Economy for the Common Good: A Theory of Change That Works
boisi center for religion and american public life
Author and essayist
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Devlin 101
This event is co-sponsored by the Theology Department, the Carroll School of Management, and the Managing for Social Impact interdisciplinary minor
Abstract: The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) is not just an idea, but a rapidly growing international movement. ECG is a practical, detailed blueprint for a new way of doing business. ECG is a people-centered approach that could sweep away austerity, support human (and humane) development, repair our damaged environment, and utterly reorient our relationship to work, money, and the purpose of both. Its vision is just short of breathtaking, but it remains grounded in reality, as evidenced by the fact that more than 1,700 companies around the world have already endorsed its principles.
Christian Felber is an internationally renowned speaker, lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a contemporary dancer. Christian has authored several bestsellers: 50 Suggestions for a Fairer World; New Values for the Economy; Let’s Save the Euro!; Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good; and Money: The New Rules of the Game, which was awarded the getAbstract International Book Award 2014. He is the initiator of the "Economy for the Common Good," and the project "Bank for the Common Good." Felber studied Spanish, psychology, sociology, and political sciences in Madrid and Vienna. He lives and works in Vienna as an independent writer.
In today's economy, there is a widespread belief that many businesses prioritize maximizing profit over the general welfare of its consumers and of the surrounding environment. Austrian author and activist Christian Felber, who will speak at Boisi Center lecture on September 21, was recently interviewed by CNBC on his 'Common Good Economy' (CGE) theory.