Living Between Worlds, with Grace, Dignity, and Power. This month: Capital-ISM
THIS MONTH: Capital-ISM's Four—or is it five?—Structural Defects
I'll share my work-in-progress on the four (or is it five?) structural defects of what I've come to call "capital-ISM" – constraints deeply embedded in the nature of the game, and largely ignored (or at least not well addressed) by the rising flurry of efforts to reform capital-ism—from "responsible capitalism" to "stakeholder capitalism," from "conscious capitalism" to "ecological capitalism," from "impact capitalism" to "regenerative capitalism."
These efforts are showing real progress – in market share, mind share, and impact. But they're hampered by a lack of sufficiently rigorous and grounded diagnoses of the mess. Thus they're flawed allies in the challenge of reinventing the economy of this planet, and of financing and sustaining the future that we want. Can this new diagnosis help us chart a more powerful and effective path?
We live between old worlds and new—as we move from the fossil age to renewables, from linear take-make-waste economies to circular, from the post-war geo-political-economic order to…something that we can't yet name. Between working inside and outside the structures and norms of modern life; between working to help institutions adapt, and working to re-invent or replace them. Between tinkering at the margins and committing to reinventing everything. Between fear and hope, resignation and ambition, despair and courage.
In these calls, we'll explore the challenges of navigating the world of messes we've inherited and built—from climate and covid to biodiversity and fascism to identity and pluralism—with grace, dignity, and power.
Who joins these conversations? Executives. Sustainability professionals. Investors. Activists. Entrepreneurs. Seekers. Up-and-comers. A poet or two. And you!
And consider inviting someone who might enrich the conversation. (Maybe even someone who shares our concerns, but is different than you or me.)