Valdai Paper #9: The Good News You Haven’t Heard and Then Some (Inconspicuous Deliberations)

28.01.2015

The ninth Valdai paper The Good News You Haven’t Heard and Then Some (Inconspicuous Deliberations) introduces to the reader the fundamental principles of the virtual learning community. The author brings up the question: how to manage co-authorship of the collective destinies of the humankind, how to foster the global civics and become the dignified citizens of the world? The problems without passport and centripetal forces, such as climate change, pandemics and viruses encourage the elements of the global system to co-operate.

The article argues the centrality of trust, criticizes the egoistic ethics of Thomas Hobbes and Adam Smith. Replenishing instead of depleting existing reservoirs of good faith and decency is obviously needed. In times of the global interdependence genuine openness to engagement and curiosity prevail over the sense of hubris.

The paper is written by Hakan Altinay, the President of the Global Civics Academy that studies the global interdependence. He is the author of Global Civics: Responsibilities and Rights in an Interdependent World, and co-producer of the Global Civics documentary. Hakan Altinay is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, global ethics fellow at the Carnegie Council, and world fellow at Yale University.