2016 / 2

In our interdependent and dangerous century, an organic planetary civilization has become both a possibility and a necessity. The volume builds a conceptual framework for understanding the contemporary crisis, envisioning a desirable future, and acting collectively to get there.

Insights from a diverse group of global thinkers, including Luis Cabrera, Joan Cocks, Maurie Cohen, Richard Falk, John Fullerton, Gilberto Gallopín, Evelin Lindner, Ann Mische, Anantha Prasad, Alioune Sall, Gus Speth, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and Sandra Waddock.

A movement is gaining traction to recognize the wanton destruction of nature by states and corporations as a crime under international law. The resistance will be fierce, but the emerging ecocentrism in law and citizen activism offers grounds for hope.

With commentary by Rahul Goswami, Brian Henning, Paul Nieuwenhuis, Robert Paehlke, Linda Sheehan, Neera Singh, Pella Thiel, Tim Weiskel, and Allen White, and a response from the author.

We will need a democratic world government to adequately address shared planetary risks and opportunities in this century. A critical strategic step toward that end would be the formation of a global parliamentary assembly.

Liberation Ecology
August 2016

What role can theology play in changing how we see nature and each other? A founder of liberation theology discusses the movement's origins and the vital connections between ecology and social justice.

Higher education institutions are beset by forces of marketization and internationalization amidst a rapidly changing world. The potential for the university to become a transformative agent, however, still exists—if it can transform itself pedagogically, epistemologically, and politically.

Commentary by a select group of academics and educators, and a response from the author.

A founder of science and society studies recounts his intellectual journey and explains how the doctrine of predictive science has limited applicability to today’s vexing challenges. We need a “post-normal science” that acknowledges inherent risk, indeterminism, and the relevance of human values and interests.

Countless universities are exploring ways of incorporating sustainability into their curriculum, research, and practice. The Arizona State University experiment described in Designing the New American University has been at the cutting edge. But does it go far enough?