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Contemporary global challenges and ethical mindsets

Theodora Issa (School of Management, Curtin University Bentley Campus, Perth, Australia)
Tomayess B.T. Issa (Curtin University Bentley Campus, Perth, Australia)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 24 February 2020

Issue publication date: 23 April 2020




This paper aims to provide a framework that might be used to tackle the multifaceted challenges facing humanity, which are increasing in seriousness and complexity. The Millennium Project had identified such challenges, and over time periods until and including 2050, which pose the question, how would societies cope with these challenges averting any disastrous results? contemplating the suggested ethical principles, and the three central beliefs of “end-based”, “rule-based” and “care-based”. In some cases, individuals might not be blamed to think that “it is only a miracle” that might save humanity.


This paper, through the use of literature review, intends to provide an insight into these challenges, the suggested ethical principles and the three central beliefs, providing brief overview of the concept “miracle” leading to discussion on ethical mindsets, its components and their dimensions.


Concluding with framework for the way forward tackling these challenges.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of this paper might lie in the fact that it is only a conceptual paper, but it calls on researchers to conduct further research using the suggested framework.


This might seem to be forward thinking, but it is a call for researchers to conduct more research in this area, and for governments to fund such research, to allow for the establishment of a method to refine the mindsets of individuals around the world to change into “ethical”, and thus, the world becomes better equipped to face and reduce the challenges and threats that are being faced by the world.



Issa, T. and Issa, T.B.T. (2020), "Contemporary global challenges and ethical mindsets", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 183-196.



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