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Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications
Mark M. Seaman, Editor and Director of Communications

Innovative Ideas for Global Challenges
Editor's Note

“It takes wisdom, courage, and strength to recognize the inevitability of change, to adjust to it, and to grasp opportunities. A keen sense of timing and a willingness to innovate are needed.”

Our founder, C. Maxwell Stanley, wrote those words in 1979—the same year of the Iranian Revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, world events that triggered inevitable, and continuing, change. He was describing the need for new thinking to confront that context and the threats of violent conflict, nuclear weapons, and environmental neglect that challenged the world then, and now.

This issue of Courier explores innovators and innovative ideas that embody Max’s charge:

The countries that are the least responsible for climate change but also the most vulnerable to its effects are leading the rest of the world toward ambitious and revolutionary solutions to limit global warming. An influential and respected group of women are championing the movement.

Blockchain technology holds promise for a wide-ranging set of applications. Could it be used to safeguard the location of nuclear material and enhance trust among nations that possess it?

Civil society organizations like the Boy Scouts are changing the way peace might be made possible amid violence in the Central African Republic. And the private sector may be able to do more than we realize to build resilience to violent conflict in Iraq.

Finally, Kofi Annan is remembered as an innovator who, as secretary-general of the United Nations, challenged the world: “[I]f humanitarian intervention is, indeed, an unacceptable assault on [state] sovereignty, how should we respond to a Rwanda, to a Srebrenica—to gross and systematic violations of human rights that offend every precept of our common humanity?” His challenge eventually led to the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, which, while imperfect, is often characterized as a revolutionary approach to genocide and mass violence prevention.

I invite you to read more about these innovators and innovative ideas in the pages that follow, and to share your thoughts with us.

Max Stanley pressed the need to think creatively about the use of our resources and intellect in pursuit of a secure peace, and the Stanley Foundation continues to advocate impact-driven action in accordance with that legacy. As Max observed and we continue to believe, “The latent capability to effectively manage critical world issues exists; the challenge is to use it.” 

Mark M. Seaman
Editor and Director of Communications


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The Winter 2018 issue of Courier focuses on innovators and innovative ideas for global challenges—the role of women and vulnerable countries in mitigating climate change; the potential of blockchain technology in nuclear safeguards; the part the Boy Scouts are playing to keep the peace in the Central African Republic; the possibility that private enterprise could contribute to a more resilient society in Iraq; and an appreciation of the late Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Winter 2018 PDF. Subscribe for Free.


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As a part of our efforts to limit global warming to 1.5° C, the foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.

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The Stanley Foundation convenes its Strategy for Peace Conference annually to consider key policy challenges, drawing on the experience and knowledge of invited experts from the public and private sectors.

At the conference concurrent roundtables are focused on each of the foundation’s three current areas of programming—climate changenuclear policy, and mass violence and atrocities. This year a fourth roundtable will focus on global governance. Roundtable discussion is intended to generate group consensus recommendations for policy change and multilateral action. More.


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