Posted on February 12, 2005 - 11:10pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Yasmin Moll
February 2005 | Egypt Today, Vol #26, Issue 02

TF! Editorial Comment: The almost irresistible march toward democracy continues to sweep through many of the remaining autocratic and anachronistic states. It is a march that has shown the important role of an active civil society. That this advance has come at the expense of much suffering--by those who hold to the promise of participatory democracy—seems to be a common feature that has also contributed to fundamental and lasting change. The following article explores the mind of one such long-suffering reformer and holds much hope for the future of one of the oldest civilizations.
Posted on January 8, 2005 - 11:39pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Diane Smith
January 3, 2005 | Fort Worth Star Telegram

TF! Editorial Comment: Think globally and act locally has been one of the rallying cries of a new global citizenship. It can take on many forms. In the article below, young graduates and college students are reaching across the globe to help a community in Uganda achieve self-reliance.
Posted on January 8, 2005 - 11:37pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Kate Saunders
January 4, 2005 | Wayne Suburban Newspapers, PA

TF! Editorial Comment: A brief tour of the self-help section of the bookstore speaks volumes about how many people are struggling to find purpose and meaning in life--passion for what they are doing--amidst the demands of the "real world". Following one's heart and passion often leads to "unconventional" paths. In the article below, one young woman was drawn to South Africa and is making a difference there working with teenage mothers.
Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:45pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Heidi Kingstone
December 20, 2004 | Independent Online, South Africa

TF! Editorial Comment: The controversy that highlighted the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Wangari Muta Maathai for her successful tree planting and environmental protection program inadvertently helped to underscore the power of integral sustainable development as a framework for global equity, world peace and poverty alleviation among others. That these successes should be achieved in an African setting where the world has despaired for any kind of development is further testament to its power--and logic. As the article discusses, it is because Maathai has seen that these problems are inescapably interconnected and call for a holistic vision and a more comprehensive framework and approach.
Posted on December 18, 2004 - 11:38pm :: ISD-Societal Change | Individual | ISD-World Affairs | Human
By Jean Houston
Fall/Winter 2004 issue | Kosmos Journal

TF! Editorial Comment: Leadership is a hot topic precisely because it is recognized as a key factor in achieving success in any undertaking. The rapidly changing social situation that we find ourselves in today necessitates the emergence of creative, flexible and skillful leaders who can create and realize a vision. As the article below discusses, new capacities for leadership and social artistry must be nurtured to draw out the real human potential necessary to build a sustainable future.