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Not Impossible

The art and joy of doing what couldn’t be done.
Mick Ebeling | Not Impossible Labs

The following is an excerpt from Mick Ebeling’s book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done.  Which would you rather have screw you up totally: the heat or the insects? That was the choice we faced when we tried to make a hand for Daniel in Yida. We had transferred […]

How Safe Stoves Are Lifting Millions of Women Out of Poverty

A new life can begin with a simple stove.
Lauren Carter | World Food Program USA

For Insaf, a mother of seven displaced by violence in Darfur, a stove not only transformed the way her family eats — but how they put food on the table. For most of her life, Insaf had to walk on foot to search and collect firewood to cook for her family – a daily task […]

What Will Healthcare Look Like in 2030?

Our healthcare systems aren't sustainable. What is the next evolution of patient treatment?
Andre Goy | Hackensack University Medical Center

With so many novel therapies in development, there has never been a more exciting time to practice medicine, says Dr. Andre Goy, Chairman and Director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. However, rising costs, an aging population and an increase in non-communicable diseases showcase why global healthcare needs to be “fundamentally reinvented,” […]

Mission: Not Impossible

Not Impossible Labs combines the power of storytelling and modern-day technology to make a difference in the world.
Mick Ebeling | Not Impossible Labs

This is Part 2 of a five-part white paper series called Routes to the Future, in which we explore the innovations, challenges and opportunities in a new era of possibilities. A decade ago, 3D-printed hearts, smart homes and self-driving cars belonged in the world of science fiction. Today innovators are blurring the line between fantasy and […]

How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

Additive manufacturing could provide a real breakthrough in treating patients around the world.
John Menna | UPS

Even as people around the globe enjoy longer, healthier and more productive lives, the rising cost of healthcare threatens to impede such progress. This is particularly troubling in the United States as Baby Boomers approaching retirement place a greater strain on an overburdened healthcare system. Policymakers and medical leaders are scrambling for innovative ways to […]

TFA’s Benefits Extend Well Beyond Cutting Red Tape

The Trade Facilitation Agreement will bolster governance in developing nations.
Russell Hillberry | Purdue University

Late last month, the World Trade Organization celebrated the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a global effort to streamline government procedures governing international trade. The primary goal of the agreement is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of agencies that oversee trade, especially in developing countries, by reducing bureaucratic red tape […]

How to Provide Education for Millions Where There Are No Teachers

Young people in Nigeria will help build the future for generations to come.
Liman Audu Muhammed | American Univeristy of Nigeria

Nigeria, a country in West Africa, will be the third most populous nation in the world by 2025. A more dubious data point is that many Nigerians will be young, illiterate and jobless. Instability and chaos there have the potential to create the same elsewhere, especially in Europe, which already knows well the cost of upheaval […]

If I Was Leader of My Country, This Is What I’d Do

Young leaders give their opinion on how they would reshape the future of their country.
Bart Kolodziejczyk | Monash University

More than half the world’s population is under 30 years old. This prompted the World Economic Forum to make an unprecedented, large-scale survey with a goal of determining the mindset of this young generation. The Global Shapers survey was carried out by WEF’s Global Shapers Community, which is a global network of Hubs developed and […]

Fighting Blindness in the Heart of Africa

Here's why better logistics can often solve the greatest healthcare challenges.

Trachoma, a painful bacterial infection, has blinded roughly 6 million people, forcing the afflicted to pursue unimaginable methods for relief. They take sandpaper to their own eyes. Trachoma is also a completely treatable disease that a simple antibiotic can cure. Yet the problem rages on in poor communities throughout the world that lack access to […]

A Digital Path to Better Healthcare

Mobile technology is laying the foundation for the future of healthcare, but it doesn't have to be flashy.
Ann Aerts | Novartis Foundation

Africa has changed remarkably, and for the better, since I first worked as a young doctor in Angola some 20 years ago. But no change has been more obvious than the way the continent has adopted mobile technology. People in Africa – and, indeed, throughout low- and middle-income countries – are seizing the opportunities that […]

What Responsive Leadership Really Means

It's not just about people in power. It's about empowerment for everyone.
Zamantungwa Khumalo | POWER FM

A few months ago, I was producing a talk radio show on one of the most popular mid-morning radio shows in Gauteng, South Africa. The first hour of the show is an open line. Listeners can reflect on some of the stories from the previous day’s headlines and share solutions to our country’s pressing challenges. An […]

How to Feed the World

Agricultural research and greater productivity can defeat global hunger.
Bjørn Lomborg | Copenhagen Business School

Hunger has wracked humanity since time immemorial. Nearly every major society has been shaped by famine. One estimate suggests that China suffered drought or flood-induced starvation in at least one province almost every year from 108 BC to 1911. Yet the struggle against hunger is a battle that humanity could finally win. More cereals were […]

TED@UPS: What if Everyone in the World Had an Address?

Here's why a simple address is no small matter.
Mario Paluzzi | Coyote Logistics

Mario Paluzzi crafts solutions to the shipping industry’s most head-scratching challenges. After developing a mobile app for drivers and an online web portal for customers and carriers, he wondered what our world would look like if we could give everybody an address.  Mario shares his story in his TED@UPS talk featured below. After you watch the video, read our […]

Globalization is Worth Saving

Trade, like technology, is good for most of us. But we need to make it more inclusive.
Arancha González Laya | International Trade Centre

Cross-border flows of goods, services, capital, people and even ideas are today more contested, at least in advanced economies, than they have been since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Trade agreements, which constitute a rare, tangible legislative symbol of globalization, are bearing the brunt of the controversy. Last-minute objections from French-speaking Belgians nearly derailed a […]

This Tiger Still Has Teeth

Chinese exporting has slowed, but leading manufacturers are implementing innovative logistics practices to regain their momentum.
Richard Loi | UPS

Chinese exporters dominated the global manufacturing game for so long that it was easy to believe their domination would continue indefinitely. But the evidence is increasingly clear: The world’s second-largest economy — an economy that boomed in recent decades thanks, in large measure, to exports — needs to change the way it does business as headwinds threaten future growth. The […]

5 Ways to Make Global Trade Work for Developing Countries

Meeting complex and opaque rules can be especially difficult for developing nations. Here's why.
Joakim Reiter | UNCTAD

In 2016, the growth of world trade will be at its slowest since the financial crisis of 2008, reports the World Trade Organization (WTO). Despite the increased protectionism that followed the crash, traditional trade barriers, such as tariffs, are at historical lows. Despite this, the flow of goods and services between countries remains one of […]

India’s First ‘Smart Village’

Can a public-private collaboration transform India’s struggling communities?
Utkarsh Amitabh | World Economic Forum

In a way, Mahatma Gandhi conceptualized smart villages. A champion of participatory democracy and grassroots development, he believed that making villages self-contained and sustainable was the first step toward empowering India. Contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t against industrialization, markets and competition as long as they did not lead to the passive or active exploitation […]

The Future of Trade, Inequality and Globalization

There's a lot of noise around trade these days. Let's see where trade could actually take us in the years ahead.
Anabel González | World Bank Group

Anabel Gonzalez, senior director for the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, offers her views on mega-regional trade agreements, the role of trade in reducing inequality and the importance of international cooperation and domestic policies in making globalization work for all. What is the importance of trade in the global economy? AG: International […]

What is Next for Refugees Seeking Asylum in Europe?

Activists, volunteer groups and corporations are helping refugees settle into their new environments, but it’s not easy.
Jill Hilbrenner | The Guardian

“They didn’t go out in public at all,” says Joung-ah Ghedini-Williams, an emergency response coordinator for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), recalling a Syrian couple she met in Berlin in February. The young parents of three children – a 4 year old and infant twins – had tried to wait out the bloody […]

The Vaccine Fridge That Could Save Lives

Reviving Einstein's ideas could save millions of lives.
Alex Gray | Formative Content

Transporting vaccines to every corner of the globe is one of the key health priorities of our time, but every year thousands of life-saving medicines are lost through inadequate storage. This may no longer be the case, thanks to the inventiveness of a 22-year-old graduate from the United Kingdom.  Will Broadway’s invention is made even more […]

From Epiphany to Action

Fifteen years ago, in the wake of 9/11, former marketing executive Janine Maxwell had an epiphany that she couldn’t ignore. Will her story inspire you to pursue your own calling?
Janine Maxwell | Heart for Africa

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela An epiphany is a sudden, striking realization. To me, it is also a call to action. In a moment, I’ll tell you how an epiphany led me to leave my comfortable home in Canada to become an activist and mother of 138 children in Africa. […]

Investing in Resilience

Disasters caused by climate change hit hardest in vulnerable communities around the world. How can we help those on the front lines?
Mark Malloch Brown | Business and Sustainable Development Commission

Vulnerable communities face the brunt of climate change – from rising sea levels and extreme weather events to prolonged severe droughts and flooding. According to the World Bank, without effective mitigation measures, climate change could push more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030. To help the most vulnerable communities become more resilient to […]

Save Data, Save Lives

A common difference between life and death? Accurate data.
Muhammad Hamid Zaman | Boston University

While much of the world today suffers from information overload, there are still places where information is scarce. And that scarcity sometimes costs people their lives. In the maternity ward of Zanzibar’s largest public-health facility, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, patient data are listed on a dry-erase board. The information on the board lists the number of women […]

Keeping up with Kazakhstan

Independence, rapid growth and globalization have turned this Central Asian country into a land of innovation. What we can learn.
Diana Tsoy | SQA International

Kazakhstan is a sprawling, landlocked country in Central Asia.  It is the ninth largest country in the world and has significant economic power in the Commonwealth of Independent states, in no small part because of a thriving oil and gas industry. Once part of the Soviet Union, it is bordered by Russia and China, as well […]

Big Data Tackles Poverty

The Big Data revolution is making access to capital more equitable and accountable than ever. How can it help the poor?
Atlantic Re:think | The Atlantic

Even if you have the best idea in the world, starting a small business is hard. But if you’re one of the two billion people around the world who lack access to basic financial resources, such as a bank account or credit, it’s just about impossible. Karen Little, director of development at Kiva, a microfinancing […]

Podcast: How to Measure NGO Impact

With funding continuing to decline for nonprofits, it’s time to rethink how to measure results.
Patrick Fine | FHI 360

How do we measure nonprofit organizational effectiveness? I was delighted to have a conversation with Jeri Eckhart Queenan, Partner & Global Development Practice Head at the Bridgespan Group, about the challenges in financing development. This was a great opportunity to discuss emerging trends in how organizations manage their programs to deliver the most effective results […]

When Urbanization Crosses to the Dark Side

Latin America's cities: unequal, dangerous and fragile. But that can change.
Robert Muggah | World Economic Forum

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho | World Economic Forum

Latin America is one of the planet’s most urbanized regions. Three of its mega-cities are among the world’s largest – Buenos Aires, Mexico and Sao Paulo. Sprawling metropolises like Bogota, Lima and Rio de Janeiro are not far behind. These cities are complex, competitive and dynamic. Many Latin American cities also suffer from what some […]

Innovation is Not Enough

Are you a techno-optimist or a techno-pessimist?
Dani Rodrik | Princeton

We seem to be living in an accelerated age of revolutionary technological breakthroughs. Barely a day passes without the announcement of some major new development in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, digitization, or automation. Yet those who are supposed to know where it is all taking us can’t make up their minds. At one end of the […]

Smart Cities and a Borderless World: What If Maps Revealed Infrastructure, Not Borders?

Why there should be more emphasis on regional infrastructure and less on political borders.
Taz Loomans | Communitecture Architecture, Planning, and Design

When Parag Khanna’s mother was eight months pregnant, she signed a slew of waivers to be allowed on an airplane. It turned out to be the most turbulent flight of her life, and Khanna was almost born high above the man-made borders that define the modern world. So by coincidence or destiny, it’s fitting that […]

How to Help Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

By bringing together public- and private-sector support for digital trade, the Global Fund for Ecommerce could help developing country entrepreneurs go global.
Kati Suominen | Nextrade Group, LLC

E-commerce has emerged as a powerful driver of economic growth, inclusive trade and job-creation worldwide. Yet while research shows e-commerce dramatically increases the odds for small businesses to stay in business, export and grow, most businesses around the world have yet to use the tools of 21st century trade — especially in developing countries. A […]