In Pursuit of a Global Civics

We are the luckiest generation in human history. We lead longer, healthier, more capable and more peaceful lives than any other generation. At the same time, we are condemned to an unprecedented level of global interdependence. Ours is a world where we live with billions of others with whom we share a planet and increasingly our destinies, but not other countries. We have become used to the notion of being able to author our lives, and yet our lives are increasingly co-authored with others. How to manage that co-authorship is the toughest and most consequential question of our age. Technocratic answers along the lines of better global governance may help, but what we need most is a thoughtful conversation about a global civics. We cannot navigate the treacherous waters of our epic interdependence, if we do not take on the challenge of forging a global civics.

Project leader(s):
  • Hakan Altinay (The Brookings Institution)

One response to “In Pursuit of a Global Civics”

  1. Francis Lomami
    Francis Lomami on 21 April 2018 at 21:20: Reply

    I’m developing works on civic and moral education for Africa, especially for DR Congo? I think global civics is a matter of great interest for citizens in the global south. Thus, I’m right now working on global civics issues, and have developed a reflection on how global civics case can be made from the Congolese humanitarian crisis. On May 3, 2018, I will present this work in a conference organized by the Civic and Moral Education Initiative at Harvard University. Here is the abstract of the reflection: Can Congolese humanitarian crisis and the limits of the United Nations’ massive intervention generate possible and meaningful paths to advance the conversation about global civics? In this reflection, we discuss the global moral deficit that has once again allowed an humanitarian catastrophe to happen to the humanity and the inadequacy of traditional technocratic and formal mechanisms in responding to that crisis. The Congolese conflict and its continuing humanitarian impact are an important key to understand both the need and relevance of global civics, which should be partly based on global consciousness on moral responsibilities and rights humans should have to each other beyond national borders. Any thoughts!

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