If Pogo had been there he might have said “I have been to seek the future and it is here.” ILO Director General Guy Ryder, at a roundtable in Ottawa hosted by the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy (thepearsoncentre.ca) stated ” If we believe the future of work will be a slow process of change … More The International Labour Organization (ILO) Project on the Future of Work
For those who are concerned to hear stories in the press about tax havens, global corporations avoiding the payment of taxes in countries where they do huge business, global banks colluding with clients to hide income and assist money laundering, there may be some hope. Out of widespread concern about this situation has emerged a … More Challenging Fiscal Havens and Tax Avoidance by Global Corporations
The following summary is reprinted with permission of the author and the (Canadian) Institute for Research on Public Policy. The essay, “The Enabling Society” written by social policy expert Peter Hicks, can be accessed by the link at the end of the summary. Summary:The Enabling Society Amid growing concerns over the potential impact of population … More From Welfare State to Enabling Society?
Wikipedia has an interesting table showing minimum wage rates in many countries. They then calculate what share of the GDP per capita in that country, a full time minimum wage worker worker would earn in a year. The following table presents some examples for Canada, USA and a few comparable countries. It also shows the … More A New Measure of Inequality in the Labour Force
For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings
There is reason to be optimistic about today’s youth, as well to take pride in how society encourages positive youth development. All in all, youth in North America seem to be doing quite well. But there is also reason to be concerned about how well the complex system of programs for “youth at risk” is … More Systemic Problems in Youth Services?
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We’ve heard lots about increasing inequality in North America and Europe, Solid research reports (such as OECD, Divided We Stand (2011)) have made it clear that not only are the rich getting richer, but for several decades, the poor and the middle classes have been losing ground. A Canadian Parliamentary Committee pointed out in Dec … More Politudes Commentary: Is the timing right to do something serious about inequality in North America?
Much of social theory has tended in the past to paint revolutions against rulers as uprisings of oppressed classes albeit often with leaders from more privileged backgrounds. However, the spread of education to large populations, when combined with new and widely accessible information technology, seems to be democratizing revolutionary capacity. The middle classes, especially if … More Revolution of the Middle Classes?
“Collective Impact” by John Kania and Mark Kramer The authors point out that collective action to create change on a community level is a very tough challenge for non-profit organizations. Funders tend to choose one organization to fund for a particular task, and have difficulties dealing with multiple organizations. The competition process has each organization … More Stanford Social Innovation Review Commentary on barriers to targeted collective action among non-profits