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Announcing the 9th Annual International Conference
Call for Presentations

“In Search of the Virtuous Economy: A Plea for Dialogue, Wisdom, and the Common Good”

6-10 June 2010

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

Globalization for the Common Good: An Interfaith Perspective
Ninth Annual Conference

California Lutheran University is delighted to announce that it will host
the ninth annual conference of Globalization for the Common Good

The Event will be a featured part of California Lutheran University’s
2010 celebration of 50 years as a university

The conference will also be the ninth in the annual international series, under the auspices of Globalization for the Common Good – An Interfaith Perspective 
(founded by Dr. Kamran Mofid)

This major global conference is being convened by Dr. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good and Dr. Jamshid Damooei, Co-director, Center for Leadership and Values, School of Business, California Lutheran University.

Previous conferences have been held in Oxford (2002), St. Petersburg (2003), Dubai (2004), Kericho, Kenya (2005), Honolulu (2006), Istanbul (2007), Melbourne (2008), and Chicago (2009).

For background information on the initiative and details of previous conferences, visit: http://www.globalisationforthecommongood.info/.

California Lutheran University: http://www.callutheran.edu/

Center for Leadership and Values, School of Business, California Lutheran University: http://www.callutheran.edu/CLV/

Globalisation for the Common Good, Chicago 2009: http://www.gcgchicago2009.info

To access the online Journal of Globalization for the Common Good, visit http://www.commongoodjournal.com/. 

Call for Presentations

Similar to previous conferences, the 2010 event promises to be especially significant and timely. Today, when global conditions can only be described as “complex and perplexing”, a combined effort and collective thinking is needed to find ways to overcome the challenge brought about by the global socio/economic and political crises.

Today, our world is challenged by a changing climate, financial and banking crisis, sleaze and lack of transparency in private and public life, hunger and pandemic disease, war and terrorism, armaments and unprecedented violence and insecurity, amongst others.

What can make a difference?  Good ideas, Creativity, Passion, Innovation, Wisdom, Prudence, Fortitude, Temperance, Justice, and notably knowing and serving the Common Good.

It is our task to ensure that people everywhere know that there are serious alternatives to the world’s present failing policies, rules and institutions, and that there are likeminded global citizens who share a vision of hope and the common good that can lift them out of the deep sense of powerlessness and despair that is now affecting so many parts of the world.

Moreover, while the central focus is on solutions to the global economic and financial crisis, we should keep in mind the deeper questions that rarely find their way into political debate or public discourse, matters that are deeply ethical and spiritual: What is the source of true happiness and well-being? What is the purpose of economic life? What is the good life? What does it mean to be a human being living on a spaceship with finite resources?

Conference Themes

The Conference main theme and focus is on our search of the virtuous economy, leading by wisdom, doing well by doing good, creating a world that works for all. Other thematic areas will also be addressed. They include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The meaning and Practice of wisdom, virtues and Service as the basis of a Trustful and affective Leadership.
  • Various religions and spiritual philosophies on economy, globalisation, environment, peace and justice.
  • Causes and Solutions of the Global Financial Crisis.
  • Global Repercussions of the Financial Crisis.
  • Fundamental Defects of the Free Market System.
  • The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Developing Countries.
  • Accounting & Financial Regulations.
  • The US Domestic Financial System and the Need for Reform.
  • Government and/or Private Sector Response to the Financial Crisis.
  • Gender Equity.
  • Human Health and Well-being.
  • Environmental Stewardship.
  • Rural Development.
  • Cultural Diversity.
  • Interreligious Dialogue.
  • Human Security.
  • Sustainable Urbanisation.
  • Hunger, Poverty, Pandemic Disease.
  • The Preservation and Replenishment of the Commons.
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption.
  • How to Harness Greed and How to Nurture the Common Good.

Instructions for Submission of Papers

We invite proposals from activists, organizers, officials, scholars, post-grad/ doctoral students, and others specializing in a range of disciplines, including, education, theology, philosophy, ethics, history, political science, international relations, conflict analysis and peace research, economics, business studies,  law, sociology, media studies and journalism, psychology, health sciences and medicine, environmental studies and geography. Contributions are also invited from persons in government, civil society, diplomacy, law, the media, the health professions and business, as well as those involved in religious and Interreligious dialogue. Proposals that adopt an interdisciplinary, intercultural or Interreligious perspective are especially welcome.

Proposals should be received no later than Sunday, February 21st, 2010. Of course, the earlier your proposal is received, the better your chances for acceptance. We are receiving submissions now.

Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation.
  • A 250-word abstract, highlighting the proposal’s relevance to one or other of the key themes outlined above.
  • Author’s name and institutional affiliation; as well as an up-to 50 words biographical note on the presenter. Please include your website, if available.

All proposals will be assessed by an inter-disciplinary panel appointed by the joint conveners, and applicants will be informed of the Organizing Committee’s decision in March 2010.

Successful applicants will be given two weeks to confirm their participation.

The Conference Organizing Committee must receive by May 1, 2010 any written papers (approximate length 3,000 to 5,000 words) or other presentation materials for distribution to Conference delegates.  The Conference’s working language is English. It is planned to produce one or more international publications drawing on high quality papers selected by the joint conveners’ interdisciplinary panel.

Those selected to make a presentation will be required to pay the registration fee. Please note that travel arrangements and costs are the responsibility of participants or their sponsoring institutions. The Conference Conveners are not able to offer financial support. However, the overall costs will be subsidized, enabling many to attend.

Important Dates

  • February 21st, 2010: Presentation proposals due. **Early submissions are very much welcomed.
  • March 2010: Notification of accepted presentations. Final confirmation by presenters should be received within two weeks of notification of acceptance.
  • May 1, 2010: Written papers to be received.

Please submit proposals, preferably as Word document, and any questions to:

Jamshid Damooei, PhD

Co-Convener, GCG 2010 Conference

Professor of Economics and Chair

Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting

Co-director, Center for Leadership and Values

California Lutheran University

Ph: +1 805 493-3357

damooei@callutheran.edu and k.mofid@btopenworld.com