It feels like such a dark time. The planet is burning with hatred, disease, and environmental degradation. And, between the confusing nature of our societies and our own biases, traumas, and privileges, it’s become increasingly difficult to be sure we will know the good when we see it. What does it mean, when the bad urgently demands our attention and action, to spend precious time looking for the good, in the world and in ourselves? What are the roots of the human attraction to goodness, and what roles does our pursuit of goodness fill in our lives and communities? The Ordinary Virtues author and Central European University president Michael Ignatieff visits Zócalo to examine whether the human search for the good is itself still good.
Zócalo and the University of Toronto present The World We Want, an event series exploring our current societal, political, and economic challenges and how we might emerge from the current moment.
Zócalo and the University of Toronto thank the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles for supporting The World We Want.
This Period of Crisis Can Help Lead Us ‘Closer to the Good’
From Studying Ancient Wisdom to Learning From Modern Emergencies, We Have the Tools to Be Better
The final Zócalo/University of Toronto The World We Want event, “Can We Still Find the Good in the World?,” delved into a wide-ranging discussion of what finding the good in …
Past Events in this Series
To Reckon With the Post-Apocalypse, Cities Need to Better Invest in Community
Urban Areas Need the Buy-in of Locals if They Want to Address Major Problems From Public Health to Climate Change
Most people in the world today live in cities. So it is unsurprising that cities have weathered the extremes of an extreme historical moment: they are where the pandemic first …
The U.S.-China Rivalry Isn’t a New Cold War; It’s Bigger Than That
The Fact That the Two Countries Are Interdependent Makes Both War and Peaceful Cooperation More Possible
The rivalry between China and the United States is not a new Cold War, but it involves profound competition along economic, technological, and economic lines that create dilemmas for other …
Law Enforcement Isn’t Going Away—That Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Reimagined
'De-Tasking' Non-Crime Police Work Could Go a Long Way Toward Building a Safer Society
If our communities had fewer police officers doing fewer tasks, they could become less dangerous places for everyone, said panelists during at the debut event of a new Zócalo/University of …