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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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The proposal for this book was originally put forward at the 2nd Spirit of Hu- manity (SoH) Forum held on April 10–12, 2014, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This volume is a collection of selected articles inspired by the Forum. We first want to thank each of the contributors of this volume who were also participants, presenters, and speakers at the SoH Forum. We are grateful for their imagination and articulation of the emerging shift in governance as well as their invaluable insights into the global challenges and complexities confronting humanity today. We are most indebted to the team at the SoH Forum without whose encouragement we wouldn’t have been able to put together this collection. We are equally thankful for the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace for its trustees’ understanding and appreciation of the meaningfulness of this vol- ume and for their thoughtful contribution to this project. We also thank the City of Reykjavik for its partnership in hosting the SoH Forum. The leaders of the City, in particular, the former Mayor Jón Gnarr, the Director of Culture and Tourism, Svanhildur Konradsdottir and MP Ót- tarr Proppé, have been exceptionally supportive of us in the process of editing this unique volume, which is also an expression of the City’s dedication and commitment to values-based governance. We owe a special note of thanks to Laura Hobson for her invaluable ad- ministrative support as well as to the team at Peter Lang for their assistance during the final production phase. Scherto...

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