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Volume 4 Issue 1

Emerging New Civilization Initiative (ENCI): Emergence from Emergency*

Michael Marien
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Earth scientists and biologists have much to say about the changing state of nature. Many of them join together in important collective reports, available free online, but too often ignored. It may well be even more powerful to assemble brief information on an array of these scientists’ reports. To illustrate, abstracts of some two dozen reports, nearly all... Read more
Ashok Natarajan
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Humanity has evolved from the family and local community over millennia through several stages to finally create the present fractured and unstable global community of nearly 200 nation-states, some of which are barely a few decades old. But already there are signs that the process of social evolution will continue until it eventually results in some form of... Read more
Giuli Alasania
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract The present paper will briefly review several turning points in the evolution of the Post-Cold War global order. During the Cold War, the bipolar international order was defined by an opposition between two superpowers whose positions were carefully balanced across the world. By contrast, due to the fact that the global security architecture was,... Read more
David Harries
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract On 17 March 2019, immediately following the four-day VII Global Baku Forum, members and friends of five international organizations gathered to explore the present state and future effectiveness of governance and leadership, in the context of a world focused on the 17 SDGs and the role of education in their achievement. The short report of the day’s... Read more
Garry Jacobs
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Over the past 200 years, the evolution of human society has moved inexorably toward greater interaction and interdependence between peoples and nations around the world. More recently the movements advancing free trade, globalization, liberal democracy, multilateral institutions and international cooperation have lost momentum and are in retreat. This... Read more
Janani Ramanathan
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Moving from scarcity of knowledge and lack of access to information to an overabundance of data comes with a downside. It is difficult to establish the veracity and impartiality of information today. With increasing freedom for everyone to make themselves heard, personal opinions, prejudices, even falsehood come to be alongside facts. In such a scenario, it... Read more
Estelle Herlyn, F. J. Radermacher
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This publication provides clues to the phenomenon of increasing social division within rich societies. At the same time, it refers to more recent insights of a partly empirical, partly mathematical type, which make it possible to describe the income situation of mature states/market economies solely by means of the so-called Gini coefficient. The Gini... Read more
Hans d’Orville
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract To achieve long-term sustainability, it is necessary to strive for a green economy and come up with solutions to address limitations to resource footprints. This will require innovations across the board and creativity in all fields. Creativity and sustainability are closely linked. The UN’s Agenda 2030 with its 17 SDGs sets out the economic, social and... Read more
Frank Dixon
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract The following is one of many concluding sections from the whole system book ‘Global System Change: A Whole System Approach to Achieving Sustainability and Real Prosperity’. The foundation for the strong positions taken here is established in more detailed and heavily referenced sections earlier in the book. Global and national financial systems strongly... Read more
Stefan Brunnhuber
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract This paper will review the concept of the “open economic trilemma” between national sovereignty, global integration and democratic politics. It will introduce, as a possible solution, the concept of a parallel dual currency system operating through new monetary channels using distributive ledger technology. Although not apparent at first glance, this... Read more
Petra Kuenkel, Sandra Waddock
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract The state of the world suggests we are at a crossroad—the next 15 to 20 years will have a decisive impact—more than in any period before—on the conditions of life on Earth. Rising awareness about the urgency of dealing with climate change is symptomatic of an increasing concern for the future of humanity and our life support system. Most approaches to solving... Read more
Carlos Alvarez Pereira
 Get Full Text in PDF Abstract Our conscious mind enables us to grasp complexity, but almost forces us to think in a linear and mechanistic way about “solutions” to the “problems” we face. This paper is an attempt to confront that dilemma of humanity, which may be the foundation of our growing divorce from life, as exemplified by rapid climate warming, loss of biodiversity and over-... Read more
Humanity is approaching a watershed. The challenges confronting the world today cannot be effectively addressed by incremental changes in existing institutions and policies. Neither the speed of change nor the magnitude is sufficient to keep pace with the rapidity of technological developments and social evolution. Effective response requires fundamental change in our values, conceptual framework... Read more