How do societies change or evolve? Whether the means to solve problems on a global scale come through technological innovation, changing consumption patterns or providing access to important services, progress depends on the complex interactions of people, businesses, NGOs and government. Learning to co-ordinate these is key to making real gains in sustainable development.
In February 2008, rioters in Burkina-Faso took to the streets, angry at the jump in food and fuel prices over the past year. They burned petrol stations, trashed government buildings and stoned a government delegation that had come to discuss the problem. Within a few weeks, similar scenes were repeated in over ...