September 15, 2005 | Christian Science Monitor
TF! Editorial Comment: Culture is the realm of ideas values, worldviews, identity, ethics, art, and spirituality among others. This is the realm of civil society and cultural power in contradistinction to the political power of government and the economic power of business. The autonomous interaction of these three institutions in pursuit of integral sustainable development constitutes threefolding. In the article below, the author points to the rise of civil society in the U.S. context as an answer to the "values-vacuum" created by narrow pursuit of economic and political power especially corporate-driven globalization and U.S. unilateralism—a development with the power to transform social life.
Sep 12, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: We have been regularly commenting on the emergent qualities of global civil society as a third social force alongside States and Markets. Global social phenomena are reinforcing this new map of the social terrain, although existing social structures and processes still have a long way to go. As discussed in the article below, tensions are evident in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) as it tries to address the information gap and internet governance among others. But it is perhaps more interesting to note the formal participation of government, business and civil society--each bringing a different (though sometimes convergent) point of view to the process.
Sep 6, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)
TF! Editorial Comment: The Helsinki Process was envisioned as a way to promote inclusive and equitable globalisation through dialogue and partnership, between governments, civil society and the private sector. These and similar efforts implicitly recognize the three types of power contending to shape globalization and global development today, namely--political, cultural and economic. In the article below, the focus is on the Helsinki Conference 2005 which hopes to move the process forward.
Jun 3, 2005 | Inter Press Service News Agency
TF! Editorial Comment: The TruthForce! framework for integral sustainable development highlights the importance of enhancing the interaction among business, government and civil society as part of social threefolding. The emergence of global civil society as a third force is changing the concept and practice of governance--a development not lost on the U.N.'s Kofi Annan as discussed below. Buoyed by past successes, civil society is mobilizing to address a range of key global issues creating new opportunities for principled collaboration and for involving young people in the challenges that define our times.
TF! Editorial Comment: There is an increasing recognition that many problems transcend the ability of any one institution--or sphere of society--acting alone to solve. And in many cases, innovative partnerships are showing a way forward that mobilizes different capacities and perspectives in a creative process that often works toward sustainable development. In the article below, the Clinton Global Initiative is attempting to bring together government, business and civil society in an effort to address global challenges.