The Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh in April 2013 that killed over 1,000 people is a clarion call about the urgent need to improve safety standards for garment workers in developing countries. Government interventions, coupled with urgent recommendations, are underway to address the needs of survivors, to prevent future instances of the abuse of workers, to insure higher safety standards and to improve social compliance in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry. UK government...

What has happened since over 1,100 garment workers, mostly poor women, were killed in last month’s Bangladesh building collapse? Attempts are underway to better regulate the 5,000 garment factories in Bangladesh (second only to China) which collectively generate $18 plus billion in annual revenues. Bangladesh garment exports tripled between 2005 and 2010 and are expected to triple again by 2020, thanks to wages well below China and Vietnam. The minimum wage in Bangladesh was one-fifth that of...

Governor Michael Dukakis shares his thought on the launch of The Boston Global Forum. "Hi, I’m Mike Dukakis. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that the world faces many challenges, even as we get closer and closer to the day when force can be ruled out as a means of settling disputes between and among countries. But issues of climate change; the whole impact of the social media on life; the abolition of nuclear weapons from the face of the planet; the US-Chinese relationship… I...

As the so-called "digital divide" is made smaller and the world becomes "flatter," it becomes increasingly important that new media technologies be used as instruments of good rather than evil. Over the years, the broadly-defined social media has emerged from its fringe existence as a simple communication tool and grown into a formidable, indispensible force that helped change societies. From its origin as a relatively obscure environment for technological “nerds” to communicate with...