The new global era that is emerging offers exciting promise that some of the regrettable legacies of the dying Industrial Age will be overcome by the powers and possibilities of the vibrant new Information Age, the Age of Networking. Already the effects of worldwide networks are radically changing our personal and collective lives in every dimension: political, economic, cultural, and social.
We are indeed in times of change, and at an historical first. All of the world's cultures are now available to us, with the totality of human knowledge open to our study.1 What an auspicious and robust setting for post-secondary study; how fortunate are the students and the professors who are seeking the experience, wisdom, and patterns of the past for their edification and for those of future generations!
By Nancy Roof (Fall/Winter, 2006) I am suffering from information insecurity. I am concerned about the integrity of the news I am getting. Are you? How do you know what is truth and what is spin? How can we make intelligent decisions if our news is biased? Why isn’t there more public outcry over the consolidation of global media?
The critical challenges we face today are increasingly understood as interrelated and as global, spiritual and material in nature. Climate change and related human activities, including development and human migrations, have created a planetary crisis that no nation or region can solve on its own. We are an Earth community.