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Socialism : Is the Pandemic a Catalyst for Radical Change?
For many, COVID-19 has exposed the structural inequality in our societies, with young people being disproportionately affected. This debate focuses on the core principles on which societies can be built culturally and economically and considers the merits of capitalism and socialism, putting economic models and concepts such as ‘creative destruction’ in light of the current crisis. Through this unit, learners examine these core economic systems of governance by engaging with a diverse range of opinions on a sharp spectrum.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Allied powers laid the foundations for global institutions like the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, we need global cooperation to rein in the virus and rebuild economies. Do our global institutions need to be reformed — or completely rebuilt? This is the driving question behind the debate and the lessons in this unit.
When we consider some of the world’s greatest challenges, it helps to think of them not just as complicated, but as complex. Systems thinkers often call them "wicked problems," as they have many stakeholders with interdependencies and they resist being broken down into pieces and “solved.” Instead, they require a deeper, collaborative understanding of the problem itself before any interventions can be made. Where to begin? Systems thinking offers a path forward. Let's dive in.
How do we create space — emotionally and intellectually — to listen to other points of view and experiences? How do we share our own ideas without fear or judgment? Engaging in productive conversations requires critical thinking, self-awareness, empathy, tolerance, a sense of civic responsibility, a willingness to learn from each other and a belief that individual action matters. Enter the Majlis. Let's dive in.
Host Nelufar Hedayat brings the tough global issues she covers in the Course Correction podcast up close by looking at them through the lens of her own history, habits, local surroundings and personal life, and then zooming out to broaden the perspective and get more information through interviews with leading experts and activists.
No one can survive more than three days without water, but a quarter of the world is running out of it. It’s a scarcity crisis on the rise, compounded by climate change. How do we get water into everyone’s hands? Who is best equipped to solve the challenge?
Recent research suggests that most of us — including Generation Z — won’t live to see gender equality achieved worldwide, a milestone that is almost 100 years away. Awareness of this fact has fueled conversations around how to address this, and in this debate, our experts discuss one possible solution: quotas.
Future of Genetics
Gene editing allows scientists to change an organism’s DNA, and the science behind it has accelerated in the past decade, thanks to a tool known as CRISPR. CRISPR heralds a new phase in human evolution: We now have the ability to change and rewrite our genetic code.
Better Conversations provides an in-depth introduction to skills necessary to conduct difficult conversations about potentially sensitive local and global challenges. With these skills under your belt, you can productively engage with the Doha Debates materials. Try our four step process: Prepare + Engage + Reflect + Act to practice and integrate each skill. For facilitators and teachers, download the curriculum for more in-depth group activities.