Dignity & Development

Dignity & Development

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

Don’t look up! Look around.

June 17, 2022

The recent Hollywood film Don’t Look Up! satirizes the failure of the US government to grapple effectively with climate change. The movie mocks social, political, […]

Water doesn’t always flow naturally: a human-centered approach to water use and management

March 22, 2022

We don’t normally think about how humans influence the flow of water. Typically, how water flows has been depicted by the water cycle (see figure […]

Is there a playbook for defending democracy?

February 1, 2022

Democracy is a necessary condition for integral human development (IHD). In seeking the development of every person and the whole person, we must keep in […]

Rising weapons spending and warped priorities

January 12, 2022

In December, the US House of Representatives approved a gargantuan military budget of more than $778 billion, a significant increase over what the Biden administration […]

The UN declared a clean environment is a human right. Now what?

December 2, 2021

On October 8th, 2021, breaking news that the United Nations Human Rights Council had declared a “safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment” as a human […]

AI and the future of labor

November 2, 2021

A wave of new automation technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics, have prompted concern about their substantial and potentially negative impact on jobs and workers […]

To promote human progress, share knowledge

October 27, 2021

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every […]

Exploiting Ida, Rita, Katrina—and human dignity 

October 19, 2021

The flood waters of Hurricane Ida have receded, the media circus has moved on, and Anderson Cooper is back in the studio in New York. […]

Global maternal mortality: the dignity of life and the tragedy of death

September 24, 2021

When I hear the phrase “integral human development,” the picture that comes to mind is a developing fetus—the beginning of human development. Human development begins […]

When Captain America goes global

September 2, 2021

Can Captain America be Black? Marvel’s recent Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, tackles this question head-on. The story picks up from the […]

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