Roger D. Stone, guest editor for this special report, is director and president of the Sustainable Development Institute. He was formerly a correspondent and news bureau chief for Time magazine with three years' service in Brazil. He has also been a vice president of the Chase Manhattan Bank and of the World Wildlife Fund, and president of the Center for Inter-American Relations. He is the author of five published books including Dreams of Amazonia (Viking/Penguin, 1985).
Will Straw is associate director for Economic Growth at the Center for American Progress. He writes regularly on American and British politics for Comment is Free, ProgressOnline, and LabourList. This article is adapted from The Change We Need: What Britain Can Learn from Obama's Victory, edited with Nick Anstead and available from www.fabians.org.uk.