James Smith credit Matthew Gilley

Democracy is arguably out of step with the way the world communicates. Could open source software and a so-called parliamentary ‘cyber chamber’ help address this disconnect?

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Israeli and Palestinian farmers unite over olive oil


/ Community

26 Mar


A project is fostering cooperation and trust among Palestinians and Israelis in the olive oil industry


Work less, play more


/ Economics & Innovation

25 Mar

(c)  Mike McCune

The 40-hour work week is an ingrained part of our culture, but it does very little to enrich our lives. Lucy Purdy explores alternative working models that do away with the idea of the nine-to-five

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Colombia peace talks save 5,000 from death and injury


/ Democracy

24 Mar

(c) Camilo Rueda Lopez

Peace talks in Colombia saved 5,000 people from being killed or injured last year, according to a report by a local thinktank


Saving Ethiopia's 'church forests'


/ Environment

23 Mar

Two members of the research team and the stone wall they helped build to preserve a forest in Ethiopia. Photo by Meg Lowman.

A bottom-up approach to biodiversity that takes into account the values of local people is helping to protect hundreds of plant and animal species in Ethiopia


Politics from the ground up


/ Democracy

20 Mar

Pablo Iglesias Podomos5 no pic credit required

For the first time in decades, a grassroots organisation in Spain has the potential to unseat the country’s major political parties. Could this herald the beginning of a Europe-wide political revolution?


The science of equality


/ Community

19 Mar

Portrait of Pr. D. C. Robinson, 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science laureate. Advertising photo.

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, the first female professor of chemistry at Oxford University, talks to Robin Yapp about the important role of women in academia, and issues of gender equality in the field of science

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