Excerpts from Creating a World Without Poverty- Social Business and the Future of Capitalism (Muhammed Yunus) #Human2.0
A BETTER WORLD STARTS WITH IMAGINATION
“All human beings have the inner capacity not only to care for themselves but also to contribute to increasing the wellbeing of the world as a whole.”
“Let me give you a wishlist of my dream world that I would like to see emerge by 2050:
- There will be a global education system accessible to all from anywhere in the world.
- The global economic system will encourage individuals, businesses and institutions to share their prosperity and participate actively in bringing prosperity to others.
- Social business will be a substantial part of the business world.
- There will be no passports and no visas for anybody anywhere in the world. All people will be truly global citizens of equal status.
- All people will be committed to maintaining a sustainable lifestyle based on appropriate technologies. Sun, water and wind will be the mail sources of power.
- Basic connectivity will be wireless and nearly costless.
- Everybody will read and hear everything in his own language. Technology will make it possible for a person to speak, read and write in his own language while the listener will hear and the reader will read in his own language. Software and gadgets will translate simultaneously as one speaks or downloads any text.
- All peoples will share a world of peace, harmony and friendship devoted to expanding the frontiers of human potential.
Each of us should draw up a wishlist of our own- to reflect on what kind of world we would like to see when we retire.”
“This process of imagining a future world of our liking is a major missing element in our educational system. We prepare our students for jobs and careers, but don’t teach them to think as individuals about what kind of world they would like to create.”
A few weeks ago I scribbled this on my way to a meeting with a friend who’s involved with reforming the education curriculum in Nepal. This book has reminded me of that link between the education of young people and the future of our countries and world.
I’m reflecting on my wishlist.
Many more posts inspired by Muhammed Yunus will be coming up here!