Cultivating an Economy in Service to Life

Imagine for a moment that you live in a place that is truly healthy, where people feel a sense of belonging and security. Such an economy would nurture diversity. Quality of life would be paramount. Human activities would support natural systems and processes. Ecosystems would be healthy and provide services that enhance people’s quality of life. All forms of capital would be counted and honored holistically. Finance would be a tool to stimulate local communities, not a goal in itself.

The current economic system sees people and nature are important only to the extent that they serve economic activity. It is out of sync with what science tells us humans want and need to flourish. We are living and working in an economic narrative that no longer serves the needs of our time. Today, the richest 1 percent has as much monetary wealth as the rest of the human population and the top .01% has even much more — apparently driving for owning or ruining it all. We are depleting resources at unsustainable rates, inequality is on the rise and billions of people all over the globe cannot meet basic needs for clean water, food, shelter and security. Addressing these issues is critical to creating a future that we can all embrace – a future that is healthy, abundant, and thriving.

What economic system might deliver shared well-being on a healthy planet? How would this change communities, business and commerce? Right now, thought leaders and change-makers from around the globe are working to reinvent the world’s economy. Many of these leaders have formed a group called Leading for Well-being. Their goal is to cultivate an economy that is in service to life.

We are living and working within an economic narrative that does not reflect the tenets of sustainability or serve the needs of our time. Cultivating an Economy in Service to Life addresses the need to change our economic narrative.   A series of programs and workshops are occurring in the lead up to the conference, starting in October 2016, raising awareness about the current global economic paradigm and the impacts it has across the planet providing real-life examples of organizations working both locally and globally to transform our economic reality with regenerative economic frameworks. The program is engaging action-oriented solutions and promoting shared well-being.

This even series is produced in collaboration with:, Interfaith Power & Light, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Savory Institute, Presidential Climate Action Project, University of Denver Daniels College of Business, At the Epicenter, Change Finance, Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University, B Lab Colorado, New Resource Bank.

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