Have you ever felt alone in seeing a problem?
That feeling, a little bit like the story of the Emperor’s new clothes, where everyone else is applauding – but there’s an important truth that no one seems willing to speak.
That’s how my guest today felt, from a very young age, about one of the most influential ideas on the planet.
That one idea is capitalism.
According to the dictionary… Capitalism is defined as “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit”
Since the birth of the capitalism, approximately 200 years ago, the world’s population living in ‘extreme poverty’ has dropped from 94% to 9.6%.
Yet, what also comes with that idea – the flip side to the capitalist coin – has been argued to be unchecked greed and the treatment of people and the planet as ‘assets’ to be bought and then discarded.
To put it lightly – it’s a pretty powerful idea.
Ray Sisodia was a young man growing up in India when he first came across the impact of capitalism – and to the conclusion that there had to be a better way of doing business than just surviving to chase money.
THAT idea is Conscious Capitalism.
Raj Sisodia is a founding member of the worldwide Conscious Capitalism movement, FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College.
He has written eleven award-winning books, including Firms of Endearment, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Conscious Capitalism, Everybody Matters and his latest book ‘The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World’.
- The role of the Healing Leader post-COVID
- Why part of moving forward consciously involves firstly going backwards. Shining a light on the aspects of ourselves and our teams that remain frozen and afraid.
- The power of space
- Why capitalism can still be the greatest idea we’ve ever had and what needs to change in order to move forward.
- Finally – Raj’s own journey of influence, what he’s learned about creating and sustaining a global movement.
On a personal note, this conversation honestly went NOWHERE I expected.
I arrived with two pages of notes and questions about the future of capitalism – and left with a deep appreciation for the humility, grace and courage of Raj himself.
You know, in any journey of influence, at some point you are going to face your words head on. If you teach patience, you will hit the places where you have none. If you teach courage, you’ll find those moments when yours disappears. If you talk about healing organisations, eventually you’ll need to face a healing journey of your own.
Raj is a human being that has had the courage to do both.
The courage to drive the new ideas and stories that move the world forward and the courage to re-examine the old ideas and stories holding him back.
That’s real influence.
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