Thinking global, living local: Voices in a globalized world


Our news section is for important commentary and news that doesn’t fit under one of our Global Issues. Sometimes we use this space to comment on major current events, and sometimes we use it to cover conferences or share interviews we’ve snapped up. We also share news from our project team here.


  • The Most Dangerous Place for Journalists

    Written by is a global project with a blogger network that stretches across the world. The FutureChallenges team is thus informed about the working conditions for journalists and bloggers in many countries. Recently, the journalist Saleem Shahzad has been killed in Pakistan after he had been reporting on the connections between […]

  • Visualizations For A Better Understanding

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    We are just at the beginning to see really exciting infographics, interactive charts and various kind of visualizations on the web. News companies like The Guardian are at the forefront, just remember what they came up with regarding wikileaks. For us at futurechallenges (open) data visualization is an important  issue. […]

  • Where Scientists and Netizens Meet

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    Andreas Esche is director of the program “Shaping the Global Future” at Bertelsmann Stiftung and in this function responsible for For him is a milestone in the way Bertelsmann Stiftung is bridging the gap between science and networks and in the way it’s embracing social media. Ulrike interviewed […]

  • Welcome to Relaunch!

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    The past months seemed to me like FutureChallenges was leading a double life. Feeding the “old” website with content in order to keep it running and at the same time creating the new one and finally uploading lead articles, blogposts, videos and so on to the new website. For you […]