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The Bertelsmann Stiftung is one of Europe’s largest private operating foundations. It is a not-for-profit organization that, in keeping with the longstanding commitment of its founder Reinhard Mohn, seeks to shape a sustainable society. Global megatrends and process of social change, mounting worldwide debt, and the global economic and financial […]
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The future is social but what of its future?
This article was originally drafted by Odoh Diego Okenyodo and the Centre for Democracy and Development for the newsletter “West Africa Insight” as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Searchlight Process. For more Searchlight content on futurechallenges.org, please click here. From February 5 to 7, 2013, a retreat on Using Social Media for Improved Democratic Governance and Citizen Participation was convened […]
Papua New Guinea: Move over corrupters, here comes the citizens!
In a country like Papua New Guinea (PNG), you don’t expect much from the government. If you do, you will be disappointed. You see, there is a problem when colonisation and Western democracy clash head on with the values and practices of a customary society. The by-product of this collision […]
Mobile Phones, Internet and Social Media Use in Kenya
In the developed world, communication has been easier as everyone in one way or another has a telephone line even before the coming of mobile phones and internet. The same could not be said about Africa. Up to around the year 2000, only offices within major urban centres had telephone lines. […]
Muzzling South Africa’s Media: A Not so Secret Recipe
In 2008, I left my English homeland bound for South Africa. I had no prospective job, no fixed plans or abode, no fantastic business idea that was going to land me a fortune. But as an aspiring journalist still green/naive enough to think that I might be able to change […]