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“America Can Be Too Proud”

In keeping with today’s theme, here’s an article by Carole Motsinger about the Asheville based non-profit Global International that is focused on investing in long-term customized solutions created by local communities. Christopher Sacco, the co-founder and director of Groundswell International, who lived in Ecuador for eight years notes,  “One thing that I realize after this latest financial crisis is that we have a lot to learn from developing countries.”

I’m proud to be an American. That said, America can be too proud.
Our country has a tendency to not look outside the borders for wisdom and solutions — sometimes I feel the only time we do look at developing countries is to look down on them.
Christopher Sacco, the co-founder and director of Groundswell International, an Asheville-based global nonprofit focused on strengthening community organizations and training leaders, knows firsthand how much the United States can learn from other parts of the world. And he’s inviting Asheville to access this global classroom, so to speak, through free, facilitated discussion at UNC Asheville on solutions to major issues impacting the global food and agriculture system.
“The majority of our Groundswell partners are international organizations and people,” he said, noting he lived in Ecuador for about eight years. “One thing that I realize after this latest financial crisis is that we have a lot to learn from developing countries.” Continue reading


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23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Ha-Joon Chang is one of the leading heterodox economists and institutional economists specialising in development economics. Currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge, Chang is the author of several widely-discussed policy books, most notably Kicking Away the Ladder: Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002).

Chang is also known for being an important academic influence on the economist Rafael Correa, currently President of Ecuador.