Eco Innovations: Small Sparks, Big Impact

We’re busy preparing for a jam-packed Fall season. Here’s a taste of what’s coming up.

September will be our second annual Sustainability Month, kicking off an entire year of programming on how societies can flourish in harmony with the planet. More news coming soon.

A selection from G lobal Ethics Forum, a Carnegie Council video series custom-designed for TV, will begin airing weekly on the Worldview Channel of the MHz network on September 5. (You can also view these videos on our website.) The Council’s regular one-hour segment will include two half-hour shows. MHz channels vary per city. For local listings, please go to www.mhznetworks.org.

If you’re a professional under 40 with an interest in international affairs, join our Carnegie New Leadersprogram. Annual membership is $200 ($350 dual membership). The season’s first CNL event is on September 8: Facing the Crises of our Time: The United Nations and the United States in the 21st Century. See application details, or contact Stefanie Ambrosio at 212-838-4120 ext.260.

Our first Public Affairs program is on September 20. Public Affairs Subscribers can attend more than 50 events a year for only $500 ($750 dual membership). To subscribe online click here, or call G usta Johnson at 212-838-4120 ext.259.

Remember, if you cannot attend our events in person, you can watch them as live webcasts or access them later on our website, as videos, audios, transcripts, and podcasts.

UPCOMIN G EVENTS (SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL CALENDAR)
Eco Innovations: Small Sparks, Big Impact (with live webcast)

September 13, 2010, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

How do innovations make it to the market to have significant impact on societal sustainability? This Workshop for Ethics in Business luncheon will explore the creative process and what a more sustainable society might look like.

Shakeel Avadhany is President, CEO, and co-founder of Levant Power Corp.

Richard A. (Rick) Cook is a founding partner at Cook+Fox Architects. He is best known for designing ecologically friendly buildings, including the Bank of America Tower.

Peter Hartwell is a senior researcher at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. As a member of the Information and Quantum Systems Lab, he is the lead of the microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) team.

Niko Canner is a senior partner in Booz & Company’s organization and change leadership practice, and a member of the North America Management Team.

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam (with live webcast)

September 20, 2010, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

More than half of the world’s Muslims and 60 percent of its Christians live along the tenth parallel in Africa or in Asia . How have these two great faiths come to intersect and how do they interact?

Eliza Griswold is a poet and journalist, and is currently a fellow at the New America Foundation.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Key Elements in American National Security, July 2010

Jeffrey D. McCausland

July saw a number of interesting developments in U.S. national security that included such topics as the ongoing war in Afghanistan , increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Russian spies, WikiLeaks, and growing concerns about the future of defense budgets in the U.S. and UK .

China’s State Capitalism Poses Ethical Challenges

Ian Bremmer, Devin T. Stewart

In China , robust growth is a good thing, as long as it doesn’t undermine the leadership’s monopoly hold on political power. The Chinese leadership will respect labor rights when necessary and ignore them when possible.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Essential Resources from the Carnegie Council

Sixty-five years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki , nuclear weapons remain one of the greatest dangers we face. Today the world has an estimated 23,000 nuclear weapons, the equivalent of about 150,00 Hiroshima bombs.

Declaration of Support for an Efficient Renewable Energy Future

Ten prominent clean energy analysts, researchers, and engineers voice their support for eliminating 80 percent of fossil fuel use in the next 20 years.

SELECTED RESOURCES ON ETHICS

Ethics for a 21st Century Army: Creating a Code of Professional Military Ethics

Christopher Case, David Rodin, Joel H. Rosenthal

Major Chris Case (West Point) and David Rodin ( Oxford University ): What are the basic principles that should guide professional soldiers in the 21st century?

Leadership as Practical Ethics

Joel H. Rosenthal

If we accept leadership as goal-driven and compromise-ridden, then we see that ethics should not be a peripheral to any public policy curriculum or program of leadership development. Ethics is neither a luxury nor a hurdle to be cleared. It is central to decision-making and leadership itself.

Pillars of Ethical Choice

William C. Vocke Jr.

Pluralism; rights and responsibilities; fairness. These three pillars of ethical choice can guide both individuals and states in making decisions.

Course Syllabus: Ethics and International Affairs

Joel H. Rosenthal

This course outline includes required and suggested readings and links to the full texts of the lectures.

JULY’S MOST POPULAR AUDIO PODCASTS
Taiwan: Building Partnerships for Asia-Pacific Economic Integration

Johnny C. Chiang, Joel H. Rosenthal, William C. Vocke Jr.

Since 2008, Taiwan has quietly pursued new political and economic initiatives with China , and the likelihood of conflict across the Taiwan Strait has diminished. What are the implications for East Asian economic integration and for Taiwan-U.S. relations?

Global Ethics Corner: Mexico: Violence and Democracy

Must governments meet violence with an authoritarian response? In the recent Mexican election, citizens could demand a crackdown on druglords at the price of personal freedoms, or continue to participate at the risk of their safety. Mexicans chose the latter. What would you do?

Global Ethics Corner: Google and State Capitalism?

Does the state capitalism model present a challenge to free market political systems? Is G oogle’s confrontation with China a taste of the future? What do you think?

JULY’S MOST POPULAR WEB MATERIALS

Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban

Jere Van Dyk

Journalist Jere Van Dyk tells of his decades-long involvement with Afghanistan , and gives a harrowing account of his 2008 kidnapping and imprisonment by the Taliban in the no-man’s land between Afghanistan and Pakistan .

Independence Day: Fifty Years after Lumumba Speech, DRC’s Riches Still Not Benefiting her Children

Thomas Turner

DRC expert Thomas Turner examines Congo ‘s rash of conflicts, its “resource curse,” elections, and possible withdrawal of MONUC. The state survives, but is too weak to protect its people.

The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America’s Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era

Clyde Prestowitz, Joanne J. Myers

The U.S. is rapidly losing the basis of its wealth and power, as well as its freedom of action and independence, says Prestowitz. If we do not make dramatic changes quickly, we will confront a painful, permanent slide in our standard of living.