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Symposium 2015

Virtual Library File - Sharing the norms and values that enable global coexistence, while respecting cultural differences

The Challenge

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balanc ...

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balance costs and benefits in international transactions and those with intergenerational significance, complicates collective action. Current events, from the recent global (and European) financial crises, through geopolitical challenges and the transformative effects of new technologies, to the risk of inflection points if we transgress planetary boundaries, make it clear that present arrangements are unsatisfactory.

In order to understand and potentially overcome the origins of violence and extremism, the author calls for a greater effort to take diverse perspectives and engage in dialogues with different religions, disciplines, and worldviews.