Tag: Civil Society

Jun, 17 '21

Can a 'New Deal' Strengthen Journalism’s Civic Functions?

The Forum on Information and Democracy has published its recommendations to alleviate the fragility of global journalism, in a report led by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. The group is calling for a new pact for the profession and a plan to secure 0.1% of the world's annual GDP for journalism, with the aim of guaranteeing its social function.

Mar, 25 '21

Target: Zero Emissions

Twenty-one percent of the world's largest public companies currently have zero emissions targets, according to a report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) and Oxford Net Zero, co-authored by STI expert Thomas Hale.

Feb, 10 '21

AI Ethics for Real Scenarios Leave Sci Fi for the Movies

“Our democracies are vulnerable and under threat; if we want to maintain and realize our ethical and political values, we need to take a close look at the political role of digital technologies – now, not in the future,” asserts philosopher of technology Mark Coeckelbergh.

Oct, 22 '20

Too Much of a Good Thing during Lockdown

While correlations can leave room for speculation as to cause and effect, a new study relates excessive screen time – especially of the more frivolous variety – with lower levels of perceived well-being during COVID-19-related confinement. Charo Sádaba was part of the research team.

Oct, 15 '20

Covid-19: Six Months On

As governments take a wide range of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a new tool aims to track and compare policy responses around the world, rigorously and consistently. One of the lead researchers discusses what has been learned.

Sep, 22 '20

Media Still Hold Sway…Sometimes

This year’s Reuter’s Digital News Report – the sixth – is especially revealing, as it contains data from both before and after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemia. The 2020 report points out the dichotomy between the public’s expressed preference for unbiased, accurate journalism, and its increasing dependence on non-professional sources of information.

Aug, 25 '20

East, West and the Search for Universal Values

Stephen Green poured decades of experience into his latest book, The Human Odyssey: East, West, and the Search for Universal Values. In this exclusive interview with STI, he distills its essence.

Aug, 18 '20

Does Viewpoint Diversity Need Protecting?

Peer pressure comes in many guises. A new report reveals that many UK university academics do not feel free to share certain opinions or to investigate certain issues.

Jun, 29 '20

Towards Modes of Forgiveness and Reconciliation

In her HLD lecture, Professor Ruth Fine explained that "memory has a place in forgiveness. For only if we remember, then we have the ability to learn, forgive, and rebuild common ground from our past."

Jun, 22 '20

The Logic of Forgiveness

The first of the 2020 Holy Land Dialogues explores forgiveness from a philosophical angle. The following is an edited and abridged version of Professor Mariano Crespo's contribution.

Jun, 15 '20

Where Cultures Coexist

In support of its mission to foster understanding, the Social Trends Institute collaborates with the Saxum Foundation to offer the Holy Land Dialogues (HLD) lecture series. HLD is a biennial invitation to the Holy Land that aims to immerse pilgrims from all walks of life in the ancient history and current reality of this small area of the world that is so uniquely rich in cultural heritage. STI invites scholars and public intellectuals to address the pilgrims with keynote speeches that center each year on a particular theme. Daniel Johnson, who has moderated all three editions, has written the following retrospective for STI:

May, 20 '20

History Loves Company

Dr. Wilfred McClay’s latest book is an invitation to young and old to engage with history, and to appreciate how hope has guided an entire people over time. Knowledge of one’s history can inform a healthy patriotism that undergirds good citizenship, McClay explains in this interview with STI.

May, 13 '20

Does Journalism Matter?

Columbia Journalism School professor and author Michael Schudson explains why journalism at its best is "a wonder of the world," in this interview with STI.

Apr, 30 '20

Should We Welcome or Fear the Post-Pandemic Digital Panorama?

Life under lockdown has the potential either to hasten a digital future in which our lives become tracked and monetized in unprecedented ways, or to make the public more aware of such risks and thus resistant to all things digital. Sonia Livingstone shares this blog post on these potential post-COVID-19 scenarios.

Apr, 28 '20

Coronavirus ‘Infodemic’ under the Microscope

A new Reuters Institute report reveals how citizens of six diverse countries accessed, consumed and judged media as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, and how well-informed they were by their preferred sources.

Apr, 15 '20

The Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences (PASS) Advises Priority Changes Post-COVID-19

Stefano Zamagni, Pierpaolo Donati and Ana Marta González - all STI experts - sign an open letter from PASS, as president, academician and council member, and academician, respectively. The statement, also signed by the Pontifical Academy for the Sciences (PAS) urges strengthened communication and research, and global cooperation and solidarity to protect the most vulnerable.

Apr, 08 '20

All Great Minds Think for Themselves

STI extended an invitation/request to experts from various fields to offer a thought on what this global health crisis means or might mean in the future in the context of their field, and/or to society as a whole. Professors and practitioners of sociology, international relations, law, history, philosophy, media, and bioethics offered the impressions, reflections, and predictions collected below (in alphabetical order). Food for thought… 

Apr, 07 '20

Don’t Expect a Wave of ‘Coronababies’ 9 Months from Now, Nor Any Time Soon

Not only will the COVID-19 pandemic not result in the birth of ‘coronababies’ conceived in confinement, explains demographic researcher Lyman Stone, it is almost certain to produce the opposite effect. He shared his findings with housebound viewers around the globe in an April 3 Webinar titled “Will Coronavirus Boost Fertility.”

Jun, 08 '18

Robert George and Cornel West Practice What They Preach

These two university professors and public intellectuals from “opposite sides” of the political spectrum came together again on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death display their “brotherhood” despite ideological differences.

Feb, 28 '18

Many Cooks in the Global Governance Kitchen

Are world leaders and world institutions up to the task of solving the ever-growing range of global problems? An international group of scholars met do debate this question and others in Geneva on February 10-11, co-hosted by STI and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Feb, 23 '18

Holiness in the Flesh

The second of the 2018 holy land dialogues considers the quest of Christians and Jews to conquer the concrete realities of life.

Feb, 13 '18

Defending the West through the Hebrew Bible

British author and journalist Melanie Phillips decries cultural rejection of the Hebrew Bible, arguing that western civilization today will only be rescued if it reaffirms its religious roots in Christianity and in the Hebrew Bible.

Sep, 30 '17

International Relations: Anarchy or Hierarchy?

In academia, the world of international relations has long been understood as anarchical. But mightn't it be more heirarchical? Ayşe Zarakol's book "Heirarchies in World Politics" makes that case.

Aug, 31 '17

Media Literacy Helps People Make Smart Choices

Media are important players in society – the proverbial ‘fourth estate’. Renee Hobbs has dedicated her career to promoting media literacy, “in the hopes of transforming passive consumers into critical users and active citizens.”

Jun, 30 '17

The Thousand Words behind a Picture

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.

May, 15 '17

The Divine in Contemporary Legal Norms

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.

Mar, 10 '17

Can Real News Be Rescued?

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.

Dec, 16 '16

If Only Trump Were as Predictable as Reagan

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.

Apr, 11 '16

New Marketing

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.

Jan, 18 '16

A Call to Invigorate Society

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.

Oct, 26 '15

What Are the Requisites for a Thriving Society?

'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.

Sep, 28 '15

Can News Organizations Learn from the Digital Innovators?

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.

May, 18 '15

'The End of the University', by Roger Scruton

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.

Apr, 14 '15

Is Citizenship in Jeopardy? The Concept Must Evolve

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.

Jul, 29 '14

Pornography: A Harmful Product for Society’s Moral Ecology

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.

Apr, 24 '14

How is Double Effect Applied?

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.