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2017
Asia Needs more Dialogue
Solutions to urban pollution may prove complex
Spread of ESGs could herald new global movement
Investing in quality education is imperative if India wants to reap demographic dividends
China needs to lead in new multi-stakeholder world
China’s B&R initiative leading a resurgence of Asia
Education is key - but long-term: Can we survive?
New wave of robots will be beneficial to all
China needs to continue with its ‘heavy lifting’
Time is right for Chinese firms to invest in Europe
Robots to the rescue for China?
Asian Multinationals are Going Global, But to Where?
China ratchets forward with energy efforts
China’s calm necessary for globalization push
Bridging managerial gaps involves trust-building
China well-placed to power its future through green technology advances
China's new 'springtime' is here
2016
China’s moves show it’s banking on the future
Mindset for action at the G20 summit will be determined by Chinese presidency
Chinese head-hunting intensifies for rare managers that can steer overseas firms
US talk of isolation jars with growing links in Europe and Asia
Electoral rhetoric on global trade not in sync with reality
Is it time to be prudent and consider austerity policies again?
What will we do if we have no oil?
Unlock talent by finding the right fit for a person
The benefits are real and tangible
Trade along China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ won’t succeed without the currency of trust
Reasons for optimism about the long term
2015
Can big oil go green and win?
Poorer Nations Could Sway Climate Talks
Combating Idleness and Deprivation
How China can be a model of food sustainability for the developing world
Kyoto II – Is it a Done Deal?
A meeting of the two largest economic powers
Why China will experience a 'soft' landing
Beware of superstitions
The Elephant and Dragon move ahead
G-7 target on fossil fuels raises many questions
Why Battle for Net Neutrality in the US Matters Globally
China’s resurgence – the ‘normal new’
Wanted: A managerial culture that embraces cultural differences
China's early education plan a smart investment in the future
The New Normal for China and India
2014
China's infrastructure push offers a sure track to better growth
US-China climate pact a good start, but not quite enough
Rethink the human’s place in the ‘digital revolution’
China springs a carbon surprise
Infrastructure - the invisible hand in full view
Dialogue vital for survival of Iraqi nation
China must nurture a new generation of beautiful minds
Great expectations in China and India
GM Cereals – The Pros and Corns
Time to be Honest about Our Energy Prospects
Weathering the Storm of Climate Change
Making a Big Decision? Beware of Your Biases
West Deserves Better Logistics Infrastructure
Digital Currencies do Represent the Future
From 'Printed' Houses to Wooden Skyscrapers
It’s time to bail out our schools, not our firms
Solution to India’s housing shortage – print new ones!
And the most promising green technologies of 2014 are ...
Transport infrastructure key to domestic, export growth
Oil stopgaps: Not worth risking
2013
Why the US should grant Edward Snowden amnesty
May we be more optimistic!
China headed for another massive social experiment?
A dialogue that worked
Yes, politicians deserve vacations - because we benefit
NPOs, NGOs invaluable as creators of dialogue
Look closer and ask: Is America reinventing itself?
Boston bombings case underlines need for dialogue
Millennium Development Goals or own goals?
As usual it's about balance - and timing - of course
Chinese strategists make right moves for growth
2012
Preparing for tomorrow
Austerity or growth?
Japan in danger of becoming 'just a place to fly over'
Beware of the business cycle?
An inconvenient truth
Limited offer sale: Buy a country
Where did our money go?
Leading from behind - a year of elections is almost over
Driving towards a green future
Waiting for springtime
Preserve or Perish
Startlingly similar Asia policy for Obama, Romney
Globalisation remains an irresistible trend
Google has the edge in smartphone war
U.S. Braces for China's Rise
Mankind’s General Scourge
The summer holidays are over and nothing has changed!
Put the hidden trillions to work
Making sense of India’s woes and wonders
Storm in a teacup!
Let’s give bad bankers a venue to admit their sins
News is about depth, not puff or velocity
Booming India, but too few toilets
Delayed Court decisions doesn't mean one may continue to play 'Great Game'
We need media to reflect on data and offer public a balanced view
Big polluters can lead in forging common purpose
The weighty issue of choosing a leader
EU-India Relations - Facing similar challenges
Educating with a goal
The Judicial Malaise
We are growing out, but not growing up
EU´s retrenchment enigma
Urbulence in the Eurozone and the effect on SMEs
Skolkovo May Help Russia to Diversify
Make things more effective
Tapping into the Commonwealth connection
Innovative models for public finance
Facebook revolution but Indian style
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Asian investors - a private equity opportunity
India needs to be taller and stronger
China´s low sales volume...
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Can we control the politicians?
 
2011
Europe’s reminiscence
China firms should go for win-win in overseas ventures
Of procrastination...
Making sense of profiteering
Truth about financial mess must be laid bare
Small is also beautiful
China can help Europe with debt crisis
Excising the cancer of global corruption
Education, a critical asset
Arab uprisings set in motion forces of creative destruction
A new era of change
We must ensure better education for all
Beijing wary of bankrolling a lost cause
Asean's re-emergence as a local and global leader
Why India's Role in the Global Economy is Still Work in Progress
Its the leadership, stupid!
Reverse globalisation: The new buzzword
NPOs, NGOs invaluable as creators of dialogue
By Frank-Jürgen Richter
Nikkei Weekly, July 8, 2013
 

The devastating floods that have struck Germany and other parts of central Europe in the past weeks have shown the value of nonprofit organizations and the work they do. Millions of people have been displaced and thousands more have been stranded. The task of helping these victims goes beyond the capabilities of governments alone. During times like these, it is NPOs and nongovernmental organizations that step in and allow dialogue between all parties involved. These organizations use their small sizes and highly focused natures to help the people who need it most.

Dialogue is critical in world affairs, and though its use between businesses and nations is constantly highlighted, it is the NGOs and NPOs that use dialogue the most to effect true change.

These organizations, which range in size from several individuals to enormous concerns composed of dozens of multinationals, spend billions of dollars across the world to fight critical social and societal issues.

In a technologically advanced world where not all nations advance at the same rate, the role of nonprofits is more important than ever. This makes dialogue between nonprofits, governments and businesses just as critical to our collective progress as a world society.

For commercial businesses and government organizations, the goals are much more broad: a company has its shareholders to report to; a government its citizens. An NPO reports to the people who provide the funding or run the organization. This allows the groups to have laserlike focus on an issue, and send negotiators across nations to engage in dialogue on special issues.

If a community or minority group is underrepresented, nonprofits are often its main representatives in government and business. Environmental issues also are mostly in the realm of NGOs and NPOs. However, their presence ensures that all stances over these issues are given fair hearings.

Imagine a world where the Nobel Prize does not exist. Though this may not be everyone's idea of a dialogue-driven organization, the value of dialogue that takes place at the Nobel's various events around the world is immeasurable. Though many still disagree with the decision, the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009 not only allowed him key dialogue time with political leaders and academics, but also promoted peaceful dialogue across the world.

The environment cannot speak for itself, so its voice is often spoken through nonprofits. If a chemical factory is leaking dangerous levels of toxins into the environment, if an oil company has spilled millions of gallons of crude into the ocean, it is the nonprofits who take up the cause. These groups can communicate with multinational corporations about the scale of the damage the companies are causing, and also help them navigate the dangerous world of fixing the problems they have created.

Many impoverished nations lack a strong voice in the international community. This is where charities step in. Groups like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation not only provide millions of dollars to help impoverished people and impoverished nations, they foster dialogue between the leaders of those nations and the leaders of companies that can help deliver food and technology.

The work that NPOs do for the impoverished and underrepresented is of great value. But even more valuable is the work they do for places in the international community.

The United Nations, for example, works with hundreds of NPOs and NGOs and even runs several of its own nonprofits. For example, UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, sponsors educational, wellness and medical programs for children around the world. By including unique representatives from business and civil society into their efforts, the U.N. and other governmental organizations can better represent their interests, and gain capable partners in the fight to improve society.

Recently in the United States, dialogue between nonprofits and the government was of great help in a major crisis. Immediately after the bombings in Boston, NPOs began working with police and other first responders to help in any way possible. This included locating, identifying and connecting victims to their families.

Within days, multiple NPOs had been set up to assist these families in coping with the crisis financially, physically and mentally. Without these groups and their work, the tragedy in Boston would have resulted in much more damage to the public consciousness and caused greater suffering for the victims.

Without organizations like these, not only would the dialogue never occur, but the very knowledge of the plight of the impoverished might never be made public. Dialogue might be the most powerful tool in modern society, and it is only made more useful with the influx of technology. Thanks to NPOs, NGOs and other charitable organizations, thousands of weak voices can be heard and given the benefit of the wealth of the corporate world. Without dialogue, those voices could be lost.

 

Frank-Jürgen Richter is founder and chairman of Horasis, a global visions community.


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