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Is there a global ethic?

In the final days of October, it snowed throughout the American Northeast. Six weeks ahead of the official start of winter, it snowed on the hundreds of protesters camped out in lower Manhattan who have, for the past month and a half, given voice to growing popular anger over the state of our economic system.

 

It seemed particularly apt, then, that Gordon Brown highlighted the challenges of climate change, economic inequality, and financial instability when he…

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Added by Jessica Polebaum on November 8, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What does accountability mean to you?

There was plenty of finger pointing last Tuesday morning as WNYC's talk show host Brian Lehrer led a spirited discussion with a live audience on the subject of "

Occupy New York." The most contentious topics were accountability for U.S. income disparity, and the causes of our financial crisis. Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer accused the Federal Reserve… Continue

Added by Julia Kennedy on November 7, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

ESSAY CONTEST: Making a Sustainable Difference

In recent years, "sustainability" has become a buzzword for scholars, entrepreneurs, and policymakers alike. It has come to embody a wide variety of approaches that aim to bring society in harmony with the environment. For some, it is heralded as the ultimate way to improve today's way of life and to guarantee human existence well into the future.



As a consequence, "sustainability" has become an integral part of our vocabulary. We now have Sustainable Development;… Continue

Added by Carnegie Council on October 24, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Global Ethics Network.

Welcome to Carnegie Council's Global Ethics Network. We have launched this project in the hope of building a global community dedicated to reimagining international relations for the 21st century. The world is facing major challenges—climate change, global poverty, and political instability—yet our tools for communicating and coordinating action are stronger than ever. That's why we have designed this network to be a collaborative…

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on September 16, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

In Search of a Global Ethic

I just wanted to share some remarks I gave on August 31 at the Tenth Anniversary Lecture Series of the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program. Andrew Carnegie's 1914 call for world peace still resonates today, though it is sounding a little out of tune given the intervening history and current state of affairs. My belief is that we can begin to harmonize global cooperation if we acknowledge three problems—crusading, nihilism, and moral equivalence—and match… Continue

Added by Joel Rosenthal on September 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Climate Change: The Parochial Hurdle

Few issues have global ethical implications like climate change, yet parochial concerns routinely sabotage coordination of a global solution. New research indicates that cognitive biases and boomerang effects are partially to blame, and that in the United States they correspond to partisan divides.



As Matthew Nisbet reports for Big Think, "Previous…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on August 23, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Marching Towards a Global Society

In his 2009 TED talk, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown outlines the guiding sense of global ethics at our moment in history. Here he is in his own words:

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Can I say how delighted I am to be away from the calm of Westminster and Whitehall?

This is Kim, a nine-year-old Vietnam girl, her back ruined by napalm, and she awakened the conscience of the nation…

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Added by Carnegie Council on August 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence, with Stuart J. Russell

UC Berkley's Professor Stuart J. Russell discusses the near- and far-future of artificial intelligence, including self-driving cars, killer robots, governance, and why he's worried that AI might destroy the world. How can scientists reconfigure AI systems so that humans will always be in control? How can we govern this emerging technology across borders? What can be done if autonomous weapons are deployed in 2020?

Killer Robots, Ethics, & Governance, with Peter Asaro

Peter Asaro, co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, has a simple solution for stopping the future proliferation of killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons: "Ban them." What are the ethical and logistical risks of this technology? How would it change the nature of warfare? And with the U.S. and other nations currently developing killer robots, what is the state of governance?

As Biden Stalls, Is the "Restorationist" Narrative Losing Ground?

U.S. Global Engagement Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev notes that former Vice President Joe Biden is, in foreign policy terms, most associated with a "restorationist" approach. How does this differentiate from other candidates? What approach will resonate most with voters?

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