For me the purpose of life is to know other people…is to discover what life is. Who inhabits the world? What is it to be human? What can I give to the world which it doesn’t have…a gift for tolerating my presence in this world..…and unless I know the people, I can’t know what it does not have - Theodore Zeldin
Imagine balancing self-interest and caring for others. If this is possible, then:
(1) What is the approximate balance between the two today - in individuals, organisations and societies? How much time do we really spend thinking about and then acting on other people's needs?
In 2015, the millennium development goals (MDGs) – launched in 2000 to make global progress on poverty, education, health, hunger and the environment – expired. UN member states are finalising the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will replace them, so the Guardian analysed what the SDGs aim to achieve, how they differ from the MDGs and assessed whether the MDGs made much progress.
Please visit this page regularly for significant developments concerning the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal goal seven (SDG 7) of ensuring affordable and clean energy by 2030.
WHAT TRENDS ARE WE SEEING?
Halcyon Highlights is a bi-weekly round-up of some of the most compelling trends that we have spotted over the past fortnight. + , - or = indicate whether we consider each trend/development to prove mainly positive, negative or neutral/too early to judge...
2011 saw the first baby-boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, reach 65. Over the next 20 years, what has been called the "most numerous, most successful and luckiest generation ever" will gradually move into retirement. Indeed, most wealth is owned by the over 65s, and increasingly, most of that wealth will be owned by women (see video) - a business opportunity many organisations don't seem to have woken up to yet.
The UN calculated that there are about 827m people living in slums worldwide, and predicted that the number might double by 2030. This led to a challenge in a Harvard Business Review blog:why not apply the world’s best business thinking to housing the poor?