“Yes, and” core values and the next system

By Ben Roberts ● ben@conversationcollaborative.comFacebookLinkedInTwitter from our Leading for Well-Being Consortium

  • Yes, freedom is a core value that is essential to a prosperous society., and…
    • Our highest calling is to use that freedom in service to our fellow human beings, and to all life, based on values of compassion, love, and generosity.
  • Yes, prosperity can be measured in part by financial wealth, and…
    • True prosperity is about much more than money.
    • The accumulation of financial wealth, and the role of the economy more generally, must be subordinate to the well-being of human society and to the integrity of the planetary systems on which all life depends.
  • Yes, individuals (and individual companies) competing to maximize their wealth are an essential element of a thriving economy, and…
    • We are also deeply interdependent on one another and on nature, thus service to our highest purpose is compassionate, cooperative, restorative and regenerative.
  • Yes, free markets are an important tool for empowering individual action, and…
  • Markets only serve general well-being when all costs are internalized.
  • Some things are sacred and must be protected, not monetized.
  • We live on an abundant planet, with the capacity to provide for the basic needs of all. Doing so is the best way to maximize our individual potential to prosper as well, and markets alone are insufficient to this task.


  • Yes, free trade expands markets, and can lead to greater prosperity, and…
    • We need systems that preserve and support flourishing communities, both in  terms of employment and the right of local self-determination.


  • Yes, government should be as small, and taxes as low as possible, yes, protecting private property rights and providing for our safety are among its core roles, and… the state has an essential role in promoting the integrity of markets by preventing the externalization of costs and the concentration of power.


    • If we do not create a system that insures a basic level of well-being for all, we will be increasingly unable to provide for the well-being of all but a very few, and government has a key role to play in this regard.
    • The current distribution of wealth is not sacrosanct, as it derives in significant measure from a history of exploitation, theft, and oppression. This is especially true for the holders of very large concentrations of wealth, e.g. major corporations and the 0.01%
    • The greatest threats to our safety are 1) the collapse of the ecosystems that support life itself, and 2) failure of our political economy to support thriving, resilient communities.