Hazel Henderson Publishes New Book on
Academy Fellow Hazel Henderson recently published a new book entitled Planetary Citizenship: Your Values, Beliefs, and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World! The book takes the form of a dialogue between Hazel and Daisaku Ikeda. President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), Ikeda is a Buddhist thinker, author and educator who has garnered honorary degrees from 20 universities around the globe and honorary professorships from fourteen.
He believes that only through personal interaction and dialogue across cultural and philosophical boundaries can human beings nurture the trust and understanding that is necessary for lasting peace. Reviews eloquently speak to the book’s mission and contents:
Academy Fellow Jim Channon: I can’t imagine a more pleasant way to digest the history and aspirations of planetary citizenship than by participating with two of the globe’s most intrepid advocates. We literally feel as if we are chewing the fat with two champions as they courteously model the exquisite style of dialog that would have made us one planet years ago if we all could have done it so well. School yourself on how far we have come on our inevitable journey to planethood. Discover the milestone events of this journey and the key dimensions in our near future that will bring us the civilized and peaceful planet we all dream of. It’s a very digestible afternoon of reading by two distinguished and visionary elders. Read this and give it to a friend.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Director, Quality of Life Research Center : This dialogue among two of the most enlightened seekers after a better future for humankind offers a delightful introduction to some of the most important ideas and facts concerning stewardship of the planet.
Rebecca Adamson, President, First Nations Development Institute : Using the latest in science and technology to shatter today’s economic paradigm of, “insatiable individuals competing for scarce resources, Planetary Citizenship brings us full circle to the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples and the sacredness of Creation. What is revealed is an indigenous economy based upon the prosperity of Creation and kinship based on enough-ness. An economic paradigm that has sustained people, planet and prosperity for thousands of years.
You may order the book from http://www.hazelhenderson.com/ordering.html
Hazel also informs us that her new television series Ethical Markets Media will appear in the USA on PBS beginning in January, as well as in Brazil. She is also working with prospective partners/licensees in Canada, Brazil, UK, EU, and China’s Shanghai Business Channel.
Hazel’s most recent newsletter summarizes the latest developments in her decades-long battle for corporate responsibility and sustainability. “Greenwashing” and “Bluewashing” are two neologisms that refer to certain corporations that falsely wear the mantle of CSR or the UN’s 10 Principles of Global Corporate Citizenship.
Paul Hawken recently made news by calling on SR funds to dump such equities from their portfolios. He was joined by Academy Fellow Amory Lovins in this effort.
As with the organic food movement in the U.S., corporations have recently become aware of what progressives have known for years, and the times have changed sufficiently for some of them to hatch strategies of co-optation.
Hazel recently called for the UN Global Compact to spin off from the United Nations, that the former might preserve the parent organization’s reputation from “corporate backsliders.”
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