Photographs are powerful storytellers. But what stories do they tell? In the image-heavy modern environment, it’s ever more important to choose photographs’ proverbial ‘thousand words’ carefully.
How can communities and the individuals that comprise them be inspired to cultivate a shared civic ethos in order to lay the foundations for a more vibrant and cooperative civic life?
The First International Conference of Humanist Economics, held in April in Madrid, encouraged businesses to get ‘Back to Basics,’ and apply the golden rule within the corporate environment for the benefit of all.
Jewish public intellectual Eric Cohen exhorts all people of faith to work together to reassert the moral high ground of Judeo Christian civilization.
Oxford nanophysicist and theologian Andrew Briggs explains how science and faith work together and alternate taking the lead, to further explore man’s penultimate curiosity.
Is there a theological defense for obliging laws that protect us from unjust harm? Craig J. Iffland seeks one, delving into theological questions with interdisciplinary scope.
Current discussion of the relationship between cultural diversity and International Relations is based on flawed perceptions of both. STI experts are rethinking the issue on new terms.
For decades, markets saw religion, especially Islam, as something that required little or no attention. The turn of the Millennium proved this thinking wrong.
What do Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and John Sturges’ Magnificent Seven have to with globalization? Pablo Quiñonero Pertusa has an answer.
Sign the Statement: Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression - A Statement by Robert P. George and Cornel West4 months ago
With freedom of expression under attack at academic institutions and elsewhere, two prominent American public intellectuals, Cornel West and Robert George, have issued the statement we reproduce below (...)
Data do not support the claim that “marriage is just a piece of paper.” The paperless alternative – cohabitation - is measurably less stable, both for the adults who choose it and for their children, who don’t have the luxury of choice.
With insidious fake news popping up all over, the late Wolfgang Donsbach’s reflections on the interaction of society and media bear reflection. Below is an excerpt from his chapter in What Society Needs from Media in the Age of Digital Media.
If domestic tasks and direct care were assigned a monetary value, they would constitute between 10% and 39% of Gross Domestic Product, but it is generally unrecognized and undervalued by policymakers and legislators.
Family inequality is entwined with inequalities of class, both feeding them and being fed by them.
Michael Barnett’s new book examines the particulars that influence how American Jews balance the historical tension between universalism and particularism.
Television series are all the rage – mass phenomena that fuel discussions and study. Their influence on society is on the rise and their portrayal of reality can even influence that very reality.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications already outperform humans in many tasks. Expert Luciano Floridi reflects on the possible consequences.
The past, present and future of journalism and its new challenges, objectivity, digital technology, transparency, social media, who’s who... The new book by C.W. Anderson, Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie, "The News Media," addresses all this.
With 4 meetings held in 3 locations, 3 books and 2 reports published, several books and projects by collaborators and 4 graduate students embarked on their Master's studies with Social Trends Institute grants, it has indeed been a fruitful year.
Understanding families in order to understand society. This is the motivation behind Marta Castillo González’ Master’s Degree work. She intends to analyze whether divorce provokes social inequalities. Is this real?
In a more militarized, unpredictable and unstable world, power becomes regionalized, but I was afraid of that with Reagan, too, and in the end we survived. Under Trump, the US has already lost its status as a reliable ally.
Families should be the essential guarantors of children’s rights, supported but not supplanted by the State. Maria Jose Benítez studies how violence in El Salvador has changed family structure and how public policy can better support family units.
There is a new brand of Muslim religious orthodoxy on the rise in places like Turkey, which seeks to engage modernity through the sincere religious belief of individuals. Neslihan Cevik uses the term "Muslimism" to set it apart from other trends.
New digital media have given a voice to those beyond conventional circles. Yet they demand savvy users able to dispassionately weigh their contents and their aims
The United Nations approved in 2005 the doctrine Responsibility to Protect, with the aim of protecting civilians in the case of conflicts that put their lives at risk. Why isn't it being applied in Syria?
"The financial industry is a global franchise, and governance has limited leverage to impose global transformations"10 months ago
Global finance is a world unto itself, with its own rules, practices, norms, expectations, pressures, risks and rewards. Can it be regulated from the outside or modified from within to heal its many disfunctionalities, which effect everyone?
El Salvador hosted a round table on the legal status of the human embryo, considering biological, philosophical, ethical and legal perspectives . This small country is among the few whose constitution recognizes a human embryo’s legal personhood.
Nine students from Spain, Puerto Rico and El Salvador have been admitted to this new program. Four of them received Social Trends Institute grants, which promote research on fashion, globalization, family policies, or care professions.
Philosopher Ana Marta González, recently appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, expands in this interview on her latest book: "La articulación ética de la vida social."
In her new book, "The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth: Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing," Dr. Helen Watt addresses that question from a philosophical angle. Watt (Focus on the Embryo) expands on her work in this interview for STI.
SDG-Fund director, Paloma Durán, reflects on the role the private sector can play in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, explaining some of the work the Fund is already doing to integrate businesses in the new era of sustainable development.
Associate Professor Christine Mahoney of the University of Virginia has just published a new book 'Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced'. She participated in STI’s “Globalization and the Common Good” Experts Meeting.
Work-family balance is important not only to individuals, but also to society. The World Family Map 2015 focused on the issue at a personal level. In this paper, IFFD director Ignacio Socias lays out policy recommendations to the United Nations
In this piece, St. Andrews philosophy professor John Haldane, who has contributed to three STI experts meetings and publications, defends philosophy and theology as academic disciplines and describes the challenges they face in the modern university.
Speaking at the fourth annual commemoration of Global Parents’ Day at the UN, STI contributor W. Bradford Wilcox presented conclusions from this and the previous year’s World Family Map reports to an audience of some 200 diplomats and NGO leaders.
Samuel Gregg (Research Director at Acton Institute) expands on his latest book 'For God and Profit: How Banking and Finance Can Serve the Common Good' for STI. Gregg has participated in three STI Experts Meetings and two resulting publications.
What’s to blame for rising inequality in income and family stability is a complex issue that must be addressed from many angles to be fully understood.
Ethicist and professor of law and medicine Margaret Somerville expands on her latest book "Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars" for STI, with whom she collaborated in 'Construction of New Realities in Medicine.'
Because three of the project’s academic partners are universities in Latin America, and one in Spain, the Spanish edition is particularly relevant.
The “Money vs. Marriage” debate between Naomi R. Cahn and W. Bradford Wilcox paves the way for an Experts Meeting next year exploring the same topic.
La Vanguardia interviewed Brian D. Earp following his participation as an expert in STI's "Technology and the Good Society". At the meeting Earp discussed love drugs and why scientists should study their effects on romantic relationships.
More human, ethical, inspiring, respectful and at the service the common good. This is the new marketing that STI Expert Professor Francisco Pérez Latre (University of Navarra) defends.
STI Expert John D. Mueller, Director of the Economics and Ethics Program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), recently gave this lecture in Budapest about his book 'Redeeming Economics'.
Candidates will be committed to writing their master’s thesis on studies of fashion, the cultural impact of globalization, family policies, or care professions.
We are pleased to share this article by STI Expert Paloma Durán, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2016.
Omar Rosas (University of Navarra) summarizes the goals and preliminary conclusions of the experts meeting "Technology and Good Society", held in Barcelona on February 4-6, 2016.
Professor Floridi gave this interview to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia following STI's "Technology and the Good Society" experts meeting, which he led as academic director.
STI is pleased to share with its community this paper by Professor Nicolas Gisin (Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom?), presented at the Conference "Time in Physics" at the ETH-Zurich (September 2015) and recently published online.
Marta Elvira (IESE) expands on the conclusions of her paper "National Culture and Financial Systems: When the Political Context Matters," published by Academy of Management.
Harold James, Co-Editor of 'The Thriving Society' and member of our Board of Advisers, encourages readers to strive towards a society that is not merely decent but dynamic.
This is the second IFFD policy paper on unpaid work shared by its Director of International Relations, Ignacio Socias. This paper considers the influence of gender inequality on labor outcome.
Ignacio Socias, Director of International Relations at the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) shared with STI two policy papers on the value of unpaid work in the home, the first of which follows. The second will follow next week.
We discussed with STI Expert Prof. Luis Echarte some of the conclusions of his last paper, which analyzes freedom, the mind-brain problem and the differences between human beings and machines.
Joseph E. Davis (Construction of New Realities in Medicine) discusses some of the conclusions from our latest publication "To Fix or To Heal," of which he is co-editor.
The latest STI Experts meeting focused on the home as a complex field worthy of interdisciplinary academic study.
When it comes to dividing household labor, what matters is not how you divide up the labor but whether you have someone with whom to divide the labor.
University of Rhode Island Communication Studies professor Renee Hobbs discusses how her research suggests some of the ways that society benefits from a media-literate public.
'The Thriving Society: On the Social Conditions of Human Flourishing' is a newly published collection of essays aimed at demystifying the key economic, social, and moral foundations of successful societies.
The recently-released World Family Map 2015, explores different work-family arrangements and their impact on family well-being.
Since Florida State University philosophy professor Al Mele spoke at STI’s 2010 Experts Meeting Is Science Compatible with Free Will?, he has been prolific on the topic.
"Parental Happiness and Work-Family Arrangements” by Laurie DeRose. Via @FamStudies #PR #family family-studies.org/work-family-si…one year ago
Lucy Küng, Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and Professor of Media Innovation at the University of Oslo, shares the keys to digital news’ success in a recently published book.
Physician assisted suicide has been the subject of an historic vote in the United Kingdom. Professor David Albert Jones, director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford describes the significance of the vote and their contribution to the debate.
"Science and Religion: Strangers, Rivals, or Partners in the Search for Truth?" was the topic of a University of Notre Dame seminar this summer lectured by Providence College STI expert Rev. Nicanor Austriaco.
Ten years after STI’s first experts meeting - on family policies – the questions addressed in the meeting are still being debated. STI invites readers to share the original presentations, which are still relevant today.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Journalism Professor Daniel Kreiss (Crisis of Journalism) investigates a new breed of election worker – knowledgeable in digital strategies. His new study considers how campaigns are affected.
Texas A&M sociologist Stjepan Mestrovic has coined the term “The Postemotional Bully” in his new book of the same title. He considers current examples of how abusive and barbaric behavior is rationalized and tolerated by society.
Dr. Nielsen is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (Oxford University). We discussed some of the findings of the "2015 Reuters Institute Digital News Report" with him.
Dr. Calum MacKellar, Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, signs this article on the ethical implications of gene editing of human embryos. Dr. MacKellar participated in STI's Experts Meeting "Focus on the embryo" (2009).
George Washington University professor of International Affairs & Political Science Michael Barnett (Understanding Modern Humanitarianism) gave this talk on “Paternalism Beyond Borders” at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) last April 7th, 2015.
Michael Kimmel (Gender Identities in a Globalized World) will address gender equality at the 2015 Ted Women event in Monterrey, CA on May 29. He will discuss why men resist gender equality and why they shouldn’t. He shared his ideas with STI…
British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton considers the social and moral purpose of the university in this article for 'First Things'. Scruton has participated in four Experts Meetings organized by STI.
STI Expert Nuria Chinchilla has written an informative forward to the just-published English translation of a business management classic: 'Foundations of Management'.
Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Dr. Pugh has recently published "The Tumbleweed Society" (Oxford University Press, 2015). She participated in STI's "Being Human in a Consumer Society" Experts Meeting.
STI Expert Benjamin Hurlbut co-authored an article titled "Human Genetic Engineering Demands More Than a Moratorium". It was published on April 7th by The Guardian. Dr. Hurlbut participated in STI's Experts Meetings "Focus on the Embryo" (Barcel[...]2 years ago
Read & download "Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life” frontmatter at our website: sti.pushroom.com/media/files/00… #PR2 years ago
Editor Alejandro Néstor García Martínez shares his thoughts on the book 'Being Human in a Consumer Society' (Ashgate 2015), result of the 2011 STI Experts Meeting of the same name.
David Thunder seeks to rehabilitate the ethical standpoint in political philosophy in his book 'Citizenship and the Pursuit of the Worthy Life' (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He discusses the work with STI.
Dr. Griffiths is Professor of Gambling Studies at the International Gaming Research Unit of Nottingham Trent University. He participated in STI's "Communication Technologies and Lifestyles" Experts Meeting, held in Barcelona in May, 2013.
Read the introduction of “Being Human in a Consumer Society” by @Alejandro_NGM on our website #PR sti.pushroom.com/media/files/00…2 years ago
STI President Carlos Cavallé spoke to a conference of international business-owners and executives at the Financial Club of Jakarta on “Experiences of the EU Project That Can Be of Interest to the Business Community and Governments of SEA Countries".
A professor of Biomedical Humanities at the University of Navarra, Luis Echarte has recently authored “Hábitos emocionales en torno a la salud y la belleza” (Emotional habits surrounding health and beauty), published by EUNSA.
"Single Mothers Don’t Always Stay Poor” By Laurie DeRose. #PR @FamStudies family-studies.org/single-mothers…2 years ago
Fruit of the 2011 STI Experts Meeting of the same name, this book analyzes the structural and cultural transformations that can be identified in a consumer society.
Professor Karin M. Ekström of the University of Borås, Sweden recently edited the book Waste Management and Sustainable Consumption; Reflections on Consumer Waste (Routledge).
McGill University Professor Margaret Somerville (Construction of New Realities in Medicine) reflects on the controversy between patients’ right of access to abortion and doctors’ freedom of conscience.
Written by STI Expert Roger Scruton, 'The Soul of the World' is a Princeton University Press Bestseller, one of The Times’ Books of the Year and one of the Scotsman’s Books of the Year.
STI Chairman, Carlos Cavallé, reflects on the timeless foundations of business, business management and business management education. From his introduction to 'Rethinking Business Management'…
Antonio Argandoña (Rethinking Business Management), who has been honored with the Ramón Mullerat prize for his career achievements in the dissemination of Corporate Social Responsibility, shares his thoughts on “Virtues in Management.”
Iain Wilkinson: "Humanitarianism is an issue that calls into question the terms under which we assign value to human life"2 years ago
January 08-10, STI will hold the Experts Meeting "Understanding Modern Humanitarianism: Conditions, Consequences and Critical Concerns," in which Iain Wilkinson is the Academic Leader.
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (The Crisis of Journalism Reconsidered) participates with this article on NiemanLab's Predictions for Journalism 2015. He is director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford.
In 1994, Josephine Quintavalle founded CORE (Comment on Reproductive Ethics), an international think tank that deals with the problems related to the practice of in vitro fertilization. She participated in STI Experts Meeting "Focus on the Embryo".
Understanding Modern Humanitarianism: Conditions, Consequences and Critical Concerns will be held in Barcelona from January 8-10, 2015 under STI’s Culture and Lifestyles Branch, with the academic leadership of Kent sociologist Iain Wilkinson.
A new AEI-IFS Study offers data to support claims that growing up with both parents leads to greater wealth, and makes policy recommendations to address the rising income inequality that the study relates to “the retreat from marriage.”
“Reimagining a Global Ethic” by Michael Ignatieff, was recently published in the journal Ethics and International Affairs. Ignatieff opened STI’s “Globalization and the Common Good” meeting with the similarly themed lecture “Imagining a Global Ethic"
Family sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox gave the following interview to La Vanguardia's Lluis Amiguet. It appeared in the newspaper's "contra" on October 11, 2014 in Spanish. Wilcox has participated in 6 Experts Meetings and 8 STI publications.
Professor Gisin has been awarded Switzerland’s highest scientific distinction.
From September 24-26, the Catholic University of America School of Business hosted a conference titled “Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business.” STI expert Joe Capizzi (Intention & Double Effect) participated.
Glasgow Political Theory Professor Christopher J. Berry reflects on the growth of Asian burgeoning consumerism. He participated in the STI experts meeting Fashion, Image and Identity in 2004. He has been spending time in Asia lately.
Bradford Wilcox: "The World Family Map Gives Us Insights Into the Unique Family Strengths Found in Different Regions of the World"2 years ago
Interview with W. Bradford Wilcox, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Family Studies and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. Wilcox is Codirector of the World Family Map Project, which is sponsored by STI.
Nicanor Austriaco: "Recovering a Robust Account of Substantial Form Will Allow Us to Better Bring Science and Religion Into Conversation"2 years ago
A molecular biologist and a moral theologian at Providence College, Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., participated in STI's Experts Meeting "Focus on the Embryo" and recently gave a presentation at the Anscombe Centre for Bioethics at Oxford University.
This article summarizes and analyzes the social harms of pornography as considered in "Los costes sociales de la pornografía" (Ed. Rialp). The review was written by Fernando Rodríguez-Borlado and published by Aceprensa on June 11, 2014 in Spanish.
STI founder Carlos Cavallé shared this interview with IESE's magazine Seven Days, in its July 21, 2014 edition. Professor Cavallé was dean of IESE Business School for 17 years. He has been professor emeritus at IESE since 2003.
Interview on occasion of an STI experts meeting that took place in Barcelona last May 3 to 6. Yale media sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander reflects on journalism today. This is an English translation of an interview in La Vanguardia.
The World Family Map 2014, released this month in the US, suggests that the family contexts of caregiving deserve attention in ongoing efforts to improve children’s health around the world.
Can democracy & critical thinking survive without serious journalism? That’s the broader concern #journalism #PR socialtrendsinstitute.org/experts/expert…3 years ago
Some 20 journalists and sociologists have gathered in Barcelona to debate 'the crisis of journalism reconsidered: cultural power.' Academic Leader Jeffrey Alexander of Yale University offers a window into the discussion.
This project brings a dramatically different perspective to bear on the contemporary "crisis of journalism". It draws attention to the role played by the cultural commitments of journalism itself.
San Francisco Philosophy Professor Thomas Anthony Cavanaugh explains the practical applications of Double Effect, citing some of the theory’s implications for political, legal and ethical questions.
The main insights of the STI experts meeting on Care Professions are to be published by Palgrave in May. Editors Ana Marta González and Craig Iffland advance the arguments.
Tradition: Friend or foe of freedom? A public debate. Is tradition a concept used to defend backward ideas and ancient traditions, or is it a quiet reminder of values we should hold precious? Philosophers Mark Kingwell and John Haldane exchange [...]3 years ago
Interview with Craig Iffland, who has actively organized the Double Effect meeting alongside Academic Leader John O’Callaghan.
STI’s first Experts Meeting at the University of Notre Dame is scheduled to begin Thursday. The meeting will explore the role that intention, foresight, and proportionality play in determinations of moral or legal fault.
The Executive Committee held a 10th Anniversary meeting in New York on October 24 to assess The Social Trends Institute's first decade as a research foundation, and to plan for the next several years.
The meeting, held at Balliol College at Oxford, explored how the changing media environment created by proliferation of media platforms and providers is affecting the kind of information and entertainment the public receives.
Institute for Family Studies (IFS) is dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life, and advancing the well-being of children, through research and public education. IFS will spotlight the family-related research and writings of family sch[...]3 years ago
Sociologist Brad Wilcox, who heads up many STI Family Branch projects, published an article in "The Atlantic" this week.
The Linacre Quarterly has published Dr. David Albert Jones’ review of the book "Is This Cell a Human Being? Exploring the Status of Embryos, Stem Cells and Human-Animal Hybrids"
Two participants in STI's 2010 Whither the Child? Experts Meeting spoke at the University of Virginia on the relationship between gender equality and fertility in developed nations.
LSE Professor Elliot Green chaired a session at LSE on March 11, 2013 to present some of the issues treated in STI's new book Whither the Child? Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility
The Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Navarra hosted an international graduate seminar titled "Late Modernity and Emotions: Reframing Risk? on march 1-2, 2013 in Pamplona.
Read the 2013 World Family Map Report
Fashion and Identity in a Cultural Key
Spanish-speakers can read a very complete review of Eva Illouz's book Why Love Hurts. STI board member and academic leader Ana Marta González wrote the summary for Aceprensa.
Michael Ignatieff lectured on the topic "Imagining a Global Ethic" on April 19 at UVA, to kick off STI's "Globalization and the Common Good" Experts Meeting.
Michael Ignatieff lectured on "Imagining a Global Ethic" on April 19 at UVA, to kick off STI's "Globalization and the Common Good" Experts Meeting.
A new international report from the Social Trends Institute - "The Sustainable Demographic Dividend" - contends that the long-term fortunes of the modern economy rise and fall with the family.
STI is pleased to co-sponsor the Anscombe Bioethics Center conference on Human Embryo Research: Law, Ethics and Public Policy.
The Social Trends Institute has created a page on Facebook. View photo albums from our meetings, keep up with what STI and our collaborators are working on, and share your news. "Like" STI at www.facebook.com/socialtrendsinstitute.
Harvard Philosopher and Astrophysicist Bob Doyle has published the book Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy, crediting STI's "Is Science Compatible with our Desire for Freedom?" Experts Meeting for spurring on much of his work.
Leading scholars of fashion theory explored the importance of emotion to understanding modern fashion at the STI-sponsored Fashion and Emotions Graduate Seminar on May 19-20.
STI sponsored the symposium Equality, Freedom of Conscience and the Common Good, held at Lincoln's Inn in London from March 17-19, 2011.
STI's Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom? experts meeting is now available to watch on YouTube.