We Must Empower Each Other to Lead

This Presidents’ Day, we remember those who have served honorably to build and to defend government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We commemorate the service of: General Washington who with his infantry camped through a dangerous winter at Valley Forge, to stage the most improbable victory against the most powerful…

Infrastructure must Meet Real Human Needs

The United States requires major infrastructure investment. Economic recovery will be unsustainable without a major new commitment to build for a highly mobile innovation-driven middle class renewal. The nation’s engineers have outlined in great detail the trillions of dollars required to update, upgrade, and catch up on serious maintenance deficits. One of the worst economy-wide…

We stand for a better way

After President Trump’s disparaging remarks about Haiti and African countries, CCL Global Strategy Director Joe Robertson responds.  Our volunteers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania, in all across 14 African countries and 6 continents, work hard to be principled community leaders whose efforts foster democratic participation. They work to build better societies, where citizens…

A Time for Wild Mercy

Hope, good will, and fairness are participatory. Without active, committed, forward-thinking collaboration and attentive participation, they are just words. Whatever political system we live in, it is a universal longing that leaders show deep loyalty to the graces that would allow their leadership to liberate people as they move through the everyday. We must remember…

Future-building Never Stops

Hypoxia means “low oxygen”. Hypoxic zones in the ocean are known as “dead zones”, because entire ecosystems break down under hypoxic conditions. The New Scientist reported earlier this month: OUR actions today will change the world’s oceans for thousands of years. That is the conclusion of a study simulating a little-discussed consequence of climate change:…

Scaling up climate finance at all levels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Bonn, 13 November 2017, 16:30 Today, the COP22 Presidency, Citizens’ Climate Education, and the Geoversiv Foundation introduced Resilience Intel: a first-of-its-kind Climate-Smart Finance Aggregator. The Aggregator will use a light-touch analysis to parse any investment or spending into good / bad / neutral and then add up all of the good,…

The Unconsidered Elephant

The elephant in the room is everything we do not count. When investors say a speculative opportunity is a “sure thing”, most people know to treat their certainty with suspicion. Some prefer to focus on the emotional satisfaction of having come in contact with a “sure thing” windfall opportunity, but it’s easy to see the…

The Right to Live Free from Fear

In a dramatic and much-watched, high-suspense session of the Parlament de Catalunya on October 4, Carles Puigdemont—President of the Generalitat, the regional autonomous government of Catalunya—announced that the people of Catalunya had earned the right to exist as an independent republic. The result was confusion all around, as supporters and opponents asked whether Mr. Puigdemont…

Rule of Law Requires Dialogue

We need peaceful mediation and a negotiated political solution between the government of Spain and the people of Catalunya. The Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy is pursuing an incredibly dangerous strategy of intimidation and repression and is putting the integrity of his country at risk. His government ordered a coordinated use of paramilitary violence…

Honor through Nonviolent Deliberation

Yesterday, the people of Catalunya did something remarkable; they faced a violent crackdown against peaceful deliberation with the honor of nonviolence. Their example is a gift to the world. The earliest Catalan constitution—les Usatges de Barcelona—was established nearly 1,000 years ago. In those times, their monarch—the Count of Barcelona—was elected. On September 11, 1714, their…

The Magical Future of Smart Energy

The business models and technologies that dominate the later part of this century will transcend old-fashioned thinking about value management and resource allocation. Connection and ephemeralization would make them appear downright magical to us. Four critical capabilities that will drive these trends: Anything can be made anywhere. Technical knowledge can reach anywhere. Advanced services will…

Free Will vs. Hyper-convergence

Free will is irrevocable. We are always engaging it, yet countless editorial decision points determine the list of options from which we will choose. In other words, the limits on human freedom are curated boundaries, set by the powers that be. In every corner of the world, throughout most of human history, those curated boundaries…