We Are Living in Exciting Times
Iceland, a country that in 2008 was blamed for being at the center of the financial meltdown, regains the favor of many now that its parliament approved the recognition of Palestine as an independent sate, largely passing the motion with 38 of 63 votes in favor of a resolution to recognize Palestine “as an independent and sovereign state” based on borders predating the six-day war of 1967. This happens only few days after UNESCO admits Palestine as member sate.
On a recent front page on Forbes, Jacqueline Novogratz is part of a list of the most successful 30 social entrepreneurs, Impact investing in gaining ground. More than the aurea of these 30 individuals, I believe the world should focus on the example of 30 organization are trying to show to the world that there are other paths, none of these 30 might be the ultimate one, we may not know what capitalism will look like in 30 years from now, but do do do keep searching for other ways.
China and Europe, not the US seem to be the most forward looking super power when it comes to CO2 emission reduction, and I am sure they will reap the benefit soon of their higher commitment to such a relevant global issue.
Myanmar seems to be opening again and I am really happy to see Aung San Suu Kyi more often in television in the past year, especially out of her house was she has been under arrests for almost 15 years (TimesCast | A Milestone For Myanmar).
The last convoy of American troops just left Iraq. While it is hard to be sure if this is good news or not, it will take time to understand how good this is. Afghanistan did not enjoy the same luck this year.
The Arab Spring and the “Occupy” movements have managed to engage young people in the management of their societies (not really much in politics) after many years of disconnected silence. The recent events in Russia are unexpected and welcome. We all thought that Putin will have an easy way back up at the end of Medvedev mandate.
This is not a collection of all the relevant news of 2011, but just a few of the most unexpected and welcome development of this closing year. Looking at these few lines I cannot but being super excited for what the next year lies ahead.
While closing this incredible 2011, I wish you all good holidays.