Getting to the Better Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing

Getting to the Better Future: A Matter of Conscious Choosing

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Among the array of global crises facing humanity, the author points out the historic opportunity as we enter the 21st Century - the opportunity to evolve to a new and higher order of consciousness which will allow us to transcend current trends that threaten our humanity. He calls this a "choicepoint" and explains how we are in a window of opportunity presently so we can either continue heading for the "inevitable future" or create a "future of possibility" - the better future.

He demonstrates how paradigms change and how people often respond to these changes, which can be seen as incredibly chaotic and lead to public uncertainty. He then points out the global paradigm shift presently underway throughout the industrialized world and the ways people are reacting to it.

The author contends that the business community dominates society's values and priorities in today's economically-driven world. He also points out that business people are people first; they are human beings who happen to belong to a group or system that operates with certain rules and traditions. But, he emphasizes, they are also have feelings, concerns and a sense of higher destiny that can transcend the conditions in the world and the influences they are subject to as a result ofbelonging to the business community.

He cites prominent authorities who join him in his call for transformation, including MIT's Lester Thurow, London's Charles Handy, Abraham Maslow, Peter Drucker, sociologist Paul Ray, VISA founder Dee Hock, Interface CEO Ray Anderson, Stanford's Michael Ray, and many others with business credentials. The Body Shop's founder Anita Roddick authored the book's Foreword.

The "better future" is possible with a shift in consciousness, the author writes. He goes further to write that, once they see this possibility, business people will lead the way toward it with enthusiasm - dropping their cynicism and skepticism. As a result of this shift, the most dominant institution on the planet today will become a force for sustainability, economic justice and compassion.