Economic Growth Through Social Inclusion by Robin Trimingham
"People don't resist change; they resist being changed." Peter Senge
I have just pulled myself away from watching a speech given earlier today by former US President Bill Clinton at Georgetown University.
While we normally avoid commenting on anything political at Olderhood, I would like to share a couple of key thoughts that President Clinton expressed regarding the general state of American society because the same might well be said of any first world nation in the age of internet.
President Clinton spoke at some length regarding the value of leading a life of service to your fellow man, and urged those graduates in attendance to find a way to get involved in something larger than themselves. While he conceded that a life in politics is one way to serve, he also spoke quite candidly regarding the urgent need for people to decide whether they favour a system that grows by inclusion and increasing opportunity for all, or whether they are content to be a people who believe that there should be winners and losers, and can only win at the expense of someone else.
He pointed out that most Americans have stopped believing in very much and view the world as a difficult and materialistic place where you might as well fight to get your share, and said quite pointedly that the next generation is going to have to decide whether they are in favour of winning at someone else’s expense or whether they prefer a world where sustainable economic growth is developed through inclusion.
What President Clinton is alluding to is the concept of “social progress” which is defined as “the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential.” (You can learn more about the social progress imperative by clicking here).
It is advances in social progress that end needless discrimination against women and minorities by recognizing that the superficial differences between all people account for less than 0.5 percent of the genes that make up all humans.
But without these advances in social progress, people will remain distracted by the superficial and materialistic differences between each other and global economies will continue to be controlled by a short list of billionaires who have but one objective – increase their own wealth at everyone else’s expense.
By Robin Trimingham