Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:57pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
By William Baue
December 22, 2004 | Social Funds

TF! Editorial Comment: Many articles are pointing to the power of the business community, of ethical entrepreneurship, to conquer poverty and advance sustainability. Microfinance initiatives, for one, are mobilizing credit to directly empower micro-entrepreneurs. There are limitless opportunities to leverage economic processes to sustainably meet real human needs and mobilize resources for cultural development including education. In the article below, a recent book is extolling the unique opportunity for business to lead the way in addressing pressing social and environmental issues like poverty.
Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:53pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Michael Mendizza
2004 | Touch the Future

TF! Editorial Comment: The clamor for educational reform is being heard in societies across the globe. Most current graduates lack the talents, skill and creativity needed to address the human, social and environmental challenges that are emerging in our rapidly changing world. As the article below discusses, no less than a revolution in education and parenting is needed so that learning is taken seriously as a life-long process, and only thusly empowered, can creative, responsible and caring adults can lead us forward into a sustainable future.
Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:50pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Economics
Thalif Deen
Dec 20, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Ever since the thawing of the cold war, global power relations have shifted to economics and trade where developed nations continue to maintain their advantages. These predominantly northern countries have dominated agendas in global trade through organizations like the WTO, the World Economic Forum and even through multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and IMF. This only enhances their domination of key UN bodies such as the UN Security Council. The article below outlines the significant and extensive organization among developing countries around issues of trade and development where some successes are already manifested. But without deconstructing the prevailing paradigm of neo-liberal economics, south-south cooperation may just continue the process of wealth concentration and disparity without addressing the fundamental challenge of poverty much less genuine sustainable development.
Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:48pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human
Tina Arceo-Dumlao
19 December 2004 | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TF! Editorial Comment: The article below is part of a series that features CEOs who have taken to heart their corporate social responsibilities and see this as more than just token gestures for public relations and tax avoidance schemes. They are perhaps the exception rather than the rule, but a confirmation nevertheless of the transformative power of the individual and the essential role of the private sector in the development of the country and the alleviation of poverty. Interestingly, those who have proven successful, see to it that they work closely with both civil society and the government rather than go it alone. This too is a sign of the future where authentic partnerships contribute to sustainable development.
Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:46pm :: ISD-Philippines | Human
By Maria Congee S. Gomez
19 Dec 2004 | Philippine Daily Inquirer

TF! Editorial Comment: Organic farming practices are as varied as they are geographically dispersed. These practices are part of a sustainable agriculture movement that promotes a truly healthy way of life that can address the current ills of the agricultural sector and even the problems of the Filipino peasant. As the article discusses, there are numerous precious examples of personal journeys of transformation in reaction to current societal ills that show that change can happen anywhere.
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 25, 2004 - 8:43pm :: ISD-World Affairs | Society
Ranjit Devraj
Dec 16, 2004 | IPS

TF! Editorial Comment: Indigenous or traditional knowledge systems (IKS), though not science-based in the conventional sense, have served numerous populations well and continue to do so in many capacities. This is partly due to the fact they draw their wisdom and practices from local culture, spirituality and an innate understanding of and communion with nature. As discussed in the article below, while more modern--and perhaps more efficient--systems and procedures have gradually displaced IKS, many rural communities continue to prefer traditional practices like giving birth at home where intimacy, familiarity and frugality win out over "modernity" and the commodification of these essential services and rituals. But the article also shows that a good mix of traditional practices and modern systems can provide the best of both worlds.
Posted on December 25, 2004 - 8:41pm :: Editorial
25 December 2004

Over two thousand years ago, Julius Caesar, ignoring the directives of the Roman Senate, crossed the Rubicon, defeated his rivals, and inaugurated one of the most powerful periods in Roman history.

A few decades after him, a baby was born in that part of the Roman Empire known today as Israel. Born of relatively unknown parents, this baby could have been just another of the thousands of babies born within the ambit of the Empire. But the visit of three kings from the East, among others, indicated that this baby boy was not an ordinary infant. And true enough, this baby, Jesus Christ, grew up and was heralded as the long awaited Savior of the Jews.
Posted on December 19, 2004 - 10:20pm :: Contributors
By Panjee Tapales Lopez
19 December 2004 | The Philippine STAR

Two weeks ago I wrote about Karangalan, a conference and festival designed to dispel the hopelessness plaguing the Philippines. It will be a 3-day affair of workshops, exhibits, music, dance, etc. –all showcasing the best in the Filipino. This project celebrates extraordinary Filipinos doing extraordinary things here and abroad.