Social inclusion through social enterprise: addressing indigenous disadvantage in Cairns
Cairns is a paradise: lush, green and tropical; yet up to 1500 sleep rough or homeless each night, many of them indigenous. Homelessness is but one of the challenges indigenous people in Australia face; another is unemployment due to systemic challenges such as discrimination and poorer health and literacy outcomes. […]
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Communist nostalgia – “a lost in globalization” syndrome?
Nostalgia over communism is on the rise in Eastern Europe. So are public protests. Are these symptoms of Easterners “lost in globalization”? Most probably they are just so much living proof that post-socialist regimes have failed to provide a social safety net for their most vulnerable citizens. What’s more, governance […]
The Welfare State versus the Community
With discord over the policies of austerity racing across Europe and infiltrating US politics, the welfare state has unceremoniously revealed yet another major flaw—it fails to provide social cohesion and directly fosters public strife. During difficult economic times, when people are in the most need of financial, emotional, and communal […]
Relationship Trouble. Future Challenges Reader Volume 5 is Published
We have received lots of positive feedback for our Future Challenges Readers. That’s why we’re happy to present you the fifth in a series of FC Readers. This volume examines the relationship between the state and its citizens, both as it looks now and how it might look in the […]
Demolition of the welfare state: what comes after?
Does the demolition of the welfare state mean the emergence of a new social model? Development based on consumption is not the answer; should we change our habits or keep repeating the old mistakes? The European crisis has imposed new problems on the world for which we must find new solutions.