The 2015 Global Peace Index reveals an increasingly divided world: many countries achieve historic levels of peace, while strife-torn nations continue to degrade into violence. Explore the data for yourself on the interactive Global Peace Index map.
The book A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet is one of the most intriguing books I have read in some time. It shows us a way forward toward a coherence that transcends the divisive religious doctrines that deny the well-established truths of the universe and the sterile scientific models that ignore or dismiss the power of spirituality.
My recent review of the book is at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1221106429
Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler shows how he is bringing wisdom to life in this TED talk.
The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania has published its 7th Annual Release of the Global Go To Think Tank Index.
A new report challenges myths of religious violence. The research found no general causal relationship between religion and conflict when looking at all of the current conflicts in the world.
Read the full report here: http://www.visionofhumanity.org/#/page/news/1085
The State of the Future Index (SOFI) is a measure of the 10-year outlook for the future based on historical data for the last 20 years. It is constructed with key variables and forecasts that, in the aggregate, depict whether the future promises to be better or worse. The SOFI is intended to show the directions and intensity of change and to identify the factors responsible. It provides a mechanism for studying the relationships among the items in a system — how making a single change ripples throughout a system, in other words, creating some positive and intended consequence as well as unintended results. It has been produced by The Millennium Project since 2000.
New course material is now available in the Wikiversity Applied Wisdom curriculum.
A new course “Beyond Theism” is available at: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Beyond_Theism
A new module on “Examining Ideologies” is available at: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Knowing_How_You_Know/Examining_Ideologies
These materials benefited from comments on early drafts provided by Alan Rayner and others.
I hope students find them useful.
I recently read a book I recommend.
Although this short book is little more than an essay, it rocked my world, turned my thinking upside down, and caused me to question several basic economic assumptions I have held for a long time.
Could student loans be offered interest free? Can the national debt grow without limits or consequences? Can we eliminate taxes? Can the Federal Government readily provide each of us with a generous citizen’s dividend? Could we end poverty with a few pen strokes? Is this all too good to be true?
Enjoy an hour reading this short, clearly written, and thought provoking Introduction to Modern Money Theory and decide for yourself if there is any hope for the ideas it presents.
Join this live panel discussion about the attitudes, institutions and structures that underpin peaceful societies.