I spent the latter half of last week with people who are hungry to change the entrenched issues of our time: stale education systems; ineffective youth employment strategies; aboriginal reconciliation; barriers to local economic sustainability; and destructive environmental impacts, to name a few.
A fitful journey at Axiom News this past year has created just the sort of anxiety-ridden conditions for provoking new revelations. One of the most recent for me was that these could be some of the most exciting and painful times for knowledge workers yet.
If you believe the news, the future of the economy is in the hands of President Obama, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve, Prime Minister Cameron in Britain, Italian and Greek debt, the G5, BRIC, and everyone else but us. The lead storyline is that until they do the right thing, nothing is going to get better.
The so-far slow moving story of business evolving into a way to organize human effort explicitly for the good of society and planet has been narrated in these pages for a little over a decade. We are a long way from those first whispers of social capital and corporate social responsibility.
In a recent statement to the press, the president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Canada accused the provincial government of making a “deliberate and provocative choice to wipe out the democratic rights of tens of thousands of educators.”
With the United Nation’s (UN) International Year of the Co-operatives (IYC) 2012 just wrapping up, it’s hard to immediately discern the impact of the year. But for us, one thing rings loud and clear: IYC has built a global co-op movement whose strength is still being understood.
Many state-operated school systems are facing the challenges of scale as government education ministries have grown more centralized and massive teacher’s unions flex the muscle in their memberhip numbers.
The problems with the economy that are ruining the credit ratings of nations across the world won’t necessarily be solved by patching up the causes that led them to their financial difficulties, but rather in identifying new opportunities to pull them toward a brighter future.
There’s a place in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, that could be considered a microcosm of American society, at least its urban centres, and in this community are the roots of necessary transitions that could light the path to a better future.
Newspapers the world over are filled with common refrains these days: double-dip recessions; skyrocketing unemployment; civil unrest. The melodies snatch our attention like mousetraps.
On July 25, the Globe and Mail Report on Business online ran a piece by news editor and columnist Michael Babad under the headline: Economy: 8 reasons the world is an uglier place today.
At Axiom News we’re called to catalyze change by writing engaging stories that highlight strengths from within the movements we serve.
In Rio de Janeiro, global citizens are gathered today to begin the next chapter in a decades-long global discussion about the adoption of truly sustainable environmental understanding and practices.
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