Voices

Our international team of opinion writers explore pressing global issues from local views, traversing political, economic, and cultural boundaries.

Mighty Cheeseburger Meets Lowly Cabbage

Mighty Cheeseburger Meets Lowly Cabbage

The mighty, juicy, cheeseburger meets the lowly leafy green… or is it the other way around? Having a curiosity about the energy required to produce different foods, Vero Alanis and I put the Cheeseburger to the energy-efficiency test, pitting it against the cabbage.

Is Global Warming Really the Problem?

Is Global Warming Really the Problem?

We are born to the world as a part of nature — well, except for test tube babies — and will also leave the world as a part of nature — okay, plus maybe some formaldehyde, antibiotics and whatnot. It’s just this whole ‘living’ part between being born and death where we seem to have things a little screwed up.

Playa Giron

Playa Giron

Sociecity’s Carla Vitantonio reflects on the plights of Italian revolutionaries whose stories are not unlike those who have come before them, and who are acting during the present day in concert with those in nations around the world.

Eco-Friendly Consumerism

Eco-Friendly Consumerism

Today’s eco branding is no longer here to better the world, but to exploit consumer demand, making us feel rewarded for consuming. So, how does the marketplace get away with ruining the world, and yet claiming credit for fixing it at the same time?

Reconsidering Laissez-faire

Reconsidering Laissez-faire

To ‘let it be.’ What does it mean in terms of modern American politics, social, and business policy, and are those who believe that pure merit and creativity will always prevail are utopian dreamers?

The New Cyborg in Seoul

The New Cyborg in Seoul

Seoul really is the most technologically advanced city, and as columnist Carla Vitantonio notes, the new cyborgs have already been born. Join Carla as she explores life and gender issues through the eyes of an Italian woman in South Korea.

When Cycling is a Crime

When Cycling is a Crime

“A 3,000-kilo SUV traveling 55kph beside a 10-kilo bicycle traveling 15kph? Are you Americans fucking nuts?” Take a look with us, at the current misgivings of the U.S. bicycle infrastructure, and how it can be fixed.

Looking for Happiness in GDP

Looking for Happiness in GDP

Leaders ranging from the King of Bhutan to the President of France have been pushing for a change which many are resisting. Find out why GDP might be on its way out as an indicator of prosperity.

Introducing: Heads or Tails

Introducing: Heads or Tails

Raymond Yeung joins sociecity with the “Heads or Tails” column. His first whack reflects on the very idea of a coin toss, on randomness, and on how the very simple act of decision-making ties into our everyday lives.

If Humans Had Roots to Eat By

If Humans Had Roots to Eat By

The average person in the average city or town still has little opportunity to see what is really in their food, let alone where it comes from… in a market dictated by shiny marketing messages, how do we re-connect with our food sources?