Thirty years ago, on Monday, October 19, 1987, the US Stock market collapsed. Plunging more than 500 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 23%, its greatest single day decline ever. Black Monday – as the day was quickly dubbed by financial journalists — was a significant and sobering event.
Digitization’s impact on learning is comparable only to the changes wrought by the printing press and compulsory education
Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a citizen from Wittstock in Brandenburg wrote. A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the Eastern Germany.”
The German teacher Friedrich Froebel founded an educational establishment in the East-German Keilhau, Thuringia, about two hundred years ago. His credo at the time: “Children shall not be safeguarded or indoctrinated, but shall happily grow in the sunlight, gain strength and develop.” And 200 years later? Well, today we can hardly ignore the encompassing concern of society for our offspring.
The possibility of a “Europe” worth dreaming of was saved, for sure. But Europe didn’t save itself. Greece took a bullet for the rest of us.
Yanis Varoufakis dubbed himself an “erratic Marxist” and presented his interpretation of Marx in detail. But his dialectical spirit is unlikely to succeed.
This July the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) completes three years of existence and its biggest wish is to become a reality. Angela Merkel is strongly in favor of the treaty and Barack Obama putting it as a priority. But the only thing Europeans should celebrate about the three-year birthday is the TTIP still did not reach an agreement from all partners involved.
The debate in Europe surrounding TTIP relies on faulty critique on one side, and unsubstantiated promises on the other. Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic deserve better.
TTIP is more than a trade deal. It’s an opportunity to cement the Euro-Atlantic geopolitical alliance and restore faith in the Western model of market economies.
The fact that key economies are currently saving instead of borrowing shows how detached the euro zone has become from the wisdom of conventional economics. Yet there is hope.
The solution to ease mass unemployment is at hand, but policymakers across Europe are too blind to see it.
The Eurozone’s remedies against sluggish growth rates aren’t working. The problem: a misdiagnosis of the illness.
The climate crisis will not stop at the American border. Luckily, we have the means to end it once and for all – but we must act fast.
While the “pay now or pay more later” logic may not appeal to the “climate justice” sentiments voiced at the last climate summit, it could help to motivate the actions needed to satisfy its goals.
Ignoring the history of emissions would be a mistake. But allowing economic concerns to swamp moral ones is an even bigger one.
By searching for climate governance only in the international arena, we risk missing the signs that can lead us in new, and potentially much more productive, directions.
We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones will do. An account of human sensors and smart trash:
Building new, efficient and successful cities is the 21st century’s Space Race. There are no ready-made solutions for “smart cities”, but a lot to be learned from our past mistakes. Three easy steps for a smart urban future: