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GLOBAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Hightlighted Reading is a list of books, articles, journals, and other resources to engage the development aspirant in ‘new thought’ that challenges ages-old discourses, narrative frames, and systems of beliefs that support and promote violence and conflict as means to resolve human problems. An additional listing is found under 'Further Reading' below.

Humanity is now at the cusp of its maturity, struggling to transition from adolescence. It is a transition that requires unique and comprehensive approaches to the development process to achieve human security. This requires framing public discourses based on human commonalities, ethical standards of conduct, moral rectitude, spiritual attributes, and principles of justice.

We conceptualized discourse as an evolving way that people think and talk about an aspect of reality, which influences their perceptions and social practices in relation to that aspect of reality.  It empowers individuals to use conceptual frameworks and methodological tools to enhance dialogue and champion the will to act in ways that place human development globally in context.

 
   

      

Thought

Action

"My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is." —Saint Augustine

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world." —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." —Tony Robbins

"Bondage is - subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes." —W. Clement Stone

"A man has always to be busy with his thoughts if anything is to be accomplished." —Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Reading

The below three readings are in PDF format. On our 'Further Reading' page is found a list of publications under various category headings. These may be found in various libraries, purchased in bookstores, or alternatively acquired from Amazon.com.

Knowledge

Knowledge is power and with power comes opportunity. Knowledge, accompanied by power and opportunity, carries with it an awesome responsibility

Justice

Justice as leaven remains unfulfilled in human society, and true happiness a distant reality. Justice is strongly bonded to equity, and equity binds justice.

Ecopedagogy

Ecopedagogy is a discourse, a movement, an approach to education that has emerged from leftist educators in Central and South America.

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Intellectual Challenge

Problem-solving refers to the mental process that people go through to discover, analyze, and solve problems. It includes the discovery of the problem, understanding the problem, the decision made to tackle the issue, researching available options, and taking actions to resolve the issue. The foremost problem facing humanity is how to achieve global human development. Before we can undertake problem-solving, it is important to first understand the exact nature of the problem we face. If our understanding of the issue is faulty, any attempts to resolve it will also be flawed. We must approach this issue with great interest, caution, foresight, commitment, and resolve. 
   

      

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