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Webinar 9 – Rebuild: the Economy, Leadership, and You

September 28 @ 18:00 - 20:00

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In what way is what we’ re doing (investing and building businesses) not working, and not aligned with society’s and nature’s best interests

About this event

Join our guest speaker, Killu Sanborn of ESTVIK Partners. She has over 21 years of experience in life science venture lending and VC equity financing, in dialogue with Jack and Graham about this theme. As usual, we begin with Killu presenting the themes, a short response from Jack and Graham linking with their book Rebuild: the Economy, Leadership, and You, followed by all participants exploring the topic together.

In this session, we want to develop deeper insights into what levers we have now, and what levers we must build so that we can do what is aligned with society’s and nature’s best interests.

To get there we need to first get clear on why what we’re doing is not working, and what in our thoughts and feelings has kept us anchored in continuing to do what is not working; especially in the half-century since “Limits to Growth” was published.


Themes we’ll address.

Within the conventional container of profit and capital efficiency thinking, what we are doing looks pretty good, well-aligned with making more enterprises more profitable; which the prevailing paradigm assumes is in society’s best interests.

But we have systemic blindness. We have two concurrent economic worlds in the climate challenge, during the pandemic – one of suffering and catastrophes, another of the self-congratulatory joy of great runs in the markets. We see stellar business and profit success of late from the “financial markets world”, yet it is unglued from “underlying assets and people based world”. We live in some ways as if there really are these two worlds, even as we know there is but one.

Our current response is not capable of dealing with the challenge: it is linear (CV1-5), rather than a coherent whole nonlinear response (CV8 response, perhaps with a CV7 bridge, which is what our current FairShares commons is.) CV1-8 defined here: https://www.kosmosjournal.org/article/the-many-dimensions-of-change/

So to simplify, the aspects that are not working and not in society’s best interests are 1) structural economically – treating companies as property not persons, and what that leads to, what such structure sets up as outcomes 2) relational – not “getting” complete interdependence between all systems and beings 3) deep shared psyche (meaning-making, and limited by our low fluidity in thought-forms beyond simple binary logic); a psyche that holds the world in such a way that fracturing into different concurrent worlds happens, AND WE ARE OK WITH IT.



September 28
18:00 - 20:00