Dignity & Development

Dignity & Development

In-depth analysis of global challenges through the lens of integral human development.

Rethinking independence, adulthood, and dignity amid a pandemic

October 22, 2020

In my years conducting fieldwork on and with families in north India, interlocutors often ask me if parents in the United States really kick their […]

A chance for human dignity in Washington

October 13, 2020

Americans are disheartened and divided. Deep cynicism regarding our democracy is widespread and threatens both political parties. A mere twenty percent of Americans trust Washington […]

Effective policies for addressing economic inequality

October 6, 2020

“Give me a one-handed economist!” The demand came from a frustrated Harry Truman. The President complained, by way of explanation, “All my economists say, ‘on […]

A kairos moment: Prophecy and hope in the time of COVID-19

October 2, 2020

On March 30, as the full reality of COVID-19 was only beginning to dawn on most of us, UN Secretary-General António Guterres noted the “disruption” […]

Belarus’s fight for democratic freedom: Solidarity over geopolitics

September 23, 2020

More than a month has passed since the brazenly falsified official results of the August 9 presidential election in Belarus showed incumbent president Aliaksandr Lukashenka […]

(Re) learning the human rights language: an imperative for our time

September 15, 2020

A language underused When we talk about the current crises plaguing the world—a pandemic, climate change, racial injustice, increasing inequality, and more—there is scarce attention […]

On economic inequality and human dignity

September 9, 2020

If economic resources were distributed based on principles of equity and human dignity, would those in the top one percent hold twenty-two percent of the […]

On the essence of things and the necessity of persons

September 3, 2020

Many years ago, I attended a philosophy seminar as a teaching assistant. We were reading texts written by John Duns Scotus, the famous Franciscan theologian […]

B/black, W/white, and the privilege of the storyteller

August 28, 2020

Unfolding in communication circles right now is a contentious debate over how and when to capitalize words. The very fact that I write this acknowledges […]

A matter of urgency

August 18, 2020

Concern about slowed mail delivery from the US Postal Service—and the impact it may have on November’s election, when the pandemic is expected to lead […]

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