Archive for February 21, 2012

Call for Papers! Your Society Needs You!

New deadline for abstracts – 29 February 2012

Shared Societies Project is currently seeking willing volunteers who wish to submit papers for our upcoming workshop, Can the Economics of Shared Societies Support More Resilient Economies and Global Sustainability? Challenges and Opportunities in an Interdependent World, which takes place in Maastricht on 29 – 30 March 2012.

Further information is available here: Call for Papers.

Original, innovative papers dealing with the Economics of Shared Societies are herewith invited! The deadline for abstracts is 29 February 2012.

Abstracts, accompanied by a CV, should be submitted to A selection committee will review all proposals. Preference will be given to original papers since all selected papers will be considered for a special publication. Applicants will be notified by the end of February 2012 whether or not their submissions have been successful. For accepted abstracts, full papers will be required by 21 March 2012. The selected participant’s travel and accommodation costs will be covered.

The (failed) American Dream

The American Dream Nightmare

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We all have seen the Manhattan’s fantastic skyline, the White House, the Historic Route 66 and the Hollywood studies. We all know a lot of things about this America which is the foremost economic power in the world. But there is another America – the one of 1.5 million homeless children, the one of 50 million people who don’t have health insurance and the one of 47 million Americans currently living below the poverty line. Poor America is a fantastic BBC Panorama documentary about economic inequality and the lack of social mobility in the contemporary United States. It starts in Las Vegas, the capital of capitalism. We really liked this documentary. Enjoy it are share with us your impressions!

Are you following us from United Kingdom? Check out the video from the original BBC souce

Sierra Leone’s Women Find Their Voice

Marking a decade since the end of the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 – 2002), Christian Aid has returned to the West African state to report on the profile of women in post-conflict society. A revealing podcast notes the steady rise of female voices in Sierra Leone. Five years on since the first elections conducted without the presence of UN observers in 2007, Christian Aid returns to the once war-torn state to find women’s participation in society in rude health. Taking a more active and assertive role in determining and constructing more cohesive, sustainable and secure futures for their communities, Sierra Leonean women have made strident gains over the course of the last decade in redressing the formerly clear absence of female participation in decision making within society.

Check out their progress here!

Sierra Leone’s Growing Female Voice


From arrivals to departures – Spain, 10 years down the line…

What a difference 10 years makes! On top of its economic bubble seemingly popping, now Spain’s migration would appear to have burst too. The outset of 2012 marks the departure of 62,611 nationals, and 445,130 non-nationals from Spain’s shores. An eye opening report published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística reveals that more than a staggering half a million people have left the Iberian peninsula over the course of the last 12 months and returned or relocated to amongst others, Morocco, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, France, Argentina, Germany, the United Kingdom and China.

To take a closer look at those eye-watering stats, and to make more sense of why exactly Spain has gone from a hosting nation, to one on the brink of a mass exodus, do check out the report below:

Population slumps in crisis stricken Spain


Addressing the ‘brain drain’ – can Africa halt its exodus of skilled migrants??

The brain-drain is an all too familiar phenomenon on the African continent; successive generations have witnessed Africa’s brightest and most skilled young professionals seeking greater working and educational opportunities in the developed nations of Europe and North America.

Professor Jagdish N. Bhagwati of Columbia University argues that now more than ever it is time to arrest this momentum. Providing enticements for migrants to return and not settle abroad, and implementing foreign aid training schemes for Africans lay at the heat of this matter.

For greater detail, and for more innovative solutions to plugging and arresting Africa’s great brain-drain, please check out Professor Bhagwati’s key policy innovations here in his Al Jazeera op-ed piece:

The brain-drain panic returns

SSP at the IV Alliance of Civilization Forum!

The Shared Societies Project was present at the 4th Alliance of Civilizations Forum celebrated in Doha, Qatar. take a moment to listen to Andrés Pastrana’s address, former President of Colombia (1998-2002) and Club de Madrid Member.

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Below you can also find posted the Official Closing Session of this Forum

Here you can read further information about this event.


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