Entrepreneurship as Leverage for Legal Migration

Kebba-Omar Jagne is one of the GES Young Fellows 2015. He is founder of “Making Our Visions and Aspirations Reality” (MOVAAR), an initiative that aims to support entrepreneur-led, community based development efforts through skills formation and project-based learning. In his guest post he explains the relationship between entrepreneurship and the legal migration from conflict countries.

We are Humans, no Beasts

He calls it a “paradox of our time”. Mustafa Cerić, Ph.D., Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia, discusses in his blog post how to deal with the developments of the recent years. While food production has risen, more and more people are suffering from hunger. While science has improved, mythical obsession is getting stronger. There are many examples that make the human kind look like beasts from the outside.

A Question of Identity

“The real challenge [deriving from the Eurozone crisis] is not just to work out the most efficient economic solution or the most persuasive political one, but to find a new narrative for the European Union, one that will give its inhabitants a new sense of identity and purpose.” This is the main thesis of Prof. Dennis Snower’s blog post, in which he elaborates on this issue and how to master that challenge.

The Effects of Monetary Policy during Financial Crises: Initially Useful, but Subsequently Largely Ineffective

The effects of monetary policy during financial crises can dramatically differ from normal times. If central banks do not take this into consideration, their policies may lead to huge welfare losses. In a study, three researchers from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy investigated the financial policies of the past 30 years for 20 major economies.

Creating Community: Social Media, a Tool for Integration

The current Europe-wide influx of migrants has undeniably sparked anti-foreigner sentiments across the entire continent. In Brussels, record numbers of incoming refugees are adding to the city’s already large pre-existing foreign-born population. Now, more than ever, we need a solution to ensure the successful integration between foreigners and locals. Btogether.be, a social networking site aiming to connect foreigners and locals in Brussels, will foster communication and interaction between various demographics, thus ensuring a happy, helpful community.

Desert2Eden: Let’s restore and develop degraded land in arid regions—and meet the sustainable development goals at the same time!

Christian Berg is Professor for Sustainability and Global Change at Clausthal University of Technology, Germany. In his blog post he explains the difficulties to meet the goals for a sustainable development and presents a new option to master these goals. By using the currently unused potential of deserts, based on his program Deserts2Eden.