Global Compact International Yearbook 2017


Sustainability in Troubled Times

We life in times of uncertainty and global (dis)Order. „Understanding global mega-trends is crucial. We live in times of multiple, evolving and mutually-reinforcing shifts“, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He adds: „These dynamics, of geopolitical, demographic, climatic, technological, social and economic nature, enhance threats and opportunities on an unprecedented scale.“ Therefore
sustainability in troubled times is the key topic of the Global Compact International Yearbook 2017, edited by macondo publishing.

The Philantropic


Charismatic, compassionate, and intelligent, Colin Firth is far more than your average thespian,

as he strives to bring about real change on an environmental and human level. In our rapidly

changing time, the world needs types like Colin Firth to exemplify decency.

By Karen Anne Overton

It seems that since the early days of Tinseltown, philanthropy

and celebrity have linked arms. From glamorous benefit galas

to well-documented trips to desperate war-torn regions, it is a

fundamental part of the media machine to “give back” and,

more to the point, to be seen to be giving back.

Very often, this form of charity campaigning is hooked on PR,

where a subtext for a new film, global music tour, or fashion

range provides a more believable platform for seeing an A-lister

meandering around a village in Africa or exploring the rugged

slums of Chennai. So what is it about Colin Firth’s particular

brand of humanitarianism that sets him apart? Perhaps it is the

vim and vigor with which he promotes his various endeavors,

or the self-confessed activist’s brazen outspokenness, even

when risking unpopularity. Or – in a time of social media

and lip service where actions speak considerably louder than

words – his continued grassroots devotion to projects in his

own country, rather than just the big attention grabbers of

the developing world.

“I’ve always felt a need to engage in the world in some way,”

he begins. “My parents taught me those kinds of principles

and, in my own way, I’ve tried to take a critical attitude toward

society and not simply accept things blindly,” explains the

56-year-old. “My mother often campaigned for the rights of

political prisoners and refugees, and I believe it’s important

to support those people. It’s important that we listen to different

voices who speak all kinds of experiences in the way


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