Dignity: A Compass to Show us the Way

By: Matt Davies (Mexico) At the end of September, the General Assembly of the United Nations held a special event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs were launched in 2000 in order to provide a framework for the international community to eradicate poverty, ranging in thematic areas from poverty and hunger, education,…

The End of ‘The End of Poverty’?

By: Diana Skelton (France) Humanity can end the devastation caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, polluted water, failed crops and other crises linked to poverty. Jeffrey Sachs convinced the world of this a decade ago. In charge of the United Nations Millennium Development Project, he insisted to world leaders that their efforts could indeed end poverty.…

Dogs, Electric Shocks, and Poverty

By: Anne-Sylvie Laurent (Philippines) I stumbled upon the concept of “Learned Helplessness” almost accidentally and I promise that it has something to do with dogs, electrical shocks, poverty and human beings. But first, the theory We owe this concept to two North American psychologists: Martin Seligman and Steven Maier. They did some experiments (here animal…

Blink Away Poverty

By: Ben Fehsenfeld (United States) When we pass someone on the street she knows exactly what we think of her. How? Malcolm Gladwell explains that when we see someone, a micro-expression crosses our face, lasting a few hundredths of a second and revealing our inner feelings. They’re short enough that if you blink, you’ll miss…