Norman Macrae -The Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
By pursuing unique purpose (with meaningful answers to who would miss what if this organisation didnt exist) conscious capitalism multiplies happiness and positive emotional energy though all the people that an organsiation connects, and over time profits are better too
conscious capitalism movements linkin around whole foods, whole planet foundation of john mackey - there are now ovr 30 corporations doubling every 2 years? please help add any entries - this record attempts to pull together CC organsiations celebrated at 2012 may conference of conscious capitalism at bentley university
food retail USA - whole foods, trader joes, Panera Bread
other retail USA - container store, starbucks
retail around world - brazil's largest retail company Pao de Acucar Group
Investment funds - Guggenheim
hotels usa Joie de Vivre Group .
hotels around world Taj Group India
airline South West Airline
other international : POSCO steel south korea
|stories william george former ceo medtronic - lets end phoney capitalism - conscious capitalism is the real capitalism.|
would love to get first 12 minute curriculum on conscious capitalism going; this wholeplanetfoundation thread shows sorts of references that could be selected from ( what extraordinary practical resource is linked in round wholeplanet)
root causes poverty http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/root-causes-of-poverty/
Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market non-profit, supports microlending in developing countries, in order to ignite thousands of small-scale entrepreneurs and to catalyze a grass roots transformation of communities through their own ingenuity and hard work. On this page you find books, articles, videos and links that I think are important tools for understanding what has been done in the past, often poorly, and what needs to be done now and in the future to eliminate global poverty by the end of this century. In my opinion, this goal is not only doable, but is almost infallible IF we in the West will let go of some of our centuries-old habits. These habits include the demeaning and condescending cultural and economic imperialism which seems to perpetually burden the poor. In light of world poverty, trade barriers, quotas, farm subsidies and the like, are unconscionable. We must let the developing world emerge from this poverty through an economic partnership with the developed world through free trade while encouraging and incentivizing them to free their economies and establish honest rule of law, including (at least somewhat) democratic, yet limited, government.
On this page, you will find resources that support this relatively straightforward solution to ending world poverty.
The mission of Whole Planet Foundation is to provide financial support to MFIs to alleviate poverty through expansion of microcredit services in communities that supply Whole Foods Market with product. As a rule, the Foundation grants almost never fund an actual Whole Foods Market supplier/farmer, as these farmers, who are producing a high quality exportable product, are rarely among the poorest of the poor. 100% of the Foundation's overhead costs are covered by Whole Foods Market and thus 100% of donations goes to microlending programs effective at alleviating poverty.
For over 35 years, I have observed John expand his perspectives on many salient issues while he spearheaded Whole Foods Market from one store to the world's leading natural and organic grocery store with over 370 stores. We have both witnessed firsthand the tremendous good that capitalism can have on society. We have also noticed how "bad" capitalism, which almost always involves poor government, can do so much harm. It is this errant and crony capitalism that gives the black eye and what is usually represented in the media. John's evolving work on Conscious Capitalism aims to turn that perspective around.
The following quote from John illustrates his current view on capitalism that has been shaped over time through the creation and growth of a company that exemplifies capitalism at its best.
"The old paradigm of maximizing profits and shareholder values as the sole purpose of business has created negative unintended consequences. Businesses and corporations are seen as greedy, selfish, and evil. Business therefore has a very bad brand. The good news is that we can remove most of the hostility toward business and capitalism if we change the way we think about it. Business needs to become holistic and integral with deeper, more comprehensive purposes. Corporations must rethink why they exist. If business owners/entrepreneurs begin to view their business as a complex and evolving interdependent system and manage their business more consciously for the well-being of all their major stakeholders while fulfilling their highest business purpose, then I believe that we would begin to see the hostility towards capitalism and business disappear." — John Mackey on Conscious Capitalism
To learn more and to read his entire treatise on the subject, please see the PDF link below. Also, John just published his book called Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business from Harvard Press and should be available at your local bookstore, online at Amazon or in any of Whole Foods Market store. See the reviews posted below.
John Mackey, Whole Foods Market’s co-founder and Co-CEO, along with Raj Sisodia, a business professor and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, address the concepts of combining consciousness with capitalism.
Team Member Reviews:
To best understand the information presented by the charts, start with the Index of Economic Freedom Chart on the far left of the spreadsheet. Note the color code for each category of economic freedom - Free; Mostly Free; Moderately Free; Mostly Unfree; Repressed and Non Rated. Follow the colors through the subsequent chart to the right of the Economic Freedom Chart - Ease of Doing Business; Corruption Index; GNI; GDP Per Capita; GDP Volume Rank and Gender Gap Index.
What becomes apparent is that countries with free, democratic and honest governments where doing business is relatively easy, are wealthy and prosperous. Those that aren't, are poor or at least poorer.
We believe that poverty can be eliminated in the 21st Century and the task at hand isn't that formidable. To see how this goal can be accomplished in our lifetimes, with resources currently available, I highly recommend that you spend an hour on the Copenhagen Consensus Website.
Note where the three global warming issues fall in the top 30 issues that, according to the Consensus, need addressing to end poverty. The group is made up of 50 economists including five Nobel Laureate economists and headed by environmentalist/political scientist Bjorn Lomborg, who is Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School. Finally, go to Hans Rosling's Gapminder Website and have your consciousness expanded by the motion charts he has compiled that essentially show the same thing.
2012 ceo conference line up
Best Buy Co.
The Motley Fool
The Motley Fool
The Life is good Company
Great Place to Work Institute
Whole Foods Market
Union Square Hospitality Group
Wired to Care
Baird Holding Company
Whole Foods Market
The Container Store