A new plan for people and planet has just launched – the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Tell everyone! add your very own intro to this star-stu…
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Imagine the world a 30 years from now and consider the following scenario for the economy:
It’s a bright-green restorative economy that purifies the air we breathe; it has eliminated the concept of waste and toxic byproduct; extreme poverty has been eradicated from the planet; the economy is powered by 100% renewable, abundant energy and is saving the decarbonized world trillions in lower costs; it is a world of freer and truer markets with signals that generate positive incentives aligned with the long-term greater good (thus, it has virtually eliminated “perverse incentives”); the economy’s industry-leading stars are celebrated as creators of sustainable value where the word “sustainability-as-less-bad” has been replaced with the “sustainability-as-flourishing” net positive; what we see when we look around are resilient, bright green, and walkable cities, re-generative agricultural practices, and astonishing exponential technologies for advancing health and collaborative connections; and all of this is built on an economy of institutions that are widely trusted as positive institutions—workplaces that elevate, magnify, and refract our highest human strengths (wisdom, courage, humanity, compassion, inspiration, collaborative creativity, freedom, hope, joy, learning, integrity, love and meaning) into the world. We’ve built the bridge from an unsustainable industrial age to a future that embraces the idea of full-sprectrum flourishing. We have re-designed the entire material basis of our civilization—successfully.
This, in a nutshell, was the essence of the 2050 and beyond vision of the desired future of an inclusive economy where people thrive, businesses win, and nature flourishes as articulated by executives, researchers, and MBA students coming together at an international meeting we facilitated, at the First Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, in 2006. Moreover we’ve discovered that this vision is not isolated, as we have repeated the exercise with thousands of executives and communities, from the UN Global Compact to the Business Alliance for the Future. Nor is it utopian, as it reflects an unprecedented worldwide urge for positive change, an increasingly shared vision, uncoordinated but blooming, with dazzling examples emerging everywhere. Paul Hawken describes it all as a “blessed unrest”—millions of people and organizations spontaneously bringing about what may one day be recognized as the most profound transformation of human society.
This September 2015 this vision, this urge, has now taken form as a plan for the people and planet. It’s the result of much deliberation, analysis, and dialogue–it’s as universal as it gets, and it speaks to partnership and the collaborative advantage. The speakers here span business (Bill Gates) to stars of all kinds.
share it with the world:http://wethepeople.globalgoals.org
How many major corporations have set real environmental business goals like WalMart–with both world impact and business benefit? The retailer set a 2020 target to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy and create zero waste.
Its a thrill to track Walmart’s continuing journey in the sustainable innovation domain. Early on, while I helped to lead the appreciative inquiry sustainable design summit “whole system in the room” planning process, I met so many great thinkers, innovators and leaders–from the Blu Skye strategy firm to learning partnerships with Interface, Pategonia, General Mills, and many others. It was so clear how the best in people comes out when two things happen: (1) you bring in the meaningful outside, that is stakeholders from customers to supply chain partners and communities; and (2) you bring the search for sustainable value into the mix. There is a formula emerging here where instead of starting with whats wrong, you start by concentrating liminal strengths, what I call wholepower:
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