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From "Economism" to Earth Systems Science
Submitted by: Ethical Markets Media
Posted: Feb 11, 2014 – 04:00 PM EST
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ - On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, ICAEW and Tomorrow’s Company launched Hazel Henderson's publication 'Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age: From "Economism" to Earth Systems Science,' at the Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London.
The world is facing growing significant challenges which are unique in their complexity, inter-connectivity and global impact. It is increasingly recognized that most of the previous assumptions about solutions for a secure and prosperous future no longer adequately address the immensity of today's questions. In this thought-provoking and agenda-setting publication, Hazel Henderson, D.Sc.Hon., FRSA, offers a new solution to obsolete frameworks. She advocates a transition to a 'solar age' as a pathway to a more green and sustainable economic future.
Henderson’s publication builds on her lifetime of achievements. It lays out a road map advocating a paradigm shift to a new future through a multi-disciplinary approach, integrated systems thinking, and the adoption of new values and innovation, offering a blueprint for a transition to a green economy. It challenges not only existing economic models, but also the definition of resilience, approaches to adaptability, human behavior, and ideas of sustainability. Henderson’s work on new metrics includes indicators on health, education, poverty and environment. Financial crises and subsequent recessions are viewed as breakthroughs in hastening the global transition from the fossil-fueled Industrial Era to a more sustainable 'solar age'.
Hazel Henderson is the founder of Ethical Markets Media (USA and Brazil) and the creator and Executive Producer of its TV series. She is a world renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, a worldwide syndicated columnist, consultant on sustainable development, author of the award-winning Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and eight other books. She co-edited, with Harlan Cleveland and Inge Kaul, The UN: Policy and Financing Alternatives, UK 1995 (US edition, 1996), and co-authored with Japanese Buddhist leader Daisaku Ikeda, Planetary Citizenship (2004).
She leads the Transforming Finance initiative, created the Green Transition Scoreboard®, co-developed with Calvert the GDP alternative now renamed the Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators. She co-organized the Beyond GDP conference for the European Commission and funded three Beyond GDP surveys, finding strong support worldwide for ESG metrics in national accounting. She spearheads the Ethical Markets/Endobility research conference on “Finding Ethical Alpha”, hosted in her hometown of St. Augustine, Florida, May 12-14, 2014.
An Honorary Member of the Club of Rome, she shared the 1996 Global Citizen Award with Nobelist A. Perez Esquivel of Argentina. In 2007, she was elected a Fellow to Britain's Royal Society of Arts, founded in 1754. Since 2010, she has been honored annually as one of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior" by Trust Across America. In 2012, she received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Development of ESG & Investing at TBLI Europe. In 2013, she was inducted into the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Hall of Fame.
Henderson presented 'Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age: From "Economism" to Earth Systems Science,' joined by panelists Rachel Armstrong, Leo Johnson and Armen Papazian.
Rachel Armstrong is a Co-Director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) specializing in Architecture & Synthetic Biology at The School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London, where she has just completed her Architecture PhD.
Leo Johnson is the co-author of "Turnaround Challenge: Business and the City of the Future". He is the Presenter of BBC World News's "One Square Mile" and co-founder of strategy advisors Sustainable Finance, now part of PwC group. He is the co-founder of the Prix Pictet and has written for the New Statesman, Financial Times and Evening Standard. Johnson is a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School, Oxford.
Armen Papazian holds a PhD in financial economics from the University of Cambridge, and is the founding chairman and CEO of Keipr Ltd, a boutique financial modeling and consulting firm. He is a former Managing Director of Innovation and Development at Nasdaq Dubai (DIFX), and a former Head of Islamic Finance at UBS AG. A judge for the FT Investment Banking Awards in 2011. Papazian is also the first winner of the Alpha Centauri Prize, Progenitor Award.