As the world continues to navigate its way through the pandemic, as new spaces for reflection have opened up, we are thinking deeply about what ‘doing good’ in the world really means.
Concerned about the world we live in, recognising the unique position of the Graduate Institute in international affairs, and—as Graduate Institute students—the privileges that come with being part of the next generation of global leaders, we are serious about questioning the ethical and moral imperatives laying at the foundations of international engagement. Our cohort is filled with students eager to push towards a world that is more courageous, a world where everyone cares about each other’s dignity.
Our world is in critical need of visionary and ethical leadership. In this special series, 21 MA students from the Graduate Institute Interdisciplinary programmes reflect on the power and privileges inherent in international aid and development approaches. We consider the harms that can be done when assumptions about ‘doing good’ are not problematised.
We are committed to making the work of international engagement more honest and thus more effective. By engaging in difficult conversations, clarifying and asking questions, we critically examine what ‘doing good’ requires.
Through six special editions, released between March and May 2021, our multi-media platform includes original podcasts, book and film reviews, and blogs and video shorts. We reflect on the following themes:
- Ethics and international engagement
- Power, privilege, violence and invisibility
- Dignity and the human condition
- True skills for peace
- Environmental ethics
- Reimagining the world
Each special edition presents an opportunity to reflect, to listen deeply, to grow. We hope that through this series, we can find a collective place of hope, inspiration and action.
To find out more about the origins of the Thought Project, read this interview.
On behalf of the The Thought Project Team, we wish you well.