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Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)
School of Economic Science (SES)
12th Annual GCGI International Conference and the 2nd Joint GCGI and SES Forum
“The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”
31 August- 4 September, 2014
Plater College, Oxford (2002)- St. Petersburg, Russia (2003)- Dubai, UAE (2004)- Nairobi and Kericho, Kenya(2005)- Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (2006)-Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey (2007)- Trinity College, University of Melbourne, Australia (2008)- Loyola University, Chicago, USA (2009)- California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California, USA (2010)- Alexandria Bibliotheca, Alexandria, Egypt (2011—Postponed, due to the Revolution in Egypt)- School of Economic Science, Oxford Campus, Waterperry House, Oxford (2012), Cité universitaire internationale, Paris (2013), and School of Economic Science, Oxford Campus, Waterperry House, Oxford (2014)
The Second GCGI Award for Public Service in the Interest of the Common Good was presented to the School of Economic Science, London, at the 11th Annual International GCGI Conference, held at Cite Universitaire International, Paris.
The Award is given in recognition of the School’s extraordinary and tireless work, offering a truly meaningful education for the common good and selfless service in helping to build a better world. The School has shown that an education based on ancient wisdom can raise the individual to a higher level of awareness, bringing deeper understanding and kinship with all living things.
The Award was presented to Mr. Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science during the GCGI’s 11th Conference at the Gala Dinner hosted at Maison des Polytechniciens, Paris, on the evening of Tuesday 27th August 2013.
This is the time of the year when we need to stand back and remind ourselves of what are the most valuable gifts that life has offered us.
“He that seeks the good of the many seeks in consequence his own good.” -St. Thomas Aquinas
"God loves a cheerful giver." -St. Paul
"A loyal friend is beyond price – a loyal friend is the elixir of life." -The Bible
Let us see where we stand. The clouds of destruction are gathering all over the world. The world today is facing a multitude of crises in politics, economics, finance, banking, energy, food, environment and education, amongst others, simultaneously, resulting in much uncertainty, fear and anxiety. Moreover, the rapid and unsustainable rise in consumerism and materialism has seriously destroyed the fabric of society, and has catastrophically weakened the ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions of our communities. In short, the world is facing a crisis of values.
There is acute suffering in the world, starvation, untreated disease, and much war. Also there are so many wandering in darkness while hungering for hope. In such a world let us go about giving love, compassion, kindness and generosity to all. Let us serve the poor and broken ones, serve our brothers and sisters, and serve birds and beasts and all creation in whom dwells the breath of life. A life so lived, is serving the essence of the common good. Moreover, let us not waste energy in obtuse and arcane questions and controversies; countless theories about who is right and who is wrong. Instead, let us light a few candles at the altar of a suffering humanity. We must come to that altar properly prepared, in a spirit of right understanding that all mankind is one. We are all each others’ keepers.
These many crises are a wakeup call to action, to see things as they are. Impending catastrophe for our species and our planet is gathering strength unless we act in time. We should search with an open mind for the wisdom we need to transform our economic system to a sustainable path, grounded in ecological reality, with respect for justice and dignity for all, and our appreciation for nature and our kinship for all living things.
We should not allow ourselves to be led away from this Path. It is crucial at this juncture in human history, perhaps as never before, for us to transcend the body to have flight into the higher regions to “know-thyself” and to see that we are all a drop in the Great Ocean of Consciousness. Radiate love to all creation. Let us breathe this out through every pore of our body: 'love and peace be unto all, the world over'. This power of peace and goodwill has the power to overcome the forces of destruction that have coalesced around us.
Each action has a reaction. As we sow goodness and kindness, so we shall reap love, wisdom, peace, and harmony. Let our physical sojourn be sweetly ethical, loving, co-operative and tolerant. Be watchful. We are not perfect. There may be failures on our part and misunderstandings amongst us. The former, should be met with by the motto of forgiveness and reconciliation and the latter by reconciling them to mutual loving contacts, mutual respect and the consideration for the common good.
This is what our Globalisation for the Common Good is all about– a heart-based social participation movement that acknowledges and encourages the goodness that surrounds us each and every day. It is our collective opportunity to collaborate locally, nationally and globally to inspire and highlight the kindness, caring, dignity and honesty that is the natural and greater part of our daily experience. Simply stated, “Every one has a heart; it is time to let it shine.” Ultimately it is our heart that guides us and our compassion that motivates us to help one another.
The courage and dedication of countless people striving to live for the common good; in peace, genuine kindness and in harmony with one another and with the Mother Earth is extraordinary. Despite the many ongoing challenges, we at GCGI, strive to set aside our differences and work diligently in our daily encounters with each other in order to truly serve and help one another.
Christmas happened 2000 years ago, when the Baby was born; but in a very real sense it is happening all over again. The newborn "babies" are all men and women who are becoming global citizens, committed to human solidarity, economic and ecological sustainability and consideration for the common good. Let us pray for them and work with them, that we all may grow in wisdom and stature for the good of humanity and all the creation.
And let us in 2013 we all come together and share a common belief in the potential of each one of us to become self-directed, empowered, and active in defining this time in the world as opportunity for positive change and healing and for the true formation of a culture of peace by giving thanks, spreading joy, sharing love, seeing miracles, discovering goodness, embracing kindness, practicing patience, teaching moderation, encouraging laughter, celebrating diversity, showing compassion, turning from hatred, practicing forgiveness, peacefully resolving conflicts, communicating non-violently, choosing happiness and enjoying life.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)
Anne Mofid, Founding Executive Secretary, (GCGI)
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Common Interests, Common Action
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Creating a New Civilisation for the Common Good
Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)
11th Annual International Conference,
This major global conference is co-convened by Prof. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative and Dr. Violaine Hacker, Sorbonne – Common Good Forum, Paris
The rise of today’s youth, leading the world, with hope and wisdom for the common good, to change our troubled world for the better.
The GCGI is proud to be part of this great story and journey: Paris 2013 is where the story begins
Sunday 25- Thursday 29 August 2013, ParisOur Journey for the Common Good: