City of Conscience

City of Conscience
Published November 9, 2014, click image to redirect to article.

Guest essay piece written by Steven Overman for Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle.

Where will future big ideas and new ventures come from, when global creative capitals like New York, San Francisco, London and Tokyo are increasingly unaffordable for the young creative risk-takers who drive the next wave, the next economic paradigm?

When I think about the future, I see a different urban model. A human-scaled, liveable place, where existing structures are continuously re-adapted for new purposes including light manufacturing, the production of sustainable energy, and social enterprises. I see vibrant markets for sustainably grown food, an education magnet with lively universities and colleges that specialize in future sources of value, expertise in engineering, creativity, science, healthcare. I see an ecosystem of established companies, family businesses ,and entrepreneurial ventures, all thriving, competing, collaborating, and nurturing each other. I see Rochester.

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Welcome to the Conscience Economy

 

Click here to download .pdf from ChangeThis.com. Issue 123.02, published November 12, 2014

Something extraordinary is happening. Humankind’s increasing interconnectedness is causing a global transformation of values and expectations, at both the individual and societal level. The shift is reaching a tipping point that will transform business forever.

You don’t have to be an economic detective or business futurist to see myriad signs of the unstoppable rise of a new set of economic prerogatives that prioritise proactive positive impact on people and planet. Consider this shortlist: the emergence of universally available virtual education, the mainstreaming of environmental consciousness on the political and business agenda, the accelerating growth of the organic and Fairtrade foods industry, the growth of impact investing as a sector, the innovation in biosensor-enabled mobile healthcare solutions – these phenomena and more herald a mass movement for good that’s great for humanity. And for business.

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