GCGI 2014 Oxford Conference: Call for Presentation and Participation

12th annual conference of Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative to take place in 2014.

The Conference will be hosted by the School of Economic Science.

This major global conference is being convened by Prof. Kamran Mofid, Founder, Globalisation for the Common Good Initiative and Mr. Ian Mason, Principal of the School of Economic Science. The Conference will be hosted at Waterperry House, Oxford (31 August- 4 September 2014)

The 2014 GCGI Conference will attempt to help participants find answers to questions on “Spiritual Wisdom in Everyday Life” with a focus on the four themes below:

*What is the relationship between the inner life of spirit and the outer life of service in the interest of the Common Good?

*What spiritual values apply in economics, education, business, management and ecology?

“How can the secular and sacred elements of life be better integrated to advance the common good?

*How can the wisdom and insight gained through inner exploration be used to better our individual and collective health?

In short, how do we regain the basic values of a healthy society? How do we integrate the values of finance, business and economics, with those of families and communities? Can we discard market-fundamentalism, the false belief that market knows best, and begin to believe that “The market was made for human beings - not human beings to serve the market”? How can we discard the false values of modern economics and in the real understanding that the only things that have value in themselves are love, beauty and the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom?

Applying our common spiritual values as sources for renewal is, in large part, a matter of how this Conference hopes to respond to the economic, social, and ecological mandate now placed before us by the converging crises of our time. This is our moral assignment. As a matter of personal and societal responsibility, we can enter fully into reshaping economic policy and economic behaviour on behalf of the common good.

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