“Economy at the Edge”
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” - R. Buckminster Fuller
Neo-liberalism, the ideology that is impoverishing the planet, has brought humanity to the edge of a cliff. Our economy, our environment, our society crumble beneath our feet, as money flows ever faster to a wealthy few. Eighty people now have more money than the 3.5 billion poorest people on earth. Young people graduating fear there will be no jobs for them.
The economic model that now runs the world is widely believed to be the only option. We forget that it was invented by 36 men in 1947. Encouraging blind materialism at the cost of social cohesion, it delivers economic inequality and structural unemployment, demands ever-higher levels of labor productivity while ignoring our collective failure to meet basic human needs or deliver happiness. The world needs a new economic narrative.
HUNTER LOVINS, faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism. Three years ago, the King of Bhutan asked Hunter Lovins to create a new global model, one that, in Buckminster Fuller’s words would work for 100% of humanity. Using Regenerative Economics, Hunter has convened leading economic thinkers, change agents, business people and academics from around the globe to create a new narrative. Hunter will describe the challenges facing us, and her work with such companies as Unilever and DNV-GL, academic institutions from Bard MBA to The De Tao Academy in China, and colleague organizations including the Club of Rome to build a new story of an economy in service to life.