- Institutional Trappings
The institutionalization of religion seems symptomatic of the human tendency to mistrust our own intuitions, which can result in an abdication of responsibility.
- Our Biology Makes Us All Truly Equal
"Race" is a persistent example of our imagination.
- A Blight on the Nation: Slavery in Today's America
Certain things we know to be true. We know that the South kept slaves, and the North fought a righteous war of liberation. We know that the Emancipation Proclamation freed all the slaves, and that the United States has been slavery-free ever since. These things we know –- and none of it is true.
- Kenya Waits for Rain
The Student Movement for Real Change spearheaded a dam expansion project in Kayafungo, Kenya, as a way to alleviate the growing water crisis.
- Redefining Progress
Prahlad Singh Shekhawat attended the fourth Gross National Happiness conference in Bhutan this past November. He reports on the conference proceedings for us and shares some of his thoughts on the growing constellation of efforts to calculate alternative measurements of well-being.
- Alternative Fuels Take Root in Refugee Camps
Faced with scarce firewood, humanitarian organizations are introducing efficient alternative-fuel stoves to Darfur and other refugee camps worldwide.
- Lovers with Borders
Young international couples find the strict Danish immigration policies rotten, but a new ruling from the European Union could ease cross-border marriages.
- The Difference Makers
Sandra Waddock's book "The Difference Makers" tells the stories of nearly two dozen innovators who pioneered the corporate responsibility movement over the past quarter century.
- Yoga Bends the Globalization Stereotype
The worldwide popularity of yoga proves that globalization is flowing in every direction, and has been for a while.
- The Rights of Human Goddesses
At last, the young girls who are worshiped as living goddesses in Nepal are now awarded basic human rights by the state.
- Preserving PEPFAR
President George W. Bush is fighting to preserve his controversial AIDS relief initiative, which has supported life-saving antiretroviral treatments for more than 1.7 million people since 2004.
- No Skipping Class
Ivy League brand names are leading the globalization of higher education as increasing numbers of highly competitive applicants come from Asia.
- Toilet Truths
Despite our ability to land a man on the moon, one-third of humanity lives without basic water and sanitation services.
- Model Standards
As Fashion Week gets underway in New York City, it is worth asking where models' standards of beauty come from.
- Role Addiction
The global growth of Internet use and online role-playing games has spawned a public health crackdown on addictive and antisocial behaviors.
- Maquilapolis: City of Factories
What is the human price of industrialization and globalization? Maquilapolis: City of Factories highlights what happens when capital comes to town and when it flies elsewhere.
- The Opt-out Marriage
Globalization increases the flexibility of labor markets, but increased mobility goes hand in hand with increased economic uncertainty, especially among young professionals. Their romantic lifestyles are adapting to the new pressures.
- Tapping Partnerships for Drinkable Water
About 1.2 billion people live without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, a number that will certainly grow without continued pressure for innovative solutions. Cross-sector partnerships and local projects are leading the way.
- Merck's Dubai Ethics Center
Resolute ethical business standards can be a distinct bottom-line liability for companies operating in environments where corruption is more the rule than the exception. To address this obstacle Merck decided to underwrite the creation of an ethics center in Dubai.
- Contraception Ban Harms Philippine Women
Evan O'Neil interviews Aya Fujimura-Fanselow of the Center for Reproductive Rights on the impact of a contraception ban in Manila.