Compassioned Economies? (by Jac de Bruyn)

Some notes from my participation in the workshops
1. How can our economy be both efficient and connected? Lessons from the past, questions for the future (Sara Lewis en Jem Smith)
2. Compassion. Bringing Good to Organisations and the World (Joan Hoxsey)

We often take for granted the terms and concepts widely applied in our daily lifes. We forget that these terms are always interpreted towards specific contexts.

For instance: what is included in the costs? Do prices reflect the proper information in order to make sustainable business decisions or responsible consumer purchases. Critics know that prices rarely include ecological costs. What is a ‘just’ price?

What is efficiency from a broader perspective? Do ‘free markets’ exist? If yes, who do benefit? Is the ‘invisible hand’ a transparent hand?

Economics grow due to our dreams and ambitions. But do economics support our dreams with respect to the quality of our lives? How can our children discover – the earlier the better – what authentic sources generate happiness and life giving dreams?

There is abundance, in fact it is the genetical code of life. Scarcity only appears when we exploit our resources in stead of supporting the generative powers in nature and our talents and creativity.

Greed for money or power disrupts the organic flow. Building communities and supporting connectedness helps boosting the quality for life.

What was the best appreciative publicity you ever have seen and how was it affecting you? What has been the best experience in your company or organization were you felt proud about what you did for the good of people and/or planet? What did it do to you and your colleagues? Should organisations and enterprises also foster skills of compassion?

We invite business leaders to transform there approach by taking care for the future of our communities. By appreciatively inquiring about the strengths and dreams of the people active in these working communities. We also have to address trade union leaders to participate in it and by introducing a similar process in their own organisation.

Jac De bruyn

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