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Laos Dam Collapse Sparks Compassion amid Criticism

Erik Fruth ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-08-07 17:56

The dam collapse in southern Laos’ Attapeu Province in July 2018 led to an outpouring of global generosity and some serious criticisms about the safety of hydropower dams in the Mekong river basin....

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Where Plastic Waste is Gold

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-06-20 16:20

I love stories about enterprising individuals making a difference in the world. That’s why David Katz’s story in a recent edition of Future Thinkers Podcast had my creative brain firing on all...

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German economic strategies, Part II: Can works councils promote inclusive economies in the U.S. and beyond?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2019-10-23 08:41

In Part I of this topic, I wrote about how “patient capital” is emerging in mainstream thought as U.S. policymakers conceptualize how to create inclusive economies, or economies that provide everyone...

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Can German economic strategies offer promise for more equitable development in the U.S.?

Dr. Tracy A. Corley ((Co)Action Blog) 2019-03-18 11:04

I recently completed two years of research on informality in Germany, where all unregulated economic exchanges of goods, services, and labor are illegal. To understand German reliance on rule-of-law...

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The Dangers of Distorting History

Dr. Torsten Kathke ((Co)Action Blog) 2018-08-25 15:11

In the current media climate of "fake news" accusations and divisive partisanship in the United States, it is no wonder that history as a powerful way of making sense of the past and its connections to the...

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