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 Andrew Carnegie. It was 3 PM on February 10, 1914, and he was addressing 29 of America's greatest religious leaders, who were assembled in his living room.

With these bold words, Carnegie launched the Church Peace Union, the organization now known as Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Carnegie always thought big. He expected the group to not only prevent World War I, but to put an end to war forever.

Almost 100 years later, wars are still with us, but Carnegie Council continues to think big. Just as the organization's founding members sought to include moral values in political decisions worldwide, it is the Council's premise that incorporating ethical concerns into international affairs is essential for more effective policies.

In the spirit of Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Council serves as a nonpartisan, educational resource for international affairs professionals, journalists, educators and students, business people, and the attentive public. And with today's technology and the rise of social media, it has a global outreach that surpasses even Mr. Carnegie's wildest imaginings.

Leading up to its Centennial in 2014, the Council has formed a Global Ethics Network, consisting of educational institutions such as the universities of Oxford and Oregon; public thought leaders such as Canadian statesman and scholar Michael Ignatieff; and Global Ethics Fellows—scholars around the world from Cairo to Copenhagen. The goal is to provide a platform for people worldwide to advance the discussion of ethics in international affairs. Now in its initial stages, this Network will continue to grow long after 2014.

The Council will also collaborate with sister institutions in the Carnegie family as they mark their Centennials around the world. For example, in June 2012, the Council will host the Carnegie UK Trust Meeting in New York City, entitled "Global Rules, Local Rulers."

To manage the Global Ethics Network, Carnegie Council is delighted to welcome back an old friend and colleague, Devin Stewart. From 2010 to 2012, Stewart directed three major programs at Japan Society, the leading Japan-focused nonprofit in North America. As part of the senior management team, he supervised the coordination of departments to respond to the March 11 earthquake in Japan and the dispersal of $12 million in funds raised for disaster relief and reconstruction.

Other milestones on the road to 2014 include a symposium entitled "Re-imagining a Global Ethic," featured in the Spring 2012 issue of the Council's journal, Ethics & International Affairs. The lead essay is by Michael Ignatieff, with responses from five Global Ethics Fellows. Watch for it online in early April at

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Comment by Al LeBlanc on October 10, 2013 at 1:07pm

Joel: Thanks "for sharing a few thoughts on where we've been and were we're headed.....since February 10,1914....when Carnegie addressed 29 of America's greatest religious leaders ....launched Church Peace his living room."

It seems to me..."now almost 100 years later" Carnegie might substitute: World's Religious Leaders (for America's greatest religious leaders) and world-wide web for "his living room"

Also, there is a lot of local community interfaith dialogue (Judaism-Christianity-Islam), Need raise the level to CYBER-WORLD-WIDE RELIGIOUS LEADERS' INTERFAITH INTEROPERABILITY DIALOGUE.-Common Heritage -Common Cardinal Tenets ? 

Big Difference -Stresses common heritage and tenets all three faiths versus differences.  Cyberpeacefare ?  Al

Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on October 8, 2013 at 12:33pm

Having read the history of Andrew Carnegie and the letter to the Church Council, I conclude that to key into and sustain the vision of a visionary requires much the same measure if not more of compatibility in moral values, virtues and strong passion for the vision with the visionary. The Life of Andrew Carnegie showcases prudence, business initiative and acumen, humanness, humility and love for humanity given his philanthropic gestures .Moreso, given his philosophy that “the problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth so that the tie of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and the poor in a harmonious relationship’’. However, almost a century ago that the vision was conceived, men and women have continued to pursue with vigor this vision. The trend is synonymous with the mechanism for the launch of spacecraft that is in phases, each phase provides impetus for the next phase until the space craft enters the outer space where further impetus becomes inconsequential. Thus, these phases refer to the past, present and the future generations that had upheld, that are upholding, and that would uphold through the inculcation of Andrew Carnegie’s moral values and vision. But conversely, the outer space of our moral world is so infinite as long as society exists; making it a live long issue of pursuit as long as we live as humanity. We have come to live and we shall leave it better than we met it. Happy Birthday in advance to  Carnegie Council and Happy Centenary year in advance to men and women of strong passion; integrity of heart and purpose for one family of humanity. Kudos! The visionary till lives.

Comment by Al LeBlanc on October 3, 2013 at 8:32pm

Joel: Most interesting, especially Carnegie founding the Church Peace Union, which evolved into the current Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs.As you may know, I am a proponent of Interfaith Interoperability Dialogue ,especially of Judaism-Christianity-Islam -see Cyberpeacefare. IMO the World's Religious Leaders of the Three Great Monotheistic Faiths, need agree on common heritage and cardinal tenets e.g. Golden Rule.  The OnGoing Shiite-Sunni schism reminds me of the Catholic-Protestant Schisms/Wars. Carnegie might consider sponsoring such a 21st Century World Interfaith Religious Interoperability Forum ("clash of civilizations" in the 21st Century)  Al

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