- How We Think: Reflections on Thought in The Digital Age
On why now I do not have Wi-Fi in my apartment and relegate the first portion of my day to undisrupted and immersive activities such as writing, research or sketching at home.
- A Dangerous Dance in Modern Iran
Any stirring of excitement about change in Iran needs to be tempered by the reality that change will never come from the current leadership.
- Building Resilience
Now is the time for New York to take control of its aging infrastructure and set aside a fund for investing in and upgrading pipelines and buildings around the city.
- POEM: Tomorrow's Child
This poem was written to convey the imperative of sustainability. As geographical lines blur due to trade and markets, so can ethics.
- The Story of Maria's Libraries
Maria's Libraries is redefining what libraries can do for community development through a connected network of libraries across Kenya.
- Using SMART Technology to Stop Wildlife Poachers
Several major wildlife organizations collaborated on a free, open-source Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool to help park rangers improve their anti-poaching patrols.
- Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas and Tech for Helping Refugees
The UN refugee agency is adopting an innovation-centered approach in pursuit of better services, products, and outcomes for displaced populations.
- Ma Jun: Information Empowers
Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun walks the line between transparency and activism in his quest to clean China's air, land, and water.
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Sustainability
The ease with which sustainability rolls off the tongue these days far surpasses our understanding of it or our implementation. A few changes in attitude could be helpful.
- Can Bioregionalism Go Global Before Collapse?
Bioregionalism proposes an alternative future in which overconsumption is drastically reduced, the natural environment is preserved, and proactive measures are taken to provide basic needs.
- Do Language Policies Contribute to Poverty and Underdevelopment?
In least developed countries, language policy should aim to increase education, productivity, and cohesion, yet many countries have policies that work against these aims.
- Globalizing Censorship
Consent of the Network by Rebecca MacKinnon is a must-read on how businesses and governments wield influence over the Internet.
- Are Values a Lost Cause?
We are always alone with our values before we express them. Greg Smith bravely voiced his concerns when he resigned from Goldman Sachs. He was at a point of no return, but others can develop the skills to navigate tough choices within their organizations.
- An Opportunity in Myanmar
Myanmar is ripe for social and economic innovation. A decent work and social protection agenda, combined with an industrial strategy, would help during its political transition.
- The Climate Change Novel: A Faulty Simulator of Environmental Politics
Ultimatums. Floods. Ecotage. More than 200 novels have been written that imagine life in a climate-changed world, and they point to some of the fundamental difficulties we have in articulating a just and sustainable future.
- Shooting the Global City
Photographer and arts educator Mathew Pokoik has traveled the world crafting a unique vision of The Global City, from jumbled bazaars stacked with goods to simulated landscapes and advertising saturation.
- The Art of Inconclusiveness
The new film ANPO: Art X War tells the story of U.S.-Japan relations through the lives of artists who were influenced by the 1960s protest movement.
- Witness to the Quake
Yuki Hanyu, a research scientist at Tohoku University in Sendai, wrote this report on the devastating earthquake in Japan, summarizing his situation in the immediate aftermath and giving us a rare glimpse of what it was like to be at the center of the disaster.
- Better Safe than Sorry
Corporate executives should never have to apologize for violations when they can instead build global opportunities by advancing human rights.
- Digital Rations
Internet access is politicized in Castro's Cuba and critical expression suppressed, but as technological savvy increases on the island many are able to connect through unofficial means.