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Visionaries

Solving the world's problems requires vision, and not just one. We want to hear yours. Join our team of leading environmentalists and visionaries by sharing your vision for the future with us. By collecting your ideas, we believe we can channel our collective energy into action.

Visions

Societal and technological transformation in the face of climate change will be won or lost in our cities and urban communities. This is not just because of the global urban demographic shift with more than 50 percent of the population now living in urban conditions, or because cities contribute around 70 to 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is as much to do with the growing economic and political importance of cities.1,2,3...

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), women have made progress toward establishing equal access to economic opportunities, especially with regard to access to education. Over the past decade, MENA governments have invested about 5.3 percent of their GDP in education—the highest percentage in the world.1

A 2007 report by the World Bank called attention to the rapid gains made by MENA countries:

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Featured Interviews

Kurdish filmmakers Shara Amin and Nabaz Ahmed spent 10 years on the roads of Kurdistan speaking to women and men about the impact of female genital mutilation (FGM) on their lives, their children and their marriages. "It took a lot of time to convince them to speak to us. This was a very taboo subject. Speaking about it on camera was a very brave thing to do,” they told The Guardian. Their film, A Handful of Ash, changed the law in Kurdistan, and may have reduced the practice by as much as 50...
With support from organizations such as the Omidyar Network, Esra’a Al Shafei has become a leading internet activist in the Middle East. She is founder of Migrant-Rights, which aims to improve the quality of life for domestic workers in the Middle East. Based in Bahrain, Al Shafei grew up appalled by the mistreatment of foreign workers and how little was being done about it. She decided to use the power of the internet to make a change, and since then has launched several more sites, including...

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Reader Visions

The industrial revolution is dead! Burning fossils for fuel, stuffing our bodies with poisoned factory food and filling our homes with toxic possessions; pillaging and...
Co-Existence Model of Ecologically and Socially Sustainable Earth. (updated draft of "'Evolving' the Ideal Earth Design: Ensuring Transparency".) online http://www.modelearth...
The Need for Designing the Future Collaboratively: To Whom the Future of the Earth Might Concern. (online www.ModelEarth.Org ) I propose that the differences that there exist...

Editorials

Thomas Piketty's Great Inequality Debate is Missing a Solution
Smart Economics and Women's Empowerment
Connecting the Solution to the Problem
Disaster Resilience: Reflections from a National Conference
Solving the Climate Crisis at a Profit
Full Spectrum Sustainability— Developing Working Models for Community Transformation
The Next System Question and the New Economy Movement
The Deadline Script in Environmental Communications

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