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A growing body of innovative scholarship offers promising strategies for sustainable development and a fairer globalization. Yet, these proposals have not been disseminated in a coordinated fashion. In response to this challenge, the Global Policy Innovations program provides a forum for pragmatic alternatives to the current global economic order.
Global Policy Innovations
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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The Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program aims to enhance and inform public debate on the existence of positive development alternatives by creating a centralized hub to serve two primary purposes:
1. An online magazine format to feature the work of partners associated with the project, and from the fairer globalization community more broadly.
2. A database of papers, organizations, and specialists that links the websites and databases of project partners.
Reinventing the City
August 13, 2010 08:57 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
Our cities play a vital role in the quest to achieve global ecological sustainability. They are the largest contributors to greenhouse gases and climate change. However, if we can achieve sustainable construction and use of urban infrastructure, our cities could become a critical leverage point in global efforts to drastically reduce emissions and avoid the social and economic costs associated with climate change, as well as enhance energy security and resilience in the face of high fossil energy prices.
Brazilian Lessons for Industrial Policy
May 21, 2010 02:43 PM - Tarun Khanna and Santiago Mingo, Global Policy Innovations Program
Few economic ideas are more lauded and reviled than that of industrial policy. Proponents, such as those who studied the rise of the East Asian economies, swear by it. Opponents see red at its very mention. The former point to economic development; the latter maintain that tens, even hundreds, of billions of dollars have been squandered.
China in Action on Climate Change
June 9, 2009 10:26 AM - Zhenhua Xie, Project Syndicate via, Global Policy Innovations Program
Climate change is a serious challenge to humanity and sustainable development, which requires both proactive responses and concerted effort by the international community. Chinese government official Zhenhua Xie describes China's philosophy and progress in the fight to curtail climate change.
Homo sociens and the New Ecological Growth Economy
April 17, 2009 09:19 AM - Peter David Pedersen , Global Policy Innovations Program
A new economy is on the doorstep. It's not the economy we used to know as "the new economy." It's not the information-technology-driven growth of the last few decades, although that makes up part of the new economy. A new economy is rapidly emerging, one which will transform the ways that people live and do business.
Thinking outside the bicycle
December 15, 2008 02:46 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The current global financial crisis has overshadowed the vexing issue of the future of the world trading system. Yet the fate of trade liberalization is crucial not only to present debates but also to the future evolution of the global political economy. This point is especially true in light of the growing interdependence among domestic economic policy, the international system, and social policy. Economists and political scientists emphasize the need to resist calls for trade protectionism as a way of combating the crisis. The Smoot-Hawley tariff has been widely cited as a main cause of the deepening of the Great Depression, and American public policy since the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1934 and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of 1947 has been ostensibly aimed at avoiding a vicious circle of protection with severe social consequences.
Alternative Fuels Take Root in Refugee Camps
December 10, 2008 09:53 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The land surrounding Kalma camp in South Darfur is dotted with small craters. Much of this landscaping has been done by women who live in the largest refugee camp in Sudan. They walk for hours scavenging the arid environs for firewood to use for cooking or to sell to support their families. First the women cut down the few existing trees in the area, and then when no trees are left they dig up the roots, leaving the ground pock-marked.
A Sustainable Recovery
December 8, 2008 08:43 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The global recession now underway is the result not only of a financial panic, but also of more basic uncertainty about the future direction of the world economy. Consumers are pulling back from home and automobile purchases not only because they have suffered a blow to their wealth with declining stock prices and housing values, but also because they don't know where to turn. Should they risk buying a new car when gasoline prices might soar again? Will they be able to put food on the table after this year's terrifying rise in food prices?
Electric Jeepneys Challenge a Philippine Icon
November 21, 2008 09:06 PM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The Philippine passenger jeepney has started to shed its image as a smoke-belching, eardrum-busting public utility vehicle. Originally fashioned out of WWII American military jeeps, these colorful and iconic "kings of the road" are going green.
Can Web 2.0 Revolutionize Corporate Responsibility?
November 6, 2008 09:43 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program
The question today is: Can Web 2.0 Revolutionize Corporate Responsibility, or what's sometimes known as CSR? Web 2.0 is interactive online video, it's interactive Web; it's social networking. Rather than things going linearly, they are more information and interaction coming from all directions.
Big Green Jobs Machine
November 3, 2008 09:10 AM - Ban Ki-moon , Global Policy Innovations Program
Amid the pressures of the global financial crisis, some ask how we can afford to tackle climate change. The better question is: How can we afford not to? Put aside the familiar arguments—that the science is clear, that climate change represents an indisputable existential threat to the planet, and that every day we do not act the problem grows worse. Instead, let us make the case purely on bread-and-butter economics.