A Reconciliation Pole is raised at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., in April 2017. The 17-metre red cedar pole tells the story of the time before, during and after the Indian residential school system. Thousands of copper nails representing thousands of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential schools were hammered into the pole by survivors, affected families, school children and others.
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Calls to "indigenize" universities must start with listening - to Indigenous scholars and nations. And real reparation will be painful for settlers, for it will be unsettling.
We need to look behind the sharing economy’s apparently informal, casual intent to consider the impacts on people’s lives.
In cities dominated by globalised market forces, how can we achieve social equity and justice? For any sharing economy idea, we need to ask what will it do to fix the big problems confronting us all.
A Bitcoin (virtual currency) souvenir coin. But cryptocurrencies like this can be debt and equity as well.
Despite its name, cryptocurrency isn't just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other finance.
Outcomes for first peoples in Australia lag behind the non-Indigenous population.
Australia was ranked top of the world in terms of the efficiency of our health care system and health outcomes, but only seventh in terms of equity.
Higher-density developments change neighbourhoods, often in ways that further disadvantage low-income households.
For the first time in Australia, more higher-density housing than detached housing was being built last year. Compact cities have pros and cons, but the downsides fall more heavily on the poor.
Male scientists dominate labs, often with little to no female representation in the work or research subjects.
Research laboratories are dominated by men, and that's not only bad for lab culture, it can be dangerous for science.
Why is it easier to imagine a green ecocity than a just city where everyone belongs?
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What is an economy for? And how do we build a community where everyone belongs? We need to answer questions like these to create good, sustainable cities.
Soft Landing recycles the materials of mattresses that otherwise get dumped in landfill.
City dwellers are individually starting to do their bit to live sustainably. Now pioneering businesses are aiming to make ecological and social sustainability part of their bottom line.
The Flint water crisis was one of the few cases of environment-related social injustices that reached national attention in recent years.
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Addressing social and health inequalities from pollution is no longer a priority at the EPA. What did the Office of Environmental Justice do and what will happen if it's shut down?
The slow pace of transformation in post apartheid South Africa is a reflection of persisting racism that has infected formal corporate institutions.
A new model proposes to fix school funding arrangements.
A new proposed deal on school funding delivers the Gonski funding within budget.
Businesses with women leaders are better corporate citizens.
A recent study of firms listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange suggests that companies with gender-diverse boards are more responsible corporate citizens.
Visiting universities while in high school helps to demystify higher education.
Mentoring support and campus visits are a couple of ways of familiarising students with university.
There needs to be a frank discussion about how the government spends its education dollars.
The huge growth in student numbers is restricting the government’s capacity to increase levels of public funding per student and for research.
The main ‘failure’ of the demand-driven system is its success.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Harvesting rooibos in South Africa’s Suid Bokkeveld.
Good models have been developed to ensure benefit sharing in the biodiversity business. But major challenges prevent developing countries from translating this into social justice.
Plenty more needs doing to help plug the gender gap in science.
The push to bridge the gender gap and encourage more women and girls into a career in science gets the backing of the United Nations special day.
The World Health Organization’s executive boardroom.
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It is time to have an open and honest discussion about who is – and isn't – being trained to secure the future of our world’s health at the World Health Organization headquarters.
A closer analysis of ‘generation war’ debates reveals that inequalities within generations remain far more significant than those between them.
The political debate over generational equity, which has been rekindled in the past week, now dominates discussions over wealth, government spending and fiscal sustainability. But a closer look at some…
The draft report of the Competition Policy Review elevates consumer choice above all other considerations.
Are we consumers or are we citizens? Clearly most of us are both. In a capitalist economy people get much of what they need through competitive markets. Yet we also live within a society and have reasonable…