SaraJolenaWolcott

SaraJolenaWolcott

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10 years 2 months ago

The launch of new academic journals rarely gets much popular press - and for good reason. Too often, academic journals don't really speak to the needs of the public.

But there is a new journal out there that is worth knowing about - especially if you are interested in global issues that 'need global governance'. Yes, it is definately academic - but it is for practitioners too, and it is a journal that might make a real difference in promoting good work for global sustainability.

The launch of the Global Policy...


10 years 2 months ago

At the start of the financial crisis, it was feared that development aid would substantially fall after having reached its highest level in years. However, the OECD recently issued a report that stated that 2008 and 2009 did not seen a substantial decrease in aid flows; indeed, there was a slight rise. It is currently anticipated that most donors will meet their 2010 targets. This is leading to a 'feel good' approach about aid - but it is very deceiving.

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)...


10 years 2 months ago

When the US Supreme Court said that States could not prohibit their citizens from carrying firearms in public this Monday, immediate questions were raised for the implications of this ruling for sustainable development.

Security is one of the most crucial pre-conditions for sustainable development. Fragile states - and cities - around the world struggle to achieve sustainable development against almost unbeatable odds: warfare and violent conflict is inherently disruptive to the prosperity of regular citizens and the planet. It creates fear-filled 'war economies' run by warlords and those who...


10 years 2 months ago

The Secretariat General  has also launched the UN Global Impact Vulnerability Alert System (UN GIVAS) which has recently been re-named ‘Global Pulse.’ This new agency is using emerging technologies in ways never done before to do critical work: monitoring in as close to real-time as possible the changing conditions of vulnerable people. In it's own words, it seeks to use emerging technologies to “close the information gap between the onset of a global crisis and the availability of actionable information to protect vulnerable populations” through regional PULSE Labs’. ...


10 years 3 months ago

Throughout the multiple crises that must be surmounted in order to achieve anything that resembles sustainable development, one of the most commonly used tropes is that of the Chinese character for 'crisis' combines 'danger' with 'opportunity'.  From Milton Friedman to Joseph Stiglitz to Gordon Brown, from the American (and Middle Eastern) Gulf disaster(s) to the financial crisis, at this point, any intelligent reader surely 'knows' that meaning of the Chinese character 'wei-ji' - though they might not be able to draw the character.  The use of this term in this way harkens to US President...


10 years 3 months ago

I've a personal, relatively new challenge that many of you might have also experienced. After over a year of blogging for Justmeans on sustainable development, the past few months have brought several opportunities to blog about CSR and international development via my live blogging at various conferences. Through that, I've had the opportunity to meet and slowly build relationships with individuals working at a variety of companies, producing a wide variety of products. And in the process, I'm confronting a new challenge: how to interact with companies who are producing products that I personally...


10 years 3 months ago

Categories are useful - but they can blind us to what is really happening. And there are few stronger categories that run through western culture as does 'market' and 'state'. For at least the past few hundred years, much of the West has divided these two societal forces. 'Development' of course requires combinations of both - indeed, most real societal change does. And while 'development' might often be seen as the domain of charities and CSR, that is a false perception - it has always included business. From pre-colonial times to colonisation to the past 50+ years of independence (for Africa) and...


10 years 3 months ago

They say that if you want to really understand a system, you go to where the conditions are worse. If it works - or doesn't work - in the worse case scenarios, then that tells you about the rest of the system, where things are 'fine'. We at justmeans are interested in the deep implications of this horrific BP spill. Maybe one of the deep implications is how much deeper we need to be delving if we are going to ensure that the challenges that shine so clearly via the BP spill - and the still-troubling, hardly-rebuilt situation in Haiti.

In a recent 'This American Life' show on the faltering attempts...


10 years 3 months ago

In business, the quarterly report is bemoaned by those seeking long term sustainable change as it puts focus on short term profit over long term thinking. In international development, short time frames for long-term problems such as reducing poverty are also much bemoaned. In international finance, the high profitability of short term trading makes long term investments difficult to secure and prone to problems. When business, investment and international development have things in common (and there are quite a few), one can be sure that there's a...


10 years 3 months ago

At the end of Nestle's conference on 'Creating Shared Value', Graham Baxter (acting CEO of the International Business Leaders Forum), Nestle CEO Paul Blucke and Harvard's JFK Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Jane Nelson had a conversation about the 'global partnerships'. It had been a long day, with panels discussing rural development, nutrition and...


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