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Solar Panels for Every Home

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As we rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, let’s reduce our dependence on the grid.
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Communication for Sustainable Social Change
We study communication, society and culture to effectively enhance knowledge transfer and bring about sustainable social change.
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How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world's poorest children

How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world's poorest children | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A UNICEF report says global progress on child survival and reducing poverty has left behind some of the world's poorest children.
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Development communication

See also Communication for social change Development communication refers to the use of communication to facilitate social development.Development communicat...
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Secret aid worker: How can we fight inequality if we live as privileged expats?

Secret aid worker: How can we fight inequality if we live as privileged expats? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
After starting out wanting to reduce poverty, aid workers often find themselves living a lifestyle unimaginable back home. Does this cause more harm than good?
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During your work time you are trying to address issues related to poverty and war, but in your free time you and your friends go out and get drunk, laugh, dance, are very loud and behave like teenagers who recently found freedom. You see expatriates taking home local prostitutes at the end of the night. You ask yourself what kind of values you are projecting and what kind of impression you are leaving on the local people, but then you get too drunk to care all that much.

 
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Going off grid: Tata researchers tackle rural electrification

Going off grid: Tata researchers tackle rural electrification | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
At MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design, researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to rural communities in India using microgrids. By Kathryn M. O'Neill This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of Energy Futures magazine.
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A recap of Davos 2016

A recap of Davos 2016 | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Some of the highlights from the Forum's Annual Meeting.
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More inequality, more instability, more uncertainty ahead ...

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‘The EU Is on the Verge of Collapse’—An Interview

‘The EU Is on the Verge of Collapse’—An Interview | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Soros: The EU is on the verge of collapse. The Greek crisis taught the European authorities the art of muddling through one crisis after another. This practice is popularly known as kicking the can down the road, although it would be more accurate to describe it as kicking a ball uphill so that it keeps rolling back down.
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"There is a revolution going on in the social sciences .... With the help of the natural sciences, mankind has gained control over the forces of nature but our ability to govern ourselves has not kept pace with the achievements of natural science. We have the capacity to destroy our civilization and we are well on the way to doing so".

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11 Reasons Why 2015 Was a Great Year For Humanity — Future Crunch — Medium

11 Reasons Why 2015 Was a Great Year For Humanity - Future Crunch - Medium
We are living through the most astonishing period of human progress in history. And nobody’s telling us about it.
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China power audit: The hard and the soft - BBC News

China power audit: The hard and the soft - BBC News | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
China wields huge influence on the international stage - but has trouble portraying a positive message, says Carrie Gracie.
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The Guardian view on COP 21 climate talks: saving the planet in a fracturing world | Editorial

The Guardian view on COP 21 climate talks: saving the planet in a fracturing world | Editorial | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Editorial: Globalisation has been spinning into reverse. But the Paris talks illustrate the potential of determined diplomacy between jealously sovereign states
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One of the best thoughtfully argued summaries I have read so far!

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Sombath’s Work | Sombath Somphone | ສົມບັດ ສົມພອນ

Sombath’s Work | Sombath Somphone | ສົມບັດ ສົມພອນ | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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Sombath Somphone disappeared three years ago on 12 December 2012.  He was last seen at a road-checkpoint in Vientiane on his way home. Sombath founded Participatory Development Training Centre (PADETC) in Vientiane in 1996 to foster sustainable, equitable, and self-reliant development in Laos.

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Development Aid on the Decline, Warns New Study | Inter Press Service

Development Aid on the Decline, Warns New Study | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
s an emerging trend in EU countries to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.
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There is an emerging trend in EU countries to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

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Millennium development goals: the final countdown | The Guardian

Millennium development goals: the final countdown | The Guardian | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Latest Millennium development goals: the final countdown news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs

Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
@who | #Health in 2015: from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals https://t.co/6xNEDGZfBi - #publichealth
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The Lesson from Davos: No Connection to Reality | Inter Press Service

The Lesson from Davos: No Connection to Reality | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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The rich and powerful had all the necessary data for focusing on existential issues for the planet and its inhabitants. Yet they failed to do so. This is a powerful example of the disconnection between the concern of citizens and their elite. The political and financial system is more and more self reverent: but is also fast losing legitimacy in the eyes of many people.  What is increasingly at stage is democracy itself? Are we entering in a Weimar stage of the world?

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World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights

World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
(Istanbul) – The politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015.
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Calling time on the World Economic Forum

Calling time on the World Economic Forum | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
“The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed,” wrote someone (apparently not Mahatma Gandhi). But it’s still true. The World Economic Forum has just met in Davos and, in anticipation, Oxfam released a damning report duly ignored by the political and corporate business leaders who took part. Oxfam’s briefing paper “An…
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In previous years, the World Economic Forum has been accused of being threadbare. Now, it is naked but unashamed. Time for a change.

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While Global Temperatures Rise, the Poor Burn Faster

While Global Temperatures Rise, the Poor Burn Faster | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Inequality is growing about as fast as the world is warming. That’s no coincidence, according to the latest analysis of the global wealth gap by Oxfam.
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 The richest 62 people have as much money as half the world’s population. And that lopsided distribution of capital is throwing the world’s ecology off-balance as well.

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Seven Top Challenges Facing African Women | Inter Press Service

Seven Top Challenges Facing African Women | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Economic exclusion; financial systems that perpetuate their discrimination; limited participation in political and public life; lack of access to education and poor retention of girls in schools; gender-based violence; harmful cultural practices,...
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Wilson Perspectives: The Paris Climate Agreement

Wilson Perspectives: The Paris Climate Agreement | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
With COP21, Paris has placed renewed commitment on the shoulders of the largest developed and developing economies and embraced the aspirations of the most vulnerable nations. Wilson Perspectives: The Paris Climate Agreement outlines how Paris has forged an accord that, despite its shortcomings, provides for a global architecture to build a safe, prosperous, and climate-resilient future.
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Top Ten P2P Trends of 2015 - P2P Foundation

Top Ten P2P Trends of 2015 - P2P Foundation | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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We're particularly happy this year to see the strengthening of post-corporate business eco-systems that are co-creating commons. As we confront climate change, the capacity to drastically diminish our use of matter/energy resources, while allowing the world population to lead decent lives, point to the need to use and integrate the various elements of peer production and open source, to drastically augment the 'thermo-dynamic efficiencies' of our way of producing resources. While we are still very far away for such an alternative system to replace the failing old one, the good news is that the transition has started nearly everywhere, and that civil society is responding to the combined market and state failures.

 
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COP 21 Should be making People Ask: ‘Where Does My Turkey Come From?’ | Inter Press Service

COP 21 Should be making People Ask: ‘Where Does My Turkey Come From?’ | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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‘A major leap for mankind’: world leaders hail Paris deal on climate | Environment | The Guardian

‘A major leap for mankind’: world leaders hail Paris deal on climate | Environment | The Guardian | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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Climate scientists and activists cautioned that while the agreement was unexpectedly ambitious, the measures did not go far enough. 

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Opinion: Address Development and Climate Crises Together | Inter Press Service

Opinion: Address Development and Climate Crises Together | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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The Millennium Development Goals Deadline Has Arrived… How Did We Do?

The Millennium Development Goals Deadline Has Arrived… How Did We Do? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Asia and the Pacific has had some phenomenal successes in achieving Millennium Development Goal targets, but the region continues to struggle in many areas that are vital to prosperity and social development. ...
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