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AccountAbility is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1995 to promote accountability innovations that advance responsible business practices and the broader accountability of civil society and public organizations. Its 350 members include businesses, NGOs, and research bodies, which elect an international Council with representatives from Brazil, India, North America, Russia, South Africa, and Europe.
The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world's citizens. The Ford Foundation is a founding donor of the Center.
Ashoka's mission is to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs—extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities—supporting them, their ideas and institutions through all phases of their careers. Ashoka Fellows benefit from being part of the global Fellowship for life. Ashoka's vision is that of a global society that is able to respond quickly and effectively to social challenges everywhere. Ashoka does not accept government funding; business entrepreneurs and their foundations, corporations, individuals and volunteer chapters finance Ashoka's work.
The Breakthrough Institute is a small think tank with big ideas. Breakthrough is committed to creating a new progressive politics, one that is large, aspirational, and asset-based. We believe that any effective politics must speak to core needs and values, not issues and interests, and we thus situate ourselves at the intersection of politics, policy, philosophy, and the social sciences.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent, international, nonprofit organization working in a collaborative partnership with Amnesty International and leading academic institutions. Its online library documents the activities of more than 4,500 companies around the world, due in large measure to the Centre's network of regional researchers. The purpose of the organization is to promote greater awareness and informed discussion of important issues relating to business and human rights.
CSRwire is the leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability press releases, reports, and information. CSRwire members are companies and NGOs, agencies and organizations interested in communicating their corporate citizenship, sustainability, and socially responsible initiatives to a global audience through CSRwire's syndication network and weekly News Alerts. CSRwire content covers issues of Diversity, Philanthropy, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Environment, Human Rights, Workplace Issues, Business Ethics, Community Development, and Corporate Governance.
Carnegie Council's mission is to be the voice for ethics in international policy. Carnegie Council convenes agenda-setting forums and creates educational opportunities and information resources for a worldwide audience of teachers and students, journalists, international affairs professionals, and concerned citizens.
The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education. The professional research is oriented towards filling important gaps in the understanding of particular economic and social problems, or the impact of specific policies. The public education portion of CEPR's mission is to present the findings of professional research, both by CEPR and others, in a manner that allows broad segments of the public to know exactly what is at stake in major policy debates. The goal of CEPR is to ensure that the citizenry has the information and analysis that allows it to act effectively in the public interest.
China is growing fast, and as it grows it is faced with urgent environmental challenges. Environmental costs may account for 10 percent of China's GDP, and the effects of pollution, desertification, and climate change are already beginning to be felt within China and outside her borders. These problems are not confined to one country: They are challenges that concern all the world's citizens, but the rise of China gives them a new urgency. Tackling these challenges will require a common effort and common understanding. chinadialogue aims to promote that common understanding. By establishing the world's first fully bilingual website devoted to the environment, chinadialogue promotes direct dialogue and the search for solutions to shared environmental challenges.
Climate Central is an independent, nonprofit journalism and research organization dedicated to helping Americans understand how climate change connects to them, and arming audiences with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their future.
Eldis aims to share the best in development, policy, practice, and research. It is one of a family of knowledge services from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Eldis maintains an ever-growing collection of editorially selected and abstracted full-text, online documents selected by our editors from more than 7,500 different publishers. All documents are available free of charge.
The Environmental News Network gathers, sifts, selects, and publishes environmental news from a variety of trusted global sources, large and small, 24 hours a day. We recognize that the planet is in a historic state of rapid transformation moving into a critical period of crisis, change, and opportunity. With this website we aim daily to deliver news and information that supports better environmental decisions and progressive coherent change.
ENN seeks and publishes stories critical to understanding the growing planetary crisis. We spotlight problems and solutions, and lots in between. We work to identify what's broken and celebrate what and how things are getting fixed. We present information to, we hope, support evolutionary change.
Our core mission is to seed sound environmental decisions and understandings with high-quality, timely information. ENN is committed to a free unrestricted flow of information, presented with clarity, published quickly. We consider this fundamental to good decisions and the protection and rehabilitation of the planet on every level.
EthicsWorld's mission is to disseminate information and strengthen understanding of the critical issues of institutional governance, business ethics, and anti-corruption. The website EthicsWorld.org aggregates a diversity of stories and key developments in corruption, governance, corporate social responsibility, and workplace ethics.
Future Foreign Policy is a student- and graduate-led initiative that was set up to engage young people in a fresh and innovative forum for progressive policies, and allow them to promote their ideas on the future direction of UK foreign affairs. By communicating, contributing, and cooperating with a variety of political decision makers and professionals in the field, students can shape the world they live in, become mobilized around key international issues, and fight for the policies and campaigns they support.
The Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) was founded in 1993 to combine the research and curricular development activities of two Tufts programs: the Program for Sustainable Change and Development in the School of Arts and Sciences (directed by economist Neva Goodwin), and the International Environment and Resource Policy Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Directed by William Moomaw, a chemist and environmental policy specialist). The combination creates a center of expertise in economics, policy, science, and technology.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Global Issues Gateway features a peer-reviewed academic online journal, streaming video archives of United Nations and other global events at FDU, and a Global Virtual Classroom that allows two classrooms to interact in a virtual online space. This is a beta launch of the site and more features will be added in time.
The Institute provides a unique venue for unions to work together to strengthen labor's response to the challenges posed by globalization. The goal of the Institute is to help union officers, staff and activists gain a deeper understanding of the policies and institutions that shape today’s world, and assist in bringing unionists based in different countries into contact with each other for meaningful discussion on strategy and policy. The Institute also facilitates dialogue between unions and other civil society organizations and movements committed to global justice.Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online is a non-profit global citizens’ media project, sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. How Global Voices Works: A growing number of bloggers around the world are emerging as “bridge bloggers:” people who are talking about their country or region to a global audience. Global Voices is your guide to the most interesting conversations, information, and ideas appearing around the world on various forms of participatory media such as blogs, podcasts, photo sharing sites, and videoblogs. Our global team of regional blogger-editors is working to find, aggregate and track these conversations. Each day they link to 5-10 of the most interesting blog posts from their regions in the “daily roundups” section. A larger group of contributing bloggers is posting daily features in in the left-hand Weblog section, shedding light on what blogging communities in their countries have been talking about recently.
GlobalPost is an online American journalism project dedicated to covering world affairs through a global network of correspondents. Launched in early 2009, GlobalPost is a for-profit enterprise reliant on advertising, syndication, and paid memberships. Every employee and correspondent is a shareholder in the company.
Globalization101.org is an Internet resource offered by The Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, which promotse a greater understanding of globalization. Globalization101.org addresses the following issues: What is globalization? Is it the integration of economic, political, and cultural systems across the globe? Or is it Americanization and United States dominance of world affairs? Is globalization a force for economic growth, prosperity, and democratic freedom? Or is it a force for environmental devastation, exploitation of the developing world, and suppression of human rights?
Globalization101.org provides information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Our goal is to challenge you to think about many of the controversies surrounding globalization and to promote an understanding of the trade-offs and dilemmas facing policy-makers. Globalization 101.org hopes to serve as an informative and engaging space for those interested in learning more about changes in the international economy.
Grist.org is a non-profit online magazine that publishes environmental news, interviews, book reviews, and editorials. Since it was launched in April 1999, Grist has received the Webby People's Voice Award for Best Magazine in both 2005 and 2006 as well as Utne's Independent Press Award for Best Online Political Coverage. Grist employs 18 full-time staff members and has more than 100 contributing writers including many prominent American environmentalists. Grist's mission is "to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage its readers to think creatively about environmental problems and solutions."
The GroundTruth Project is dedicated to training a new generation of international correspondents in the digital age and to adding increased knowledge and understanding on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health.
Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD) at Columbia University in July 2000 to help developing countries explore policy alternatives, and enable wider civic participation in economic policymaking. IPD is now a global network of more than 200 leading economists, political scientists, and practitioners from the North and South with diverse backgrounds and views.
Innovations is the only academic journal of its kind. The most widely read academic journals dealing with the interaction of technology and governance take a 30,000-foot view of both policy challenges and proposed policy solutions. Rarely do academic analyses of global policy challenges begin by looking at innovations. Rarely do practitioner-focused narratives seriously address innovations in their global context. Innovations does both. The audience for Innovations is a broad community of change agents. The content in Innovations brings together accounts (narratives), accounting (indicators), and accountability (governance). Innovations will be of interest to public servants whose method is entrepreneurial, and entrepreneurs whose projects have a public conscience; innovators interested in analysis, and scholars interested in innovations. Each issue of Innovations analyzes best local practices in a global context. Innovations is based on two simple premises. The first: while culture and economics do create significant differences among populations, creativity is a characteristic shared by people everywhere. The second: while many pressing societal challenges are global, their solutions are local. Innovations in one place can inform and inspire innovations elsewhere.
IATP works with organizations around the world to analyze how global trade agreements impact domestic farm and food policies. Alongside a global coalition, IATP advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions.
The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) was established in Geneva in September 1996 to contribute to a better understanding of development and environment concerns in the context of international trade.
As an independent nonprofit and nongovernmental organization, ICTSD engages a broad range of actors in ongoing dialogue about trade and sustainable development. With a wide network of governmental, nongovernmental and intergovernmental partners, ICTSD plays a unique systemic role as a provider of original, nonpartisan reporting and facilitation services at the intersection of international trade and sustainable development.
Making It: Industry for Development is a quarterly magazine aiming to stimulate debate about global industrial development issues. It is published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Each issue focuses on a specific theme, around which the magazine draws together articles, news, and research of interest to reflect a broad spectrum of views. Making It discusses the role of industry as a driver of wealth creation and development on the one hand, and the need to ensure the environmental and social sustainability of industry on the other.
The Making It website is a platform to broaden and deepen the print version's reach by including alternative material and relevant links, as well as stimulate and inspire discussion and exchange about the intersection of industry and development.
Mongabay.com seeks to raise interest in and appreciation of wildlands and wildlife, while examining the impact of emerging local and global trends in technology, economics, and finance on conservation and development.
The Center for Global Affairs at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies educates and inspires students to become global citizens capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. Whether you are interested in a career in the international arena or simply want a better understanding of today's complex global landscape, we offer a variety of unique study options and events.
Our faculty are senior staff members of NGOs, international lawyers, journalists specializing in global affairs, and other professionals whose substantive experience heightens your awareness of emerging issues and helps you succeed in global fields.
The New America Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy institute that was conceived through the collaborative work of a diverse and intergenerational group of public intellectuals, civic leaders, and business executives. New America's founding President and CEO is Ted Halstead, and its Board of Directors is chaired by James Fallows. Based in our nation's capital, the Foundation opened its doors in January 1999. The purpose of the New America Foundation is to bring exceptionally promising new voices and new ideas to the fore of our nation's public discourse. Relying on a venture capital approach, the Foundation invests in outstanding individuals and policy ideas that transcend the conventional political spectrum. Through its Fellowships and Policy Programs, New America sponsors a wide range of research, writing, conferences, and events on the most important issues of our time.
new economics foundation is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. Its aim is to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment, and social issues.
PolicyArchive is an innovative, new digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research. It makes use of the power, efficiency, and economy of modern Internet technology to collect and disseminate summaries and full texts, videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government, and foundation-funded policy research. It offers a subject index, an internal search engine, useful abstracts, email notifications of newly added research, and will soon expand to offer information on researchers and funders, and even user-generated publication reviews. Over time, it will grow to include policy content from international and corporate organizations.
The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is actively engaged in research, dissemination, policy advising, and graduate student education. It also regularly sponsors conferences and other public events in its areas of research focus. Established in 1998, PERI is an independent unit at UMass with close ties to the Department of Economics. The Institute is committed to addressing basic issues of human and ecological well-being through research written for the general public, policy makers, and academic audiences.
Project Syndicate is an international association of quality newspapers devoted to bringing distinguished voices from across the world to local audiences everywhere, strengthening the independence of printed media in transition and developing countries, and upgrading their journalistic, editorial, and business capacities.
Project Syndicate currently consists of 375 newspapers in 143 countries, with a total circulation of 49,421,722 copies. Its activities fall into two broad categories: disseminating the highest quality commentaries and analysis to its member papers, and fostering institutional links among member papers.
Project Syndicate is a not-for-profit institution. Financial contributions from member papers in developed countries support the services provided free by Project Syndicate to members in less advanced economies. Additional support comes from the Open Society Institute, Politiken Foundation, and Die Zeit Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Foundation.
Public Ethics Media is a collaborative project devoted to bringing conversations about the ethics of practical dilemmas into the public sphere. The project starts from the belief that ethicists of all kinds—including philosophers, political scientists, economists, social theorists, and many others—have valuable insights into public policy debates that often aren't heard outside of the academy. Public Ethics Media bridges that gap by publishing essays and producing podcasts that challenge these lively thinkers to apply theory to practice.
Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (RR) addresses three urgent issues required for greater human development and security: fostering more equitable international trade and development; strengthening responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa; and shaping more humane migration policies. Our mission is to put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making and to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage.
Stanford Social Innovation Review is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors, who view collaboration as key to solving environmental, social, and economic justice issues.
Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, SSIR bridges academic theory and practice with ideas about achieving social change. SSIR covers a wide range of subjects, from microfinance and green businesses to social networks and human rights. Its aim is to inform and to inspire, to advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge.Science and Development Network
Science and Development Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world. SciDev.net gives policymakers, researchers, the media, and civil society information and a platform to explore how science and technology can reduce poverty, improve health, and raise standards of living around the world. Science and Development Network also builds developing country capacity for communicating science and technology through our regional networks of committed individuals and organizations, practical guidance, and specialist workshops.
The South Centre is an intergovernmental organization of developing countries based in Geneva, Switzerland. Broadly, the Centre works to assist in developing South points of view on major policy issues, and to generate ideas and action-oriented proposals for consideration by the collectivity of South governments, institutions of South-South cooperation, intergovernmental organizations of the South, and nongovernmental organizations. It currently has 51 developing country Member States.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds to spread ideas. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TED.org makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from the archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.
The Triple Crisis Blog aims to contribute to a more open and global dialogue around the three simultaneous crises in finance, development, and the environment. A number of economists are questioning the maintream analyses of these crises and the bloggers of Triple Crisis aim to challenge the dominant economic schools of thinking. They also seek to provide additional exposure for the existing network of economists who are working on these three integrative crises.
Together they work toward solving the problems that the global economy confronts in an environmentally sound and globally just manner and to generate a dialogue in a way that will influence policymakers and the broader public.
The blog is co-chaired by Kevin P. Gallagher, Boston University professor and research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University (GDAE); and Jayati Ghosh, Nehru University professor and coordinator of the Economic Research Foundation, Delhi, India.
UNRISD is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the United Nations system.
The United Nations University's World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) is an organization whose mission is to undertake multidisciplinary research and policy analysis on structural changes affecting the living conditions of the world's poorest people, to provide a forum for professional interaction and the advocacy of policies leading to robust, equitable and environmentally sustainable growth, and to promote capacity strengthening and training for scholars and government officials in the field of economic and social policy making. WIDER is the first research and training centre established in 1984 in Helsinki by the United Nations University (UNU). UNU is an international academic organization which promotes the UN's aims of peace and progress by providing a framework for bringing together leading scholars from around the world to tackle pressing global problems. Activities are carried out by the UNU Headquarters and its worldwide network of research and training centres and collaborating institutions.
The World Policy Institute, a nonpartisan source of informed policy leadership for more than four decades, develops and champions innovative policies that require a progressive and global point of view. In an increasingly interdependent world, WPI focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security.
WPI's Fellows program, regular public and private events, collaborative policy development, media activities, and flagship World Policy Journal provide a forum for solution-focused policy analysis and public debate. Its programs seek to introduce fresh ideas and new voices from around the world on critical shared global issues including migration, climate change, technology, economic development, human rights, and counter-terrorism.
Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.
Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Worldwatch quickly became recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues.
Now under the leadership of renewable energy expert Christopher Flavin, Worldwatch develops innovative solutions to intractable problems, emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
Yale Environment 360 is an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting, and debate on global environmental issues. They feature original articles by scientists, journalists, environmentalists, academics, policy makers, and business people, as well as multimedia content and a daily digest of major environmental news. Yale Environment 360 is published by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale University.