Category: Current Issues

Protest against the military coup

A political refugee from Myanmar speaks out

The aftermath of the Myanmar coup On Oct. 18 the military junta of Myanmar, the southeast Asian country nestled between Thailand, India and Bangladesh, said it would free more than 5,600 people jailed for anti-regime activity, perhaps in response to its military leader, Min Aung Hlaing, being excluded from the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) October summit. https://www.iowapublicradio.org/news-from-npr/2021-10-18/myanmar-will-release-5-600-anti-regime-prisoners In February of this year, the…

The Invisible Hand Or Inclusive Flow? The Futures Of The World System

This essay is based on two speeches. First, for the Systems Change Alliance conference on the Beyond the Great Reset on May 16, 2021, and second for the International Conference on the World in 50 Years to honour Sakharov, June 4th, St. Petersburg. This essay first articulates the current planetary crisis. Then four alternative futures are developed. The first is the no change scenario, in…

Why should leaders care about Philosophy?

As leaders we are sometimes faced with big questions about life, direction, right and wrong etc. But if we just draw on our experience alone, we may not see the full picture. It’s helpful to have a basic understanding of philosophy to help guide us in the deeper questions we might want to ask in order to develop the best way forward For example, an…

The Pawn That Roars, Selfies And Amusement Parks, Or Localism and Soft Islam: The Futures of Afghanistan

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies at the Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Technology, Malaysia.Jose Ramos is the Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies, Taiwan.Roar Bjonnes is the co-founder of the Systems Change Alliance, London, UK.Satya Tanner is a former Squadron Leader of the Royal Australian Airforce. She is both a leadership development consultant, and currently works on offshore wind…

Sarkar on Afghanistan and the Status of Women

It has been heartbreaking to watch over the past few weeks scenes of desperation amongst ordinary Afghan civilians who are horrified to see the Taliban back in power in their beloved country. The younger generation in the capital city Kabul had grown up with freedom of movement, freedom of speech and expression, freedom of dress and the right to an education that are all now…