J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-14-2018

Competitive Enterprise Institute

It’s much more fashionable to attack Adam Smith these days than to read him. Yes, he favored economic liberalism, which wasn’t exactly in style in his time. There are two main drivers behind Smithian liberalism, neither of them cold or calculating. The foundation of Smith’s moral theory is the impartial spectator theory. Smith is well known for being an ardent free trader. 

The second driver of Smith’s brand of market capitalism is compassion for the poor. Liberalism properly understood – free markets, free trade, free migration, etc. Creates more wealth more quickly than any other economic system. In Smith’s time, the average person worldwide made around $3 per day. Today, in countries that have embraced liberalism, you can make $100 a day and consider yourself middle class. 

Rejecting liberalism means forcing the poor to miss out on the Great Fact. Smith favored liberalism because it is not only moral, it makes life better for the poor. 

Keywords: [“liberalism”,”Smith”,”trade”]
Source: https://cei.org/blog/compassion-adam-smith

Compassionate Capitalism: People Helping People Help Themselves

A plan that has made him one of America’s richest men, and that has made Amway one of the great corporate success stories of our time. Compassionate Capitalism spells out clearly and eloquently the guiding principles and concrete steps to making your life and your world better. Rich DeVos shows how your energy, your ambition, and your spirit of enterprise can travel together down a path in which the spirit of capitalism and moral values inextricably merge. Interweaving his own amazing story with vivid personal histories of men and women around the world, Rich DeVos illustrates both how success is achieved and what it truly means. He demonstrates that compassionate capitalism is the only solution to the most crucial issues of our time, and to the many other challenges that face us in the closing decade of this century and in the beginning of the next. 

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”DeVos”,”Rich”]
Source: https://books.google.com/books/about/Compassionate_Capitalism.html?id=dvTfTnnjxOsC

Buy Compassionate Capitalism Book Online at Low Prices in India

There are lots of wealthy people out there but most aren’t truly happy. This is largely because they aren’t fulfilling a higher purpose with their businesses, they’re simply out there trying to survive in the often cutthroat business world. Contrary to a lot of advice you may have heard out there on how to successfully build a prosperous business, DeVos claims that integrating compassion for your fellow man with lucrative opportunities is the real secret to security and happiness. It’s the knowledge that what you’re doing is making a difference that makes you feel worthy of the privilege and comfort of wealth. Even before the wealth comes, having a compassionate attitude along with sound business acumen goes a long way towards increasing your chances of attaining wealth and influence. 

A great book written in a language anyone can understand. 

Keywords: [“business”,”wealth”,”out”]
Source: https://www.amazon.in/Compassionate-Capitalism-Rich-DeVos/dp/0452270510

Entrepreneurs + Investors + Funded Innovation + Generational Wealth + Compassionate Capitalism

History has shown that the Greatest Wealth is Created through Entrepreneurism. Every Innovation that improves our lives came from an Entrepreneur with an idea; a strategy to succeed; and the funding to execute. The Good News: You don’t have to start a great company when you can invest in a great company and reap the same rewards as the founders. Recent regulatory changes have made that easier than ever to happen. We help Entrepreneurs and Investors create their legacy in the innovation they bring to market and the generational wealth they create. 

The men and women who take the road less traveled and invest in exciting private companies before they go public, have the opportunity that few realize – create wealth, leave a legacy of innovation, and have personal pride in knowing they impacted their community with new jobs and opportunities. 

Keywords: [“create”,”company”,”Innovation”]
Source: https://www.karenrands.co/

National Network of Angel Investors

All of these terms are buzz words for a simple concept. Investing in a small business when they are still private and have tremendous growth potential, so that the value of that stock creates a multiple on your money when they get sold or go public. The National Network of Angel Investors is the 4th generation of an angel investor group started in 1994, the Network of Business Acquirers and Investors. It is made up of angel groups that are forming all over the United States for a singular purpose – to have a direct impact on growing their wealth while increasing the jobs in the market and funding innovation. When you are ready to start angel investing, you’ll gain exclusive access to screened and vetted entrepreneurial endeavors with tremendous potential. 

Keywords: [“Angel”,”investor”,”start”]
Source: http://nationalnetworkofangelinvestors.com/

Why Pope Francis wants us to stop worshipping capitalism

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. next week is generating huge interest and expectation. Part of that excitement is rooted in the different tone the pope has taken on a number of issues, from marriage to the role of women in the church. He has also issued a tough critique of capitalism and called for more action on climate change. We kick off our coverage of the pope’s trip, which will continue all next week, with a look at those issues from our economics correspondent Paul Solman. 

It’s part of our weekly series Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour. 

Keywords: [“issues”,”Pope”,”Part”]
Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/pope-francis-wants-us-stop-worshipping-capitalism

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-24-2018

LSE Business Review – Compassionate capitalism: Lessons from medieval Cambridge

Using recently discovered documents on medieval Cambridge we have investigated how money was made through property speculation and how the profits of successful speculation were spent. Property markets developed in medieval England when burgage plots were laid out in new or expanding towns by local landowners, with the king’s permission. Property was a desirable asset in medieval Cambridge, much as it is today! Medieval speculators invested in a variety of properties. Property hot-spots with high-rents can be identified in three parts of medieval Cambridge: at the road junction by the Hospital; west of the market; and near the river just south of the Hospital. 

Map of medieval Cambridge showing property hotspots. Cambridge was home to several families who had acquired property through the military service of their Norman ancestors, including the Dunning family who owned 12 plots in 1279. Profits from the property market were recycled back into the community through donations to religious houses, hospitals and churches. Compassionate capitalism involved high levels of charitable giving to hospitals, monasteries, churches and colleges which helped disseminate the economic benefits of the ‘winners’ of the commercial revolution. The post gives the views of its authors, not the position of LSE Business Review or the London School of Economics. 

She is a medieval historian by training and her publications include a co-authored book with Mark Casson on The Entrepreneur in History: From Medieval Merchant to Modern Business Leader – Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan – and articles in Urban History, Business History and the Economic History Review. John Lee is a Research Associate at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. Katie Phillips is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD student in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading. 

Keywords: [“property”,”medieval”,”Hospital”]
Source: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2017/06/05/compassionate-capitalism…

Capitalism, Corporatism, Free Markets

At some point, a collective decision was made that the unions should be given such expanded powers that they could destroy the company if they wanted. The union doesn’t profit from increasing profits and building a healthy company, it profits from building an overstaffed company that exists to benefit its employees. The union would have been better served if it divvied up the right to collect a union payout from GM among the workers of the time and let them sell the claims. What would have been much more honest and worked better would have been outright nationalization of GM when the rules were set up that the UAW could destroy the company. The toxin in this case may be a lot of things but it is an abomination to a free market, and it has destroyed the American auto industry. 

Far from vanishing, many of GM’s assets would be quickly purchased by competent foreign automakers eager to expand their capacity in what is the world’s largest auto market. Happily, the list of well-run car companies, from Toyota to Nissan to Porsche, is long. If GM is going to get federal money, it should go toward buyouts of long-term employees, and then let the market work to redeploy its assets toward more useful purposes than maintaining an expensive company-town welfare state, that makes cars on the side. Matt Welch says to the barricades to defend free markets. As Jonah says, markets are more than this information delivery system. 

Liberty demands property rights which demand free markets. In the fifties he tried door-to-door in Lansing after moving to Michigan with his upper Midwest bride, but when he got an offer at A.C. Spark Plug in her home town he took it, and settled into a middle-class lifestyle, during the best years of the company, in which he raised his family. 

Keywords: [“company”,”market”,”right”]
Source: http://www.transterrestrial.com/archives/2008/11/capitalism_corp.html

Get Ready: Pope’s Arrival Will Commence a Week of Trashing Capitalism

RUSH: The pope, Pope Francis, took off from Cuba within the last, what was it, half hour. What’s really remarkable is that Obama and Moochelle are going to be there to greet the pope as he descends the stairs. Thomas Sowell has a column today about the pope and his arrival, but primary it’s about the pope’s message. Of course the pope believes that we’ve all done a rotten, horrible job of it, and that governments need to get bigger and they need to become populated with more and more compassionate people to find ways to get rid of poverty. The message of this pope and every other leftist in the world is that prosperity is causing poverty. 

That’s why we need a great compassionate person like Obama or the pope to make sure that the pieces of the pie are not extraordinarily large for the undeserving and microscopically small for the truly deserving. He does not hold a single belief when it comes to such things as contraception, abortion, you name it, with the Catholic Church or with the pope. We’ve already read that Obama plans to hide the advancement of his agenda behind the pope. In the process make it look like this pope is abandoning his own church in favor of the liberal church. If the pope comes along and all of a sudden supports amnesty, which the pope is going to do. 

I’ll just tell you, I read that the church needs – it might have been the Washington Post or it might have been the New York Times, I forget the news publication it was, but it said that the church, the pope is interested in immigration and amnesty and immigrants because they need to fill the pews, just like the Democrats need voters. The reason the Catholic Church, the pope is supporting our amnesty, immigration, is a desire to restock, if you will, the pews. 

Keywords: [“pope”,”That's”,”Church”]
Source: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/09/22/get_ready_pope_s…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-21-2018

Bernie Sanders Went to Rome to Discuss the Immorality of Unfettered Capitalism

For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders met one another Saturday morning, before the pontiff flew to Greece to show solidarity with migrants and the senator flew to New York to renew his campaign for the presidency. “I told him that I was incredibly appreciative of the incredible role that he is playing in this planet in discussing issues about the need for an economy based on morality, not greed,” said Sanders, who, though he differs with the pope on a number of issues, has hailed the pontiff for repeatedly attempting to focus the global discourse on issues of economic injustice. What mattered more was the purpose that brought Sanders to the Vatican. The Democratic presidential contender took two days away from the campaign trail to speak at a Vatican conference that highlighted concerns about capitalism that have long occupied the church but that Pope Francis brought to the forefront by decrying “An economic system which leads to this tragedy; an economic system which has at its center an idol called money.” Sanders has made no secret of his regard for the pontiff’s economic analysis. Before leaving the Vatican, he told reporters: “I have been enormously impressed with Pope Francis speaking out and his visionary views about creating a moral economy, an economy that works for all people, not just the people on top.”

Keywords: [“issue”,”Pope”,”Nation”]
Source: https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-just-met-with…

Passion for Justice

Financial Times recently offered an insert magazine on “The Future of Capitalism.” This debate brought in great economist such as Alan Greenspan, Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Gary Becker and others. These economist shared different perspectives with regards to where the emphasize for a new model of global Capitalism should be. First it is accepted that unregulated capitalism or Market Fundamentalism has failed us. Of primary importance now is the stabilization of the market and on this note I did notice that many economist did agree with a strategy for stabilizing the financial institutions. The market should be transparent and held to public accountability. Public regulations should be carefully developed so that they safeguard the public from market volatility but that they do not obstruct the flow of the market. One cannot of course look to the market alone to produce a virtues system since the market itself is value free. This is where our political and social institutions come in, to nudge the market in a way that it can bring financial growth and prosperity while making sure that it does so in a way that can compassionately address the needs of all who are affected by the market. As we are a religious community we do not attempt to offer actual economic policies, but in this blog we would like to highlight an economist who offers some interesting insight into policies that some of us feel may bring about a compassionate form of capitalism. Hernando De Soto is a famous Peruvian economist who promotes the cause of bringing capitalism to the poor by giving people in developing countries an actual opportunity to have access to capital and basic protection of rights to property as well as basic human services and needs.

Keywords: [“Market”,”economist”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://passionistjpic.wordpress.com/tag/global-economy

Profits with a Purpose

To reintroduce myself and the purpose of this blog- my name is Katie and I’m a senior journalism student at UNC-CH. This semester, I’m studying Conscious Capitalism and how it’s been changing free-enterprise capitalism as a whole. I’ve begun reading the Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s book Conscious Capitalism. What is Conscious Capitalism? In his book, Mackey states his vision for Conscious Capitalism: “Together, business leaders can liberate the extraordinary power of business and capitalism to create a world in which all people live lives full of purpose, love, and creativity – a world of compassion, freedom and prosperity.” Conscious businesses are businesses galvanized by higher purposes that serve and align the interests of all their major stakeholders, according to Mackey. These are businesses with conscious leaders who care about their people and the company’s purpose. Conscious businesses understand that stakeholders really matter. Mackey recalls the unexpected happening-dozens of customers and neighbors came to the store to help clean and fix the store. The support from other stakeholders was remarkable- even suppliers offered to resupply Whole Foods on credit. Mackey stated, “The flood demonstrated to us that all our stakeholders have the potential to form close relationships with us, to care and to commit intensely.” He then posed the question, “What more proof did we need that stakeholders matter, that they embody the heart, soul and lifeblood of an enterprise?”. Whole Foods is not alone as a conscious business that creates multiple kinds of value and well-being for all stakeholders. Next time, I’ll discuss what Conscious Capitalism is not.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”Capitalism”,”stakeholders”]
Source: https://profitswithapurpose.wordpress.com/2013/09

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-06-2018

Letter: Capitalism is not evil

While the author of a recent letter that attacked capitalism had a few valid points, I disagree vehemently with her conclusion that capitalism is “Intrinsically flawed,” implying it is even evil. Someone once said capitalism is the worst economic system, except for all the others. Yes, there are many faults in capitalism, but because of the freedoms inherent in our system, we do still have a system of checks and balances. That is not the fault of the system, but of ourselves. I would illustrate my view of the difference between capitalism and socialism to the story of two brothers. One worked hard in school, got a scholarship to college, worked long hours in his profession and prospered. Socialism has less motivation to work hard because the expectation is that the government will take care of you. China began to prosper only when it began to allow the people to get the rewards of their hard work. Yes, there are faults in our system of free enterprise, but there are greater faults in every other system. We can only do that because we are prosperous, and we are prosperous because of our system of free enterprise.

Keywords: [“system”,”work”,”capitalism”]
Source: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865694887/Letter-Capitalism-is…

Pope Francis on capitalism

The church began to proclaim a consistently strong message on social justice in 1891 when Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical Rerum Novarum. Every pope since then has upheld the rights of workers, and the need to provide a living wage and decent working conditions to everyone. Now Pope Francis is adding his voice to the chorus of papal statements fostering social justice. While the writings of other popes have tended to sit on shelves collecting dust, the words of Pope Francis are front and center in the current debate. Wittingly or unwittingly, the pope has waded into this debate. This straightforward style also leads to a third factor, which involves the content of what Pope Francis is saying. Pope Francis’ writing and speaking style is clear and unambiguous. Finally, Francis makes clear that unless opportunities are provided for the poor, violence and conflict will inevitably result. It would be difficult to read these words and believe that the pope is just some nice guy who feels compassion for the poor. Francis speaks clearly and dramatically about structural problems that need to be addressed.

Keywords: [“Pope”,”world”,”Francis”]
Source: https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/pope-francis-capitalism

Product Release: Marketplace Live Conscious Capitalism® Game

Dr. Ernie Cadotte, Dr. Raj Sisodia, and the Conscious Capitalism® Institute have teamed up to create a new simulation. It is called Conscious Capitalism® in the Marketplace. The simulation is designed to illustrate and reinforce the key tenants of the Conscious Capitalism® movement. The Conscious Capitalism® scenario is played out through industry news releases and in-basket memos. Here are some specifics about the play of the Conscious Capitalism® game. The simulation is built upon the Venture Strategy game, one of our most popular Marketplace Live simulations. In the first two quarters of the game, there are not many conscious issues to delve into. Though there are a few references and a couple of key strategic decisions, the conscious element is subtle. The goal of the first two quarters is to get students acquainted with the software, game scenario, decisions, and information before they tackle conscious issues. Once the Conscious Capitalism® simulation is out of the beta stage of testing, our support and sales team will be happy to give personal tours of the game.

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”simulation”,”Capitalism”]
Source: https://www.marketplace-simulation.com/blog/new-product…

Inventory of the Foundation for a Compassionate Society collection, 1976-1997

The Foundation operated as an umbrella organization for peace projects that Vaughan was involved with at the time. Content Abstract: The collection consists of articles, brochures, pamphlets, clippings and other printed material. Genevieve Vaughan is an independent researcher who has funded projects by women to further the work of social change. She has been working on the theory of a maternal gift economy as an alternative to Patriarchal Capitalism for many years. The Foundation for a Compassionate Society closed in 1998. Scope and Content Note The collection consists of articles, brochures, pamphlets, clippings and other printed material. Restrictions Access Restrictions This collection is housed at UTSA’s Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form. Usage Restrictions The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Processing Information More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.

Keywords: [“collection”,”Access”,”Restrictions”]
Source: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00185/utsa-00185.html

January 22, 2018

My gaze fell upon the guilty elderly man and his wife. The elderly lady spoke to the man in Marathi, reminding him that the locals that they had traveled in before never had closed doors. The elderly man allayed her fears, saying that positive changes must have happened. I decided to wait and see whether a ticket checker would come by. My heart froze as the ticket checker walked seat by seat. The ticket checker arrived at our seat, he looked at my season ticket with a cursory glance and gave it back. He asked the elderly couple and the man took out two carefully kept tickets of Rs. 20 each from a plastic pouch in his front pocket and handed it to the ticket checker. The ticket checker held the tickets in front of him and looked back and forth at the couple. The ticket checker said, “Kaka, He AC Local aahe. Hyaat vegla ticket lagta”. Suddenly, after a moment the ticket checker said, “No problem, Do one thing, get down at the next station.” At this moment, I found my voice as I said, “Nahi tyana mahit navhta”.

Keywords: [“ticket”,”man”,”checker”]
Source: https://nobodyreadsabloganymore.wordpress.com/2018/01/22/…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-04-2018

what is compassionate capitalism? who advocated it?

He proposed that a company should contribute back to the community 1 percent of profits, 1 percent of equity, and 1 percent of employee hours. That means he would want a company to give away money, offer shares and provide employment or else voluntary work by the employees. For me, that diminishes his contribution to western economic thought because it suggests that there is some force governing his life that is not in tune with the majority of his fellow citizens. If companies paid decent wages, provided good employee care and produced high quality goods then Benioff’s ideas would be unnecessary. So long as big business treats its employees as “Labour resource”, seeks to pay minimum wages and ignores the needs of customers, Benioff will find followers. His ideas are out of sync with economic theory and policy.

Keywords: [“employee”,”percent”,”company”]
Source: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090420002322AAqljAZ

Creative Capitalism = Compassionate Conservatism?

Where governments, businesses, and non-profits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit or gain recognition doing work that eases the world’s inequities…. This system, [capitalism], driven by self-interest is response for the incredible innovations that have improved so many lives. It’s always good to see an important person speak so highly and at such great length about the wonder working powers of market forces and describe “Self-interest” in such glowing terms. The whole “Creative capitalism” concept has a certain echo of “Compassionate conservatism,” which wound up being the worst of both worlds. Can Gates-style “Creative capitalism” avoid the same trap?

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”work”,”forces”]
Source: http://reason.com/reasontv/2008/02/04/creative-capitalism-compassion

Book Review: Compassionate Capitalism by Rich DeVos

We believe that success comes only to those who establish goals and then work diligently to achieve them. With our mentor’s help, we should begin immediately to determine our short-term and long-term goals, to write them down, to review our progress at every step, to celebrate the goals we accomplish, and to learn from those we don’t. Rich DeVosWritten by the co-founder of Amway Corporation. Currently he has a net worth of 5.1 Billion. You will find this book packed full We believe that success comes only to those who establish goals and then work diligently to achieve them. You will find this book packed full of stories in support of capitalism and how to be a capitalist that makes a difference in the world.

Keywords: [“goals”,”believe”,”establish”]
Source: https://mboten.com/review/1026663-compassionate-capitalism

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Keywords: [“marc”,”capitalism”,”compassionate”]
Source: http://esa-2013.org/91226/compassionate-capitalism-marc-r-benioff.pdf

Explore Conscious Capitalism’s Philosophy

In 2005, John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Michael Strong, founded an organization called FLOW to “Liberate the entrepreneurial spirit for good.” Conscious Capitalism was one of the programs that emerged from this endeavor and it soon became the primary focus of the organization. In 2010, the name of this organization was officially changed to Conscious Capitalism Incorporated – a non-profit with a purpose of advancing the integration of consciousness and capitalism. In 2009, Raj Sisodia and Shubhro Sen founded the Conscious Capitalism Institute to support the integration of Conscious Capitalism in business through research, education and development.

Keywords: [“Capitalism”,”Conscious”,”organization”]
Source: http://rajsisodia.com/conscious-capitalism.html

Compassionate Capitalism

Edward Ortiz Jr., in his Jan. 12 Letter responding to “Liberty Theology”, has the nature of capitalism backward. He says that “The idea of capitalism…demands that the individual be selfish.” More accurate is Friedrich Hayek’s observation that “Profit is the signal which tells us what we must do in order to serve people we do not know. By pursuing profit, we are as altruistic as we can possibly be, because we extend our concern to people who are beyond our range of personal conception.” The fundamental concerns of the church are fully compatible with this more profound understanding of how markets work.

Keywords: [“More”,”Profit”,”people”]
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB120062176024299507

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Women leather sandals, gladiator women sandals, fabric wallets. Elephant-Grass totes with hand-stitched leather trim. Bracelets and bohemian pendants made from wood & brass. Hand-woven Masai blanket fabric and authentic Kikoy wraps. Every item from the Harkiss Designs collection is an embodiment of skill, dexterity, and dreams. Each handcrafted treasure brings East African women artisans’ one step closer to achieving their independence. Choose fair trade certified East African accessories and fair trade gifts. We believe in compassionate capitalism and by shopping here you will support that causeand allow you to look good doing it.

Keywords: [“Women”,”sandals”,”leather”]
Source: https://harkissdesigns.com

Why Pope Francis wants us to stop worshipping capitalism

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. next week is generating huge interest and expectation. Part of that excitement is rooted in the different tone the pope has taken on a number of issues, from marriage to the role of women in the church. He has also issued a tough critique of capitalism and called for more action on climate change. We kick off our coverage of the pope’s trip, which will continue all next week, with a look at those issues from our economics correspondent Paul Solman. It’s part of our weekly series Making Sense, which airs every Thursday on the NewsHour.

Keywords: [“Pope”,”issues”,”next”]
Source: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/pope-francis-wants-us-stop…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-01-2018

Conscious Capitalism

“The true purpose of business is to improve our lives and create value for all stakeholders – customers, employees, suppliers, investors, and society at large,” say John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, the co-authors of a new book called Conscious Capitalism. They were among the major speakers at the ground-breaking conference I recently attended called Conscious Capitalism: Elevating Humanity through Conscious Business. I’ve been writing about the movement to bring spiritual values into business since 1998, but I was initially skeptical about this new Conscious Capitalism movement as Mackey made some bizarre political statements recently that drew a lot of criticism. I found the philosophy and the examples presented by the Conscious Capitalism conference and his book both intriguing and inspiring-as well as brilliant marketing for Mackey’s company. As Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia, the popular outdoor clothing company said at the conference, “Leadership is an inside job.” By becoming more conscious, capitalism can create more community, more mutuality, and paradoxically, more profit because it engages all the stakeholders in the system in a mutually beneficial way. Conscious businesses are growing today in the real world and a representative sample has outperformed the overall stock market by a ratio of over 10 to 1 from 1996 to 2011 according to Conscious Capitalism. “Our success didn’t come from focusing on money,” Fedele Bauccio reported at the Conscious Capitalism conference. Mackey and Sisodia outline four keys in their Conscious Capitalism book for long-term success: having a higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management. These 100 Best Companies outperformed the market between 1997 and 2011, according to Conscious Capitalism. Suppliers are also key stakeholders in Conscious Capitalism. Financial stakeholders who are guided by values and connected with their higher purpose are essential to Conscious Capitalism, according to Mackey and Sisodia. If this Conscious Capitalism movement continues to prove the business case for applying consciousness principles, and the profits of companies applying them grow more rapidly than others-this might actually help change the world!

Keywords: [“Conscious”,”business”,”Capitalism”]
Source: http://www.visionarylead.org/conscious-capitalism.html

Is Pope Francis a Socialist?

Soon the sense of shock subsided as his successor, the first Latin American pope – Papa Francis – charmed the world. By taking the name Francis – after Francis of Assisi, the 13th century saint – the new pope made a declaration of intent one that no previous pope had dared make: He renounced the fortune and status he was born into, to live humbly among the poor. “They were used to an almost weekly attack against Benedict XVI. “Now, the mood has changed completely. The pope is so popular, a spokesman for CBS says his network runs an item on the pope every few days.” Before they join in the songs of praise for the pope they need to know which side the pope is on. Of course, the notion that Pope Francis is a true socialist is absurd. Nothing Pope Francis has said or done would suggest for a moment that he is a dangerous radical or even that he secretly harbors socialist thoughts. Pope Francis leans out to touch a child’s head as he arrives in Saint Peter’s Square for his inaugural mass at the Vatican, March 19, 2013. Pope Francis celebrates his inaugural mass on Tuesday among political and religious leaders from around the world and amid a wave of hope for a renewal of the scandal-plagued Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis is silhouetted against window light at the end of a meeting with Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo at the Vatican October 25, 2013. Vallely, who investigated the incident for his book, Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, found witnesses in Argentina who claimed that a remorseful Bergoglio worked tirelessly behind the scenes to free the two priests. Including Vallely, read huge significance in the pope’s meeting last summer with Gustavo Gutierrez, the Peruvian founder of Liberation Theology: Francis was bringing in from the cold the radical, egalitarian activist that Polish and German popes, raised in the shadow of Soviet communism, had flatly rejected. The argument about Pope Francis is not confined to economics; it goes to the very heart of Catholic teaching: What is the church for? Are its priests glorified social workers who assist the vulnerable and marginalized? Or are they spiritual guides who, through liturgy and rituals, promote individual salvation?

Keywords: [“pope”,”Francis”,”church”]
Source: http://www.newsweek.com/2013/12/13/pope-francis-socialist-244916.html

A Publication of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan

On two beautiful crisp fall days this October in the warm familiarity of Gladwin’s Barn, 65 Erb/CEMP alums and some 30 members of the greater Erb community gathered to reunite, share their stories and experiences, and rediscover the warm bonds of community that time and distance can sometimes make you forget. After a warm introduction by Erb Returns chair Tony Gross ’08, the official program began with a Job Crafting Exercise, facilitated by Janet Max of the POS Group, designed to help people identify opportunities to make their jobs more engaging and fulfilling. New Erb student Neesha Modi ’12 gave a quick talk on Erb “Resource Groups,” an initiative born in the last few years that seeks to put our collective knowledge of different sustainability areas on the web. The final session of the day was an update from Erb SAB co-presidents Nate Springer ’11 & Katie O’Hare ’11, and Institute jefe Rick Bunch on the state of the Institute. A main point was that it is US – the alumni – that keep Erb ahead of the other programs through the “Cutting-edge stuff we are doing in fields.” He wants everyone to know that this is a watershed year – we have 100 students enrolled in the Erb program and 200 alumni. He went on to say that Erb graduates should not shy away from any position centered around sustainability because we are without question the most qualified for it. The next day, after folks staggered in following a night partying at the Cottage Inn with fellow alumni and current Erb students, we began with a second round of breakout sessions: “Renewable Energy” led by Ian Black ’08, “Green Building & Development” led by Rich Bole ’06, and “Clean-tech Start-ups”, led by Jeff LeBrun ’09. The breakout sessions were followed by a great new idea – Erb TED talks! Seven-minute stories about life, work, and sustainability. We need your input to continue to improve Erb Returns! If one theme emerged from Erb Returns it was this: while life may bring constant change, one thing that does not seem to change is the quality of Erbers/CEMPers from past through present. So next time Erb Returns returns, give getting here the ol’ college try. On a final note, Fred Erb has fallen ill and is currently in the hospital.

Keywords: [“Erb”,”work”,”sustainability”]
Source: https://erbsustainability.wordpress.com

JR Test Site News for 01-17-2018

Michael Novak

As Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II had already done significant work in phenomenology, particularly in his book . 3 The Christian anthropology of Pope John Paul II, plus his acute observation of the way the world works, led him to other conclusions. In chapter three, Pope John Paul II lingers reflectively on the great events of “The Year 1989,” one of the great vintage years of human history, a watershed. A good Calvinist joke roughly expresses the Pope’s views: “Anyone who says that man is totally depraved couldn’t be all bad.” Analogously, the Pope: “Man tends toward good, but he is also capable of evil. He can transcend his immediate interest and still remain bound to it.” With some sophistication, the Pope distinguishes the sphere of the “Social” from that of the “State,” the civic society from government. There has never been any question in Pope John Paul II’s mind that democratic institutions, whatever their faults, are the best available protection for human rights. The expression of personal creativity through work entails a social dimension: “By means of his work man commits himself not only for his own sake, but also for others and with others. Each person collaborates in the work of others and for their own good. Man works in order to provide for the needs of his family, his community, his nation, and ultimately all humanity.” In these texts, we see the elemental form of the Pope’s logic: from the image of the Creator endowed in each person to the work that flows from that source. Already in , the Pope had seen that “The right to personal economic initiative” is a fundamental human right, second only to the right to religious liberty. Although the origins of the word “Capital” lie in a more primitive economic era, when capita referred to heads of cattle, and the major form of economic capital lay in the ownership of land, the same word also suggests the Latin caput [head], the seat of that very creativity, invention, initiative the Pope sees in “Creative subjectivity.” Indeed, the Pope himself alludes to the crucial shift from the primitive meaning of capital as land to its modern meaning as human capital, as we must now examine. Like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek, the Pope sees work as building up the tacit, experiential, evolving network of a “Great Society.”29 “It is becoming clearer how a person’s work is naturally interrelated with the work of others. More than ever, work is work with others and work for others: It is a matter of doing something for someone else.” The Pope’s emphasis on the “Community of work” also leads him to appreciate “Entrepreneurial ability.” It is not so easy to discern just how to put together human needs and human resources in a productive and efficient way; in many nations today, economic failure, not success, seems to be the rule. In addition to the primary human and Christian responsibility to be certain that the poor are assisted, the Pope sees many other moral imperatives surrounding and suffusing economic activities. On matters of population growth, the Pope’s insight into human capital as the chief resource of nations is ripe for further development. The Pope’s emphasis on the creative capacity of every human being explains why such densely populated countries can be wealthy. On Latin America, e.g., see #20; on Asia #22; on the advanced democratic and capitalist countries, #19. 15 Pope John Paul II cites Leo XIII’s teaching that it is a ” ‘natural human right’ to form private associations.

Keywords: [“Pope”,”human”,”society”]
Source: http://www.ewtn.com/library/business/fr91401.htm

Free enlightenment Essays and Papers

3.9 pages) Powerful Essays [preview] The Age of Enlightenment – Science vs the Enlightenment vs Politics This essay argues that the Enlightenment is the most important concept among the three given in the title. 1.6 pages) Good Essays [preview] Thinkers of the Enlightenment – Enlightenment The Enlightenment era was a new intellectual movement that stressed reason and thought and the power of individuals to solve problems. 2.6 pages) Strong Essays [preview] The Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th Century – The Philosophes French intellectual leaders of the Enlightenment were bankers, merchants, and professional men who had education and wealth. 3.4 pages) Strong Essays [preview] Faith and Reason in the Enlightenment – In a time when faith and hard labor kept the majority of society alive, the introduction of reason by the Enlightenment was initially perceived as a threat. 6.4 pages) Research Papers [preview] Religious Toleration during the Enlightenment – The Enlightenment of the 18th century evolved due to the many changes brought about by the Scientific Revolution. 3.7 pages) Strong Essays [preview] Enlightenment in Colonial Society – Enlightenment in Colonial Society The Enlightenment began in the mid to late 17th century; almost every source gives different dates and doesn’t really specify when exactly it started. 1.3 pages) Strong Essays [preview] The Role of the Roman Catholic Church During the Enlightenment – Proving to be the paramount of the conflict between faith and reason, the European Enlightenment of the eighteenth century challenged each of the traditional values of that age. 2.9 pages) Better Essays [preview] The Roots of The Enlightenment – The Roots of The Enlightenment In its essence, the Enlightenment is the product of a shift in the the way society was organized. 2.5 pages) Better Essays [preview] Romanticism as a Reaction to the Enlightenment – Romanticism as a Reaction to the Enlightenment The epoch known as the Age of Reason, or the Enlightenment, was a secular intellectual movement that looked to reason as an explanation of the world. 2.5 pages) Better Essays [preview] The Enlightenment and the Emergence of Free Thinkers – The Enlightenment brought a wave of new thought and information into a society dominated by one controlling force: The Church. 3.5 pages) Strong Essays [preview] What is Enlightenment? Emmanuel Kant – In his essay writing “What is Enlightenment?” Immanuel Kant defines enlightenment as “Man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity”. 3.1 pages) Better Essays [preview] The Enlightenment and a Desire for a Free Market – “Men desire to have some share in the management of public affairs chiefly on account of the importance which it gives them.” This famous quote by Adam Smith proves what people in the Enlightenment period wanted the most – free market economy and public services. 4.1 pages) Powerful Essays [preview] Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries – The scientific revolution had a great impact on the Enlightenment of the 17th and 18th centuries. 6.2 pages) Term Papers [preview] Rebirth of Hellenism during the Enlightenment – The Enlightenment was the highlight of the eighteenth century because it brought about dramatic change that was a rebirth of the classical ideas of Greece and Rome. 3.5 pages) Strong Essays [preview] The Enlightenment of the Great Julius Caesar – The Enlightenment of the Great Julius Caesar In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar could definitely be thought of as a tragic hero.

Keywords: [“Enlightenment”,”word”,”preview”]
Source: http://www.123helpme.com/search.asp?text=enlightenment

JR Test Site News for 01-17-2018

How To Become Spiritually Enlightened the Confederation Way/ Overcoming Corrupt Governments

Record your answers to these questions on the separate answer sheet. In the test booklet, write your answer to each question on the lines following that question. Directions: For each statement or question, write on the separate answer sheet the number of the word or expression that, of those given, best completes the statement or answers the question. June ’04 Achievements of Feudal Societies Inventions During the Neolithic Revolution Issues of the Protestant Reformation Contributions of the Islamic Civilization Base your answer to question 9 on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies. June ’04 Base your answers to questions 19 and 20 on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies. June ’04 [OVER] Base your answer to question 21 on the map below and on your knowledge of social studies. 26 All the elements identified in the illustration contributed to German interdependence imperialism unification apathy 28 Which event had the greatest influence on the development of laissez-faire capitalism? fall of the Roman Empire invention of the printing press Industrial Revolution Green Revolution Base your answer to question 27 on the graph below and on your knowledge of social studies. June ’04 [OVER] 33 During World War I, which group of people were victims of genocide? Arabs in Egypt Palestinians in Syria Algerians in France Armenians in the Ottoman Empire Base your answers to questions 31 and 32 on the woodblock print below and on your knowledge of social studies. Ladies with western musical instruments 34 The Treaty of Versailles punished Germany for its role in World War I by forcing Germany to accept blame for the war and to pay reparations dividing Germany into four occupied zones supporting economic sanctions by the United Nations taking away German territory in the Balkans and Spain 35 The main reason Japan invaded Southeast Asia during World War II was to recruit more men for its army acquire supplies of oil and rubber satisfy the Japanese people’s need for spices prevent the United States from entering the war Base your answer to question 36 on the passage below and on your knowledge of social studies. June ’04 44 The Twelve Tables, Justinian’s Code, and the English Bill of Rights are similar in that each addresses the issue of social mobility economic development the individual and the state the importance of religion [OVER] Base your answer to question 45 on the cartoon below and your knowledge of social studies. June ’04 Base your answer to question 48 on the cartoon below and on your knowledge of social studies. In developing your answer to Part II, be sure to keep these general definitions in mind: describe means “To illustrate something in words or tell about it” explain means “To make plain or understandable; to give reasons for or causes of; to show the logical development or relationships of” Part II THEMATIC ESSAY QUESTION Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs addressing the task below, and a conclusion. June ’04 NAME SCHOOL In developing your answer to Part III, be sure to keep this general definition in mind: discuss means “To make observations about something using facts, reasoning, and argument; to present in some detail” Part III DOCUMENT-BASED QUESTION This question is based on the accompanying documents. Task: Using information from the documents and your knowledge of global history, answer the questions that follow each document in Part A. Your answers to the questions will help you write the Part B essay in which you will be asked to: Discuss the political, social, and/or economic causes of British imperialism Discuss the positive effects and the negative effects of British colonial rule Global Hist. June ’04 [OVER] Part A Short-Answer Questions Directions: Analyze the documents and answer the short-answer questions that follow each document in the space provided.

Keywords: [“question”,”answer”,”document”]
Source: http://www.nysedregents.org/GlobalHistoryGeography/Archive/20040617exam.pdf

Liberation theology

Beginning as a Catholic movement in Latin America and soon spreading to Africa, Asia and other regions, liberation theology has emerged as the strongest spiritual voice of protest against the ill effects of unchecked global capitalism, insanely greedy corporate behavior and corrupt plutocracies. Liberation theology officially commenced among Catholic bishops at the epic Latin American Episcopal Conference, CELAM II, in Medellín, Colombia, 1968. Liberation theology has called, not just for more charitable giving by the “Haves,” but, more radically, for 1) complete solidarity with the oppressed in a “Preferential option for the poor”; 2) nonviolent and truly revolutionary removal of oppressive political-economic regimes; 3) forming “a new kind of civilization” based on a much fairer distribution of resources and more equal opportunity; along with 4) a humble, penitential, servant Church to help usher in this better and far more just state of affairs. Liberation theologians have faith that human base communities rooted in godliness can manifest true peace and justice. Much of the impetus for liberation theology came directly from the Second Vatican Council-most notably, the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes-and ensuing papal encyclicals and documents, especially Pope Paul VI’s Populorum Progressio. Courageous women and men like San Salvador’s martyred archbishop, the saintly Oscar Romero, have willingly sacrificed their lives in the liberation struggle on behalf of their brothers and sisters oppressed by callous regimes. Again, liberation theology must not be dismissed as some “Subversive pinko communist redistributionist” scheme. After an early misunderstanding of liberation theology, John Paul came around to the side of liberation theology in 1979, even though high-level Vatican conservatives, especially Cardinal Ratzinger and Cardinal Trujillo, would not affirm its program. The main cautionary note from John Paul was that liberation theologians mustn’t promote class warfare nor become alienated from an inner, contemplative spirituality in their quest to rectify oppressive and unjust circumstances. His weighty papal encyclicals Laborem Exercens and Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, and numerous statements during his reign communicated a bonafide, fervent liberation theology. Aspects of liberation theology can be found in strongly worded passages in the momentously revised edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church7 sponsored by Pope John Paul II. This program of compassionate solidarity is echoed by a multitude of voices in other denominations of Christianity, and in Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Muslim, indigenous and other religions. A former right-wing fascist turned social-justice advocate, he became an early international representative of liberation theology in the 1960s and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974 in recognition of his prophetic role as a tireless voice for the poor and marginalized. Orbis has published many other works on/by Gutiérrez, and books on liberation theology by other writers, including Leonardo Boff, Jesus Christ, Liberator, Way of the Cross, Way of Justice, Liberating Grace, Passion of Christ, Passion of the World, The Path to Hope, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, etc. A candid yet sympathetic account by an insider is Jose Comblin, Called for Freedom: The Changing Context of Liberation Theology, Orbis, 1999. 4 Pope John Paul II’s comments against global capitalism, informed by his dozens of visits to regions around the world and by his communications with bishops, priests, nuns and laity worldwide, were especially emphatic on his October 1995 visit to the U.S. See, for example, “Pope says ‘evil’ economic policies causing hunger,” Reuters, Mon., 23 Oct. 1995; and Larry Stammer & John Goldman, “Pope Presses U.S. to Aid Poor, Preserve Family,” Los Angeles Times, Sat.

Keywords: [“liberation”,”Pope”,”poor”]
Source: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/liberation_theology.html