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As readers of Solutions, we are well aware of the large social, economic, and environmental challenges that face us. Einstein told us we will need to use new ways of thinking to solve these problems. One of those ways comes from system dynamics.1 At its heart is a new way of thinking, dubbed "Systems Thinking" by Barry Richmond.2

To many, systems thinking may not seem like a new...

Documentary

YOZGAT, TURKEY – One of the last things that Arzu Boztas's husband said to her before he shot her was, "I won't kill you. I'll just make you crawl." He then shot his wife and the mother of his children six times in the arms and legs. When he went to trial, he argued that she had provoked him.

For many men in Turkey, that is enough of a winning argument. For years now, women's rights groups have been battling...

Noteworthy

The New York Public Library is an internationally renowned institution serving the equal exchange of human knowledge...

Rural communities in Eastern Uganda have long grappled with extreme poverty. Recognizing the potential of common...

Of the roughly 12,000 journalists working in Afghanistan, only about 2,000 are women, and none of them are employed...

Solar energy costs are at a record low in the US and the country's solar capacity is expected to double over the...

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Many hailed the recent UN climate change conference in Paris as a success, with a historic agreement adopted to keep...

Environment Ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries have come up with a joint declaration on environmental...

From Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to the World, exporting bits, not bites: Ooooby is on a mission to make local food...

Earlier this year, Samantha Elauf won a court case against upscale clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F)...

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In 1992, United States politics was abuzz with the energy of four newly elected women in the wake of a sexism-related controversy. The year prior, Clarence Thomas was sworn in as the 106th Supreme...
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Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology who has taught at Swarthmore College for nearly 45 years, is the author of numerous books synthesizing research in the social sciences, including psychology...
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Although our ignorance about climate disruption will always dwarf what we know, a staggering amount has been learned in the last three decades—not just scientific understanding of complex phenomena...
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"We're not that kind of Muslim!" ends the opening credits to Aasif Mandvi's Halal in the Family, a new web series battling anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States. The telling phrase sends out a...
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Communication technologies allow users to keep in touch with events occurring in far flung places of the world, no matter where they are. Now one country is using these same technologies to...
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Serving as mayor provides one with an array of opportunities to demean oneself on a regular basis—funny hats and dunk tanks tend to be involved. However, for me, and for most of the mayors I know,...
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In a faraway kingdom called Saudi Arabia, a young woman of 26 sits in her kitchen waiting for the oven timer to go off. "The order will be delivered at six o’clock," she texts her customer. She then...