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Sustainability Perhaps, somehow, common sense will prevail and world leaders will implement all sorts of things like significant renewable energy targets, first-rate education for girls and global health promotion, instead of exponential rises in spending on so-called personalised medication

seriously attempt to build character capacity in those sectors where the most important and long-term global agendas are at stake. How would we strengthen personal character enough to deal with these humungous challenges? Are we, in fact, faced with a species-imperative need to regulate for character? That goal may be almost impossible unless a way is found to assess an individual doctor, lawyer or business manager in their progress towards character strengthening. No such assessments have been developed, although most educators know that education without assessment is incomplete. No attempt has been made to develop a mechanism that strengthens and assesses personal character, as a condition of continued licensing. We suggest education, testing and licensing for character as nothing less than a central priority in global sustainability. Let’s develop exercises and psychological tests to energise character awareness and measure virtues in our future doctors, business managers, lawyers and educators. These tests or scales can be developed specifically to strengthen honesty, integrity and sensitivity to conflicts of interest and promote those who show, over time, that they can be trusted. Some will say virtue cannot be assessed or that the process is oppressive, but that remains to be seen. Character regulation, in itself, appears to us as a fundamental sustainable development goal. It is perhaps the only one that will truly make a difference in the time we have left to act. Co-authors: Cristina Neesham, Lecturer, Department of Management, Monash University; David Griggs, Director, Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University; Helen Forgasz, Professor of Education, Monash University and Justin Oakley, Professor of Philosophy, Deputy Director Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University. Source: The Conversation

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