GDP is bunk. (or, why we need a new story about “development” & new numbers to back it up)

The global conversation about poverty and development has started to shift: We’re (slowly) moving from a notion of “us” (developed countries in the Global North) helping “them” (developing countries in the Global South) end extreme poverty “there”, towards a narrative that frames most countries–regardless of what continent they’re on–as experiencing a deeply devastating (and widening) [...] Read more »

Avoiding a Train Wreck & Pulling Words off Paper: lessons from the Ruggie Principles

As I mentioned in my last post, a couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to hear Dr. John Ruggie speak about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (aka the Ruggie Principles), which he authored. Here are a couple reflections from that talk, and the discussions I had afterwards: Lesson #1: [...] Read more »

Protect, respect, remedy: 3 pillars for business and human rights

This Thursday, I’m excited to have the privilege to hear Dr. John Ruggie speak. A professor of Human Rights & International Affairs at Harvard, former United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights and a Canadian, Ruggie is a force pushing businesses to assume greater responsibility for the people and [...] Read more »

Four ideas about advocacy evaluation

Advocacy is an art of advancing a cause, idea or policy within political, economic and/or social institutions. It requires an ability to deftly navigate power dynamics, build influence, collaborate with (sometimes unlikely) allies and think on your feet. Continuous, rigorous evaluation of advocacy is vital to ensure we’re learning from past experiences, [...] Read more »

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