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Building a Global Civic Culture

Education for an Interdependent World. This book was designed by the author as a primer of civics to help us envision a newly imagined connection between education and global culture.

Transition to a Global Society

Through dialogue that engages diverse elements of society human diversity, the human creative faculty is released to forge a path for positive outcomes where unity and integration become possible.

Institute For Studies IN Global Prosperity

Founded in 1999, the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity initially emerged from a dialogue that began a few years earlier between a number of non-governmental organizations and development agencies that sought to explore the constructive and complementary roles which both science and religion must play in processes of social and economic development.

The Use of Knowledge in Society

Hayek points out that sensibly allocating scarce resources requires knowledge dispersed among many people, with no individual or group of experts capable of acquiring it all. Informed economic decision-making requires allowing people to act on the information of “time and place” that only they have, while providing a system of communication that motivates us and informs us on how best to do it. Market exchange and prices generate the information and motivation. Yet economics students are invariably taught that the market works properly only if all participants have perfect knowledge. This is nonsense, as Hayek explains. If everyone had perfect knowledge, the case for the market would largely disappear. The market is essential precisely because it allows people to benefit from widely dispersed knowledge when no one has more than the smallest fragment of that knowledge, not even government planners. Every time a government plan restricts market exchange, ignorance is substituted for knowledge.

National Center For Race Amity

The National Center for Race Amity develops forums, workshops, service projects, films and other initiatives to advance cross-racial and cross-cultural friendship.
We move the public discourse on race beyond the blame-grievance-rejection framework to one that recognizes and celebrates our ability to overcome racial prejudice through association, amity and collaborative action.



John Dewey Lecture Series: University of Chicago
The John Dewey Foundation. Established in 1981 with an endowment from the John Dewey Foundation. This is a series of lectures that relate to pertinent global issues and presented from 2004-2017.
Three Concepts of Human Dignity
Human Dignity has become a central value in political and constitutional thought. The lecture explicates the value of Human Dignity through three distinct ways in which dignity is violated.
Color, Community and Citizenship in an Aspiringly “Post-Racial” Democracy: John Jackson, Jr. The Baha'i Chair For World Peace.

On October 29, 2014, The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace, University of Maryland, College Park, invited Dr. John Jackson, Jr. to give a lecture on 'What You CAN’T See Is What you Get: Color, Community and Citizenship in an Aspiringly “Post-Racial” Democracy', as part of the Structural Racism and Root Causes of Prejudice Series.

This talk examines the ways in which traditional understandings of race/racism in American society prove less than helpful in the contemporary politico-racial landscape. It discusses some of what makes the current moment so distinctive, trying to delineate some strategies for more accurately, effectively and inclusively approaching the emergent social moment.

Papers | Articles


A Conceptual Discussion.  This paper aims at evidencing how INGOs are managing to be heard, recognized and trusted in order to insert the civil society into international fora of decision-making. (Pdf file).

The Fulbright Paradox

This legacy is a remarkable monument not to a man but to an idea, one lived out imperfectly in a single life and betrayed repeatedly by the country that professed it. Fulbright’s own biography is evidence that the best of what the United States produced in the last century was inseparable from the worst—a complicated, grownup fact that ought to inform how Americans approach everything from education in international affairs to foreign-policy making. And to generations of people in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Fulbright’s most enduring contribution is something that the United States now has an opportunity to bring back home: the astonishing, liberating idea that governments have a duty to help people lose their fear of difference.

Politics and an Innate Moral Sense

Politics and an Innate Moral Sense: Scientific Evidence for an Old Theory? Political Research Quarterly 62, no. 3 (2009)

Competition is hindering compassion & conscience

It is clearly very important for universities to contribute to their cities, regions and countries. However, many of the major issues facing humankind such as the destruction of the environment, rising inequality and violence across borders can only be solved by countries and universities working together. In this sense, the question of how higher education contributes to global wellbeing becomes very important.

Social Justice, Higher Education & the Oneness of Humankind

Universities have moved away from notions of public good and have been reconfigured as commercial enterprises competing for economic power precisely at a time when exploding social inequality between different sectors and substrata of humanity demands we redefine the human being in a global manner.

Filip Boicu (PhD, University of Nottingham,

Science, Religion, and Development
Promoting a Discourse in India, Brazil, and Uganda

It may be argued that attributing the shortcomings of develop- ment to the failure of materialism does not immediately lead to religion, much less to a discourse on science, religion and develop- ment. Why, then, one may reasonably ask, the emphasis on reli- gion rather than on spirituality. The Institute has preferred to use the word religion in order to convey the idea that the advancement of development thought and practice requires more than reflec- tion on individual behavior—the structures of society, its systems and processes, including its knowledge systems, also need to be considered. Moving beyond the simplistic mantra that if people were simply “more spiritual” things would be better, the Institute has focused on the idea of religion as a system of knowledge and practice that would complement science in bringing prosperity to all of humankind.

May Knowledge Grow in our Hearts
Applying Spiritual Principles to Development Practice.

The Case of Seva Mandir

Through the following study, the Institute for Studies in Glob- al Prosperity hopes to contribute to the worldwide discourse on social and economic development some of the insights it has gained into the nature of development work that is cognizant of both the spiritual and material dimensions of reality.
The case described here, though of one organization, Seva Mandir* (Temple of Service), an organization working primarily with the rural and tribal communities in Rajasthan, India, is representative of the thousands of efforts that draw on spiritual principles and scientific methods to bring about social transformation.

Hope and Resilience
The Application of Spiritual Principles to Community Life.

The following study seeks to contribute to the broad discourse on social and economic development some insights into the dynamic interplay between the spiritual and practical dimensions of commu- nity life, in this case in the context of urban informal settlements. Carried out by the Bahá’í Chair for Studies in Development at Devi Ahilya University in Indore, India in collaboration with the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity, this study is part of a series of the Institute’s research publications called Occasional Papers on Insights from Practice. The series examines patterns that are emerging as groups, communities and organizations strive to apply unifying and constructive principles to their everyday lives, endeavor to solve the challenges they face and build a desirable society.

The Development of Archaeology in Africa

To an archaeological scholar in Africa, the problem is compounded. The study of the past has always been from an observer’s point of view, resulting in the call to “decolonize archaeology”—Africans were alienated in studying the past and the tendency was to have them not see this past as their heritage. Archaeology must be relevant to Africa’s issues of environmental management, food security, and socioeconomic challenges such as youth and women’s empowerment. What can the discipline offer? Is the archaeology of Africa accessible to its population, and do we see possibilities for an intergenerational beneficiation of Africa’s past? Most importantly, Africa still has a wealth of knowledge to offer in the study of the paleoenvironment, human evolution, food production and processing, historical ecology, multidisciplinary approaches, and computer technology. Their contribution to a better understanding of the rich, complex, and dynamic African past is of utmost importance.

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Fragile States Index

Measuring Fragility Risk and Vulnerability in 179 Countries.  Project undertaken by The Fund for Peace (FFP) in developing practical tools and approaches for reducing conflict. With a clear focus on the nexus of human security and economic development. "FFP contributes to more peaceful and prosperous societies by engineering smarter methodologies and smarter partnerships. FFP empowers policy-makers, practitioners, and populations with context-specific, data-driven applications to diagnose risks and vulnerabilities and to develop solutions through collective dialogue".

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Public Service Learning

Service-Learning & College Students

At A Glance: What We Know about The Effects of Service-Learning on College Students, Faculty, Institutions and Communities, 1993- 2000: Third Edition. [ PDF file].

"At A Glance" summarizes the findings of service-learning research in higher education over the past few years and includes an annotated bibliography. It is designed to provide a quick overview of where we are in the field today and a map to the literature.

How Undergraduates Are Affected by Service Participation

Based on entering freshman and follow-up data collected from 3,450 students (2,287 women and 1,163 men) attending 42 institutions with federally funded community service programs, the impact of community service participation on undergraduate student development was examined. [PDF file].

Teaching and Learning Social Justice through Online Service-Learning Courses

Creating a virtual classroom in which diverse students feel welcome to discuss and experience topics related to social justice, action, and change is a study in the value of connectedness and collaboration. Through a combination of technologies, pedagogies, and on-site experiences, virtual cultures develop that encourage the formation of demanding yet stimulating learning environments in which communications and interactions are intellectually transformative. This article explores student perceptions of their participation in an online service-learning course while working in local service organizations.

Community-Centered Service Learning: Moving from Doing For to Doing With

Many colleges and universities seek to enliven their service missions through service learning. This article critically analyzes the service-learning literature, illustrating the idea that higher education institutions traditionally operate under an orientation of doing for communities rather than doing with them. Doing for is typically aligned with a charity perspective and emphasizes the position of privilege of campuses in relationship to their local communities, whereas a doing with perspective of service emphasizes collaboration and mutuality. Using special focus colleges and universities as a model, the authors provide suggestions on how to shift the paradigm to one that is more community centered. [PDF File]

Service Learning
Some on-line resources. [PDF file]. Note: file has not been updated. Some links may no longer be active.


Consequences of Pragmatism

"Rorty seeks to tie philosophy’s past to its future by connecting what he sees as the positive (and neglected) contributions of the American pragmatic philosophers to contemporary European developments. What emerges from his explorations is a revivified version of pragmatism that offers new hope for the future of philosophy.“

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Minnesota Press; 1st. ed. (Nov. 8, 1982). Lang : ‎ English. Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pgs. ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0816610649 and  ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0816610648

Constructing Social Reality: An inquiry Into The Normative Foundations of Social Change

Michael Karlberg, professor of Communication Studies, Western Washington University.
Some of the most significant obstacles to human well-being today are habits of Western thought that have been exported around the world. These habits include dichotomous conceptions of truth and relativity, cynical conceptions of knowledge and power, and conflictual conceptions of science and religion. Michael Karlberg articulates a framework for reconciling each of these false dichotomies in a critically informed and constructive manner. He does this, in philosophical terms, by reconciling ontological foundationalism and epistemological relativism within a moderate social constructionist framework. Karlberg's timely and accessible argument is offered with a spirit of humility and open-mindedness, inviting dialogue characterized by the same spirit, born out of genuine concern for the betterment of humanity at this critical juncture in history.

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ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WKP8CQ6
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Association for Baha'i Studies (March 21, 2021)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 21, 2021
Language ‏ : ‎ English
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The Characteristics of Mathematical Creativity

Mathematical creativity ensures the growth of mathematics as a whole. However, the source of this growth, the creativity of the mathematician, is a relatively unexplored area in mathematics and mathematics education. In order to investigate how mathematicians create mathematics, a qualitative study involving five creative mathematicians was conducted. The mathematicians in this study verbally reflected on the thought processes involved in creating mathematics. Analytic induction was used to analyze the qualitative data in the interview transcripts and to verify the theory driven hypotheses. The results indicate that, in general, the mathematicians’ creative processes followed the four-stage Gestalt model of preparation-incubation-illumination-verification. It was found that social interaction, imagery, heuristics, intuition, and proof were the common characteristics of mathematical creativity. Additionally, contemporary models of creativity from psychology were reviewed and used to interpret the characteristics of mathematical creativity

By Bharath Sriraman.

The Mathematics Educator-2004, Vol. 14, No. 1, 19–34

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Feminist Thought: Asian Perspective

Feminist Philosophy and Cultural Representation in the Asian Context. In Asia feminism is rooted in human rights and gender equality, its development has taken different forms, with outcomes very different from those of the West. The author argues that Asian women's movements face many dilemmas and contradictions, and that the processes are less smooth and more indirect.

By Anthony Fung (includes various authors and affiliations).
Sage Journals, Vol. 62, Issue 2.

Feminist Thought: Black (Women) Western (USA) Perspective

The author states that her goal is to examine "how knowledge can foster African-American women’s empowerment remains intact. What has changed, however, is my understanding of the meaning of empowerment and of the process needed for it to happen. I now recognize that empowerment for African-American women will never occur in a context characterized by oppression and social injustice. A
group can gain power in such situations by dominating others, but this is not the type of empowerment that I found within Black women’s thinking. Reading Black women’s intellectual work, I have come to see how it is possible to be both centered in one’s own experiences and engaged in coalitions with others. In this sense, Black feminist thought works on behalf of Black women, but does so inconjunction with other similar social justice projects."

Patricia Hill Collins. 2nd ed., Copyright © 2000 by Routledge, New York & London, 2000. (PDF format)

Feminist Thought: White (Women) Western (USA) Perspective (USA)

As I reflect on this third edition of Feminist Thought, I realize how quickly and richly feminist thinking has developed. I applaud the creative and scholarly abilities of the feminists whose work I try to summarize, interpret, and share with as wide and diverse an audience as possible. Feminist thinking has energized the academy and challenged it to reject the limits that had been
previously imposed on it by a “white/male/exclusionary” modality of thought. Just as importantly—indeed more importantly—feminist thinking has motivated feminist action. The world is more fair, just, and caring thanks
to the ideas not only of the feminist thinkers featured in this book but also the many feminist thinkers who, for lack of pen perhaps, have not been able to write down, let alone widely publicize their ideas. It is to this group of
feminist thinkers I dedicate this book.

By Rosemarie Tong,
University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Copyright © 2009, 3rd ed. (PDF format). Pub. by Westview Press.

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