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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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David G. Addiss is studied public health at The Johns Hopkins University. He co-founded and co-directed the World Health Organization’s Collab- orating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas. In 2006, David joined the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Mich- igan, where he directed a research program in science and spirituality. He taught global health and epidemiology at Kalamazoo College, where he was a Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. David is current- ly Director of Children Without Worms (CWW), based at the Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, Georgia, USA. In 2014, David completed a Buddhist chaplaincy training program at Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, and was ordained a lay minister. He co-founded the Center for Compassion and Global Health. Fatima Al-Bishri is an interpreter and Programme Supervisor at King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND). She is interested in wom- en empowerment and cultural dialogue. In 2008, Fatima was co-founder of the Ambassador Program for Cross Cultural Dialogue. Since then (7 years) she has been responsible for organizing and running cross-cultural work- shops in an aim to open up channels of communication between Saudis and non-Saudis; among women in particular. In 2011, she was nominated among the top twenty youth leaderships in the Kingdom. In 2013, Fatima worked with the UNESCO in organizing the Youth Conference for Volunteering and Dialogue. She has also participated lately in organizing national meetings for women held by KACND in many regions around...

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