The special edition of The Journal of Corporate Citizenship on Creating Global Citizens and Responsible Leadership begs many questions in its title. The eight papers and one Turning Point that make up this issue represent a truly global response to the debate and all approach the task of analysis and understanding from different perspectives, and all tell different stories. Does the rise of the global citizen mean the demise, or at least the transformation, of the nation-state? Does global citizenship mean we place ourselves in the corporate giant hands of Amazon, Google and Facebook and accept the growing diminishment in personal space? Or, as the pieces in this special edition argue, is global citizenship about some aspiration to higher goals of liberation, global democracy, enlightenment and concern for issues such as climate change, poverty, human rights and governance? The conclusion that can be reached from reading the nine papers that make up the Special Issue is that global citizenship is an aspirational goal which would, if achieved, correct international injustices and deal with issues such as poverty, climate change and bad governance. Many of our national leaders are constantly fighting internecine tribal battles in their political parties or with their local electorates and have little time or space to raise their games to become globally responsible leaders. But, as all these articles attest, this is what is needed at this time in the history of humanity. Responsible leadership in government, business or civil society is founded on (responsible) global citizenship, which in turn rests on rethinking the global good society.
Table of Contents EditorialMalcolm McIntosh, Professor and Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise Griffith University, Queensland, AustraliaTurning Point: Corporate Psychopaths: Uncaring Citizens, Irresponsible LeadersClive R. Boddy, Middlesex University Business School, UKSustainable Leadership: Towards a Workable DefinitionSander G. Tideman, Muriel C. Arts and Danielle P. Zandee, Nyenrode Business University, The NetherlandsCreating a Culture of Global CitizenshipTimothy Galpin, PhD, Colorado State University, USAAn Evaluation of PRME’s Contribution to Responsibility in Higher EducationMartin Perry and Shane Win, Massey University (Wellington), New ZealandSustainable Change: Education for Sustainable Development in the Business SchoolKyoko Fukukawa, David Spicer, Jenny Fairbrass and Sally Ann Burrows, Bradford University, UKEducating Global Citizens for the 21st Century: The SJSU Salzburg ProgramCarol Reade, William J. Reckmeyer, Mathew Cabot, Dennis Jaehne and Mark Novak, San José State University, USACarbon Management by Queensland Local Councils: Citizenship for Transitioning to a Low Carbon FutureHeather Zeppel, University of Southern Queensland, AustraliaEnabling Sustainability through an Action Research Process of Organisational DevelopmentPatricia Hind, Ashridge Business School, UK, Arnold Smit, University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa, Nadine Page, Ashridge Business School, UKSustaining Response-Ability of Change AgentsKaren Goldberg, University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, UK