Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)

Announcing the 12th Annual International Conference

Call for Presentation and Participation

From Oxford 2002 to Oxford 2014: Portrait of a Great Journey for the Common Good

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)- School of Economic Science, Oxford Campus, Waterperry House, Oxford (2014)

The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”

Waterperry House, Oxford

Sunday 31 August- Thursday 4 September, 2014

Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative (GCGI)

Annual Conference Series

In association with

School of Economic Science

Waterperry House, Oxford

School of Economic Science is delighted to announce that it will host the 12th annual conference of Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative. This major global conference is being convened by Prof. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative and Mr. Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science.

“The Value of Values: Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life”

Businesses, governments, institutions, and societies are experiencing ever-increasing complexity, multiple systemic challenges, unpredictability, volatility and constant change. Patterns of possibility and patterns of crises are emerging which are inter-connected and inter-dependent. Oneness and consciousness of individuals, organizations and whole-systems can transform crises into possibilities with lasting positive results.

We have important spiritual resources that can assist and guide us to overcome these crises, and create a better world of peace and universal brother/sisterhood. Throughout history spirituality and spiritual values have helped to sustain life, love and laughter in challenging life conditions. Our universal spiritual values will focus our minds on our common humanity and destiny. The renaissance of this traditional way of being ignites the heart of compassion and love for the common good into positive action.

This Conference will attempt to approach spirituality as a resource for renewal. Moreover, it will also approach nature as a source of wisdom and explore the potential of this vision for management theories and practices. As our mindset is currently so strongly imbued with materialistic and instrumental approaches to nature, we need to be challenged by radical ideas to disclose new horizons. The Conference will also attempt to help participants find answers to questions on “Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life” with a focus on the four themes below:

*What is the relationship between the inner life of spirit and the outer life of service in the interest of the Common Good?

*What spiritual values apply in economics, education, business, management and ecology?

*“How can the secular and sacred elements of life be better integrated to advance the common good?

*How can the wisdom and insight gained through inner exploration be used to better our individual and collective health?

In short, how do we regain the basic values of a healthy society? How do we integrate the values of finance, business and economics, with those of families and communities? Can we discard market-fundamentalism, the false belief that market knows best, and begin to believe that “The market was made for human beings - not human beings to serve the market”? How can we discard the false values of modern economics and in the real understanding that the only things that have value in themselves are love, beauty and the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom?

Applying our common spiritual values as sources for renewal is, in large part, a matter of how this Conference hopes to respond to the economic, social, and ecological mandate now placed before us by the converging crises of our time. This is our moral assignment. As a matter of personal and societal responsibility, we can enter fully into reshaping economic policy and economic behaviour on behalf of the common good.

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Meet our Keynote Speakers:

Luk Bouckaert, emeritus professor of ethics at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven, Belgium) and President of the European SPES Forum, Belgium) &

Dr. Ulrich Duchrow, Professor of systematic theology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and Co-founder and moderator of Kairos Europa Homepage of Ulrich Duchrow

Prof. Farhang  Jahanpour, former Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Languages at the University of Isfahan, a former Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at Harvard, and former Editor, Middle East and North Africa, the BBC. For the past 28 years he has taught at the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and is a member of Kellogg College.

Dr. Walter Schwimmer, Former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Chairman of the International Coordination Committee (ICC) of the World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations (WPFDC), and President of the European Democracy Forum in Strassburg.

Call for Presentation and Participation

Complex world problems and intricate global issues require the coming together of multiple areas of expertise, experience, perspectives and insight.

The GCGI Oxford Conference is intended to be a multi- and inter-disciplinary dialogue that aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines, professions and NGOs on what “Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life” means and entails with a focus on the four conference themes. We seek contributions from both practitioners and academics, and from the widest possible range of intellectual interests and commitment.

The great relevance and timeliness of this topic, and its theme, hardly needs to be stated: nothing is of greater importance at present than the necessity of keeping rigorous and constructive debate and dialogue between different disciplines, ideas and values to address the global economic and financial situations and conditions. We are convinced that much of the ongoing and steadily exacerbating discord arises from an unwillingness to communicate and bridge gaps in understanding, especially where issues of religion, philosophy, ethics, spirituality, economics, globalisation and capitalism are concerned.

Submission of Abstracts

The conference welcomes abstracts from academicians, researchers, activists, organizers, officials, 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 inter/multi-disciplinary, intercultural or Interreligious perspective are especially welcome.

Proposals should be received no later than 9 May, 2014. We very much welcome early submission of abstracts.

Proposals should include:

  • Title of proposed presentation, workshop, or roundtable
  • 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 (if any); as well as an up-to 100 words biographical note on the presenter. Please include your email address and website, if available.

All proposals will be assessed by an inter-disciplinary committee, and applicants will be informed of the Organizing Committee's decision in an ongoing process, so as to facilitate the applicants’ travelling arrangements.

Paper Presentations

In addition to the keynote speakers and plenary sessions, it is envisaged that four parallel sessions/roundtables will be organised as panel debates. Each parallel session will focus on one of the four core themes. Paper presenters will be invited to comment on a selected position statement (10 minutes). The remaining time is for discussion.

Presenters are strongly encouraged not to read their papers verbatim: draft papers, or at least a working summary of it will be available on the web site prior to the conference beginning. We hope that presenters will instead speak to the significant points raised in their papers, encouraging dialogue, engagement and a rewarding debate. The GCGI does not accept papers for presentation in abstention or via electronic means.

Publications Process

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for inclusion in our e-journal, Journal of Globalization for the Common Good.

Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 15-20 page chapters for publication in a themed ISBN hard copy volume. The decision whether to proceed to hard copy publication will be taken by the Organising Chairs, the host institute, and the Steering Group within four weeks of the conference close and is subject to availability of funding.

Please submit your abstract to Prof. Kamran Mofid

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Travelling arrangements, accommodation, registration and fees

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, as with other GCGI conferences, we will do our best, working as volunteers, drawing no income, organising the conference as a non-profit making event and more, to keep the costs to absolute minimum. This self-sustaining funding mechanism has been a key lynch pin of our independence and integrity. At no point in our history has the GCGI been so reliant on external sources that if external funding is removed, the GCGI cannot continue.

*Conference Venue and accommodation

The Conference venue is at Waterperry House and the Conference is residential.

*Travel Information

How to get to Oxford:

How to get to Waterperry Gardens and Waterperry House:

(Please note: Overseas delegates arriving at Heathrow or Gatwick, use “the Airline” bus service- see above: “How to get to Oxford”; all buses have OXF on the destination indicator; get off at “Park & Ride: Thornhill”. From here our team of volunteer drivers will pick you up and drive you to the conference venue free of charge.

The same service is also available to delegates from the UK, arriving at Oxford train or coach stations. On arrival, take the park and ride bus to the Thornhill Park& ride stop, from where our team of volunteer drivers will pick you up and drive you to the conference venue free of charge.

Oxford Park& Ride:

Please carefully note: you are responsible for your own travel to the Thornhill Park& ride stop. Under no circumstances the conference organisers can pick delegates up from any other location.

*Registration and Fees

*(Please kindly note: School of Economic Science is a registered charity, and a non-profit-making institute.  The philosophy and ethos of our host, which is in line with the values of GCGI, is based on volunteerism and service for the common good. Therefore, it is important to appreciate this, whilst noting the fees.)

Full Conference Fee

(Sunday - 31 August–3 pm to Thursday-mid-day-4 September 2013)

Package A: All inclusive

To cover accommodation (Full Board), admittance to all presentations, conference bag and printed programme, breakfasts, buffet lunches, morning/afternoon coffee breaks, dinners, and Conference Gala Dinner)

(Please note: The prices below are "early bird" prices and prevail up to May 12, 2014. After that an additional 10% is added to the overall prices).

In Single rooms: £299.00 (Limited availability. Please book early for single rooms)

In double rooms: £245.00 per person

In multiple-occupancy rooms: £199.00 per person

Package B: Non-residential- 4 Day Pass (including the Gala Dinner)

£145.00 per person

Package C: Daily Non-residential Pass (No dinners, No Gala Dinner)

£35.00 per person/per day

(Please also note: Whilst no rooms have private bathrooms, there are plenty of modern shower and bathrooms very conveniently located to each and every room throughout the House.

Moreover, it should be noted that all meals taken at Waterperry House are vegetarian. However, the Dinner on Monday evening and the Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening which are hosted at venues in Oxford will be vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian)

Payment of Fees:

Pay by cheque:

Cheques to be made payable to ‘The School of Economic Science’ and sent for the attention of Mr. Peter Holland, School of Economic Science,11, Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ, England.

Pay by Credit Card:

Credit card payments can be made by a phone call to the School of Economic Science’s HQ building in London, phone no.  44(0)2070344000 between the hours of 9am and 4pm UK time, This facility and contact names  will be available from mid Nov.

Please note: Fees quoted are in Pounds Sterling. Payment must be made at these rates in Pounds Sterling.

Cancellation Policy:

For cancellation up to 60 days before the start of the event a refund of the total amount paid, less a 10% admin fee.

For cancellation between 59 and 21 days before the event a refund of half the amount paid will be possible.

For cancellation at 20 days before the event or later there will be no refund.

The Conference Organisers very strongly recommend that all participants obtain appropriate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances.  The School of Economic Science and the GCGI cannot accept responsibility or liability for accidents, illness or loss to participants travelling to and from Waterperry House.

Please note: For all advance enquiry about registration contact Mr. Peter Holland,the event organiser.


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