Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice - Australian Human Rights Commission The position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner was created by the federal parliament in December 1992 – a response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the National Inquiry into Racist Violence. It was also a response to the extreme social and economic disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians. Social justice is about making sure that every Australian – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – has choices about how they live and the means to make those choices. EU finance and sustainable development Banking & Finance Reforming our financial system to make it safer, more sustainable, and socially useful. More Community Currencies
Thoughts About Think Tanks: Are They Biased? Click 2x What Is a Think Tank? We've all heard of think tanks, but many people don't know exactly what think tanks do and what their influence is over public opinion and policies. A think tank is an organization that conducts research and attempts to influence public policy in many different areas including business and finance, economics, education, fiscal policy, defense, security, technology, science, foreign affairs, health and science and political strategy.
Just Change India - Welcome to JC Just Change ......... A grassroots response to the global economy that has left the vast majority of people powerless, with little or no control over the factors that influence their lives. With growth and financial gain having become the driving force behind all economic activity, this faceless market economy has slowly eroded our sense of community. EU Financial Reforms From January 2010 on, a consortium of six European non governmental organisations is working on the development impact of the financial crisis and of the current financial reforms in a joint project, “Towards a Global Finance System at the Service of Sustainable Development”. The project is co-funded by the European Union. The financial crisis originated in developed countries but also affects heavily emerging economies and developing countries. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are under threat because poverty and unemployment increase dramatically as a result of the crisis. The EU should ensure that European rescue and stimulus packages remain coherent with development concerns, EU development policy and MDGs. In order to tackle the causes of the crisis and to reach a more sustainable economic development, new regulation and supervisory measures for the financial markets should be implemented at the EU and global level.
Zeitgeist 3 : Moving Forward ~ Documentary Film "Zeitgeist 3: Moving Forward", by director Peter Joseph, is a feature length documentary film which will present a case for a much needed transition out of the current socioeconomic monetary paradigm which governs the entire world society. This subject matter will transcend the issues of cultural relativism and traditional ideology and move to relate the core, empirical "life ground" attributes of human and social survival, extrapolating those immutable natural laws into a new sustainable social paradigm called a "Resource-Based Economy". On January 15th, 2011, "Zeitgeist: Moving Forward" was released theatrically to sold out crowds in 60 countries; 31 languages; 295 cities and 341 Venues. It has been noted as the largest non-profit independent film release in history.
Module 11: Indigenous knowledge & sustainability Introduction Sophisticated knowledge of the natural world is not confined to science. Human societies all across the globe have developed rich sets of experiences and explanations relating to the environments they live in. The Missing Dimension: How European Financial Reforms Ignore Developing Countries and Sustainability by Myriam Vander Stichele affiliation not provided to SSRNOctober 2, 2011 Abstract: On the eve of the G20 Summit in Cannes, SOMO has analysed the European Union’s financial reform process, agreed on by the G20, in its new report The missing dimension. How European financial reforms ignore developing countries and sustainability. SOMO concludes that the EU’s financial reforms have been not only much too slow and too weak – aggravating the debt and bank problems in the Eurozone.
The Problem with “Zeitgeist” The Zeitgeist Movement is now ubiquitous. Everywhere I turn, I hear alienated youth having dialogue about this phenomenon, and I opened a local free newspaper recently to find an article about college dropouts who drive a bus around the country promoting the movement’s ideas. There is a of course a great irony in this movement: “Zeitgeist” has all but replaced the fringe-groups discussing September 11th being an inside-job and other irrelevant “conspiracies” (of course the conspiracy industry is reluctant to acknowledge the two greatest public conspiracies: capital and the State). In other words, the anti-political fiction du-jour has had quite the metamorphosis. Alex Jones, one of the entrepreneurs of the conspiracy industry and proponents of “New World Order” “theory” (if ever a word was so bastardized), has been dethroned by Peter Joseph and his hypothetical technological utopia. Joseph, too, has drastically changed his tune.
Endogenous Development Endogenous development is based on local peoples’ own criteria for change and their vision for well-being based on the material, social and spiritual aspects of their livelihoods but in a constant and dynamic interface with external actors and the world around them. Endogenous development seeks to overcome a western bias by making peoples’ worldviews and livelihood strategies the starting point for development. Endogenous development moves beyond integrating traditional knowledge in mainstream development and seeks to build biocultural approaches that originate from local peoples worldviews and their relationship with the earth. Organisations can support and strengthen the endogenous development that is already present within the communities, promoting the interface between tradition and modernity. In doing so, endogenous development emphasises the cultural aspects within the development process, in addition to the ecological, social and economic aspects.
From banking reform to sustainable finance > Friends of Europe > Friends of Europe The 2011 recession has re-opened the debate about a more radical reform of the financial sector. It has become clear to most policymakers that the restructuring proposals put forward after the 2008 financial crisis have not gone far enough. Even new IMF Director Christine Lagarde is asking for more radical change (see our story “More radical reform of EU banks needed”).