2014 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: "Imagining a Better Future"

CREDIT: Tony Hammond (CC)

What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? That's the question for Carnegie Council's sixth annual student/teacher essay contest. The sky's the limit! Deadline: January 5, 2015.  > More


Can Drones Save Namibia's Wildlife?

SurVoyeur, a DIY drone.

Jason Gregg, Joe Noci

After working in the aeronautical industry in South Africa, Joe and Gisela Noci turned their talents towards do-it-yourself drones and have created a device to help conservationists in Namibia.


Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist"

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Joi Ito

MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discusses how if we want to innovate, we need to act now on our ideas. In other words, we either deploy our ideas or they die.


Japan’s "'76ers" Gain Global Attention: New Liberal Elite Can Change Japan

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Devin T. Stewart

Change is coming to Japan. In this "Nikkei Business" interview, Carnegie Council Senior Fellow discusses his research on Japan's generation known as "76ers."


West Africa's Misguided War on Drugs

Emergency Response Unit of the Liberian National Police. CREDIT: UN (CC)

Kofi Annan

West Africa is increasingly enmeshed in the global drug trade. A new report from the West Africa Commission on Drugs calls for a different approach to drug abuse, one that treats it not as a criminal-justice issue, but rather as a public-health problem.


Urbanization and its Discontents: Educating Dhaka's Slum Children

Child in Korail. CREDIT: Mabruk Kabir/World Bank

Mabruk Kabir

Dhaka, Bangladesh is one of the world's fastest growing cities due to urban migration. Children who end up living in its slums are 2.5 more likely to be excluded from school than the national average. How can we solve this inequity?


Does India Really Need a Women-centric Bank?

CREDIT: UN Women / Gaganjit Singh Chandok (CC).

Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani

With plenty of banks and microfinance services already available, does India's new bank have the right strategy to empower poor and rural women?


Conflicts in Kyrgyzstan Foreshadow Water Wars to Come

CREDIT: © Fyodor Savintsev.

Fyodor Savintsev

Photographer Fyodor Savintsev documents the landscape and crumbling Soviet irrigation system of Kyrgyzstan, a country at the heart of water conflicts in Central Asia.


Madagascar's Delicate Democracy

CREDIT: Franck Vervial (CC).

Peter Hille

After five years of political turmoil and economic standstill, Madagascar is poised for recovery. The new democratic government wants to restore rule of law, tackle poverty, and foster growth.


Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun

CREDIT: One Earth Designs.

John Haffner, Scot Frank, Catlin Powers

With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.


India's National Green Tribunal: An Environmental Justice Experiment

Protesting Coal in India. CREDIT: 350.org

Aditi Sen

India's National Green Tribunal provides the country with a more accountable legal mechanism to protect the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on it.

Policy Library

Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity


Joseph Stiglitz

This white paper outlines policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable economic growth in the United States.


A Dangerous Dance in Modern Iran

YouTube screenshot of "Happy" Iranians.

Negar Rachel Treister

Any stirring of excitement about change in Iran needs to be tempered by the reality that change will never come from the current leadership.

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