The Art of Speaking Truth To Power: Reflections on the C20 Summit
Just over a week ago I joined around 400 civil society representatives at the C20 Summit in Melbourne to draft a communique to present to G20 leaders for consideration in their deliberations during July and November. From the outset, tension hung in the air around the question as to whether participating […]
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Women’s empowerment starts in the home!
The high rate of violence and abuse against women in Fiji is having a negative impact on women’s ability to participate in economic life. Abuse is not just physical, it can also be emotional and financial. The financial abuse suffered by women in Fiji highlights a flaw in governance that […]
Earth-centred perspectives: economics and governance for a future
In Australia, there’s a bird called the ‘kookaburra‘ and when you hear it call, it sounds like it’s laughing. When you walk near it, it sounds like it’s laughing at you. Australia is full of wonderful flora and fauna that make it a true natural paradise. Indeed this region of […]
It’s not that easy being green
“It’s not that easy being green.” America’s favorite frog first made this profound statement in 1970, right as the green movement got its first legs. Although Kermit may have recanted somewhat for a recent Ford Escape Hybrid commercial (some say sold out), the wisdom behind his oft-repeated observation still remains […]
Global Migration: Changing the way we define our identity?
When my parents moved to Australia with me as a screaming baby in tow, the situation in Sudan was dire, true, but it was much more an economic and socio-political decision rather than one of safety. This type of migration is increasingly common, particularly to a migration based nation such […]