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Author: David Lane Topics: Comments: 0

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Ten years ago very few people were talking about social innovation; five years ago, President Barroso put social innovation on the European Commission policy agenda; now social innovation has become a bandwagon, attracting attention from many national and local governments, inspiring many young people to explore new career opportunities that combine entrepreneurialism with the desire [...]

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Author: Sander van der Leeuw Topics: Comments: 0

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From the perspective of the archaeologist/historian and anthropologist we can compare the ups and downs of many civilizations and societies at different timescales, in different natural environments, both in the present and the past. Whether one looks at the Roman, Sassanian, Spanish, British, or American Empires, or at small-scale societies in Africa or Papua New [...]

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Author: Michele Zappia Topics: Comments: 6

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Some months ago the Italian vice minister of labor and social policy, Michel Martone, said that “Anyone who hasn’t graduated by the age of 28 is a sfigato”. “Sfigato” means loser.

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Author: Michele Zappia Topics: Comments: 0

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A selected passage from “AMERICAN ADVERTISING”, by Herbert Marshall McLuhan, in “Horizon”, October 1947 A few months ago an American army officer wrote for Printer’s Ink from Italy. He noted with misgiving that Italians could tell you the names of cabinet ministers but not the names of commodities preferred by Italian celebrities. Furthermore, the wall space [...]

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Author: Insite Staff Topics: Comments: 0

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Juliana Hoxha, director Partners Albania. In addressing this topic I will focus on the challenges of civil society interaction with the political process to bring about deep social change. It is based on my personal experience as a civil society practitioner mainly in Albania and Balkans and not necessarily academic research.

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Author: Andrew Feenberg Topics: , Comments: 1

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Citizenship implies agency, but what is agency and how is agency possible in a technologically advanced   society where so much of life is organized around technical systems commanded by experts? This paper   addresses these questions from the standpoint of philosophy of technology and constructivist   technology studies. The paper first establishes the conditions [...]

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Author: Insite Staff Topics: Comments: 2

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Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University. I begin with a diagnosis of the global credit crunch of 2009 presented by the British Academy in reply to a request by the Queen to explain why had no one noticed that the credit crunch was on its way.  Their reply: ‘the failure to foresee the timing, [...]

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Author: Claes Andersson Topics: Comments: 0

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In our capacity for maintaining societies we humans are unparalleled in nature as constructors of our own ecological niche: innovation as a combination between the generation, retention, replacement and use of ideas and artifacts is our engine for adapting and solving problems. It is a fundamental aspect of what we are as a species and [...]

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Author: Petter Tornberg Topics: , Comments: 0

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Through history, capitalism has gone through different cycles in each of which workers have found ways to resist and revolt, and in response to this resistance capital has been forced into crises. The crises have resulted in a restructuring – a move to new forms of production and exploitation,

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Author: Petter Tornberg Topics: , Comments: 1

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Political discussions and research often focus on illustrating and pin-pointing the problems with our current societal organization; the social and environmental unsustainability of a system leading to the hollow unhappiness of the rich and the starvation of the poor. Yet, this mounting evidence has had little effect in the form of a concerted and coordinated [...]

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