Thought Leader: Chan Heng Chee | 11/19/13 "I would like to see a global ethic emerging and accepted by all the communities in the world on women. We have declared long ago that women are equal. We recognize the equality of women. But not many countries really practice that."
Thought Leader: Sir Lawrence Freedman | 10/11/13 "There are values that those of us from Western liberal societies hold dear and believe should be universal. But they're not. And that produces the challenges. If they were, then things would be a lot easier."
Thought Leader: Joseph Nye | 08/21/13 "It's worth remembering that in the Cold War, the Berlin Wall fell, not under a barrage of artillery, but under hammers and bulldozers wielded by those whose minds had been changed by the ideas that constitute soft power."
Thought Leader: Brent Scowcroft | 08/07/13 "More and more of the things that countries, nations, governments want to do for their citizens can't be done nationally. They have to reach out to others. So I think we're in a process of the uneasy interaction of these two. That gives me some hope for the future."
Thought Leader: David Cannadine | 07/31/13 "So I suppose, looking forward, what I would hope to see is a greater awareness of the richness of individual identities and less attention given to single, simple, distorted, misleading collective identities."
Thought Leader: Louise Arbour | 07/24/13 "I think what is morally distinct is our consciousness of the disconnect between our values, our aspirations, our capabilities, and our deliverables. We are still conscious of how much we are falling short of our aspirations."
Thought Leader: Mary Robinson | 07/17/13 "What strikes me about the world today is that it's a world of 7 billion people who are more connected than ever before, and yet the divides are huge. We see growing inequality both within countries and between countries. I'm not sure that we can continue like this and be socially cohesive."
Thought Leader: Bineta Diop | 07/10/13 "For me the first priority is education as part of the opening of people's minds and changing the mindsets. It is giving people access to knowledge. It has to go everywhere."
Thought Leader: Jonathan Sacks | 07/03/13 "Every single human being, regardless of color, class, or creed, is of infinite worth. That's how I judge everything."
Thought Leader: Nancy Birdsall | 06/26/13 "Most people, once they become more and more aware, they are in a better position to demand better policies in their own country and they are more likely to get engaged in other ways as well."
Thought Leader: Jay Winter | 06/20/13 "One of the things I've seen over my lifetime is a move away from war and from the place of the military in political life. This to me is astonishing and unpredictable."
Thought Leader: Andrew Nathan | 06/13/13 "Each of us can do a little bit, and we have to pick a piece where we feel an interest and think we have a comparative advantage and try to work on that piece."
Thought Leader: Tariq Ramadan | 06/06/13 "The main, essential message of Islam is 'salaam.' It's peace, intimate peace; peace with the universe, with nature, and peace with human beings."
Thought Leader: Peter Morales | 05/30/13 "Stories touch us. In some ways, they're so powerful that your point, if you're a minister, often gets lost because people remember the story and completely forget the point you were trying to make based on that story."
Thought Leader: Alan S. Blinder | 05/22/13 "We still view ourselves as the land of opportunity, which, in a sense we are. But the opportunities are not trickling down to the bottom the way they used to."
Thought Leader: Tomas Sedlacek | 05/15/13 "To use the New Testament sort of logic, who is my neighbor? Today that extends not only to your family or your literal neighbors. We know much more about the situations of poor people in China or India or Africa, and so the scope of ethical responsibility today has grown to some global measures."
Thought Leader: Jessica Jackley | 05/08/13 "What many people can no longer claim is ignorance, especially those of us that do have easy access to technology. We know not only that these problems exist, but there are endless options, really great options, to do something to engage and to participate."
Thought Leader: Rachel Kleinfeld | 05/02/13 "We're in an age where every person can have access to global information. If they have access to a cell phone, which most of the world now has access to, they can be a voice for awareness, for ethicality within their community and across the globe."
Thought Leader: Dan Ariely | 04/24/13 "The good news is that we're figuring out some of the big mistakes people are making, and if we figure out in time, we can try to fight that and actually do things in a better way."
Thought Leader: Robert D. Kaplan | 04/18/13 "I see a world driven by a loss of central authority, which creates its own moral problems as a consequence."
Thought Leader: E. O. Wilson | 04/11/13 "A global ethic, which is absolutely necessary to meet the destructive forces that our intellectual and technological powers have given us to meet and solve the big problems that are promoted by it, depends upon a much more thorough knowledge of what we are."
Thought Leader: Srdja Popovic | 04/05/13 "There are two kinds of countries in this world, the good ones and the bad ones. The good ones I count as the countries where the governments are afraid of their people. The bad ones I count as the countries where people are afraid of their governments."
Thought Leader: Thomas Pogge | 03/27/13 "The tendencies are hostile to achieving perpetual peace. But these tendencies do not have to be accepted the way they are. Once we understand what they are, we may be able to overcome them."
Thought Leader: Ethan Zuckerman | 03/20/13 "I'd really like to see us get globalization right. For me, getting globalization right wouldn't mean that we have stuff from every corner of the world, but would mean that we have people and ideas and opportunities and solutions from every corner of the world."
Thought Leader: Michael Doyle | 03/13/13 "What has changed in the modern world is that we can now see our fellow members of the common human moral universe and we cannot be so blind. We can see the suffering. That's a big change that has taken place in the past couple of centuries."
Thought Leader: Gillian Tett | 03/06/13 "On the most basic level, a global ethic should be a recognition that we simply cannot afford to ignore our neighbors, even if they don't appear to immediately have much connectivity to us."
Thought Leader: Rebecca MacKinnon | 02/27/13 "Even dictatorships go to great lengths to create these fake elections to prove to the world that they have consent of the governed. It's sort of an organizing principle of the nation-state."
Thought Leader: Kishore Mahbubani | 02/22/13 "You've got to balance national interest against global interest. I think that's the direction in which global ethics is going to go."
Thought Leader: Richard Lugar | 02/13/13 "I do approach it in a positive way, that we ought to be thinking about nutrition for every human being, keeping people alive so they have a chance to learn and to be productive."
Thought Leader: Jonathan Haidt | 02/06/13 "My general view is that left and right are like yin and yang. I think it's great to have one side that's calling attention to global issues and one side that's wary of the solutions."
Thought Leader: Luis Moreno-Ocampo | 01/30/13 "The new world, the 21st century is about global communication and global citizenship. I see this particularly in the young people."
Thought Leader: Michael Walzer | 01/23/13 "Where is the political space within which you can organize and mobilize for greater equality across the globe? That's a question I don't have an answer to, but I think it is a central question for those of us who set a high value on human equality."
Thought Leader: Enrique Penalosa | 01/16/13 "The wealthy have a responsibility to have a certain degree of austerity, to show that they are admired and respected, not because they have material wealth, but because of their contribution to society."
Thought Leader: Ahmed Rashid | 01/09/13 "Violence is linked to a continued intolerance of minorities. In many countries in many parts of the world, this is something we inherited from the 20th century."
Thought Leader: Steve Coll | 12/19/12 "I do believe there is a global ethic. It has to do with the dignity of individuals, the right to security and liberty, both. I do believe that the human condition in its social setting is universal enough to give rise to global rights and global ethics."
Thought Leader: Pankaj Ghemawat | 12/13/12 "What I have in mind with rooted cosmopolitanism and distance sensitivity is something that's much, much more practical and to my mind achievable."
Thought Leader: Victor Cha | 12/05/12 "Technology creates all this open space that needs to be filled. And if you leave space to be filled, people fill it by saying things that don't make a whole lot of sense and so there's less accountability in today's day and age and less care is put into what is said publicly."
Thought Leader: Mary Ellen Iskenderian | 11/28/12 "I'm a huge believer in role models. I think that pretty much any woman who gets up and puts herself out there, whether she wants to be or not, is a role model."
Thought Leader: Carne Ross | 11/14/12 "At the heart of this form of anarchist theory, which is what this is, is a belief that true self-determination, self-realization of the self, can only be fulfilled without authority."
Thought Leader: Kwame Anthony Appiah | 11/07/12 "The more our societies are in conversation, the more likely it is, when it comes to having to make the hard decisions that are involved in discussions where you have to settle something, the more likely we are to be able to do it."
Thought Leader: Syd Mead | 11/02/12 "Morality is character. It's the ability to analyze and see how you fit into the overall social hierarchy. So the morality to me is just a sort of sensitivity to what is essentially fair."
Thought Leader: Emily Lau | 10/24/12 "I hope that world leaders will really sit down and think about the circumstances of those people who have been suffering for many years. Why can't we all try to sort it out and give them something better to look forward to?"
Thought Leader: Parag Khanna | 10/17/12 "The best global governance is local governance. It is not a punch line; it is a rule of thumb."
Thought Leader: Mustafa Ceric | 10/10/12 "I would advise my dear intellectuals of this age and time and place to give us some good imagination, especially to the young people."
Thought Leader: Anne-Marie Slaughter | 10/03/12 "There are things we can't do, even with all the power of the United States. But then we shouldn't hide from it. We shouldn't turn away and pretend that something else is happening."
Thought Leader: Nobuo Tanaka | 09/27/12 "It is amazing that more than 2 billion people do not have access to electricity. All people equally have a right to have a very healthy and comfortable life. Access to energy, access to electricity, is a very important part of the issue that we have to tackle."
Thought Leader: Dambisa Moyo | 09/19/12 "Moral leadership to me is about selflessness. But in a world of personal aggrandizement and short-term-ism, I do fear that we'll see less moral leadership and perhaps more of what we don't want."
Thought Leader: Ian Bremmer | 09/12/12 "When we talk about international affairs, you can be as 'Realpolitik' as you want, but you're talking about people, you're not talking about assets. You're talking about living, feeling, breathing beings."
Thought Leader: Juan Somavia | 09/05/12 "We may have globalization, we have more interconnectedness, lots of things are happening, more trade. But what's the moral compass? You have the feeling that the compass is 'If you can get away with it, it's all right. If you are not found out, okay.'"