Global Citizenship

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My Experience in the Slums of Kibera, Nairobi

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Several years ago I made a critical decision in my life to leave my comfortable home in the suburbs of New York City and travel to Kenya with an organization called Cross Cultural Thresholds for a five-day work trip in the slums of Nairobi.

Kosmos Journeys: A Sacred Journey to Mount Kailash

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In far western Tibet there is a solitary mountain that has been considered sacred for over a thousand years. Ancient texts describe it as the spiritual center of the universe. Mount Kailas is a revered pilgrimage site for Hindus, Bon, Jains and Buddhists.

Archetypes of Humanity’s Collective Future

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The first step in building a promising future for humanity is to visualize it together. As the bible says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Although many people can visualize a future of catastrophe and ruin, far fewer can imagine a future of opportunity and renewal.

Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement

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How to change the world? Those concerned about the dangerous drift of global development are asking this question with increasing urgency. Dominant institutions have proved too timorous or too venal for meeting the environmental and social challenges of our time. Instead, an adequate response requires us to imagine the awakening of a new social actor: a coordinated global citizens movement (GCM) struggling on all fronts toward a just and sustainable planetary civilization.

The Rama J. Vernon Story

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The world is like the kink of a dogs tail, said one great master from the Far East, as long as you are holding it you think it is straight but the moment you let go, it just kinks up again. This phrase haunted me as I sojourned to the Soviet Union at the height of the cold war between the US and USSR. I was not a peace activist.

Global Governance and Global Reality

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A broad range of significant institutions have an increasing power over and impact on the lives of each of us in this global era. The power to effect change continues to shift in important ways from the public to the private sphere. There is a slow shift away from the State as the dominant actor in world politics toward a more complex structure

International Law in a Unipolar World

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Should the US seek a permission slip before it wages war? Vice President Dick Cheney received thunderous applause when he declared to the Republican National Convention “George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people.” This bold assertion echoed the language used by President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address to underscore an ethos of non-accountability

Living at the Intersection of Travel and Citizen Diplomacy

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When my wife and I decided to take a mid-career break and travel around the world, we immediately recognized our role as citizen diplomats—for the United States and the West. After launching a website and connecting with a growing international community, we sensed a gap.

The Emergence of Values-Driven Leadership: An Interview with Nicanor Perlas

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Nicanor Perlas, a dynamic advocate and activist, has altered the course of national and global events over the past 30 years and has influenced the lives of millions. He has organized numerous civil society movements to challenge oppressive structures in the Philippines and to create a more just, sustainable and nuclear-free society.

The Evolutionary Context of an Emerging Planetary Civilization

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As we see our present interconnected global challenges of widespread environmental degradation, crippling poverty, social inequities, and unrestrained militarism, we know that the obstacles to the flourishing of life's ecosystems and to genuine sustainable development are considerable.