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April 30, 2020

Face à la crise du covid-19, l’intervention des Etats en matière sociale s’est imposée comme une évidence, alors que l’OIT (Organisation internationale du travail) estime que 81% des travailleurs dans le monde vivent dans un pays où la fermeture des lieux de travail est obligatoire ou recommandée. L’intensité des réponses varie néanmoins selon les préférences collectives et les moyens des différen...

November 22, 2018

Can blockchain technology be the key to a more sustainable future? This is the question currently raised by various blockchain developers, environmental specialists and policymakers, as illustrated by the OECD Blockchain Policy Forum[i] which Policy Shift attended last September. This forum was the first major international conference to take stock of blockchain’s impacts across the full range of...

October 18, 2018

On September 25th, Policy Shift participated in the 2nd edition of Innov'ater, a conference organized by several French professional organizations gathering heads of local territories and the French newspaper La Gazette des communes, specializing in local political topics. This event aimed to discuss innovative public policies taking place in local districts, as well as in the private sector, with...

July 26, 2018

Photo taken by Jennie Cottle at CARACEN, Los Angeles, 2017

It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.

- Justice Brandeis

Targeted during President Trump’s presidential campaign and directly threatened in his ensuing Execu...

July 9, 2018

Most people rarely notice the air they breathe on a daily basis. However, in countries with poor air quality, ignoring this everyday pollutant can have serious and even fatal consequences. Air pollution is measured by the concentration of a “mixture of solid and liquid droplets suspended in the air”, better known as particulate matter (PM), and other naturally existing elements including CO, NO2,...

May 21, 2018

In the last few years, a number of distinct and distant communities around the world independently implemented pilot projects to test the effects of an innovative and revolutionary social policy: Universal Basic Income. Oakland in California, Ontario in Canada, small Kenyan villages, Finland, and Iran, have all become pioneers of the Universal Basic Income frontier.

Universal Basic Income (UBI), th...

May 6, 2017

Much of development policy over the past 15 years – since the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals – has been geared towards enabling greater private sector investment in developing markets.In light of this, the successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals hinges on the mobilization of private investment, as it will largely depend on the ability to effectively mobilize bo...

September 15, 2016

The most dangerous country in the Americas for journalists and among the lowest ranked for freedom of the press, Mexico suffers from both widespread violence and silence. Silence from the journalists and media who are threatened daily and forced into self-censorship. Silence on the part of the judiciary in allowing these crimes and human rights abuses to go on without punishment. And silence from...

July 5, 2016

European countries in particular are being pushed to confront the ongoing arrival of asylum seekers in terms of national and EU policies and social and economic integration. While these policies are a vital element, local initiatives and individual support are also necessary to reframe the public debate and shift societies’ perceptions and actions from one of fear and chaos to one of compassion.

April 29, 2016

“…When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” Unknown

In early 2015, with an army of 66 university graduates, the Centre for Bhutan Studies travelled to the 20 districts of Bhutan and interviewed 8,871 Bhutanese people, asking them, in 10 different dialec...

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