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 Gentleman 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 30 GlobalCompactInternationalYearbook2017