I’ve recently had two presentation proposals accepted for the upcoming Canadian Evaluation Conference in Montreal in May. I’m very excited to be presenting on the following topics:
I have an idealized vision of liberating children from subtle and overt oppressive social norms in society. The process of liberation that I envision looks similar to other historic social movements, such as those involving slaves, women and ethnic minorities. These movements follow (in an overly simplistic way) as such: oppressed groups in society understand the […]
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.
Sen […]Continue Reading →
A recently published article in the academic journal, Childhood, explores how disabled children and young people in the global south can meaningfully participate in research activities that seek to understand their lives.
I am particularly interested in stretching my self-awareness of power and privilege as a social researcher interested in the lives of some of […]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 ethical 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. His overarching goal is to promote children's participation in political, economic and social engagements.