.2014 | Green
Rohit Kumar

The best human civilization possible can only emerge from a synthesis of so-called First and Third World cultures. The First World civilizations have developed technology and science, which have grown from a wonderful cultural sense of appreciation for adventure, risk, and innovation.

The One Thing You Must Do Before You Die: Be an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
Juliet Asante

There is a line in one of Ludacris' song that I really like: "What is a life worth living if it's not on the edge? Why go through life only to arrive ...

Growing Up in Africa, I Couldn't Wait to Get Old

TueNight | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
TueNight

Alas, no one wants to get old in America. No one respects the years you have toiled, the adversities you have overcome, the sheer triumph of just being able to make it to the subway station at all, frail, shaking, fragile.

Popular Reggae Singer Dies At 65

AP | HOWARD CAMPBELL | Posted 02.27.2014 | Celebrity

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leuke...

Popular Reggae Singer Dies At 65

AP | HOWARD CAMPBELL | Posted 02.04.2014 | Celebrity

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leuke...

If Anybody Ever Tells You It's Too Expensive To Solve The World's Problems, Show Them This

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact

The world's problems are so staggering that they sometimes feel completely unchangeable. Every day seems to leave more suffering, disease and tragedy ...

Who are the #99Percent? (Answer: They're Us)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

We have created what is essentially a growing third world inside of our shrinking first world society. These collective issues are the most important events of our last 50 years, and the key challenges of our time.

Googling PEPFAR

Anthony Amore | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Anthony Amore

There are 18 million Google hits for the search term "twerking." Yes, that abomination of a dance move (at least I think that's what it's supposed to be) made forever infamous via a gratuitous and depraved performance by a former Disney starlet. 18 million.

The Remarkable Sister Mark - Technical College Grad is Meeting Dental Needs in Africa

Lee Rasch | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Lee Rasch

For well over a dozen years, thousands of people received dental care from a very remarkable woman in Shisong, Cameroon. In the late 1990s, the Terti...

Mormon Show Paints Africa Down

Ben Barber | Posted 10.23.2013 | World
Ben Barber

Watching The Book of Mormon recently was an ordeal I had not expected. It's not simply that despite the acclaim it has received -- hailed as greatest...

From Wisconsin to Africa: Technical Education Translates to Lives Saved

Lee Rasch | Posted 09.08.2013 | College
Lee Rasch

Healthcare facilities in Cameroon need much more than staff with medical training. This third world country needs to link clinics isolated by thick ra...

A Floor of Decency

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Robert Koehler

The system is broken. It's eating us alive. We do not value human life -- or, for that matter, life itself -- at the core of our social structure. But even the immensely powerful among us affect to value it after the fact, as rescuers pull bodies from the rubble and the survivors wail.

Coca-Cola Exporting Its Cultural Leadership to Third World

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.28.2013 | Business
Carol Pierson Holding

Even a former Coca-Cola marketing executive quit amid public mea culpa's for the harm he was doing by pushing Coke in the poverty-stricken pavelas in Brazil. It seemed Coke might be doomed.

Part 2: Diana Davis Spencer, A Pioneer in International and Domestic Youth Education Initiatives

Paul Wisenthal | Posted 02.27.2013 | Impact
Paul Wisenthal

Soon after moving to America he met Diana Davis Spencer. He recalls, "She was the first American to invite me into her Washington, D.C. home for Thanksgiving dinner" -- a tradition that's been carried on for the past four years.

WATCH: First World Problems Read By Third World Kids

Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact

A new ad campaign from charitable organization Water is Life features Haitian children and adults reading the everyday gripes and minor irritations fi...

Educating the World - No More Excuses

Gordon Brown | Posted 11.28.2012 | Education
Gordon Brown

Education across the world must be a priority for us all -- an economic and of course a moral necessity. The challenge is not insurmountable; we know how to build schools and how to train teachers. And so the time for excuses is over, and action must begin today.

Charity Recycles Leftover Paint In Third-World Countries

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact

One of the schools that inspired Rony Delgarde's dream to bring color to depressed communities is painted a soft pink now. Paint, Delgarde says, is...

India on an Edge

John Graham | Posted 06.27.2012 | World
John Graham

From my recent trip, I'd say whether or not India meets this challenge is an open question. In 2012, India seems on an edge.

What Third World Travel Has Taught Me

Robert Schrader | Posted 06.24.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

My extensive travel in the developing world has highlighted to me how incredibly easy our developed world lives are.

Is Fighting For the Rights of Homeless, Enabling Homelessness?

Joel John Roberts | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

When homeless advocates seek to protect the personal rights of people who are homeless, even to the extent of law suits, I typically applaud their efforts. It is very simple: homelessness is not a crime.

Changing Lives in Guatemala -- Including Our Own

Keith Ferrazzi | Posted 03.14.2012 | Good News
Keith Ferrazzi

I am feeling more committed than ever to weaving volunteerism and service into corporate America's culture. As in all real relationships, the benefits are mutual -- we receive as much or more than we give.

Serve and Grow... Together This Holiday

Keith Ferrazzi | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Keith Ferrazzi

We were talking about the state of our world when my guest leaned over and asked: "Do you think next year we might actually go do something instead of just talking about it?"

An Eco-Friendly Christmas Tree

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Over half of Americans who put Christmas trees up use the artificial variety, which do not shed needles, and which many perceive to be an eco-friendly alternative to cutting living trees. Others dispute this.