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The Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative began in 2002 at a conference in Oxford. Since then, the GCG International Conference Series has become an annual event, traveling across the globe to St. Petersburg, Dubai, Nairobi and Kericho, Honolulu, Istanbul and Melbourne. The 2009 conference took place at Loyola University of Chicago and the 2010 conference took place at California Lutheran University.
As we prepare for our time together in Alexandria, ‘A Dialogue between Civilizations’ we must recognize that the civilizations of the world are entwined together in a global economic system which is incapable of functioning for the common good of humanity, other species, and this planet which is our home. Now is the time to begin a dialogue between civilizations on how to construct a new economic system and a new economics better designed to meet these ends.
I am very happy to inform you about Our GCGI Community, my dream for a long time. We have been working on its implementation for a long time now. The work of which we are a part, which is so needed has barely begun; much lies ahead.
We urgently need more and deeper conversations, dialogue and engagement at all levels and from multiple levels and perspectives to bring the different cultures, civilizations and viewpoints together, in order to find common ground and agreement on common action.
The Common Good Happiness Project: A Spiritual Quest for the Good Life
1- A Little Background
There is a lot going on in the UK and the rest of the world and in particular in Canada and France, amongst others, which I strongly believe is very relevant to the value-based economics/business education and globalisation for the common good that we are all committed to.
The Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron, has launched a survey to measure British people’s well-being. He has stated that "We should be thinking not just what is good for putting money in people's pockets but what is good for putting joy in people's hearts. When politicians are looking at issues they should be saying to themselves 'how are we going to try and make sure that we don't just make people better off but we make people happier, we make communities more stable, we make society more cohesive'." The Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz has recommended nations measure emotional prosperity, rather than economic prosperity as a true indicator of people’s happiness. Whilst Warren Buffett has stated that unconditional love is more valuable than any amount of wealth; and that success is getting what you want, but happiness is wanting what you get.