Martin Kirk

Martin Kirk is Head of Strategy for /The Rules, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, researchers and writers dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world. Follow him on Twitter: @martinkirk_ny

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Gates Foundation's Rose-Colored World View Not Supported by Evidence
The annual public letter from Bill and Melinda Gates has become a much-celebrated event in the global development calendar. But lost in the excitement around this year’s letter is the fact that it uses 6,000 words to paint a picture that is so selective in its use of facts that it amounts to little...
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Friday, June 17, 2016
The Beautifully Lived Life of Jo Cox
What use are words penned in moments of shocked grief? What insight can be found here that eludes us at other times? What useful honesty can I access when both my head and my heart are struggling to connect my friend, Jo Cox, with the story of this young mother and MP who has been brutally and...
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Thursday, September 03, 2015
How to Feel Good about Poverty
Hope sells. Not quite as well as sex, but certainly better than despair. Politicians know this, marketers know this, and the politicians and marketers in the organizations concerned with global poverty know this. There is a line, though, that separates real, meaningful hope from marketing and spin...
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Friday, April 17, 2015
The World Bank and the Battle for the Future of Farming
There is a battle raging over the future of farming on this planet, and the front line, this week, is at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank in Washington, DC. There are two visions. They are often portrayed as being about differences in technical approaches but are, in truth, far more...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Us and Them: On Understanding Climate Denialism
So we’re in the midst of another round of climate-change related mud slinging. The latest issue of National Geographic , “The War on Science”, was seen to sneer at the 130 million American who don’t believe in human induced climate change. The Washington Times ' Stephen Moore fired back with an...
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Monday, March 16, 2015
Four Reasons to Question the Official ‘Poverty Eradication’ Story of 2015
The United Nations, large NGOs and lots of big corporations are gearing up to tell the world that we can eradicate global poverty by 2030. As a new paper by the economist David Woodward confirms , however, this claim is so far from reality that it deserves the label of cynical hype. The UN is...
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
4 Things You Probably Know About Poverty That Bill and Melinda Gates Don’t
Bill and Melinda Gates just released their annual letter, " Our Big Bet for the Future ," with their thoughts on the current state of global poverty and the suite of projects they are funding to tackle it . While their hopeful tone and a good deal of what they are proposing is excellent, the story...
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Do We Live on a One Party Planet?
The truth can be a slippery thing. We each have a version but it slips and slides about in our minds as we deal with the constant flood of information coming at us from all sides, not to mention trying to balance this expert view against that, between what we know, what we think we know, and what...
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The Hidden Shallows of Global Poverty "Eradication" Efforts
Right now, a long and complicated process is underway to replace the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, with new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These will set the parameters for international development for the next fifteen years and every government, UN agency,...
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Friday, August 01, 2014
The Hidden Hands Behind East-West Tug of War in Ukraine
News from Brussels on July 28 and from Washington on July 29 that both the EU and US are stepping up sanctions on Russia have been met with a general "it's about time" from the world. Nobody outside Russia, it seems, has trouble roundly condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for fuelling this...
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