Circular economy and inclusive society

From ego to eco and from welfare to wellbeing

People – Planet – Purpose

During the industrial revolutions, we made the planet and people subservient to the economy and came to believe in the myth that without economic growth our prosperity, well-being and security cannot be maintained. Since the global financial crisis in 2008 and the global pandemic, there is a growing belief that the current economic system and shareholder capitalism have failed to create inclusive, comprehensive prosperity. The current economic system is dated and broken. It needs to be different and it can be transformed. This is our chance to rethink what an economy looks like that works for everyone and how we can shape it. Within the limits of the planet, of course.

ALL INCLUSIVE
With the involvement of all stakeholders and mutual cooperation in radical dependence of governments, businesses and societies, we need to visualize and shape the future anew. Only then can we generate sustainable prosperity and well-being. In ways that respect the interests of integral communities, vital ecosystems and the limits of our planet. In the now, but most certainly for future generations. How do we shape an inclusive and regenerative economy? And why is a more social form of stakeholder capitalism necessary? New systems that do not have to be at the expense of financial performance, but as long-term engines focused on value creation?

VITAL SOLUTIONS
In my work, keynotes, lectures, and books, I focus mainly on a regenerative economy and inclusive society. Vital ideas and solutions that work for everyone and for the long term. Sustainable solutions within the limits of the planet and people’s potential and for the sake of all. Many recurring themes include: from exclusive to inclusive and from extractive to regenerative. Or from net worth to well-being and from free market to fair market. Also from a minimum to a basic income or from the winner takes all to shared prosperity. And very eminent; from concentrated to distributed power and from consuming sustainably to much more less consuming.

Note: this unique inspiriment is not about less and the need for a declining economy, nor about shrink. On the contrary, it is about more. More justice, equality, diversity, inclusiveness, clean air and water, humanity and above all, more truthfulness.

Inclusivity: why equality is better for everyone

1. Expedition Futurama: roadmap to inclusive society
Economic inequality is draconically out of control and the cause of almost all other kinds of inequality. By 2021, only 2,000 billionaires had more wealth than 4.6 billion people. This gap is based on a dysfunctional and gendered economic system that values the wealth of the privileged elite, mostly men, more than billions of hours of essential work by those who care for people, mostly women, unpaid or underpaid.

Futurama is a confrontational expedition into the inevitable inclusive society, and it counters one of the most important myths in our modern social society, that inequality is good for us. Irrefutably and provably, it shows that income inequality is bad for everyone, not just the poor, but also for society, including the rich.

If wealth and income inequality is bad for all of us, and very bad for the poor, what should and can we do about it? How do we create an economy and society that works for everyone? An inclusive society that focuses on inclusive well-being over exclusive prosperity.

It is high time to recognize that inequality is a choice we make and a political ideology. It doesn’t have to be, especially when we realize that there are better alternatives. Which systems and institutions do we need to rethink and redesign? How do we achieve fair, universal and non-stigmatizing tax systems? How do we create and secure a decent family income, with a minimum for everyone, with positive incentives for everyone to earn, save and grow. And how do we ensure that everyone gets and keeps access to good education, effective care and equal opportunities?

This inspiriment can be conducted as a keynote, workshop or as a boardroom intervention for leaders and other rainmakers from relevant domains and markets Impact guaranteed with surprising insights and pragmatic tools.

ONE SWALLOW AUGURS WELL

2. Vital and sustainable business models

Regenerative and serving humanity

3. Transition and future of economy
Sustainable business is crucial to the future of humanity and our planet. It is the starting point of every organization in the 21st century. Starting principles are sustainable organization and templates for vital business models. The creation of value – social, financial and ecological – is central to this.

How do you develop sustainable, vital business models and how do they work in daily practice?

Our economic system is broken and it is time to reset. The global pandemic, economic crisis, and social turmoil — as well as the accelerating climate emergency — have revealed a deeper, more fundamental problem: Our current economic system rewards maximizing wealth over wellbeing and prioritizes individualism over interdependence. The linear economy and shareholder capitalism has pushed society and planet towards the abyss. How do we transform our society, businesses and markets to a more sustainable and circular, or even better the regenerative and inclusive economy? How do we ensure that we produce and consume within the limits of the planet and why does this not happen without a fundamentel decline in consumption? What is the ideal framework for a fair, more inclusive economy and what does this mean for governments, businesses, society and our lives?

 

From moment to MOVEMENT

This unique inspiriment and confronting experience reveals the opportunity to reimagine and redesign what comes next. A systematic reset of our economic system requires integrated activities to drive behavioral, cultural, and structural change. This fascinating keynote, workshop or boardroom intervention inspire and equips leaders, entrepreneurs and other game changers  with a proven framework and effective actions to accelerate their transition to stakeholder capitalism. Great examples of how governments, business and people can shift the cultural narrative about their role and responsibility in society. Only in radical interdependence we can realigns incentives and facilitates a supportive public policy environment.

We need a more fair and just economy that works for everyone and for the long term. Based on a collective vision of shared wellbeing on a healthy planet. This inspiriment reveals the imperatives for the 21st century and the design objectives for the economic RESET: design for interdependence; invest for justice; account for stakeholders.

For each imperative the emerging pathways will be illuminated, that come from a deep and long research and from great thinkers and policy makers, showing a direction of travel and mindset for decision makers across the private sector, government, and civil society. A vision and vital solution that will evolve over time.

The honest and full story

Once Upon A Future
A unique experience and exciting expedition into the imminent future. The comprehensive and honest story of a world in transformation to the next phase of our civilization. Sometimes confrontational, always crystal clear and based on facts and real trends and expectations. This fascinating inspirement creates clarity about our future and offers concrete hope for a more sustainable world and fair, inclusive economy and society.

 

Based on my best seller ‘Once Upon A Future’, former no.1 at Managementboek.nl and nominated Management Book of the Year 2021!

Be sure to ask about the unique combination possibilities of keynote, master lecture, workshop(s) and the book as inspiring present for the attendees.

Trade in global dependence

4. From geopolitics to biosphere politics

Compass for real progress

5. SDG’s – 17 goals for one purpose

How can we improve trade and investment flows through modernization of international rules and treaties, national policies and trade facilitation strategies? Or is this impossible because the drawbacks of globalization show that aligning global production and consumption systems is to difficult?

What are our limiting beliefs and what blocks us from putting the common good first in radical dependence? How do we ensure that our leaders actually lead? In the right direction of the Commons? So that we transform from a distorting geopolitics to a shaping global and even galactic biosphere politics.

The 17 SDGs are the compass of humanity and starting point of every organization in the 21st century. Together they form the intent based on concrete targets and clear indicators. How do you implement the SDGs in your organization, work and life?

This unique inspiriment can be customized for specific events and target groups. Below some examples of customized sessions:

1. SDG Essentials for Business provides the participants wit a concise yet comprehensive overview of what the SDG’s are why they are so important. Also the role that businesses, governments and society has to play in realizing the seventeen goals are discussed. The opportunities that the SGS’s represent for business is not only eye-opening but also very inspiring, also because outlines and actions are suggested how individuals and the companies they work for can get more involved. Successful employee engagement and empowerment around the SDGs will be essential if we are to successfully scale up our efforts during the critical decade ahead.

2. The SDG’s for Conscious Leaders set out a framework for 17 Goals and targets to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and enviromental challenges in the lead-up to 2030. While ultimately it is governments who are being asked to deliver the SDGs, the simple fact is that this critical agenda cannot be realized without effective engagement by the private sector. Business has a critical role to play as a source of finance, a driver of innovation and technology and an engine of economic growth and employment. As much as the SDGs need business, long-term business success also hinges on the realization of the SDG’s. During this customized inspiriment the executives will understand the implications of the SDG’s across four key pillars:

  • Risk of Inaction, doing nothing is a very costly option
  • Capturing Opportunities, the prize of aligning business strategies with the SDG’s
  • Governance & Transparency, meaning better information leads to better decisions
  • The Need for Collaboration, realizing the SDG’s is beyond the reach of one company.

3. SDG Sector Roadmaps are a set of guidelines which provide a structured approach that companies can follow as they embark upon SDG road-mapping for their sector. This framework leads companies through a process of establishing their sector’s current level of interaction with the SDGs throughout the value chain; identifying the sector’s most significant opportunities for impact; and establishing key action items and monitoring systems in order to chart a course towards the sector’s 2030 vision.

4. SDG  Stakeholders Engagement is developed to help organizations understanding how to use de SDG’s and Good Life Goals and make them relevant to their employees, customers and operations. Along with inspirational examples, this tailored session provides guidance to companies on how to engage effectively with people (both employees and customers) around the sustainable behaviors that are connected to their products, services and corporate culture. It also outlines meaningful and tangible actions companies can implement in support of the SDGs through 17 concrete business examples showing how the Good Life Goals can be leveraged and innovative actions to drive positive impact.

5. SDG’s Life Goals. The inspiriment can also focus on our lives and what we can do in realizing them as an individual, family, group of committed people, school class or any other part of society. Improve yourself and start with the world. You don’t have to become the best of the world if you do the best for the world.

Meaningful society

6. Consuming less: from prosperity to well-being
The use of natural resource resources has tripled in the last 50 years. How can we balance the global addiction to economic growth with the limits of our planet? A reflection on the polemics of a past and the facts of the present. Courtesy of Mother Nature, we are going to consume less and shift the focus from prosperity to well-being.

Starting points for my work

Six principles for my inspiriments

Six principles are central to my work and they articulate what I stand for and what I strive for. You’ll find them in all my keynotes, master classes, workshops, lectures, books and other publications

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