Global Agenda Council on Values 2012-2014
Despite worldwide hyperconnectivity, widespread conflicts continue. The challenges of connecting with others of different opinions, values, beliefs, faiths and cultures are growing. Moreover, given the failings of financial institutions and the distrust towards governments, world leaders are struggling with issues of how to rebuild the public’s trust. In this context, the Global Agenda Council on Values is exploring how social and mobile technologies can be used to help young people around the world gain respect for each other and resolve conflicts. It is looking for successful models and best practices, as well as methods to leverage appropriate technologies to accomplish this aim. The Council is identifying the hurdles and investigating how a multistakeholder alliance can be engendered to collaborate in reaching these goals.
What the Council is doing about it
The Council is tackling these pressing issues by using the New Social Covenant and the Silicon Values project. The objective of the New Social Covenant is to inform key business, government and civil society representatives and to inspire the use of the covenant to shift practices and cultures towards improving the state of the world. At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos-Klosters, the Vice-Chair of the Council, Jim Wallis, spoke during “The Moral Economy: From Social Contract to Social Covenant” session, highlighting the need for a new social covenant built on trust, rather than a transactional contract. Council Members also hosted a multilateral meeting at the Annual Meeting to discuss the New Social Covenant. The formation of the New Social Covenant Steering Board (NSCSB) – comprised of leaders from business, government and civil society – resulted from these meetings. Its purpose is to enact a strategy to push the New Social Covenant more aggressively before the Forum’s Annual Meeting 2014. Simultaneously, the Silicon Values project successfully gained the commitment of leading tech and social media leaders. A series of workshops and events have been scheduled in the summer of 2013 to engage the wider tech community to create an online environment conducive to empathy, diversity and inclusion.
“The challenges of connecting with others of different opinions, values, beliefs, faiths and cultures are growing.”
Over the next 12 months, the Council will continue to use social media platforms to communicate and highlight elements of the New Social Covenant and Silicon Values, including digital media through the Forum platform or the Council’s micro-blog. In partnership with select World Economic Forum Global Shapers (leaders under the age of 30), the Council will organize a series of “Silicon Values” dinners in San Francisco, New York and London. These will engage the tech and design communities in a dialogue on the power and responsibility of technology in “embracing the other”. These conversations will be documented and will be complemented with voices from the non-tech industry.
To get involved please contact
Research Analyst: Karen Wong, Global Agenda Councils, Karen.email@example.com
Council Manager: Michele Mischler, Associate Director, Swiss Public Affairs and Media, firstname.lastname@example.org
Forum Lead: Martina Gmür, Senior Director, Head of the Network of Global Agenda Councils, email@example.com
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