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Our Library

The library is a unique and valuable resource that supports research, consulting efforts, education and training. It is a place to explore innovations and fresh ideas, and provides a sense of community where discourse, consultation, and decision-making are key assets that contribute to global human development. Recommended materials are clearly outlined and some may be found online for purchase by clicking on each title. Alternative sources are provided to assist you in your research.

Wealth Distribution

Economics is the study of how societies use scarce resources to produce valuable commodities and distribute them among different people. Two key ideas in economics: that goods are scarce and that society must use its resources efficiently.

religion

The Republic of Beliefs

A New Approach to Law and Economics.  By Kaushik Basu. Summarizes standard, neoclassical law and economics before looking at the weaknesses underlying the discipline. Bringing modern game theory to bear, he develops a "focal point" approach, modeling not just the self-interested actions of the citizens who must follow laws but also the functionaries of the state.
ISBN 978-0-691-17768-7

Post-Capitalist Society

By Peter F. Drucker. This book argues that First World nations have already moved to a society beyond capitalism, in that capital is owned by organisations rather than individuals. Regular citizens therefore become the owners of enterprises and therefore the owners of capital, meaning capitalism is changed without being destroyed. Drucker concludes by arguing that organisations will continue to become highly specialised, and that outsourcing rather than diversification will define the future. ISBN 0-88730-6616 (pbk.)

The upside of inequality

How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class. By Edward Conard.
The social benefits of inequality, arguing against the commonly held view that the wealthy 1% of US citizens are the cause of many social problems. The book was met with broadly positive reviews even by those who disagreed with its argument, such as esteemed economist Larry Summers. Its controversial central theme makes for interesting reading, whether or not you agree with the premise it sets.
ISBN 9780698409910 (e-book)

The Wealth of Nations

By Adam Smith. An 'oldie but goodie'. Adam Smith's magnum opus that was published two hundred and fifty years ago remains one of the fundamental works of classical economists. Written as the industrial revolution was taking its first baby steps, it discusses free markets, productivity, the division of labour, and attempts to offer practical solutions based in solid economic theory that would replace the culture of mercantilism that dominated at the time. A bestseller that sold out within months at the time of publication, The Wealth of Nations is one of the essential economics books that professionals and laypeople alike ought to have read.
ISBN 9781541027848

Start Here

Public discourse involves not only political issues but also calls for people to act on principle with spiritual perceptiveness and moral persuasion to reshape the character of society.   because they pertain not only to self-interest but also to a better understanding of social life and their commitment to it.

 

There are deep issues involved that pertain to self-interest of a psychological and institutional nature, depending on the form of government be it democratic, communist, authoritarian, dictatorship or some combination of these. At the top end, the public discourse might be on the ability of the government to care for its people. At the lower end, it might involve trying to survive civil strife.

People the world over have similar problems but experience them depending on the policies of their respective governments, societies, cultures, customs, and traditions. Devising solutions to problems means that what’s right for one may not be right for all because each situation has its own unique criteria.

We highlight gripping problems in public discourse in ways that elicit positive feedback. We find solutions through expressing human commonalities (core attributes) and factual renderings, and not fallacious assumptions pertaining to race, ethnic, ethnic, or indigenous origins, of a religious nature, or some other form of social discord.  People must put aside their perceived differences and embrace solutions that promote the common good.  However, there are no easy fixes to long-standing problems that will require planning and time to organize the sustained effort required to resolve them.

Evaluation and analysis

Public policy studies combines economics, political science, sociology and other academic fields to provide rigorous interdisciplinary tools to understand the role of public policy in society with implications for the global community.

Networks

Social Disorder

One of the pressing problems that confront most of the political and social systems today is the problem of corruption. Its presence is so prominent that scholars are engaged in conceptualizing its totality. They agree to discuss the problem from two perspectives: historical and contextual.  The problem revolves around a fundamental question: Is it a systemic problem, a non-systemic issue-based problem, or an issue-specific problem?  If it is systemic, much depends upon the system itself, they may find a remedy within that specific system. If it is a non-systemic issue, perhaps the solution to the problem lies with the specific issue discussed.

The problem of corruption, political and social, leads to another factor—one that relates to people’s confidence in the political process and the social wellbeing of the country in question. Any analysis of political and/or social corruption should include assessing public behavior towards political actors and social extremities. Another important aspect that demands attention is the area of ‘autonomy’, both political and social, which guides and controls the nature of political and social processes.

The problem is vast and seems insurmountable, but workable solutions will require integrated moral, spiritual, and ethical criteria.

Adapted from: The Indian Journal of Political Science © 2008 Indian Political Science Association

Economic Disparity

In our modern world, everything we do reflects our social, political, and economic ideologies. To understand the failures of our economic system on the scale of an illicit global economy, we must understand how issues such as government theft, drug trafficking, global wealth, money laundering, and the ‘shadow’ financial system contribute to some of our most intractable issues ranging from poverty to hunger, terrorism, and periodic economic crises.

For humanity to progress, we don’t just require an advanced economy. We require an economy that functions as it should, bringing equity and opportunity to all of its participants. It is essential that we disconnect politics and economics. Political instruments are the only tools we have to deal with illicit mechanisms, and until politics to incentivised economics cease, the will for action will not exist.

Market forces do not exist separate from humanity; they result from human will and persistent endeavours.  It did not emerge from nowhere… we made it.  Whether we like it, we must admit responsibility and be accountable for the illicit economy.

Addressing economic challenges will require fundamental changes in how our world works. Many of these changes would come at a massive perceived cost, but the outcomes—over several generations- would exceed even the most utopian vision of a peaceful and fair world.

—Thought Economics, June 2012.

Political Dysfunction

One of the pressing problems that confront most of the political and social systems today is the problem of corruption. Its presence is so prominent that scholars are engaged in conceptualizing its totality. They agree to discuss the problem from two perspectives: historical and contextual.  The problem revolves around a fundamental question: Is it a systemic problem, a non-systemic issue-based problem, or an issue-specific problem?  If it is systemic, much depends upon the system itself, they may find a remedy within that specific system. If it is a non-systemic issue, perhaps the solution to the problem lies with the specific issue discussed. 

The problem of corruption, political and social, leads to another factor—one that relates to people’s confidence in the political process and the social wellbeing of the country in question. Any analysis of political and/or social corruption should include examining public behavior towards political actors and social extremities. Another important aspect that demands attention is the area of ‘autonomy’, both political and social, which guides and controls the nature of political and social processes.

The problem is vast and seems insurmountable, but workable solutions will require integrated moral, spiritual, and ethical criteria.

Adapted from: The Indian Journal of Political Science © 2008 Indian Political Science Association.

Nefarious Activity
The word ‘Nefarious’ describes a person’s actions if they are evil or wicked.  It comes from the Latin ‘nefas’, meaning “crime, impiety.” If something is nefarious, it can be both criminal and malicious.

It may be impossible to eliminate nefarious activities at this adolescent stage in human evolution, but in some circumstances and under certain conditions, a nefarious activity diminishes if we apply corrective measures within predetermined situations and institutional structures. This requires collaboration, investigation, in-depth analysis, moral courage, and a collective will to engage agreed-upon solutions. Monitoring is mandatory, and in certain situations, it may require mentoring.

Actions taken will not be an easy task, but it will be a teachable experience with long-term positive results as more people become interested in protecting social welfare.

Emergent Global Ethos

Worldwide, forces in play are stressing humanity’s social and institutional fabrics in ways that reflect the transformative power emitted by a volcanic eruption and the intense heat that emanates from molten lava. Humanity is awash with thralls of discovery, a concrete sign of an emergent global ethos.  The problem we face is that there is no plan in place to guide its unfolding, no means available to guard against becoming overwhelmed.  Leadership, be it as it may, has failed to consider the larger picture, concentrating instead mainly on contrivances to preserve the status quo.

‘As we confront the hard facts of ecological devastation, and environmental degradation unfolding on a planetary scale—with overpopulation, famine, war, xenophobia, technological distrust, pollution, and humankind’s misguided hubris prodding the global ecosystem toward the brink of exponential systemic runaway—we do not believe that politics, economics, and business, or science and technology, working independently or with each other, can offer a unified/unifying vision that faithfully reflects the integrated complexity of this World.

We must develop new modes of interacting with each other and with the global ecosystem. It will use the growing emergence of global consciousness to plan a global ethic, an indicator that such a transformation has begun. The move to define, implement and promote a global ethic in business and religion is cause for considerable optimism.

Humankind’s self-awareness is undergoing a radical period of fundamental transformation, and these initially independent efforts to plan a global ethic are evidence that a profound social and cultural evolution is occurring.  As a first step toward recognizing and cultivating a global consciousness, we must experience the earth as an interrelated organic whole.

This requires us to experience and understand cultures and religions from a global perspective,  and to see human history as global history. The movement toward planning a global ethic represents an important and necessary stage in the evolution of human culture, as it moves toward a forming a global society characterized by a newly complexified global consciousness. 

Complicating this task is the paradoxes fostered by the rapid development and inappropriate application of new technologies. The technological advances responsible for our collective transformation are also responsible, in part, for the social and ecological crisis we face on a global scale. Given the complexity of this situation, cultivating global consciousness will not be a sufficient response. We must radically transform our obsolete modes of interacting with each other and the global ecosystem and commit ourselves to develop a viable and sustainable global ethos that will benefit all of humanity.’

Moral persuasiveness backed by ethical considerations and supported by spiritual perceptiveness and the enduring embrace of justice will safely guide the process.

*Adapted from ‘Toward A Viable Global Ethic’.  By Harry R. Halloran, Jr. and Lawrence S. Bale.

 

global interdependence

Sustainable development brings about changes in knowledge, attitude and skill to emphasize progress of health, education, agriculture, and social reform to meet the needs of the present with long-term plans to secure future generations.

web sources

Global Public Policy Institute
The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) is an independent non-profit think tank based in Berlin. Our mission is to improve global governance through research, policy advice and debate.
Assessment
Assessment gathers information from processes and procedures, analysis, and actions taken to resolve major issues.  It includes monitoring, summarizing, and providing feedback with results provided to stakeholders, administrators, management, and others so that issues receive corrective measures. Assurances are given that planning, policy guidelines, and overall goals and objectives remain congruent with overriding principles and objectives.  Incorporating methods to maintain the institutional focus guard against failure to plan long-term and to plan within global parameters.
Action Plan
Planners, stakeholders, administrators, managers, and leaders collaborate to plan solutions to major problems encountered. The assessment may reveal a lack of knowledge and weaknesses in training as primary culprits hindering the successful completion of the processes and desirable results need. We give serious consideration to establishing a ‘Center for Collective Knowledge’, that would also include comprehensive education and training to assist ‘frontline’ aspirants in their efforts to resolve difficult challenges.
Intervention
With intervention, leadership takes steps as outlined in the action plan and starts the implementation process. Leadership advises frontline actors of the series of changes taking place, and also reveal changes made to the original action plan. The Center for Collective Knowledge would organize education and training programs in a way that’s least disruptive to ongoing strategic operations.
Evaluation
Evaluation within the planning process examines the role of strategic requirements and the implications for successful goals accomplishment.  We emphasize evaluation and related functions instrumental in successful global human development planning and processes, and relationships and interrelated activities that exist between planners, administrators, managers, and stakeholders.

Plan The Future

A global education is one that incorporates learning about the cultures, religions, geographies, histories, and current issues of all the world’s regions. It seeks to develop people’s profound knowledge to engage with their peers as citizens of the world.

International

Building A Global Civic Culture

Education for an Interdependent World.  A John Dewey Lecture series.  This book is a primer of civics to help us envision a newly imagined connection between education and global culture.

Start Here

By Peter F. Drucker. This book argues that First World nations have already moved to a society beyond capitalism, in that capital is owned by organisations rather than individuals. Regular citizens therefore become the owners of enterprises and therefore the owners of capital, meaning capitalism is changed without being destroyed. Drucker concludes by arguing that organisations will continue to become highly specialised, and that outsourcing rather than diversification will define the future. ISBN 0-88730-6616 (pbk.)

The upside of inequality

How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class. By Edward Conard.
The social benefits of inequality, arguing against the commonly held view that the wealthy 1% of US citizens are the cause of many social problems. The book was met with broadly positive reviews even by those who disagreed with its argument, such as esteemed economist Larry Summers. Its controversial central theme makes for interesting reading, whether or not you agree with the premise it sets.
ISBN 9780698409910 (e-book)

The Wealth of Nations

By Adam Smith. An 'oldie but goodie'. Adam Smith's magnum opus that was published two hundred and fifty years ago remains one of the fundamental works of classical economists. Written as the industrial revolution was taking its first baby steps, it discusses free markets, productivity, the division of labour, and attempts to offer practical solutions based in solid economic theory that would replace the culture of mercantilism that dominated at the time. A bestseller that sold out within months at the time of publication, The Wealth of Nations is one of the essential economics books that professionals and laypeople alike ought to have read.
ISBN 9781541027848

Public Discourse

Public discourse involves not only political issues but also calls for people to act on principle with spiritual perceptiveness and moral persuasion to reshape the character of society.   because they pertain not only to self-interest but also to a better understanding of social life and their commitment to it.

 

There are deep issues involved that pertain to self-interest of a psychological and institutional nature, depending on the form of government be it democratic, communist, authoritarian, dictatorship or some combination of these. At the top end, the public discourse might be on the ability of the government to care for its people. At the lower end, it might involve trying to survive civil strife.

People the world over have similar problems but experience them depending on the policies of their respective governments, societies, cultures, customs, and traditions. Devising solutions to problems means that what’s right for one may not be right for all because each situation has its own unique criteria.

We highlight gripping problems in public discourse in ways that elicit positive feedback. We find solutions through expressing human commonalities (core attributes) and factual renderings, and not fallacious assumptions pertaining to race, ethnic, ethnic, or indigenous origins, of a religious nature, or some other form of social discord.  People must put aside their perceived differences and embrace solutions that promote the common good.  However, there are no easy fixes to long-standing problems that will require planning and time to organize the sustained effort required to resolve them.

Discoveries

The value of scientific knowledge enables us make discoveries all kinds of things previously unknown that raise the standard of living, increase health, and present us with moral choices in making quality decision that impact our existence.

Science

Social Disorder

One of the pressing problems that confront most of the political and social systems today is the problem of corruption. Its presence is so prominent that scholars are engaged in conceptualizing its totality. They agree to discuss the problem from two perspectives: historical and contextual.  The problem revolves around a fundamental question: Is it a systemic problem, a non-systemic issue-based problem, or an issue-specific problem?  If it is systemic, much depends upon the system itself, they may find a remedy within that specific system. If it is a non-systemic issue, perhaps the solution to the problem lies with the specific issue discussed.

The problem of corruption, political and social, leads to another factor—one that relates to people’s confidence in the political process and the social wellbeing of the country in question. Any analysis of political and/or social corruption should include assessing public behavior towards political actors and social extremities. Another important aspect that demands attention is the area of ‘autonomy’, both political and social, which guides and controls the nature of political and social processes.

The problem is vast and seems insurmountable, but workable solutions will require integrated moral, spiritual, and ethical criteria.

Adapted from: The Indian Journal of Political Science © 2008 Indian Political Science Association

Economic Disparity

In our modern world, everything we do reflects our social, political, and economic ideologies. To understand the failures of our economic system on the scale of an illicit global economy, we must understand how issues such as government theft, drug trafficking, global wealth, money laundering, and the ‘shadow’ financial system contribute to some of our most intractable issues ranging from poverty to hunger, terrorism, and periodic economic crises.

For humanity to progress, we don’t just require an advanced economy. We require an economy that functions as it should, bringing equity and opportunity to all of its participants. It is essential that we disconnect politics and economics. Political instruments are the only tools we have to deal with illicit mechanisms, and until politics to incentivised economics cease, the will for action will not exist.

Market forces do not exist separate from humanity; they result from human will and persistent endeavours.  It did not emerge from nowhere… we made it.  Whether we like it, we must admit responsibility and be accountable for the illicit economy.

Addressing economic challenges will require fundamental changes in how our world works. Many of these changes would come at a massive perceived cost, but the outcomes—over several generations- would exceed even the most utopian vision of a peaceful and fair world.

—Thought Economics, June 2012.

Political Dysfunction

One of the pressing problems that confront most of the political and social systems today is the problem of corruption. Its presence is so prominent that scholars are engaged in conceptualizing its totality. They agree to discuss the problem from two perspectives: historical and contextual.  The problem revolves around a fundamental question: Is it a systemic problem, a non-systemic issue-based problem, or an issue-specific problem?  If it is systemic, much depends upon the system itself, they may find a remedy within that specific system. If it is a non-systemic issue, perhaps the solution to the problem lies with the specific issue discussed. 

The problem of corruption, political and social, leads to another factor—one that relates to people’s confidence in the political process and the social wellbeing of the country in question. Any analysis of political and/or social corruption should include examining public behavior towards political actors and social extremities. Another important aspect that demands attention is the area of ‘autonomy’, both political and social, which guides and controls the nature of political and social processes.

The problem is vast and seems insurmountable, but workable solutions will require integrated moral, spiritual, and ethical criteria.

Adapted from: The Indian Journal of Political Science © 2008 Indian Political Science Association.

Nefarious Activity
The word ‘Nefarious’ describes a person’s actions if they are evil or wicked.  It comes from the Latin ‘nefas’, meaning “crime, impiety.” If something is nefarious, it can be both criminal and malicious.

It may be impossible to eliminate nefarious activities at this adolescent stage in human evolution, but in some circumstances and under certain conditions, a nefarious activity diminishes if we apply corrective measures within predetermined situations and institutional structures. This requires collaboration, investigation, in-depth analysis, moral courage, and a collective will to engage agreed-upon solutions. Monitoring is mandatory, and in certain situations, it may require mentoring.

Actions taken will not be an easy task, but it will be a teachable experience with long-term positive results as more people become interested in protecting social welfare.

Emergent Global Ethos

Worldwide, forces in play are stressing humanity’s social and institutional fabrics in ways that reflect the transformative power emitted by a volcanic eruption and the intense heat that emanates from molten lava. Humanity is awash with thralls of discovery, a concrete sign of an emergent global ethos.  The problem we face is that there is no plan in place to guide its unfolding, no means available to guard against becoming overwhelmed.  Leadership, be it as it may, has failed to consider the larger picture, concentrating instead mainly on contrivances to preserve the status quo.

‘As we confront the hard facts of ecological devastation, and environmental degradation unfolding on a planetary scale—with overpopulation, famine, war, xenophobia, technological distrust, pollution, and humankind’s misguided hubris prodding the global ecosystem toward the brink of exponential systemic runaway—we do not believe that politics, economics, and business, or science and technology, working independently or with each other, can offer a unified/unifying vision that faithfully reflects the integrated complexity of this World.

We must develop new modes of interacting with each other and with the global ecosystem. It will use the growing emergence of global consciousness to plan a global ethic, an indicator that such a transformation has begun. The move to define, implement and promote a global ethic in business and religion is cause for considerable optimism.

Humankind’s self-awareness is undergoing a radical period of fundamental transformation, and these initially independent efforts to plan a global ethic are evidence that a profound social and cultural evolution is occurring.  As a first step toward recognizing and cultivating a global consciousness, we must experience the earth as an interrelated organic whole.

This requires us to experience and understand cultures and religions from a global perspective,  and to see human history as global history. The movement toward planning a global ethic represents an important and necessary stage in the evolution of human culture, as it moves toward a forming a global society characterized by a newly complexified global consciousness. 

Complicating this task is the paradoxes fostered by the rapid development and inappropriate application of new technologies. The technological advances responsible for our collective transformation are also responsible, in part, for the social and ecological crisis we face on a global scale. Given the complexity of this situation, cultivating global consciousness will not be a sufficient response. We must radically transform our obsolete modes of interacting with each other and the global ecosystem and commit ourselves to develop a viable and sustainable global ethos that will benefit all of humanity.’

Moral persuasiveness backed by ethical considerations and supported by spiritual perceptiveness and the enduring embrace of justice will safely guide the process.

*Adapted from ‘Toward A Viable Global Ethic’.  By Harry R. Halloran, Jr. and Lawrence S. Bale.

 

basic necessities

Livelihood comprises the capabilities, assets, and activities required for a means of living; to cope with and recover from stress and shocks, maintain or enhance capabilities to provide sustainable opportunities for the next generation.

livelihood

Policy initiative
Policy initiatives and related processes, procedures, and functions are performance orientated.  We evaluate them in reference to global human development and associated activities, and thay remain integral to the dictum ‘humankind lives scientifically comfortable in its oneness as a species’, the guiding principle that signifies momentous events yet to be achieved.
Assessment
Assessment gathers information from processes and procedures, analysis, and actions taken to resolve major issues.  It includes monitoring, summarizing, and providing feedback with results provided to stakeholders, administrators, management, and others so that issues receive corrective measures. Assurances are given that planning, policy guidelines, and overall goals and objectives remain congruent with overriding principles and objectives.  Incorporating methods to maintain the institutional focus guard against failure to plan long-term and to plan within global parameters.
Action Plan
Planners, stakeholders, administrators, managers, and leaders collaborate to plan solutions to major problems encountered. The assessment may reveal a lack of knowledge and weaknesses in training as primary culprits hindering the successful completion of the processes and desirable results need. We give serious consideration to establishing a ‘Center for Collective Knowledge’, that would also include comprehensive education and training to assist ‘frontline’ aspirants in their efforts to resolve difficult challenges.
Intervention
With intervention, leadership takes steps as outlined in the action plan and starts the implementation process. Leadership advises frontline actors of the series of changes taking place, and also reveal changes made to the original action plan. The Center for Collective Knowledge would organize education and training programs in a way that’s least disruptive to ongoing strategic operations.
Evaluation
Evaluation within the planning process examines the role of strategic requirements and the implications for successful goals accomplishment.  We emphasize evaluation and related functions instrumental in successful global human development planning and processes, and relationships and interrelated activities that exist between planners, administrators, managers, and stakeholders.

Quality Research

ASSESSMENT

The quality of research can vary considerably. Therefore, it is important that researchers keep this in mind when reading the findings from a research study or when considering whether or not to use data from a research study for secondary analysis.

Online Libraries

Research Assistance

We understand that research has a significant number of benefits. There’s a wide array of free online libraries offering tons of ebooks to be read or downloaded at little or no cost. The items listed in our collection are placed to help provide an understanding of the importance and the magnitude of complexes involved to advance global human development, and what is required to realize a paradigmatic shift in how we think about humankind. Go to our Library page. At the bottom find listed a host of online libraries. Click below right for additional information. 

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