Re-envisioning Prosperity - A Dialogue on Wall Street
DDMBA attended 2 dialogues organzied by the GPIW on 6 June, 2012 held at Wall Street, New York, and, another follow up dialogue on 13 November, 2012 held in Washington DC. Both dialogues focuses on the theme subject of Re-Envisioning Prosperity: Toward Greater National Wellbeing
The New York dialogue engaged over 60 participants from the business community, academia and civil society to deliberate on the theme “Re-Envisioning Prosperity.” Over the last few decades, our society has moved from aspiring to fulfill essential needs and a few luxuries, to the assumption that all and every desire should be fulfilled, and new ones created. This has led to a level of consumption that is simply not sustainable and it does not lead to the kind of peace and happiness for which we all strive. Many people acknowledge this but cannot see an alternative future. In the quest for material fulfillment, we have lost much that is of great value. We have lost the sense of community and of values and the understanding of what gives purpose and meaning to life. The resources on which we depend – rivers, forests and other natural ecosystems – have been greatly depleted and polluted, to such an extent that the wellbeing of our children and grandchildren is now greatly threatened. We have come to this junction for learning, an awakening to the call to rebalance our financial, ecological, social and spiritual needs.
Notable in the Washington DC dialogue included a keynote presentation by the new economy thinker David Korten to engage in a discussion with religious communities on the emergence of a new spiritual paradigm for the country. He presented to the group on the relationship between a nation's spiritual narrative and its economy. A narrative that distances humankind from the rest of nature enables the human community to misuse the natural world and create the environmental crisis that we now have. A narrative that envisions the Earth as sacred calls for a different kind of economy.