Growing an Inclusive Economy
The Sisters of St. Joseph, in collaboration with Brescia University College and many sponsors, have set a goal to explore how the financial and economic crises can become stepping stones toward an inclusive economy that is green and equitable; to create change that matters in the life of people and the environment. Four speakers steeped in how the economy affects both persons and the planet presented in the fall of 2009. Videos of the lectures are available below.
Coming in October 28th ~ Sisters of St. Joseph & Kings College present David Korten:
CHANGE THE STORY, CHANGE THE FUTURE
Thursday, October 28, 7:30PM
Every transformational social movement is also a spiritual movement beginning with conversations that challenge a prevailing cultural story. We need a new story. The civil rights movement changed the story on race. The environmental movement changed the story about the human relationship to nature. The women’s movement changed the story on gender. Our current task is to change the story about the nature of wealth, the purpose of the economy and our human nature. David Korten will explore possibilities for a new story. More>>
Why this series? Why now?
The Sisters of St. Joseph are organizing a public event that will bring four distinguished speakers to London to explore how the financial and economic crises can become stepping stones toward "an inclusive economy" that is both green and equitable.
What are the Sisters doing, talking about economics? These days it's hard not to talk about economics. It is clear that not one of us has escaped being impacted by the downturn in the economy. It impacts our relationships: families are suffering from job losses, cities are weakened by high unemployment, earth is pummeled by the environmental fall-out of our oil-addicted economy, and our sense of community is undermined by the growing gap between rich and poor.
The economy is not just about money or the GDP; it's about how we're in relationship with each other and, as such, it is about moral values and choices. Perhaps the most basic of human ethics is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Although worded differently, the basic concept appears across the range of faith traditions. It reminds us that we are connected in one Earth Community, and so it is counterproductive to try to seek our own wellbeing at the expense of others. Economic life must be grounded in right relationship with each other and the earth.
Fall 2009 Series Archive