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Why Do the Poor Remain Poor?

Poverty always creates a deep sense of unease within us. It is disturbing because it offends our sense of equity, fairness and justice. In spite of living in a world that has acquired a significant level of affluence, a substantial number of people suffer from lack of adequate resources. Even in the United States, poverty


What Staples Understands About Being a Good Employer

A national team of academic scholars and other experts concluded that 30 million workers in America — one in four — are seriously distressed and dissatisfied with their personal financial situations. Many, if not most, families say they live paycheck to paycheck. Inevitably this stress spills over to work. For instance, in 2012, roughly one

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Is International Trade Good or Bad for Communities?

The human instinct for trade has deep historical roots, but its economic, social and political importance has risen in recent times due to industrialisation, technological advance and globalisation. In fact, there is evidence that our Cro-Magnon ancestors engaged in trade and moved from barter for their immediate use to trade for resale. The shift by

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Can People Be Trained To Be Compassionate?

Compassion, often reckoned to be the “highest personal virtue,” is held to embody the very essence of humanity. It is widely attributed to play a fundamental role in pro-social behavior, cooperation and human morality. But there is compelling evidence that the “compassionate instinct” to care and cooperate is not the sole preserve of humans. Across

Employee Ownership and Employee Health and Wellness

John Raines and Donna Day-Lower write in Modern Work and Human Meaning that “Work is not first of all what we do to “make” a living. Work is human living – human being and human becoming.” Purposeful, rewarding work is a key source of good life, with job satisfaction being strongly linked to overall happiness.

How the Poor View the Rich and Relate to the American Dream

The core of the American Dream — equality of opportunity and rewards commensurate with efforts and abilities — has enchanted millions of people across the globe. However, it is important to assess whether the reality bears out that ideal. Although two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) agree with the statement that “people are rewarded for intelligence


The Inexorable Logic of Financial Literacy

The future of humanity is irrevocably tied to empowered individuals capable of discharging their obligations and responsibilities. Literacy was a key enabler in our collective civilizational advance. In a similar vein, the evolving context is placing big financial burdens on individuals, demanding an enhanced level of financial ability.

Should we continue to trudge in a cloak of

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Climate Change Presents Skewed Vulnerabilities and The Ethical Imperative

The discourse around climate change is often spiced by vested interests, denial, skepticism, exaggeration and inertia. Even in rare constructive moments, the discussions are primarily limited to factual and technical analysis. This overriding focus on supposedly “objective” parameters only serves to blunt the effectiveness of our responses.

The European Science Foundation’s recently completed Responses to Environmental


Why Having a Great Retirement is Harder than it Sounds

As more and more American workers reflect on their ability to secure a financially comfortable retirement, the mismatch between when they think they will retire and when they actually do provokes both concern and reflection. Retirement ages have undoubtedly increased over the past decade — a 2015 analysis by the Centre for Retirement Research at


Integrity Action – What Are We Going To Do About Corruption?

The Global Corruption Barometer survey across 107 countries found that, in 2013, in 51 of these nations, people perceived political parties to be among the institutions most affected by corruption. Bribery, corruption, theft and tax evasion cost developing countries $1.26 trillion per year, sufficient to lift the 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25


West-Eastern Divan Orchestra: Building Bonds Across Deep Divides

Founded by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim in 1999 as an experiment in coexistence, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a unique enterprise. Since its inception, it has given about 176 public performances across a range of impressive venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the General Assembly Hall at the United Nations, among


Big Data – Delivering Hard Facts about the Soft Dimensions of Human Behaviour

With an exponential increase in the ability to gather, store, access and analyse data, our societies have entered a new phase of “self-expression”, feedbacks, and decision making capabilities. From dearth to an unending torrent of data, the march has been exceedingly swift. In fact we are submerged in digital networks, consuming and creating data at


International Wage Equality: Concrete Facts Accompany Vague Optimism

Some might argue that greater convergence of international wages is essential for the achievement of a more just and balanced world economy. The perceived injustice of a system where 0.00000004% of the world’s population has as much wealth as the poorest 42% of the world’s people is a cause for alarm. True sustainability of both


Smart Development for Africa: Building Entrepreneurship at MEST

As Africa awakes to its enormous promises and confronts the challenges that it must surmount, the recent World Economic Forum Africa Summit in 2013 reflected on how Africa’s entrepreneurs can be transformed into global champions.

The key points that emerged were that, though entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in Africa, there are significant difficulties and barriers that entrepreneurs must confront. Lack of access