Dramatic events are taking place in various parts of the globe, causing harm and pain to millions of people who suffer hunger, forceful migrations due to wars, climate-related catastrophes, the search for meaning in life and economic hardships.
These situations that have existed in earlier centuries are in contemporary times aggravated by the competing medium of mass communications and the spread of internet based information networks, all of which increase doubts, escalate crises and cause panic including insecurity amongst humankind. In reality, many have started to doubt the ability of humankind to cope with these emergent challenges.
Upon appointment as the Executive Director of Globethics.net, effective 1st July 2016, and in accepting to be the servant-leader of the team, my response to the happenings in the world around us has remained my belief in humankind's ability to do well and turn such challenges into opportunities.
The Founder and his followers at Globethics.net have attempted to make available some concrete solutions to the myriad of problems facing humanity at this time by offering tools of applied ethics to serve the family, community, society, public sector, religious institutions, research and education, politics, businesses, the environment to mention but a few. Such solutions are possible under an agenda of VALUES-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP FOR LIFE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
We at Globethics.net believe that the human person imbued with rationality, personality, dignity, character, ethical and moral ability, has and can more often than is acknowledged, using the tools of modern technology, science and natural wisdom mitigate the unfortunate crises that human beings create for each other and that they alone ultimately can solve.
The human person therefore is at the centre of the solution to the entire set of problems, questions and needs present in the social fabric of our global community. With ethical principles coming to the fore when asking questions for example on what is OUGHT and following them up with universal values that transcend race, gender, class and clime, a conversation has intensified at the www.globethics.net on issues of what is RIGHT, FAIR, JUST, HONEST, HUMAN, COURAGEOUS, RATIONAL to mention but a few.
Globethics.net invites you to join this conversation around values and to stay engaged with several thousands of participants, partners, friends and well-wishers from all countries around the globe. We share with them our new Strategy for 2016-2020 with its focus on Educational and Research Ethics; Public Services and Political Ethics; Inter-religious Ethics and Theology; and Economic and Environmental Ethics.
With an emphasis in our just concluded Global Ethics Forum 2016 in Geneva on the theme of "Ethics in Higher Education", Globethics.net is ready to engage you with questions and answers on the dramatic events taking place worldwide and on how our world can become better through some of our services, which include: Research and Publications; Knowledge and Library; Dialogue and Network; and Action and Services.
In responding to the problems facing humanity, I invite you to share some strong belief in humanity and the positive things we can all collectively do to make it a better place. This optimism is to counteract the fatalism of many. Quoting Christoph Stückelberger, "fatalism is sin" (fatalists do not believe that God through humans can act).
The bottom line for leadership and followership is not always the emphasis on what I have but rather on who I am. Not what I learnt from others but rather on what I taught. Not what I received, but rather on what I gave. Not what I pulled out and took but rather on what I put in. Not what I accumulated, but what I shared.
Indeed and worthy of thought, not even on how or what I lived, but what I left behind. This is the challenge. It is global ethics in action. Welcome to this edition.
Prof. Dr. Obiora Francis Ike
Globethics.net Executive Director