Dignity & Development
In-depth analysis of global challenges through the lens of integral human development.
Statement Reaffirming Academic Freedom and Open InquiryFebruary 17, 2023
In light of recent threats and harassment directed toward some of our Notre Dame colleagues, we reaffirm our bedrock commitment to academic freedom. We condemn […]
Inequality, dignity, and despairNovember 3, 2022
“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” – Plutarch For many Americans today, the American Dream […]
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 managementMarch 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 prioritiesJanuary 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 laborNovember 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 knowledgeOctober 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 dignityOctober 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. […]
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