Group photos from GCGI Conferences
The Third GCGI Award for Public Service in the Interest of the Common Good was presented to Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha, Birmingham, UK, at the 12th Annual GCGI International Conference and the 2nd Joint GCGI and SES Forum, held at Waterperry House, School of Economic Science, Oxford.
The Award is given in recognition of Bhai Sahib Ji’s extraordinary and tireless work for peace and justice, and his selfless service in helping to build a better world. He exemplifies the great peace potential inherent in religious traditions to more fully engaging nationally and globally to build trust, foster understanding, and revitalise public policy discussions for the common good.
He continues to encourage and empower others to discover their own potential for change and to evoke their hidden strengths to bring more goodness into the world.
The Award was presented to Bhai Sahib Ji at a special ceremony during the Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative’s Twelfth Anniversary Gala Dinner hosted at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, on the evening of Wednesday 3 September 2014.
Previous GCGI Award recipients:
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)
Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)
10th Annual International Conference
Waterperry House, September 2-5, 2012
We gather here, at Waterperry House, the spiritual home of the School of Economic Science, close to Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, famous the world over for its University and place in history. We are grateful for the warm hospitality and support which we have received. We come together from many countries, cultures, civilisations, faiths, and countless areas of expertise to continue our exploration of pathways to Globalisation for the Common Good. Our time here has been richly inspiring and profoundly motivating. It has yielded a very fruitful dialogue.
In acknowledgment of our past Declarations (Chicago, Istanbul, Hawaii and Kenya) and the many existing documents and efforts that promote peace, sustainability, global interconnectedness, reverence for life and unity, We, the participants of the 10th annual conference of Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative have explored many of the structures needed to move us toward the global good, healing our troubled world. As conference delegates, we affirm our inalienable rights and recognise our obligations, not only as local and national citizens, but as members of the human race and citizens of the planet. We are heirs to the whole evolution of consciousness and culture, which means that we human beings have to see ourselves as part of the Earth community and recognize that all of life is bound together. We realize that, as members of the household of humanity, we must provide security, sanctuary and constructive engagement for all of our human family. Sustained by the bounty of all, called by the Sacred, and animated into action by the Spirit of Peace, Justice, and Reverence for All Life, we, hereby acknowledge and pledge to hold ourselves responsible to and accountable for:
* Life-serving environmental stewardship,
*The fulfilment of universal basic human needs worldwide,
*Economic and social well-being,
* A culture of peace and non-violence,
*Dialogue of Civilisations and Interfaith Dialogue,
*An innovative development model based on the recognition of and respect for human rights and the Rights of Nature,
*Values-led economics, business, finance, politics, good governance, transparency, and full accountability,
*Volunteerism and Service,
*Dialogue and engagement with Youth
* Care for Senior Citizens in keeping with respect for their life experience and wisdom,
*The physical and cultural survival of indigenous peoples through new expressions and forms of sovereignty and self-determination,
*The world’s wisdom traditions, which offer living examples of the fruits of contemplation and reflection for contemporary society.
Thus, to insure a sustainable and harmonious world, nurturing and nourishing the global common good, for present and future generations.
The world is engulfed by a multitude of crises, including enduring poverty for many, hunger, resource depletion, a lack of development and growth, economic and social injustice, climate change, species extinction, war, and violence. It is in dialogue with one another respecting alternative cultures, different religions and diverse social norms, nationalities, and ethnicities, that we will find the global solutions needed for our planet, our human family, and the larger community of the natural world to which we belong. In breaking down barriers towards mutual understanding and respect, in bringing together people from many walks of life, various careers, nations, and organizations, We of the Globalization for the Common Good Initiative, inspired by our dialogue have discovered together our hope for a better world.
Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative, at Waterperry House, Oxford, September 5, 2012
Shaping the Wisdom, Sharing the Dream
In Gratitude for your Friendship and Support
From Oxford 2002 to Oxford 2012: Portrait of a Great Journey for the Common Good
It is amazing to me that ten years have gone by so quickly. What began as a simple idea to share the practical wisdom of the common good, dialogue, generosity, kindness, and more has blossomed into an internationally recognized non-profit organization that has become a leading resource “inspiring people to do great things for the common good”.
From the very beginning, I knew that we will succeed, if we can reach-out to everybody around the world and be an all volunteer network of individuals, while approaching our growth organically and focusing on our vision and mission.
As you might imagine, in the initial days when we began sharing our vision of doing things for the common good, we were met with a great deal of scepticism, apprehension, and thankfully, some warm embraces and love. We were energized by all of those early experiences and continued to find ways to build ideas, programmes and initiatives around our main message and theme of Globalisation for the Common Good.
Perhaps our greatest accomplishment has been our ability to bring Globalisation for the Common Good into the common vocabulary and awareness of a greater population along with initiating the necessary discussion as to its meaning and potential in our personal and collective lives.