*Following the closure of the United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste, a new form of engagement involving the country, and local and international agencies has emerged. Noeleen Heyzer describes the current state of development in the young nation, and shares how active collaboration at all levels can engineer breakthroughs in helping a country unlock its potential in the region.*
Dr Heyzer, how did you come on board to become the Special Adviser to Timor-Leste?
*Why do some communities mobilise and respond to a crisis while others collapse? This question of resilience is increasingly important in the face of complex global challenges today. Building on his research findings, James Arvanitakis discusses the question, confirming that resilience is both specific to culture and context.*
*Increasingly, the social sector is witnessing the power of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platforms. What about equity-based crowdfunding? Will this collective effort find application in the non-profit space as well? Jared Tham thinks this is just around the corner.*
Equity crowdfunding is already a reality in the for-profit sector, having been in Europe since 2010, and soon after, in the US. This new movement allows retail investors to participate not just in terms of shareholding, but also at times with voting rights1 in start-up companies.