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.

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“It’s an Economic Disaster”

Kristine and Douglas Tompkins, founders of Esprit and The North Face, were very successful in their businesses. Nowadays, their focus has shifted and their goal is now to preserve nature wherever they can. At the 2015 Global Economy Prize, we interviewed them on their perspectives on the relationship between business success and environmental protection.

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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.

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Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants have come and still are coming to Europe. Politicians speak of a “fortress Europe”, closing borders with wired fences, controlling and limiting the migration. In his guest blog post, journalist Philippe Legrain takes a different stand point. History has shown that a free migration leads to less permanent immigration.

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