The Cost of Violence Containment

The Institute for Economics and Peace has published a recent report “The Cost of Violence Containment.”  After defining violence containment spending as “economic activity related to the consequences or prevention of violence where the violence is directed against people or property” they calculate the global cost at $9.46 trillion. The report goes on to state: “The old idea of war being good for the economy has been thoroughly debunked and the economic benefits of encouraging peace are increasingly being recognised.”

University of Chicago, Reflections on Wisdom in Education

In November, an international group of about 30 presenters and guests came together in Chicago to discuss how wisdom strengthens education as they listened to talks on the topic from a variety of perspectives.

http://wisdomresearch.org/blogs/news/archive/2014/01/02/reflections-on-wisdom-in-education.aspx

The focus seemed to be on Wisdom as a tool or technique to enhance lecturing on “the same old topics” rather than exploring new topics, or advancing new inquiry to bring wisdom to life.

Lynchpin

Bringing wisdom to life requires such a profound transformation it is difficult to know where to begin. Economic concerns are so pervasive, so influential, and our economic systems contain so many faults that perhaps an economic transformation can ignite a broader transformation toward wisdom.

The book Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition, by Charles Eisenstein, presents a plan for a bold economic transformation. The book is offered as a gift online, a short video introduces several ideas, and my recent review of the book is now available on-line and as a pdf file. I have also created a compact Problem-Solution Matrix of the book’s essential ideas.

Perhaps a transformation toward a more sacred economic system can help us all lead wiser lives. This book provides a starting point and roadmap for such a transformation.

CFP: Can Collective Wisdom Save Civilization? [Abstracts deadline: April 1, 2014]

Dear All,

I’ve just stumbled upon a CFP that may be of interest Circle-wise. The core topic of this year’s conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations is the question “Can Collective Wisdom Save Civilization?,” which is essentially a question of a global philosophy in its truest sense, that is, loving and embracing wisdom on a global scale.

You can read the call below. The closing date for abstracts submission is April 1, 2014 so we still have reasonable time to think things over.

Best,

Ádám

P.S. I was somewhat unsure how to categorize this post, so sorry in advance if I’ve made any mess with it.

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Call for Papers

Theme: Can Collective Wisdom Save Civilization?
Type: 44th Annual Conference
Institution: International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, Monmouth University
Location: West Long Branch, NJ (USA)
Date: 11.–15.6.2014
Deadline: 1.4.2014

The Theme for 2014 is “Can Collective Wisdom Save Civilization?”. The conference will be held at Monmouth University on the New Jersey shore, a lively, scenic location with the Atlantic Ocean and boardwalk nearby. An excursion is being planned for interested delegates, and there will also be reduced registration fees for
graduate students.

What exactly is “wisdom” and how can wisdom be promoted on a global level to deal with a number of serious crises now facing the future of civilization? What have been some different definitions of wisdom? This is an ancient topic, but how can it be specifically applied today? What, if anything, can be done to solve these problems
collectively?

Some applications may be (but are not limited to) the following questions:

  • What exactly is human nature and how is this relevant to civilizational futures?
  • What are some possible solutions to overpopulation and the related problems of over-industrialization, resource-depletion and environmental degradation?
  • What are some possible solutions to the problem of inequality, economic and otherwise?
  • Why do a few have so much while so many have so little? Do rich nations have any responsibilities to the poor ones?
  • Is Capitalism really working today? What did the “occupy” movements signify? Why are many western economies currently floundering? How have technological advances (especially increasing automation) contributed to the current jobs crisis?
  • Does material accumulation really bring happiness? Why/why not?
  • Is humankind naturally prone to conflict or cooperation? How are organizations like the United Nations faring with regard to international responses to regional problems?
  • What is a Utopia? Dystopia? How are these terms relevant today? What roles do utopias and dystopias play for the future of society? Have our leaders run out of inspiration? Is fear now the main rhetoric?
  • In the 20th century, humanity saw the rise of several grand ideologies: Communism, Fascism, Liberalism, etc. We also saw the dismantling of many of the institutions built on these grand visions. Have today’s leaders given up on grand visions? Is narrow self-interest and small scaled-down retraction now the trend? If so, what are the implications of this? Is this ‘realpolitik’ or just the politics of disillusionment?

And of course, papers concerning all questions relevant to civilizational studies are also welcome! These could include:

  • Studies of great civilizationalists, e.g., Spengler, Toynbee, Sorokin. Quigley, etc.
  • Analyses of particular civilizations and/or comparative studies of civilizations.
  • Decline and progress of civilizations.

Please send abstracts via email by April 1, 2014 (@ 300 words) to:

Prof. David J. Rosner
Metropolitan College of New York
ISCSC President and 2014 Program Chair
Email: drosner@mcny.edu

 

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Interesting item but is it not mistaken, is there not a cultural need to examine common aims and goods that we want to realise together and cooperatively?