Posted on February 12, 2005 - 11:40pm :: Social Threefolding | Conscious
Endy M. Bayuni,
11 February 2005 | The Jakarta Post, New Delhi

TF! Editorial Comment: Recent headlines have been replete with references to Davos and Porto Alegre and the competing visions of globalization and development among civil society, government and business. While the World Social Forum is primarily a civil society gathering, the World Economic Forum tends to be associated with business and political leaders. In the article below, a relatively unknown effort referred to as the "Helsinki Process" seeks to build consensus through a tri-sectoral approach involving the three global powers – civil society, government and business.
Posted on January 8, 2005 - 11:38pm :: Social Threefolding | Conscious
January 3, 2005 | AME Info, United Arab Emirates

TF! Editorial Comment: Tri-sector partnerships among government, business and civil society are a social innovation that holds great potential for many activities that seek to build a more sustainable future. There is a danger, however, that one or more parties is pursuing a hidden agenda, but trust-building measures and performance indicators can create opportunities for authentic collaboration towards higher-level goals. In the article below, Shell Oil is building partnerships with local governments and civil society in the UAE under its concept of corporate social responsibility.
Posted on August 7, 2004 - 6:27pm :: Social Threefolding | Conscious
Rinaldo Brutoco
Spring/Summer 2004 | Kosmos Journal

TF! Editorial Comment: Many are beginning to see the tri-sectoral or threefold nature of global social life through the activity of civil society, governments and business. There is also increasing understanding of the essential and complementary roles of the institutions of culture, polity and economy in the pursuit of integral sustainable development. As the article below discusses, the balance of power is shifting and new paradigms are necessary in order to harness a growing global collective intelligence towards sustainable development. Economic power implies greater responsibility and business must be conducted "in a way that is sustainable for society and the planet."
Posted on July 17, 2004 - 11:37pm :: Social Threefolding | Conscious
Rory Sullivan and Michael Warner
09 July 2004 | OneWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: Conscious partnerships between business, government and civil society provide a means to achieving sustainable development outcomes in many countries. Coming from the economy, the polity and culture respectively, these development actors bring the necessary diversity of viewpoints to assure the best solutions. This presumes an authentic partnership with sustainable development as the goal. The article below discusses partnerships in the context of poverty reduction and partnerships in extractive industries which do not address the full potential of civil society, government, business partnerships for sustainable development.
June 10, 2004 | OneWorld

TF! Editorial Comment: The global demand for wood products has contributed to widespread deforestation. Sustainable forestry practices have not become widespread enough to alter this alarming trend. Part of the problem is connected with marketing, consumer education and certification. In the article below, a new effort that involves civil society, government and business is attempting to change this situation in the Americas, in what could be a model for other regions as well.