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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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Part III: Governance in Action

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Introduction to Part Three The third part of this book is a collection of narratives providing both prin- ciples and practical examples of governance models at different levels and of different scales. Situated within a variety of contexts, these ‘stories’ all have as an explicit aim to enable the work of Love. They thus introduce to the reader some realistic and concrete passages into what might, perhaps, seem to be the impossible voyage described in the previous parts of the book. Four overlapping topics emerge from these narratives: The first is that the purpose of governance must be aligned with the noble aim of ‘flourishing of all’. This means that all decisions are to be informed by genuine care and compassion and to ensure the interests and well-being of all (people, communities and planet). The second is that governance and politics are intertwined and form a fundamentally human enterprise. To support the ‘flourishing of all’ agenda, as our contributors illustrate, requires an imaginative and innovative structure (social, political and institutional), which is the fruit of political endeavours at local, national, international and global levels. The third topic is that at the heart of governance lies ‘servant leadership’. This means the primary task of leaders is to serve, a conscious choice made with the deepest belief in altruism. Through such a serving mentality comes the authentic ‘power’ of leading, which is not reflected in the leader’s person- al gain, but rather in the growth and well-being of those being served. In...

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