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The End of the ‘Developing World’

The End of the ‘Developing World’ | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it
The old labels no longer apply. Rich countries need to learn from poor ones.

 

BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their usefulness.” He’s right. If we want to understand the modern global economy, we need a better vocabulary.

Mr. Gates was making a point about improvements in income and gross domestic product; unfortunately, these formal measures generate categories that tend to obscure obvious distinctions. Only when employing a crude “development” binary could anyone lump Mozambique and Mexico together.

It’s tough to pick a satisfying replacement. Talk of first, second and third worlds is passé, and it’s hard to bear the Dickensian awkwardness of “industrialized nations.” Forget, too, the more recent jargon about the “global south” and “global north.” It makes little sense to counterpose poor countries with “the West” when many of the biggest economic success stories in the past few decades have come from the East.

All of these antiquated terms imply that any given country is “developing” toward something, and that there is only one way to get there.

It’s time that we start describing the world as “fat” or “lean.”


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Hoy en día poca claridad de dónde exactamente queda y quiénes son? 

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Steven McGreevy's curator insight, March 7, 2014 4:49 AM

Fat and Lean nations...  let's see if it sticks...

Joanne Wegener's curator insight, March 7, 2014 5:03 AM

Fat or Lean - what sort of world do we live in

An interesting discussion on the way we perceive and label the world.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:46 AM

UPDATE: this article (from the Atlantic) on the exact same concept would supplement the NY Times article nicely.  

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Responsabilité sociale des entreprises : montrer sa transparence

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20 millones de archivos multimedia gratis es lo que ofrece Wikimedia Commons

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Wikimedia Commons es una gran plataforma donde se puede tener acceso a más de 20 millones de archivos multimedia de libre uso. Los estudiantes pueden utilizar estos recursos para la búsqueda de imágenes, sonidos y clips de reutilización en sus proyectos multimedia en clase. Mientras que la mayor parte del contenido de Wikimedia Commons está en dominio público o bajo licencias de contenido abierto, los estudiantes deben verificar, no obstante, el estado de derecho de autor de cada imagen tal como lo harían en la obtención de imágenes a partir de otras fuentes.


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Hotel Marketing Trends to Watch in 2015

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It’s that time of year again – the period in which we reflect back on 2014 and prepare for what 2015 will bring, and what it’ll mean for hotel marketers. Our new eBook, “Show, Share, Stand Out: The Most Important Hotel Marketing Trends to Watch in 2015,” looks at the core topics that will define 2015 that your hotel can’t afford to miss out on.


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This class describes the science of global warming and the forecast for humans’ impact on Earth’s climate. Intended for an audience without much scientific background but a healthy sense of curiosity, the class brings together insights and perspectives from physics, chemistry, biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, and even some economics—all based on a foundation of simple mathematics (algebra).


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Gabriole Van Bryce's curator insight, September 29, 2014 7:41 PM

Excellent and free-for-everyone-worldwide course on Climate Change.

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How Whales Change Climate | George Monbiot

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The astonishing story of how whales keep the oceans alive – and alter the composition of the atmosphere.

 

Written and narrated by George Monbiot. Produced and directed by SustainableHuman.


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Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport

Moshe Safdie Creates Spectacular Bio Dome for Singapore Airport | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it

Moshe Safdie is famous for his iconic Montreal housing complex Habitat ’67, and he is still creating innovative large-scale urban projects around the world. The latest project his firm, Safdie Architects, has debuted is the design for development at Singapore's Changi Airport. The scheme aims to create a public gathering space with gardens, retail stores, hotel, restaurants, and entertainment that will lure travelers, airport employees, and local residents.

The glass dome will encompass a space of 134,000 square meters and houses a 130-foot-high waterfall. The dome's curved shape, recalling the tradition of glass conservatories, provides inherent structural strength to the glass and steel structure. Tree-like structural columns in a ring support the dome while a suspended roof covers the adjacent atrium space.

The space also showcases natural elements: walking trails travel through an indoor topography of trees, palms, and ferns called "Forest Valley". The different elements — dining, accommodations, and retail — are spread throughout the structure so as to give each of them impressive views of the natural features.


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Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

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Big history allows us to see how young we really are, and how little we really know, therefore a lesson in caution for the next decades

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Why do businesses fail? This applies to business ethics as well ...

Why do businesses fail? This applies to business ethics as well ... | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it
One of the main reasons for exsisting business to fail is often neglect, in all kinds of variations. Neglect to (re)act on the change they see surrounding their branche or company. Neglect because

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Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design

Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it

The Future Living house took twenty six designers to create it, with every technologic leap analyzed to make sure all proposals were possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location with water using gravity to generate pressure and energy harvested from solar and wind. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall.


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Zsolt Tinelly's curator insight, January 1, 2:43 PM

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América Latina avanza en la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa - Noticias Bancarias

América Latina avanza en la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa - Noticias Bancarias | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it
En los últimos años, la responsabilidad social corporativa (RSC) ha progresado en América Latina, las empresas han comenzado a prestar más atención a temas como el comportamiento ético de la empresa, las condiciones de los trabajadores, el...
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La Responsabilidad Social Corporativa y las Redes Sociales

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How Many Gigatons of CO2 before....? - Infographic

How Many Gigatons of CO2 before....? - Infographic | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it
How much Co2 are we emitting? How much is left in the ground? And what will happen if we release it? Everything about global warming in one infographic.

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Claude Emond's curator insight, October 27, 2014 6:36 PM

How Many Gigatons of #CO2 before....?  

Brace yourself !

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How Many Gigatons of #CO2 before....? - (Infographic) Brace yourself !

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A Graphic Showing the World's Vanishing Wildlife

A Graphic Showing the World's Vanishing Wildlife | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it

The toll of human activity on the world's wildlife population over the past 40 years is devastating. The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) recently released "2014 Living Planet Report"  shows that between 1970 and 2010, the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe has dropped a shocking 52 percent.


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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 16, 2014 5:52 AM

It's capital, the real capital, and it's disappearing #naturalcapital

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When talking about "Global Warming" we think of the wrong processes—we take the median to be the issue, when in fact it's the weather extremes that cause the greatest havoc—yet still, "Climate Change" does not give the full picture, either. "Climate" refers to one meta-process, while "Change" is a word that many embrace as potentially positive. "Planetary Upheaval" may be a more generally accurate description of what we are facing.

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Responsabilidad Social Corporativa. RSC - Componente Creativo - Blog

La responsabilidad social corporativa es una parte de las empresas que últimamente está en auge.
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Les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030 État par État

Les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030 État par État | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it

EXCLUSIF / Euractiv a pu se procurer les documents de négociations révélant les positions de chaque État membre sur les objectifs énergie-climat pour 2030. La semaine prochaine, les dirigeants européens tenteront de trouver un accord sur ces objectifs lors du sommet européen.


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Stéphane NEREAU's curator insight, October 19, 2014 4:36 AM

Le cadre européen pour l'énergie et le climat à l'horizon 2030 prévoit un objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 40 % par rapport au niveau de 1990, une amélioration de l'efficacité énergétique de 30 %, enfin une augmentation de la part des énergies renouvelables de 27 % dans le mix énergétique de l'UE.

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:57 AM

En fixant un objectif minimum à atteindre, les États membres souhaitent éviter tout plafonnement des objectifs. Par exemple, cela signifie que les gaz à effet de serre devraient être réduits de 43 à 51 % d’ici 2030 par rapport au niveau de 1990.

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Le cadre européen pour l'énergie et le climat à l'horizon 2030 prévoit un objectif de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 40 % par rapport au niveau de 1990, une amélioration de l'efficacité énergétique de 30 %, enfin une augmentation de la part des énergies renouvelables de 27 % dans le mix énergétique de l'UE.

 
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Your savings could be financing all sorts of unsavory companies, depending on the bank they're with.

Your savings could be financing all sorts of unsavory companies, depending on the bank they're with. | #Un Mundo Socialmente Responsable | Scoop.it
Your savings could be financing all sorts of unsavory companies, depending on the bank they're with. Ethical banking aims to make lending policies more transparent.

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CSR FOR Bank System, THE most inpunit Industry. 

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