They don’t build borders like they used to

The modern border is porous, malleable and surmountable. It’s not an effective deterrent for undesirable political, social, medical or economic consequences

They don’t build borders like they used toWhat do the global financial crisis of 2008, climate change and the COVID-19 global pandemic have in common? All three catastrophic events have confirmed that they don’t build borders the way they used to. Today, national borders are no match for globalization. In effect, borders have been overpowered and outsmarted by globalization. There’s no denying…

Too many fault lines in digital voting process

The shambles of the Iowa caucuses reconfirms that electronic voting is still a long way off

Too many fault lines in digital voting processThe recent Iowa caucuses debacle reminded me of two things. First, my about-face as a member of the New Brunswick Commission on Electoral Reform with respect to electronic voting. Second, further confirmation that the electronic infrastructure continues to be an impediment in advancing digital democracy. The 21st century has empowered humanity with electronic connectivity and…

Republic of Ireland offers valuable social, economic lessons

Looking for – and finding – solutions to hot-button issues from education to economic vibrancy to population growth

Republic of Ireland offers valuable social, economic lessonsNew Brunswick has much to learn from the Republic of Ireland. My recent selection as a Dobbin Scholar by the Ireland Canada University Foundation allowed me to conduct an academic visit to Maynooth University and the Republic of Ireland in June. The purpose of my visit was to explore the lessons that the Celtic Tiger…

Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparable

They provide the machinery and the fuel for empowering and sustaining the new global economy of the 21st century

Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparableRhodes, the modern capital city of the Greek island of the same name, is built around an historic landmark with a distinguished history. In 1988, the medieval city at the modern city’s core was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It lays claim to being the only European medieval city in constant habitation since the…

Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparable

They provide the machinery and the fuel for empowering and sustaining the new global economy of the 21st century

Innovation and entrepreneurship are inseparableRhodes, the modern capital city of the Greek island of the same name, is built around an historic landmark with a distinguished history. In 1988, the medieval city at the modern city’s core was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. It lays claim to being the only European medieval city in constant habitation since the…

A young hero for all to emulate

Jesse Canney's performance at the recent Special Olympics has been a catalyst for breaking down the barriers of marginalization

A young hero for all to emulateJesse Canney did New Brunswick proud. He was a competitive swimmer at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. He returned to New Brunswick in late March with three gold medals – in the 1,500-metres freestyle, the 800-metres freestyle and the four-by-100-metres freestyle relay. He also won…

Rhodes cultural policy is a template for Canada

The Greeks believe that supporting the arts and culture is not a luxury but an investment in human progress

Rhodes cultural policy is a template for CanadaThroughout the ages, Greece has created a significant footprint and an inspiring legacy in the arts and culture. Hardly a day goes by when we don’t recognize the foundational endowments to the modern arts and culture made by ancient Greece. Renowned Greek philosophers, architects, sculptors, poets and playwrights have left their mark for future generations.…

Internetization is globalization on steroids

An electronic empowerment has been unleashed by the information technology and communications revolution

Internetization is globalization on steroidsThe English language has traditionally embraced new words in response to the cultural evolution of civil society, in response to the production of new products and services, and to the articulation of innovative concepts in science and technology. However, English has, at times, been at a loss in expressing subtle nuances of meaning. In contrast,…

Lithuania works to break from the past, set a new course

Transitioning from a communist economy to a free-market system is no simple task

Lithuania works to break from the past, set a new courseTransition economies describes those eastern European countries that were under the grip of the Soviet Union until 1991 and subsequently moved away from a centrally-planned communist economic system toward a free-enterprise market economy. An invitation from the LCC International University in Lithuania to spend three months there as a visiting professor gave me the opportunity…