On March 19th, 2014 at the MaRS Discover District in Toronto, Ontario, I presented to a group of educators, technologists, entrepreneurs and nonprofits on the topic of Children’s Online Privacy and Rights. In light of a rapidly changing legislative environment in which child-oriented businesses operate, the presentation focused on how businesses and [...]
This post articulates my consultative services, and the frameworks that guide my research and practice in the field of children’s rights and private economic activity. I begin with a broad overview of human rights and business, and finish with specific services in my consulting practice.
Human Rights and Business Activity
The expansion of economic globalization has [...]
Abstract: Two global trends are taking place within our emerging knowledge society: (1) multinational private corporations are increasingly incorporating corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles into their business strategies and operations; (2) and international rights institutions and frameworks are increasingly recognizing the role of private corporations and CSR principles in development efforts. This paper seeks to situate [...]Continue Reading →
In his book, Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen (winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics) examines the substantial issue of participation as a part of the process of economic development. Participation represents a critical component of freedoms that individuals must exercise in a progressive economic society–which also relies on freedoms in political and social engagements.
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Most national governments have ratified the various international agreements that recognize the importance and vulnerability of children. Most recognize that special attention most go towards developing an effective educational system to tackle the complexity involved in human development. However, for most national governments, often the benefits of early childhood education (ECE) is not viewed from [...]Continue Reading →
Abstract: This paper presents a critical literature review on the subject of international aid for education and the associated global education discourse that is marked by various international frameworks on Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Education for All (EFA). Through analysis of selected journal articles and agency reports, this author discusses three broad themes [...]Continue Reading →
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AboutNick Petten’s research and consulting interests centres on the way the private economic sector influences children’s well-being and rights. This interest began while pursuing a Masters in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University, during which he also worked at Microsoft within a national education initiative. The combination of learning and doing brought some powerful realizations about how businesses and the private sector regard children as consumers. Those realizations has made it his social justice imperative to protect the vulnerabilities of children and childhood in the commercial marketplace while advocating for and consulting on socially responsible business practices.