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A Cooperative Movement for Everyone

Cooperatives by their definition and purpose seek the best benefit for their members, staff and owners. It’s all the better when these intentions are extended to the well-being of the wider community and the planet. These shared ideals are woven into the fabric of the Shi Jian Yun Shu (Sustainable Food) Consumers’ Cooperative in Hualien on the Eastern coast of Taiwan  http://coop.tcu.edu.tw/# Chiu Yie-Ru, an…

BEYOND COVID-19: THE TRANSITION TO GAIAN LEADERSHIP

By Prof. Sohail Inayatullah In late February 2020, with my colleague, futurist and epidemiologist Peter Black, we, wrote a piece on COVID-19 scenarios and implications. We started as our departure point asking the question, was this a black swan or predictable event? Our conclusion was that the emergence of this zoonotic disease with planetary political, financial, and health implications was not just utterly predictable but…

SCIENCE WITH INCLUSIVE STORIES:

A NARRATIVE ANALYSIS OF SUCCESSES AND FAILURES IN MANAGING THE PANDEMIC Ivana Milojevic and Sohail Inayatullah THE NARRATIVE CONTEXT During the global financial crisis over a decade ago, the Financial Times (Yergin: 2009) reported that at its heart this was a narrative crisis. How one creates national policy and strategy depends on the story one uses. Depending on the narrative used – i.e., a mortgage crisis, a…

On Patent Waivers

By Andy Douglas U.S. President Joe Biden has signalled his support for the suspension of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines, predictably angering pharmaceutical companies, which have seen rising profits during the crisis. Reuters reports that the industry’s biggest lobby group warned that Biden’s step would undermine the companies’ response to the pandemic and compromise safety. However, a report issued by the People’s Vaccine Alliance (a…

Act locally, think globally

By Lísia Castro When we approach a complex social problem, whose solutions depend on profound transformations in the way we think and act, it may sound utopian to imagine the world without it. Imagine a world without poverty, without hunger, without exploitation. Maybe we don’t feel able to act on all the fronts we think are necessary to face the problem or to integrate so…

Are we ready for a real reset?

By M. Pacheco Reading the news this morning, I came upon an article that sparked my interest. It was entitled: “No more business as usual: in ‘The Great Reset’ business schools must lead the way”. Following my curiosity, read through the article attentively (you can also read it here), and skepticism took over my mind. In the article, the two authors propose that, Business schools…

The “Great Reset” of Capitalism, by the capitalists

Francisco Dinis In Davos, Switzerland, the beginning of each year brings together the economic elite at the World Economic Forum (WEF), whose mission is to “improve the state of the world, to involve business leaders, politicians, academics and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industrial agendas”. In April 2020, the WEF published an article in which it argues that the COVID-19 pandemic…

The Bank that Broke Britain by Ian Fraser

Unlike many books that have been written about the 2007 financial crisis from an American perspective, this one takes the British angle through its story of the rise, collapse and bailout of the Royal Bank of Scotland. In his review, Tyler Shanks reveals why there is much more to the book than simply this narrative.
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