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  • Authors: Duncan, Green;  Advisor: -;  Co-Author: - (2016)

    Part I: A power and systems approach: Systems thinking changes everything, Power lies at the heart of change, Shifts in social norms often underpin change. Part II: Institutions and the importance of history: How states evolve, The machinery of law, Accountability, political parties, and the media, How the international system shapes change, Transnational corporations as drivers and targets of change. Part III: What activists can (and can’t) do: Citizen activism and civil society, Leaders and leadership, The power of advocacy. Part IV: Pulling it all together: A power and systems approach to making change happen.

  • Authors: Ephraim, Nkonya; Alisher, Mirzabaev; Joachim, Von Braun;  Advisor: -;  Co-Author: - (2016)

    This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area. About three billion people reside in these degraded lands. However, the impact of land degradation is especially severe on livelihoods of the poor who heavily depend on natural resources. The annual global cost of land degradation due to land use and cover change (LUCC) and lower cropland and rangeland productivity is estimated to be about 300 billion USD. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) accounts for the largest share (22%) of the total global cost of land degradation. Only about 38% of the cost of land degradation due to LUCC - which accounts for 78% of the US$300 billion loss - ...

  • Authors: Michael, Betancourt;  Advisor: -;  Co-Author: - (2016)

    Anything that can be automated, will be. The “magic” that digital technology has brought us — self-driving cars, Bitcoin, high frequency trading, internet of things, social networking, mass surveillance, the 2009 housing bubble — has not been considered ideologically. The Critique of Digital Capitalism identifies how digital technology has captured contemporary society in a reification of capitalist priorities. The theory proposed in this book is the description of how digital capitalism as an ideologically “invisible” framework is realized in technology. Written as a series of articles between 2003 and 2015, it provides a broad critical scope for understanding the inherent demands of capitalist protocols for expansion without constraint (regardless of social, legal or ethical limit...