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Why Love Matters

Values in Governance

Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman

As our current systems of decision-making are increasingly unable to meet the global challenges of climate change, resource depletion, poverty, healthcare, economic instability and global violence, the contributors in this book make a radical proposal for an innovative form of governance that is based on core human values such as love, compassion, care, justice and dignity. Arising from a concern that the «old paradigm» of alienation, consumerism, selfishness and exploitation is damaging for humankind and the family of Earth, the book postulates that a new way of being must be in place so that intrinsic values of caring for others should underpin the intent of our decisions at personal, regional, national, international and global levels. With illustrative references and examples in fields of politics, economy, health and peace, the content of this book argues forcefully that Love, with a capital L, matters in governance, where values can serve as the basis to transform human consciousness about international institutions, community relationships and individual actions. Why Love Matters provides an important introductory text to students of global governance, management studies, political economics, international relations and peace studies, and equally offers illuminating and instructive ideas to leaders, managers and practitioners who are interested in what values-based governance means and looks like and how to go about it in practice.


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Foreword vii By Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu List of Figures ix Acknowledgments xi General Introduction 1 Part I: Love Matters: An Emerging Shift in Consciousness Introduction to Part One 9 1. The Leap in Consciousness 15 Scilla Elworthy 2. Nourishing the Soul of a Leader 29 Dadi Janki 3. The Need for Altruism 39 Matthieu Ricard 4. A New Economic System Based on Core Human Values 51 Stewart Wallis 5. Governance with a Human Face 63 Kul Chandra Gautam Part II: Values in Governance: Towards a Compassionate System Introduction to Part Two 73 6. Compassionate Governance in Corporations 79 Garrett Thomson vi Contents 7. Love, Compassion and Respect in Earth System Governance: The Contribution of Convergence 93 Jenneth Parker 8. Globalisation of Compassion: The Example of Global Health 107 David G. Addiss 9. Communities and Freedom: Transforming Governance 121 Mohammed H. Mohammed and Kurian Thomas 10. Pillars of Peace 133 Steve Killelea 11. A New Form of Global Governance 149 Polly Higgins Part III: Governance in Action Introduction to Part Three 163 12. Governance and Politics 167 Thabo Makgoba 13. Reconciliation: From Hostility and Violence to Valuing the Other, Compassion and Altruism Born of Suffering 179 Ervin Staub 14. Caring Science 193 Jean Watson 15. Finding the Others: The Re-Imaging of Politics for a Brighter Future in Iceland and Canada 205 Heiða Kristín Helgadóttir and Derek Masselink 16. The Efforts of King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue to Promote a Culture of Dialogue and Tolerance in the...

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