Supported by World Public Forum, 22 Ideas surveys the issues relevant to the entire global community, fueling discussions on economic, social, developmental, and political topics. From the global financial crisis to the growth of democracy and the acceleration of global warming, the world’s leading thinkers share their ideas through honest, brief, accessible interviews and engage in thought-provoking, poignant, and passionate dialogues for a chance to make our world better.
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Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Prize winner (2006) for combating poverty via the microcredit system that he developed in Bangladesh and spread to other countries in Asia. Presently he is chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University.
Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and a visiting professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.
Joseph Stiglitz is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is a university professor at Columbia University and also chairs the University of Manchester’s Brooks World Poverty Institute.
Ha-Joon Chang is a development economics expert and one of the most influential anti-neoliberal economists of his generation. He teaches at the Faculty of Economics and the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge.
José Antonio Ocampo is a former United Nations undersecretary general for economic and social affairs and former finance minister of Colombia. He is professor and director of the Economic and Political Development program at Columbia University.
Paul Watson founded and is president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group devoted to marine conservation. The group is the subject of a reality television show, Whale Wars.
Mike Davis is a distinguished professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, and an editor of the New Left Review. He received a MacArthur Fellowship Award in 1998.
Olzhas Suleimenov is a Kazakh poet, writer, politician, and diplomat. He serves as a Kazakhstan representative to UNESCO (Paris).
Vladimir Yakunin is head of the Department of State Politics of the Faculty of Political Science at Moscow State University, founding president of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations,” and president of Russian Railways Joint Stock Company.
Immanuel Wallerstein served as distinguished professor of sociology at Binghamton University until his retirement in 1999 and as head of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilization at Binghamton University until 2005.
Zygmunt Bauman is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Leeds. He was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences in 1992 and the Theodor W. Adorno Award of the city of Frankfurt in 1998.
Bob Deacon is emeritus professor of international social policy at the University of Sheffield and holds the UNESCO-UNU Chair in Regional Integration, Migration and the Free Movement of People at UNUCRIS in Belgium. He has acted as consultant to several countries, as well as the World Bank, UNICEF, and the UN.
Peter J. Katzenstein is the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. He was ranked by the Economist as the most influential scholar in international political economy.
Craig Calhoun is director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former president of the Social Science Research Council and Global Distinguished Visiting Professor at New York University.
Ivan Krastev is chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies and permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is a founding board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the advisory board of the ERSTE Foundation, a member of the global advisory board of Open Society Foundations, and a member of the advisory council of CEPA.
Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is the past president of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and is presently a co-chair of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations.”
Manuel F. Montes is senior adviser for finance and development at the South Centre in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously he served as chief of development strategies and policy analysis at the United Nations.
Shimshon Bichler teaches political economy at colleges and universities in Israel. Jonathan Nitzan teaches political economy at York University, Toronto.
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a former United Nations assistant secretary-general for economic development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He also served as the honorary research coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development.
Kemal Derviş is vice president for global economics and development at the Brookings Institution.
Vladimir Popov is an interregional adviser in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and professor emeritus at the New Economic School in Moscow.
Jiemian Yang is a senior fellow and the president of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and a member of the Shanghai Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference.