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Edward Jackson

Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University

Edward Jackson is an Ottawa-based university professor, management consultant and author. His blogging interests include progressive politics, local economic development, social capital markets, higher education, program evaluation, gender equality, China, Africa, aid policy, jazz, travel, fitness and sports. He can be reached at Follow @EdwardTJackson on Twitter.
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Marathon Champions Race Toward Peace In Kenya

Nairobi, a world-class city of commerce, culture and contrasts, is energized by a growing and demanding middle class. Pulsating with the creativity and aspirations of a youthful population, Kenya's dense regional cities are also gaining economic momentum. Kenyan runners are helping to make this happen.
04/01/2016 01:30 EDT
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This Quebec Model Offers Better Pensions for Non-Profit Workers

The pre-election debate on improving the Canada Pension Plan is important and overdue. Despite the Harper government's reluctance, there is a broad consensus that, as a national newspaper said recently, "raising mandatory CPP contribution rates and boosting future payouts are the most prudent, most effective and least costly fix." But that's not enough.
06/16/2015 12:34 EDT

How the LGBT Community Gets Down to Business

Living while being gay still gets you killed in many parts of the world. Pulsing with hate, powered by bigotry, mobs have brutally attacked and killed fellow citizens solely because the sexual orientation of their victims differed from that of the majority. In hostile settings it makes sense for minority groups to join together in common businesses, networks and programs. There is some safety in numbers. There is also economic leverage.
09/12/2012 05:04 EDT

Does a New President for Ghana Mean a New Direction?

Only days ago, under the Black Star of African emancipation, John Dramani Mahama spoke these words when he was sworn in as President of Ghana after the unexpected death of his predecessor, John Evans Atta Mills, aged 68. the country is heading into a presidential election only six months from now. What Ghana does next matters to the citizens of the Republic. It matters to the African continent. And it matters to the world.
07/31/2012 03:53 EDT

Simple Deal: Canada Gets Money, and China Gets Canada

In the 30 years between 2020 and 2050, coping with stepped up economic incursions and acquisitiveness by China could well become the prime function of the Canadian state on almost every important policy front.
02/13/2012 05:42 EST

Does the NHL Have Brain Damage?

I played junior hockey and grew up in the traditional culture of the sport. And I want the NHL to ban all fighting -- any time, everywhere, forever. However, the owners want to maintain fighting as part of the game. And their enforcers will continue to die young.
12/11/2011 12:50 EST

7 Questions You Should Ask About Federal Budget Cuts

To what extent is a given budget cut driven by ideology? The introduction of the omnibus crime bill and the elimination of the gun registry are red meat tossed to the Conservatives' electoral base. What other programs will need to go in order to satisfy this core constituency?
12/06/2011 10:37 EST

K'naan, Iman and the Famine in Somalia: The Long Game Matters, Too

The celebrities' call to action on the famine in Somalia is welcome, but the bottom line is that these countries need sustained economic growth. Such strategies are not without risks, however. Businesses must not be permitted to abuse human rights. Foreign investment must not undermine sovereignty.
07/27/2011 08:59 EDT

Feminism 2.0: "Lift as You Climb"

Though the movement faces menacing, mutating challenges everywhere, global feminism -- I'm talking about today's 2.0 version -- is a dynamic force driven by passion. This is heavy lifting. It requires focus, strength, resilience, and commitment to a larger, shared goal.
07/10/2011 06:41 EDT

Give Homophobia the Red Card: Cleaning Up Women's Soccer by 2015

Discrimination takes the form of harsh anti-lesbian talk that creates and sustains a climate of intolerance and fear. And in some countries, such discrimination can spark deadly violence and loss of life. Maybe Canada can contribute to this struggle, as it will host the 2015 Women's World Cup.
06/30/2011 11:54 EDT

Multipolarity: It's Already Here

Six emerging economies will account for more than half of global growth by 2025. But "emerging" is really a misnomer. These economies exercise their expanding power every day on every continent in every sector. The only thing "emerging" about them is how powerful they could become.
06/08/2011 09:20 EDT