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Anholt, Simon: Building a more tolerant global society

Policy Advisor, Author, Researcher

My idea is to create a global foundation to promote and enable the teaching of inter­cultural competence - or, if you prefer, cultural anthropology - to children in primary schools all around the world.

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Atran, Scott: For faith and friends: Pathways to and from extreme group violence

Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research

Why do people decide to sacrifice their own lives—the totality of their self-interests—in acts of extreme violence against others? How might we better understand the cognitive and social mechanisms of group violence so as to better avoid and parry it?

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Batstone, David: The people planet project: Restoring people's lives through the restoration of the planet

Professor of Business, University of San Francisco

A brief example: In Peru, we will employ Quechua, Matsiguenga, and Huachipairi villagers to restore the forests previously cut during the practice of slash and burn agriculture. Local communities in the Andean highlands and in the Amazon will be trained in agro-forestry projects, where both personal health and the health of the soil are improved.

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Breidenbach, Stephan: From pulp to protein: Fighting hunger with organic waste

Professor of Law, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder); Dean, Humboldt - Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin

In 2009 the world consumed 126 million bags of coffee, good for 7.5 million tons of green beans ready to be roasted. Few people realize that in the harvesting, processing, roasting and brewing of coffee an estimated 99.8 percent of the biomass is discarded.

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Cavallo, Domingo: Reduce payroll tax rate and, if necessary increase VAT rate

Chairman and CEO, DFC Associates LLC; Member of G30

For discussion in GES 2010, we have submitted two similar proposals to replace payroll taxes by a value added tax on consumption for different countries that are facing either problems of lack of competiveness (Cavallo and Cottani on Greece, Portugal and Spain) or large proportions of informal employment and unemployment (Botero and Cavallo on Colombia).

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Chartres, Colin: Investment in water storage-insurance against climate change

Director General, International Water Management Institute

Many farmers and communities around the world are dependent on rainfed agricultural production. However, it is rainfed agriculture that is most likely to suffer the vagaries of climate change and, in particular, increasing drought.

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Cleary, Sean: Rebuild the "Agorá" - on a global scale

Chairman, Strategic Concepts, South Africa; Executive Vice Chair, Future World Foundation, Switzerland

The "Agorá" [Ἀγορά]was the social and commercial gathering place and the location of the political, administrative and legal functions of the "Polis" [πόλις] inAthens under the leadership of Pericles (461 to 429 BCE).

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De Geus, Aart: Measuring the relation between cost of education and the economic benefits of it

Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

The Case: In global competition, with an ageing society, human capital is key. In this context it is crucial to improve the delivery chain for how better skills and their more effective utilization translate into higher productivity and ultimately better economic and social outcomes.
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Dickinson, Elizabeth: Make peacekeeping effective by understanding the microeconomic incentives

Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine Peacekeepers are thought of as a global panacea. When conflict erupts in the African bush, when ethnic violence escalates out of control, after the end of a war or when a new one is feared, the world turns to peacekeepers to return normalcy.

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Ezin, H.E. Jean-Pierre: Pan-African University: A force for Africa’s regional integration

Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, African Union Commission

As we already know the fundamental difference between the North and the South is the lack of science in the South and the over abundance of science in the North.

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Fan, Shenggen: A peer-reviewed score-card system for measuring commitments to food security

Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

I propose a score-card system to monitor commitments to enhancing global food security in a timely and transparent fashion. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program can serve as a model to be built on for this score-card system.

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Glick, Bryan: Protecting privacy in the internet age - a banking network for personal information

Editor in Chief, Computer Weekly

Privacy is increasingly becoming one of the defining challenges of the internet era. Web pioneers such as Google and Facebook have suffered from a consumer backlash over fears of how they are using our personal information.

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Goslinga, Roselinde: Establishing weather insurances through mobile phone systems in developing countries

Coordinator of the Agricultural Index Insurance, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

Key product features

  • Micro crop insurance product initiated in Kenya in December 2008.
  • Insurance for farm inputs, insuring 11,000 plus farmers in 2010 season.

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Halman, Talât S.: Alms as tax to combat poverty in the Muslim world

Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Bilkent University

In 2010, the Muslim world is celebrating the 1400th anniversary of the Koran. The Holy Book commands the devout to obey five sacred rules: shahada (affirmation of the Faith), worship, fasting, pilgrimage, and zakat (alms), each one an obligatory duty.

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Haščič, Ivan: Development and international diffusion of "neglected" environmental and climate change mitigation technologies

Economist and Policy Analyst, Empirical Policy Analysis Unit, OECD Environment Directorate

The development and international diffusion of environmental and climate change mitigation technologies and knowledge is key to addressing trans-frontier and global environmental problems.

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Helftewes, Markus: Global use of climate protection potentials of waste management as starting point for economic development

Project Engineer, Veolia Umweltservice GmbH

Initial position

8–12% of the CO2 emissions of developing countries and emerging markets are resulting out of their waste management.

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Khan, Amir Ullah: Using technology for good governance

Director Research, Bangalore Management Academy; Fellow, India Development Foundation

In most developing countries, the poor, especially those engaged in agricultural activities suffer from a lack of access to markets.

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Lazear, Edward: The inflation-minus-one rule

Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Many governments are seeing spending that has gotten out of control. The US is a case in point. In one year, spending went from 21% of GDP to over 25% of GDP and the deficit jumped to over 10% of GDP.

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Malhotra, Asheesh: Measuring corporate success in an uncertain global environment

Partner, Wipro Consulting Services

The current way of measuring performance of an organization does not tell the complete view as the financial crisis in last couple of decades came below the radar.

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Morrison, John: A global land index

Executive Director, Institute for Human Rights and Business

"Land" is the number one political and economic issue in many emerging economies (e.g., India, South Africa, Colombia, etc.) but we lack any common conceptual cur­rency in how we talk about processes of land acquisition and use.

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Mwendwa, Mwende: Multinational corporations and developing countries

Associate Economist, The MDG Centre, East and Southern Africa

The idea centers on multinational corporation activities in developing and less devel­oped countries. The idea attempts to address the debate surrounding the benefits versus shortfalls of multinational corporations in developing countries and more specifically identifying a solution that addresses the labor and environmental issues arising from multinational corporations operations.

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Oberhänsli, Herbert: (How) can international trade and investment contribute to a more efficient use of water globally?

Head of Economics and International Relations, Nestlé SA

70% of all freshwater withdrawn for human use goes into agriculture, needed to grow food for an increasing world population. Producing one calorie for an average diet re­quires one liter of water.

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Torry, Sir Peter: Advocating Turkey’s integration into the European Union

Former Ambassador to Germany, Embassy of the United Kingdom

The question of Turkish membership of the European Union (EU) has been on the agenda for over 50 years. It is time to settle it. Turkey applied for Associate Membership in 1959.

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Tuckett, David: Overcoming the instability of the financial system through a "truth and reconciliation process"

Professor of Psychoanalysis, University College London

The world of policy-making has for a long time relied on academic analysis of decision-making processes and the underlying problems policy seeks to address based in one way or another on views of human behavior which are blinkered and unrealistic in their understanding of human psychology.

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Vivek, Harsh: Enhancing employability through market-recognized skill certification for informal workers

Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation, the World Bank Group

Informal employment could result from either the “informality of firms” or from the “informality of labour or absence of suitable employability.”

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Yee-Cheong, Dato Lee: Use of military engineers in infrastructure development in achieving the UN MDGs in developing countries

Chairman of the Governing Board, UNESCO Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation

Due to climate change, natural disasters are getting more frequent and more violent. In any developing country, the military engineering divisions and units are best equipped for disaster mitigation.

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