In A Deluge of Consequences, the first World Policy e-book, intrepid journalist Jacques Leslie takes us along on a mythic, spell-binding trip to the bucolic kingdom of Bhutan, where the planet's next environmental disaster is set to unfold.
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With summer well underway, we’d like to take this opportunity to share some updates with the World Policy community as we prepare for an ambitious suite of programs next season. These programs are a crucial part of our efforts to bring a fresh perspective to the policymaking table, while advancing innovative solutions to the crucial but neglected challenges of our increasingly connected world.
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The Kishore Mahbubani Emerging Leader Fellowship
“We need a greater understanding between the East and West. By giving emerging 21st century leaders a chance to build bridges with those who look at the same world with completely different perspectives, the Mahbubani Fellowship is a small step in that right direction.” – Kishore Mahbubani, May 2014
World Policy Institute and National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy launched The Kishore Mahbubani Emerging Leader Fellowship, which will provide a promising young Asian leader with a one-year residency at our New York headquarters. It will endow the Fellow with the resources needed to succeed in the business, policy, and diplomatic worlds, provide exposure to the networks that cross traditional policy silos, and cement in the pivotal early years of their career the importance of intellectual curiosity, questioning conventional wisdom, and approaching global challenges with fresh, diverse perspectives.
Motor City: From Shrinking City to Emergent City
At the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America meeting last month, the Motor City Project announced plans to activate an underpopulated Detroit neighborhood through a Community Resilience Center that will attract job-creators, incubate their new business ventures by hacking regulatory hurdles, and build cohesion between new and longstanding residents. It will develop workarounds to the regulations paralyzing Detroit’s human, infrastructural, and capital resources, with the goal of transforming blight into productive spaces hosting novel combinations of manufacturing, agriculture, commerce, culture, and community.
"What is it about slums like Kibera or Dharavi that transform impoverished rural migrants into upwardly-mobile urbanites despite a near-total lack of resources and state neglect, if not outright criminalization? The short answer is relentless entrepreneurialism, a willingness to use every available asset, and blindness to stifling regulations." - Greg Lindsay, Co-Director, Emergent Cities Project
The project's pilot program in Detroit will advance a blueprint for urban development based on job creation, entrepreneurship, and strong community.
World Policy Journal
Currencies today are the defining feature of nations, individually and collectively. Cold hard cash shapes or re-shapes society, politics, and most certainly the economy. A flailing and fragmented Europe seeks to hang together on the strength of a single currency that has taken on a life or near-death of its own, its very existence becoming an end in itself. Across Africa and Asia, the Americas north and south, continents and peoples are all too often held hostage by forces unleashed in the name of money. It is this kaleidoscope of silver, gold, and paper, often in the magnitude of tsunamis, that we set out to explore in the Summer issue of World Policy Journal.
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