- Peer-to-Peer Microfinance Empowers Young Entrepreneurs
United Youth Development Organization facilitates peer-to-peer microlending between young people to tap their energy and innovation for sustainable entrepreneurship and development.
- Welcome to the Urban Revolution
We must become masters of a sustainable, just, and ecological urbanism writes Jeb Brugmann in his analysis of how the advantages of urban settlement are changing our societies and the face of the Earth.
- Journalism Students Interview Policy Innovations
Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media students interview editor Devin T. Stewart on how journalists can use social media for newsgathering, research, interviews, crowdsourcing, and publishing.
- Simulating Environmental Diplomacy
Incorporating environmental issues in conflict resolution may have positive psychological effects on the willingness of parties to cooperate.
- Student Attitudes Surveyed
There is a fine line between self-esteem and self-absorption. It is hard to tell which side Generation Y is on, but the IBM Global Student Study indicates that they are thinking globally about ethics, the environment, and creativity.
- Afghan Women: Artfully Unforgotten
Afghan women are the last ones to see themselves as merely victims. The creative nonprofit Artfully Unforgotten helps tell their stories of resilience through artistic media.
- The Evolution of Revolution
Revolution is hard work, and lethal. Social media has a communicative role to play in the sophisticated design of systems that will undermine human suffering and solve the "day after" problems of deposing a dictatorship.
- The Ethics of Language Choice in Immigration
Should language rights be understood as collective rights or individual rights? Do language rights entail active endorsement of immigrant languages on the part of the state, or only passive toleration in the private sphere?
- Understanding Election Twitter
How does what happens online translate into pressure on leadership, and influence policy outcomes? This summer's major elections in India, Iran, and Indonesia show that we need to understand the relationship between search trending, social network perspectives, and political behavior.
- Digital Workforce Initiative Transforms Gulf Coast Job Prospects
One means to revitalize the post-Katrina Louisiana economy is to educate a digital workforce steeped in twenty-first century skills: creative collaboration, communication, and interactive media such as video games.
- Europe Calls U.S. on Gambling Laws
Europe's WTO complaint has re-raised the issue of gambling legalization and regulation in the United States -- a topic that should arouse the interest of politicians looking for extra revenue in a time of tight budgets.
- The Foreign Exchange Transaction Reporting System
The April G-20 summit in London should aim to achieve oversight of global banks and other financial players. Transparent foreign exchange reporting and a currency transaction tax would help.
- Peer-to-Peer Finance: A Flight to Simplicity
Since bank capital will likely be further depleted as the credit crunch spreads into the productive economy, peer-to-peer finance offers a solution from an entirely unexpected direction.
- Globalization of Language Will Muzzle the Nation-State
Improved communication and translation between people will deprive nation-states of their raison d'etre.
- One Bed, Different Dreams
Seeing the Olympics as a watershed event, Japanese commentators have speculated about a "post-Olympic" China, and their prognoses are generally darker than the more optimistic views in the U.S. media.
- U Made an Illegal U-Turn
The South Korean metropolis of New Songdo is slated to be the world's largest "ubiquitous city," with tracking devices everywhere. The entrenchment of social surveillance presents a challenge for democratic integrity and personal privacy.
- Speaking Fairly
The rise of English as a global lingua franca is one of the most striking developments of the last few decades, but the use of universal standards raises concerns about distributive justice and identity.
- Networks Power Globalization
A globalized world isn't flat, it's networked, says David Grewal. This underlying social dynamic leads to shared standards as well as social exclusion.
- Calling for Change in Cuba
Raul Castro's decision allowing Cubans to purchase prepaid cell phone plans may foster new liberty on the communist island.
- More Loraxes, Less Axes
Deforestation accounts for about 20 percent of global warming emissions, making innovative conservation a key factor in any climate strategy.