GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

Giving a voice to the world's most fascinating untold global and social issues.

Holding Ourselves Accountable: Our Gender Bias Report Card

Earlier this year, science writer Ed Yong announced in The Atlantic that he'd spent two years consciously trying to level the gender balance in his stories, ensuring the sources he spoke with represented the whole talent pool. We write frequently about diversity and wondered about our own grade on this scale. So we checked the numbers going back...

May 6th, 2018 read more

Beware of Hidden Messages in Memes—Think Before You Click

A man gapes over his shoulder at the pretty girl who just passed him on the street. Beside him, his girlfriend glares in outrage. The punchline is in the captions: the head-turner is the new iPhone X, while the jilted girlfriend is the already-passé iPhone 8. You’ve probably seen—and shared—some version of this popular “distracted boyfr...

January 7th, 2018 read more

Gaming for good

Your kid is holed up in the basement, alone in the dark except for the glowing screen and the alien invaders from their favourite video game. Again. Don’t worry; an alternative to space war is on the way. Critics call video games a frivolous hobby, and lately the industry has got a bad rap for enabling gender discrimination and harassment. But...

April 22nd, 2017 read more

Record-smashing renewable energy projects

The city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, is no stranger to Hollywood. With scenic desert vistas, Ouarzazate has provided backdrops for Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator and Game of Thrones. Now Ouarzazate is rolling out the red carpet for the biggest star of all: the sun. Morocco is building the world’s largest solar power plant in Ouarzazate. Already, ha...

March 19th, 2016 read more

Impact hubs provide the tools for social change

Frederic Sune looked around his kitchen at all the expensive tools strewn on the floor. The web developer bought them for a tiling job, but would never use them again. What a waste, he thought. At Hub Ottawa, a community space where entrepreneurs, professionals and activists gather to work and collaborate, he laughed about his tool woes with ano...

January 30th, 2016 read more

Six real-world eco inventions

Our world doesn’t look much like the ones envisioned in sci-fi flicks like Star Trek or Back to the Future, let alone the latest installment of Star Wars. Kids aren’t buzzing around on flying skateboards, and we aren’t dueling with light sabers. But who needs movies when real-world innovations are way cooler—especially the ones poised to...

January 23rd, 2016 read more

Software to build better health in Tanzania

Row after row of mothers wait patiently, babies fussing in their laps. A nurse in this small clinic in rural Arusha, Tanzania, calls them forward, one by one, and gives the squirming infants a shot that will protect them from killer diseases, like measles and polio. Over the past 15 years, Tanzania has made a concerted effort to immunize its chi...

January 16th, 2016 read more