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Medellín: A Light Unto Cities
CREDIT: Jorge Gobbi (CC).
Joseph Stiglitz
Once notorious for its drug gangs, the tale of the Medellín's innovative transformation holds important lessons for urban areas everywhere.
A Solar-backed Currency for the Refugees of Western Sahara
View of Smara, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. CREDIT: Mel Chin, 2011.
Mel Chin
Artist Mel Chin is working with Sahrawi refugees in northwest Africa to develop a local currency backed by solar power generation.
Brazil's Statute of Virtual Liberty
CREDIT: CDI Brazil (CC).
Pedro Abramovay
Government surveillance and Heartbleed-type security scares have shaken faith in online freedom, yet Brazil pushes ahead with an Internet bill of rights protecting net neutrality.
Saving Tigers in Thailand
CREDIT: Doug Wheller (CC).
Anak Pattanavibool
A potent combo of tactics is saving Thai tigers: science, government-NGO partnership, new technologies, judiciary enforcement, and honor for the brave and fallen park rangers.
Green Politics Is Just High-end Consumerism (If We Don't Connect It to Race and Class)
CREDIT: Sarah Kanouse (CC).
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
It would be wise for the environmental movement to use the arts as a vessel for kindling empathy and inspiration in historically disenfranchised communities.
To Lead Tomorrow, Future Leaders Must Learn to Read Today
CREDIT: John Issac / World Bank (CC).
Mabruk Kabir
A country's destiny follows the learning curve of its children. If all students in poor countries were taught basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.
Islamophobia Is Not Just a Western Problem
CREDIT: Narendra Modi (CC).
Kavitha Rajagopalan
The success of nationalists in India's election shows how easily an intricate social fabric can be rent for political purposes.
The Rebirth of Rwanda
CREDIT: Neil Palmer / CIAT (CC).
Louise Mushikiwabo
Rwanda has made a lot of progress in the twenty years since the genocide, but the world is still not equipped to handle mass atrocities.
Forced Evictions Defeat the Spirit of Big Sporting Events
Priscila Néri
The evicted residents of Rio demand to be included in the benefits and the legacies of big tournaments like the World Cup and Olympics.
7 Policy Switches for Global Security
CREDIT: Noel Hankamer (CC).
James Greyson
This paper offers seven simple leverage points that policymakers can use to develop integrated solutions to complex global problems.
Why Is Reducing Energy Subsidies a Prudent, Fair, and Transformative Policy for Indonesia?
CREDIT: Riza Nugraha (CC).
Ndiame Diop
With energy subsidies taking a big chunk out of Indonesia's budget, the time is right to roll them back and pay for vital services like infrastructure and health instead.
Sustainable Sourcing of Phytochemicals as a Development Tool: The Case of Somaliland's Frankincense Industry
CREDIT: Ali Almossawi (CC).
Anjanette DeCarlo, Saleem H. Ali
This study examines the role the phytochemical sector can play in creating a supply chain for a sustainable niche market.

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