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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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Our human compassion binds us the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. —Nelson Mandela Towards a New Story We are storytellers. From the beginning, we have told each other stories for comfort and for explanation. Indeed, it is by the telling of stories that we have held together as communities—families, tribes, nations, and civilizations; it is through stories that we belong—we share the story of who we are and who we aspire to be and become. Stories are fundamentally about the values that we share and the ways in which our communities come together. In other words, stories articulate a value system through which we agree to live with one another. When we encounter the need for change, we must re-examine the old stories and their underlying value systems that have brought us to where we are and create new stories to live by. That is to say we must truly distance ourselves from the old narrative rather than looking from within its boundaries. This requires a shift in consciousness. At present, humanity is between stories. We shall suggest that the old story is increasingly seen to be inadequate and even harmful and that a new story is yet to be imagined and to be told. If the old story is about competi- tion, assertiveness, and unlimited consumption to support economic growth, the new story seems likely...

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