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What Makes Finland’s Teachers So Much Better Than Everyone Else’s?

What Makes Finland’s Teachers So Much Better Than Everyone Else’s?
by Vic Bishop
Posted November 30, 2015

Finland gets education rightFinland’s school system is swiftly becoming the envy of the world, primarily because of their willingness to experiment with alternatives to formal education to discover if different methods and approaches work better than the strict government controlled academic model. Teaching is a highly valued profession in this Northern European nation, and all over the world teachers come to Finland to tour Finnish schools in order to improve their work at home.

Simply put, Finland’s teachers are better than everyone else’s because the government and the people of the nation have developed a strong revere for this most important of professions and consider teacher training to be of utmost importance.

Can you imagine a world where teachers and educators are more influential and important to society than investment bankers and politicians? More…

What If We Owned the Internet Together? It’s Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web

What If We Owned the Internet Together? It’s Time to Bring the Co-op Revolution to the Web
by Nathan Schneider and Trebor Scholz
Posted November 23, 2015

Internet is a community resourceOver and over, this is what happens with the most promising new technologies. From the telegraph to radio and television, early adopters imagine a coming reign of freedom and democracy. But then investors buy in and monopolies rise up, extracting profits above all and suppressing the next generations of innovators, at least until the next “disruption.”

A different online economy is possible. Especially since the onset of the Great Recession, we’re living through a renaissance of solidarity economies in the United States and around the world. The flourishing of farmers markets, benefit corporations, credit unions, and fair trade demonstrates the longing for enterprise that serves the common good, rather than merely rolling in profits for the few. A bedrock of any solidarity economy is the old idea of cooperativism—sharing ownership among those affected by an enterprise and governing it democratically. More…

Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations

Fracking Goes on Trial for Human Rights Violations
By Kathleen Dean Moore
Posted November 15, 2015

poisoning our water and lying about itWhen industry and governments persist in longstanding practices of silence and deception, it is important to uncover the factual and moral truths about their crimes. Kathleen Dean Moore asserts that the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on the human rights impact of fracking intends to do just that, and also explains why it matters.

As convoys of heavy trucks carry fracking equipment into new oil fields in neighborhoods and wildlands around the world, an alliance of human rights organizations is making plans to put the entire practice of hydraulic fracturing on trial. The court is the Permanent People’s Tribunal, a descendant of the Vietnam War-era International War Crimes Tribunal. The Peoples’ Tribunal is a branch of no government on Earth. It has no power of enforcement. It has no army, no prison, no sheriff. So what’s the point? More…

The Post-Wall Street Era Will be Local

The Post-Wall Street Era Will be Local
by Raphaël Souchier
Posted November 11, 2015

local is the futureChanging our actions requires understanding what generates them. “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root,” observed Thoreau. It is indeed at the root where wisdom wishes we would intervene. That is where we are acted upon, manipulated by our own fears. We fear being isolated, threatened by others and by a natural environment that we imagine to be inert, strange and hostile.

However, there is at least one other way to see things, just as realistic but more fecund: We are part of an ecosystem to which we are profoundly related and that permanently generates life. Instead of destroying it through ignorance and arrogance, it would be reasonable to honor it while observing it, respecting it and allowing it to inspire our action. David Korten mentioned this when we met: “This system is extraordinary in its ability to organize itself to capture and use local nutrients, water and energy in each area of the planet. It is extremely local. Seize the resources, use them, and trade them to preserve life through cooperative sharing. All these microsystems are interconnected, and in the end they constitute a global interdependent biosphere.” More…

10 Things Business Schools Must Teach About Sustainable Development

10 Things Business Schools Must Teach About Sustainable Development
by Terry F. Yosie
Posted November 3, 2015

sustainable communitiesThe acceleration of sustainable development initiatives across the global marketplace has stimulated a variety of responses from both global companies and business schools as they race to adapt to increasingly powerful demographic, economic and technological changes.

Yet the direct relationship between companies and business schools remains uneven, both in actions and in results. This is reflected in the often ad hoc nature of their collaboration, the differing approaches to teaching sustainable development, and the burgeoning need for new skill sets among graduates. More…

TPP signed: the ‘biggest global threat to the internet’ agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restrictions to the Internet

TPP signed: the ‘biggest global threat to the internet’ agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restrictions to the Internet
by Andrew Griffin
Posted October 22, 2015

TPP is NAFTA on steroidsAn agreement that some campaigners have called the “biggest global threat to the internet” has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers.

One particularly controversial part of the provisions make it a crime to reveal corporate wrongdoing “through a computer system”. Experts have pointed out that the wording is very vague, and could lead to whistleblowers being penalised for sharing important information, and lead to journalists stopping reporting on them. More…

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