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The annual Global Risks Report published by the World Economic Forum has changed significantly over the years. It seems that our understanding of global risks keeps evolving—they are complex, highly interdependent, and difficult to quantify. Since Swiss Re is involved in producing this report, can...
Dr. Simon A. Levin, the George M. Moffett professor of biology at Princeton University, has recently been honored with the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his work "revealing the complexity of, and relationships between, species and ecosystems." Over his long and distinguished...
Raquel Castaneda Lopez, 32, is a first-term city councilwoman from Detroit, and is an example of the many young people pushing to revitalize Detroit through a sustainable approach. Castaneda has a BA from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in social work from the University of...
Turkey’s successful overhaul of its healthcare system to include universal coverage and improved services is receiving international plaudits. Once a primarily public system plagued with long lines, inadequate training, and heavy bureaucracy, Turkey has created a hybrid public/private system that...
Juliet Schor is a professor of sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her PhD in economics at the...
Working with their Hungarian colleagues, scientists Donella and Dennis Meadows organized the first meeting of the Balaton Group in Csopak, Hungary, in 1982. Donella died unexpectedly in 2001, and Dennis relinquished all his responsibilities for organizing and financing the group after its 25th...
James Lee Witt is the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Clinton administration (1993–2001). He is widely credited with turning FEMA from an unsuccessful bureaucratic agency to an internationally lauded, all-hazards disaster management agency. During his tenure,...
In 2010 Britain’s conservative government announced the development of a happiness index to measure progress and track the nation’s well-being. The project—the first of its kind in the UK—is intended to inform civil servants as to what makes people happy, and then aid them in considering happiness...
Founder and editor of Adbusters magazine, Kalle Lasn is largely credited for conceptualizing and starting the Occupy Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park, New York, which eventually spread around the world. Here, he talks to Solutions about his vision for the future. You have been trying to...
Perhaps one of the most well-known voices for the Left, Canadian Naomi Klein is an activist and author of several nonfiction works critical of consumerism and corporate activity, including the best sellers No Logo (2000) and Shock Doctrine (2007). In your cover story for the Nation last year, you...