Programs


WORLD ACADEMY PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS

THE NEW PARADIGM 

Is an effective solution possible to meet all of the challenges facing humanity today in the fields of economy, ecology, human security, global governance and peace? This project will examine the root causes of these multiple challenges in order to formulate an integrated perspective, comprehensive strategy and detailed policy framework attuned to the realities, needs and emerging opportunities of the 21st century.

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WORLD UNIVERSITY  

Higher education is at the dawn of a revolutionary transformation that will radically alter the global landscape in the coming decades, akin to the transition in industry brought about by the advent of the steam engine and in computing by the birth of the personal computer. This project will bring together innovative universities, MOOCs and technology providers with committed governments, IGOs, NGOs, and other interested stakeholders to brainstorm new ideas and creative solutions for the future of global higher education.

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TRANS-DISCIPLINARY DIALOGUE ON INDIVIDUALITY 

Individuality is the crown of human evolution and the catalyst for all social progress. This project will explore the essential nature of individuality, its role in social development, and its myriad expressions in the original thinker, creative artist, political leader, entrepreneur, inventor and social innovator, as well as the best means of fostering individuality through education.

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ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 

Nuclear disarmament is a sine qua non for effectively addressing other issues of global important – terrorism, financial stability, unemployment, poverty, climate change, democratization of the UN and other aspects of global governance. This project will explore efforts to promote concrete steps toward immediate and total global nuclear disarmament.

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NEW ECONOMIC THEORY

A multidisciplinary group from the World Academy of Art & Science and the Club of Rome are leading a quest for a new human-centered theory of economics that reflects recent changes resulting from the emergence of a service-based economy, globalization, rising social aspirations and changing values, and is integrated with political, social, ecological, technological, and cultural factors from which it is inseparable. This project will reevaluate fundamental concepts and premises of modern theory with the goal of evolving a truly human-centered economic theory and practice.

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GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT CHALLENGE 

Access to employment is the most essential requirement for providing economic security to the world’s burgeoning population. This interdisciplinary dialogue explores theoretical and practical aspects of the global employment challenge, including its demographic, economic, legal, political, psychological dimensions as well as linkages with the international financial crisis, social stability, and terrorism.

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LIMITS TO RATIONALITY

Rationality is an essential instrument in humanity’s quest for knowledge, yet the practical pursuit of knowledge often ignores or violates fundamental principles of rational inquiry or overlooks the inherent limitations in the use of rationality as an instrument of knowledge. This project will explore the philosophy and practice of rationality as it is applied in various fields of knowledge to identify common deviations and limitations and propose ways to compensate for the limits to rationality.

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NEW PARADIGM FOR GLOBAL RULE OF LAW

The evolution of international law and human rights represent crucial threads in the progressive development of global rule of law. This project will explore the relationship between the social, political and legal dimensions of global rule of law in an effort to frame the boundaries of a wider approach to the evolution of global governance.

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