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Common Good and the Crisis of Globalization

I presented this talk on February 24, 2012 at the University of Utah's Sixth Annual International Conference on Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Nonviolence and Peace. I look forward to your comments and discussion.

The concept of "common good" is especially…

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on March 1, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hip Hop and the Arab Uprisings

Global Ethics Fellow Rami Khouri is quoted in this great essay on hip hop and the Arab uprisings. His contention is that "Arab Spring" makes it sound too much like flowers are blooming when truly people are fighting for their lives and freedoms. Here's an excerpt below. Check out the original article at…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on February 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Happy 98th Birthday, Carnegie Council

In honor of Carnegie Council's 98th anniversary, I just wanted to share a few thoughts on where we've been and where we're headed:

"This is an adventure such as has never been tried before," announced …

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Added by Joel Rosenthal on February 10, 2012 at 2:50pm — 3 Comments

Teaching Ethics in International Affairs

International Studies Perspectives has an issue available free online wherein they explore various aspects of teaching ethics in international affairs. The articles resulted from a colloquium held last year at the annual International Studies Association conference. I have pasted some of the titles, authors, and abstracts below with links to the full texts. Hopefully you will find…

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Added by Carnegie Council on February 9, 2012 at 6:56pm — No Comments

The Ties that Bind Japan

I was recently interviewed in the press about the recent Olympus scandal in Japan.

The Olympus episode illustrates competing moral virtues in Japan. In this case, it was the virtue of loyalty winning out over the virtue of honesty. I am increasingly coming to believe that one of the core problems in…

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Added by Devin Stewart on February 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A New Award for Vaccine Innovation

Bill Gates presented his annual letter this week outlining the achievements and future priorities of his foundation's work in global health and development. Key among the points he made was a focus on agricultural innovation to combat plant diseases and increase productivity for poor…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 27, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments

A Conversation with Thomas Pogge

Yale University Professor Thomas Pogge spoke at Carnegie Council on January 19, and I summarize here his talk on why Ethics Matters in international relations:

Today's international and…

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Added by Sarah Aston on January 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Importance of Being Open

All the Internet protest today over the censorship and due process violations of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts has caused me to reflect on the ethic of openness that we have promoted over the years at Policy Innovations. Our coverage has focused on the potential…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 18, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

I Have 30 Slaves Working for Me.

According to Slavery Footprint, a new app designed to raise awareness of global labor issues, I have 30 slaves working for me. Of course, these people are not my employees or property or in any way indentured to me. Instead it is through my consumer purchases and the web of globalization that I am connected to…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Rehabilitating Haiti: A Long Way to Go

Haiti marked the second anniversary of its devastating earthquake this week, forcing the world to reflect on how it has handled this humanitarian disaster. For coverage I recommend GlobalPost's special report, Fault Line: Aid, Politics, and…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 13, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

On the Path to Ethical Trade

Between weapons, women, and goods produced by slave labor, the world has a long way to go on the path to ethical trade. The energy market is particularly problematic, given how fundamental it is to the global economy, how much of it comes from regimes recognized as violators of human rights, and how stubbornly the industry has obstructed efforts to tackle climate change. That's partly why…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on January 12, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

MIT Launches an Online Learning Platform

Building on the success of its Open Course Ware program, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today that it will be developing an online learning platform called MITx. The course materials will be available free of charge, to be explored at a student's own pace, based on an open-source and scalable software…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on December 19, 2011 at 5:44pm — No Comments

The Case for Nature as a Thematic Cluster

The frontier of ethics has often been defined by the inclusion of moral subjects who were excluded from the previous order. Peter Singer calls it the expanding moral circle. These excluded parts of society typically have no representation or voice in the political processes that control…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on December 2, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Reimagining a Global Ethic

Introduction

JOEL ROSENTHAL: Good evening and welcome to the Carnegie Council. I have the privilege of introducing our guest and good friend, Michael Ignatieff.

Michael will be speaking on a topic chosen specifically for this occasion. It's a theme that has been discussed among our fellows earlier today. The theme is "Re-Imagining a Global Ethic."

To…

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Added by Carnegie Council on December 1, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Good Practices for Educational Social Media

I am compiling here a list of articles, videos, and tips on using social media in the classroom. If you know of others, please suggest them in the comments section and I will add them going forward.

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Added by Evan O'Neil on November 30, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Silicon Standard for Human Rights

The Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference put forth a statement of 15 principles this past October for guiding the behavior of ICT companies in relation to human rights. According to the organizers at Access, "The document is designed to complement other existing frameworks and uses the international human rights framework as its foundation." There's a lot to chew on here. I'll let the principles…

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Added by Evan O'Neil on November 11, 2011 at 12:03pm — No Comments

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

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