A World Without AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

As part of the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community set itself the ambitious goal of eradicating AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria...

State and Technological Revolution

The following account should sound familiar. Over the course of decades, feats of innovation re-engineer society, diffuse across countries and regions, and fundamentally alter...

Growth could be Passé

It is clear: we are living beyond our planet’s limits. Unless we change something, the consequences will be dire. Should that something be our...

The Lives You Saved

A decade ago, I wrote The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. This month, a fully revised Tenth Anniversary edition...

Value Pluralism Is Essential for Sustainability

For much of 2019, news broadcasts and social media have been filled with unsettling images of forests engulfed in flames, leaving behind charred, dead...

Fall of the Berlin Wall and Social Democracy

It was already clear 30 years ago that the fall of the Berlin Wall would change everything. But precisely what that change would entail...

The Most Important Story You Missed in 2019

According to the most recent tally, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal publish a combined total of 1,000 stories every day. Although the report...

Toward a global biodiversity accord

Governments from around the world are already preparing for the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in...

Disrupting climate change through innovation

Because it poses an existential threat to humanity, climate change represents the bad kind of disruption. But it can, and must, be fought with...

Why the Plastic Crisis Matters

Plastics have become a hot topic. News stories about plastic on beaches and in the oceans abound, and policymakers have begun to respond with...

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