ERIC Number: ED441727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Global Interdependence and the Need for Social Stewardship. Paper No. 1.
Mazur, Laurie Ann; Sechler, Susan E.
On October 7-8, 1996, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund joined with the World Bank to host a gathering of foundation executives, leaders of major humanitarian and environmental nongovernmental organizations, and officers of large multilateral institutions. The meeting was entitled "Building a Constituency for Global Interdependence," and its agenda reflected a sense of shared concern about the apparent waning of public and political support for the policies, programs, and agencies of cooperative international engagement. This paper draws from ideas voiced at that meeting to describe one possible and persuasive new framework for cooperative engagement. It begins by explaining the need for cooperation if interdependent nations are to advance their common interests in three areas: (1) economic growth; (2) military security; and (3) "social stewardship," which involves the promotion of health, social stability, and human potential. The second section of the paper traces the history of political and public support for social stewardship and discusses its current falling-off. In so doing, the paper provides new information on U.S. attitudes toward cooperative engagement generally and social stewardship in particular, suggesting that constituency-building is complex, involving not so much a lack of awareness about global issues but rather the low priority assigned to those issues and the absence of a compelling policy context in which to address them. The paper notes that constituency-building should include women, people of faith, youth, educators, businesspeople, and labor union leaders. The third section lays out messages and methods that might help generate a renewed commitment to social stewardship among policymakers and opinion leaders, key constituencies, and the general public. Finally, the paper argues for a model of cooperative engagement in which social stewardship, economic growth, and military security are seen as mutually reinforcing expressions of U.S. interests and values. (BT)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Social Problems, World Problems
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.