Forgotten People

Today is World Refugee Day – a reminder of forgotten people.

Newspapers like to write “today we celebrate world refugee day” but really, there’s no reason to celebrate. Numbers of refugees – especially for climate reasons – will increase in the coming years and their chances for a better life are small. Continue reading

The Day I Decided to Change the World

Today is the day I realize: this world needs help and I can help it.  – A guest-post by Nutsmar Yuvasopee.

I’m one of those with a simple life: I wake up, I go to work. I party, I shop. That’s how life is here in Bangkok. It’s fast and it’s colourful. I do read the news, mostly online. But somehow I have never felt it’s my business – other people do things and other people who will solve the problems they talk about. The truth is: everything is very far away if you don’t let it in. Continue reading

The Young Are Still Waiting

20 years ago, this girl moved the whole world with her speech.

At the time, she was representing “a group of 12 and 13 year olds trying to make a difference” and I guess she did. She rememberably said: “I have no hidden agenda, I’m fighting for my future.” What happend to that girl? Continue reading

Common Welfare Economy

An economy which is based on the same values as a personal relationship: a dream or the solution?

Today I had a chance to meet Christian Felber father of the idea of Common Welfare Economy. An economy which is based on “the same collectively shared values that contribute to fulfilling interpersonal relationships: confidence building, cooperation, appreciation, democracy, solidarity.” Continue reading

Diversity Pays Off

Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. Unfortunately, that is still necessary.

In Britain, according to Stonewall “nearly one in five lesbian and gay people, almost 350,000 employees in Britain, have experienced bullying from their colleagues because of their sexual orientation.” Other numbers coming from Australia say that 52.8% of the participants of the servey “have been the subject of harassment or discrimination in their current employment. ” Now these’s are definitely not the most homophobic countries in the world which means we have a problem here. Continue reading

The Constant Fighters

Who really fights for the rigths of the world we live in? Let me introduce this year’s winner of the green Nobel Prize.

The Goldman Environmental Prize is given to those struggling at the bottom: grassroots activists. The founder describe it as following: “The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.” Continue reading

The Richest People in the World

How about thinking beyond money for once? This list is not about Dollars.

The (en)rich list is another kind of list than the Forbes one. Both are, however, looking at the wealthiest people in the world. This one combines the people with the most world-changing ideas. It was put together by the Post Growth Institute. Continue reading

Dreaming is Allowed This Year

In the US there are two parties you can choose from. Neither cares about the environment.

What was democracy again? Is it that you can choose between chicken and pork? Personally, I wouldn’t want either. And no, that’s not democracy. Continue reading

Silence in St. Petersburg

In St. Petersburg, “gay” is possibly about to become an unspeakable word.

“They did it. Conservative lawmakers in Saint Petersburg just passed the notorious “propaganda” law to silence any reading, writing, speech or debate on anything ‘gay'”, the social movement AllOut.org reports. Continue reading