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Institutions and Governance - 20th August 2023

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11:30: Introduction by Patrick O’Mara - Secretary of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom

  • Maja Groff: 12:00 - 12:40 'Global Risks and Global Governance: Values and Institutional Architecture for the 21st Century'

  • Maximillian Afnan: 12:45 - 13:30 'The Body and the Contract: Conceptions of Social Order'

  • Alex Vedovi: 13:30 - 14:15 'The Role of Public Institutions in Ensuring Social Well-Being'

Break: 14:15 - 15:00

  • Robert Weinberg: 15:30 - 16:20 'John E. Esslemont: Treading the Path of Truth and Service'

  • Wendi Momen: 16:15 - 17:00 'The Maturing Role of Bahá'í Institutions'

Short break: 17:00 - 17:15

  • Holly Hanson: 17:15 - 18:00 'Moral Economy, Governance, and How We Place Ourselves in Time'

18:00: Conclusion

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Maja Groff is an international lawyer based in The Hague, and is Convenor of the Climate Governance Commission, which seeks to propose high impact global governance innovations adequate to meet the climate challenge. At a 2023 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre residency, she is working on urgent climate governance proposals.

Maximillian Afnan is a political theorist based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on issues of global governance and the design of a legitimate and effective global order.

Alex Vedovi is a research fellow at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, where his work has focused on peace and violence in Latin America as well as current challenges and opportunities for fostering global governance.

Robert Weinberg is a writer, radio and podcast producer and art historian. He is the author of ten books, including works on opera and film music and major biographies of the early British Baha'is Lady Blomfield and Ethel Rosenberg. He serves on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom.

Wendi Momen is a social activist and advocate, focusing on a cluster of issues that promote social justice: the advancement of women, poverty eradication, health, criminal justice, interfaith harmony, housing, the environment and business ethics. She serves on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United Kingdom.

Holly Hanson is Coordinator of the Research Department of the Baha’i World Centre and Professor Emeritus of History at Mount Holyoke College.

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