Nov 3, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: We increasingly hear the terms "knowledge worker," "knowledge economy," and "knowledge society" among other terms describing the fundamental role of knowledge (as distinct from mere information) in building human and social capital. This is the often overlooked role of culture including education in achieving integral sustainable development. The article below discusses a new UNESCO report that affirms the emergent importance of the knowledge society and the consequent necessity of bridging knowledge divides for sustainable human development.
October 19, 2005 | CommonDreams.org
TF! Editorial Comment: Although the annual Bioneers conference finished over a week ago, the event continues to reverberate for those who took part. This event and others like it, serve to educate, to highlight innovation and to bring people together who are committed to social change. The article below is one reporter's notebook of the 2005 event held in San Francisco.
14 October 2005 | AlterNet.org
TF! Editorial Comment: We ignore nature and ecological processes at our peril. This is only one of many lessons brought home by recent disasters, which are wake-up calls for claiming true human, social and environmental security--in short, true sustainability. In the article below, Bioneer founder Kenny Ausubel makes an urgent plea for a return to life values –- a re-imagined world of one "no" and many "yeses."
October 13, 2005 | AlterNet, CA
TF! Editorial Comment: The term Bioneers was conceived in order to convey the pioneering work of individuals who were emulating nature in the design of sustainable systems. The annual Bioneers conference, held over the weekend, seeks to highlight innovative individuals and initiatives and build connections and momentum for social change. In the interview below, the co-founders discuss the Bioneer's vision for sustainability and a response to the civilizational crisis facing humanity.
Oct 10, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: The WTO has been stymied in its march to a borderless world of "free trade." While civil society has long championed the alternative vision of "fair trade," a growing number of countries are also questioning the WTO path to development. In the article below, the upcoming WTO ministerial conference in Hong Kong is becoming the next flash point for competing visions of trade and development.