What are the enabling conditions for reuniting care and economics? Are these also the conditions for the birth of an ecological civilization? Can we get real about markets and what the social wealth economic indicators are that promote real thinking about the human future? In this Integral Voices conversation, three Pathfinders, Riane Eisler, David Korten, and Hazel Henderson, are joined by moderator Aftab Omer to engage each other’s ideas candidly and creatively to make sense of our historical moment.
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Meet The Speakers
Riane Eisler, JD, PhD (hon), is internationally known as a systems scientist, cultural historian, futurist, and attorney and co-leads the master's and doctoral concentration in Partnership Systems at Meridian University. She is president of the Center for Partnership Systems (CPS) and Editor-in-Chief of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Eisler pioneered the expansion of human rights theory and action to include women and children, and her research, writing, and speaking has transformed the lives of people worldwide. She keynotes conferences internationally and consults for governments on Partnerism and the Partnership model. She is the author of numerous books, including Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives and Future (Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future (now in its 57th US printing, and in 27 foreign language editions). Her The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics was hailed by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu as "a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking" and inspired the development of CPS’s Social Wealth Index, showing the economic return from investing in caring for people, starting at birth, and caring for our natural life-support systems. For more information see www.centerforpartnership.org, www.partnerism.org, & www.rianeeisler.com
Hazel Henderson D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, founder of Ethical Markets Media, a Certified B Corporation. She is a world-renowned futurist, syndicated columnist, and author of award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy (2006); Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age (2014) now in 800 libraries. Her earlier books are worldwide in 20 languages. Ethical Markets TV series distributed globally at www.films.com. She created the EthicMark® Awards, the Green Transition Scoreboard®, EthicMarkGEMS®.com and co-created Ethical Biomimicry Finance®. Henderson served as a science policy advisor to the US Office of Technology Assessment, the National Science Foundation and National Academy of Engineering, and she has many honorary degrees. Articles in Harvard Business Review, New York Times, LeMonde Diplomatique, and journals in Japan, Venezuela, China, France, Australia. An Honorary Member of the Club of Rome and a Fellow of The World Academy of Art & Science, she shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel. In 2007, she was elected a Fellow to Britain’s Royal Society of Arts. In 2012, she received the Reuters Award for Outstanding Contribution to ESG & Investing; was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Hall of Fame in 2013, and in 2014 was again honored as a "Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior" by Trust Across America.
David Korten is an American writer, lecturer, engaged citizen, student of psychology and behavioral systems, a prominent critic of corporate globalization, and an advocate of Ecological Civilization. He is founder/president of the Living Economies Forum, an active member of the Club of Rome, a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, and an Ambassador of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. Co-founder and former board chair of YES! Magazine (now YES! Media), he is the author of numerous influential books, including the international bestselling When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, and most recently, Change the Story; Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. He holds earned MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, served on the facilities of the Harvard Business School and Harvard School of Public Health, and worked for thirty years in international development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Find David on Facebook, Twitter and his website, davidkorten.org.
Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and the power of imagination. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Formerly the president of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, he is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Aftab's work at Meridian University over the last 30 years has emphasized the development of partnership capability. In an influential article entitled "The Spacious Center: Leadership and the Creative Transformation of Culture" published in 2006, he introduced a new framework for understanding when culture transforms through cultural leadership.