Poverty: hand-outs don’t help
As a result of the financial crisis, rather than decreasing, poverty is on the rise. Not just in the developing countries, but closer to home too. Poverty is not an isolated fact, but a complex phenomenon that affects all aspects of life.
Community: no man (or woman) is an island
In barely half a century, we have moved in Europe from a society in which family was the cornerstone to a collection of individuals with few bonds or commitments to link them together. A reaction against this is now taking place, with an emphasis on more community, more cooperation and – why not? – more dreams.
The environment: definitely in my backyard!
Climate change, declining biodiversity, shortages of drinking water, increasing famine … We humans have treated our planet irresponsibly, and are now facing the consequences. New models rely on principles such as recycling, sustainability and local product chains.
Demographics: the world is turning faster and faster
Global population patterns are changing fast due to factors such as migration and population ageing. As a result, new needs are arising that the traditional formulas do not satisfy.