Kolata: The future of human rights education

March 29, 2011 • 1
We live in a world in which many social problems and deeply rooted injustices threaten the lives and livelihoods of many people around the globe. But the chronic character of these problems does not have to be our permanent, irresolvable reality. Individuals and institutions have the capacity to create lasting solutions that will overcome any »

Kolata: Embrace the way of the hug

January 21, 2011 • 2
A National Hug Day is a brilliant idea. Here’s why. People are desperate to be happy, it is an ultimate end, something we eternally strive for. But our society has a warped conception of happiness. We equate success with a small, arbitrary set of career paths and we are told if we pursue this narrow »

Kolata: The world beautiful

October 7, 2009 • 39
We live in a world afflicted by violence, poverty, social inequality and environmental crisis. Individuals, governments, multilateral institutions and NGOs have been laboring for decades to solve these problems. Despite their repeated efforts, human rights violations, degradation of natural resources, social inequality and unsustainable patterns of global consumption appear to be intensifying. We, therefore, have »