January 22, 2020

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Wisdom for Your Week: Success 3.0 Dialogue with John Mackey & Marc Gafni

Watch and listen to John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods and author of Conscious Capitalism (together with Raj Sisodia), and Marc Gafni, Director of the Center for Integral Wisdom and author of many books including Your Unique Self, talk about a new vision of Success for the new millennium.

They track back the many meanings of the word Success and its literature to the beginning of mankind until they conclude that, in the words of Marc Gafni from the dialogue, “it has to be inclusive and at the same time have a hierarchy, meaning it’s got to include the best of traditional, the best of modern, the best of postmodern, the best of 0, 1.0 and 2.0, and yet it’s got to offer something larger.”

Marc Gafni in the dialogue:

“So that’s where we are, success 3.0, an Integral view that’s got to be compelling. It’s got to be an evolutionary attractor. … It’s got to be powerful. It’s got to have alluring quality. It’s got to be an invitation. It’s got to be a myth that’s worthy. It’s got to be a new vision of what the Jedi Knight is. So, Integral 3.0, what might that look like?”

Stream the video here and read the transcript below:

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Exciting Food Debate with John Mackey at Junto

Have you ever wondered which diet is the best for you, looked into all the different opposing approaches (vegan vs. animal foods, low carb vs. low fat, raw foods vs. cooked meals, all natural vs. supplements, etc.) and ended up more confused than before? Then, maybe this debate is for you.

At a Junto meeting in New York City in March 2015 John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Nina Teicholz, the author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, held a debate.

The proposition:

“An animal foods/low-carb diet is unhealthy compared with a 90+% plant diet that excludes sugar and refined grain products.”

The debate:

Mackey spoke in favor of the proposition and Teicholz against.

Nina Teicholz is an investigative journalist who has written on food and nutrition science for Gourmet and Men’s Health magazines. She was a reporter for National Public Radio for years, covering Washington, D.C. and Latin America. She has also contributed, on a variety of topics, to the New Yorker, the Economist, the New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. In addition, she served as the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Teicholz studied biology at Yale and Stanford Universities and earned a master’s degree from Oxford University. She lives in New York with her husband and their sons.

John Mackey is Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market, a $4 billion Fortune 500 company which has been named a Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For every year since 1998. John Mackey was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003.

John is a strong believer in FLOW principles, including free market principles and empowerment management. He is also one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food. Whole Foods was the first grocery chain to set standards for humane animal treatment.

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Michael Ellsberg interviewed John Mackey and Marc Gafni for Forbes

In 2013, there was an awesome event in New York organized by Kristina Kincaid, Lesley Freeman, and Michael Ellsberg. The event took place and was hosted in the beautiful Manhattan downtown apartment of Jose and Carmen Arozamena.

The evening began with a private interview of John and Marc for the major US publication Forbes, talking about the important interface between their two books, Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Your Unique Self by Dr. Marc Gafni. In the interview, specific focus was given to an idea that John and Marc have developed together: the Unique Self of a corporation.

Read the article John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, and Marc Gafni on ‘The Unique Self of Business’ on Forbes.com by Michael Ellsberg>>>

The second part of the evening was a public conversation between Marc and John, masterfully facilitated by Michael Ellsberg and followed by an invitation-only dialogue with twenty-five convened millennial leaders.

John Mackey is the Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market. And he is a fearless leader in the great calling for the Evolution of Consciousness and Culture. He is the author (with Raj Sisodia) of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business of Capitalism.

Philosopher Marc Gafni, Ph.D., president of the Center for Integral Wisdom, is the author of Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment.

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Board Meeting 2014: John Mackey on a New Vision for Success

Co-Board Chair John MackeyListen to John Mackey outlining his compelling new vision for success and Conscious Capitalism and read the transcript below:

Transcript:

John: Well, thanks Marc. It’s good to tune in with you guys today. I’m going to talk a little bit about where I think the integral framework, one of the things that it’s largely missing, is if you think about each of the Spiral Dynamics Model or the integral integration of that, each of the frameworks has got sort of a vision of success.

It has a vision of the ideal human being. It has a vision of the ideal society. If you think about, say, the blue meme framework, say, in Europe, if you have something like it particularly in maybe England, you have something like — or in America, you have the Bible as a guide. You also had Pilgrim’s Progress as a text where the ideal human being would be pious and would be striving to ensure their salvation through good works, so you had this vision of what success looks like and that framework would be obedience to God’s word and following the divine path that’s been laid out for you that will lead to your salvation.

As we move into more modernistic consciousness, modernistic framework, you have one of the early … texts, so that would be Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, as well as his way to wealth. And much of the success literature of the 19th and 20th Century is very much in sort of a modernistic framework or consciousness. It could force sort of a vision of the ideal human being, which in this case is very individualistic and oftentimes striving for wealth, for prosperity, through hard work and through savings and frugality, and through having a strong ethical code of fair trade and honesty.

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World Spirituality Unplugged: “What is a purpose-driven business?: John Mackey and Marc Gafni in Dialogue, Part 2″

This is the second installment of World Spirituality Unplugged, a regular new column on this website which will feature highlights from the Center for World Spirituality’s substantial audio and video archives. The audio clip posted here (less than 10 minutes) is an excerpt from a 2010 dialogue between John Mackey and Marc Gafni, originally recorded for the Future of Love Teleseries, an online event co-sponsored by CWS.

Marc Gafni, as you are well aware, is the Director and Scholar-in-Residence for the Center. John Mackey is  the Chairman and CEO of a $4 billion Fortune 500 company. Mackey was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003. John is a strong believer in FLOW principles, including free market principles and empowerment management. He is also one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food. Whole Foods was the first grocery chain to set standards for humane animal treatment. [Read more…]

World Spirituality Unplugged: “What’s love got to do with business?: John Mackey and Marc Gafni in Dialogue, Part 1”

World Spirituality Unplugged is a regular new column on this website which will feature highlights from the Center for World Spirituality’s substantial audio and video archives which are more relevant than ever before. The short clip posted here (about 5 minutes) features an excerpt from a dialogue between John Mackey and Marc Gafni, recorded in 2010 for the Future of Love Teleseries, an online event for which CWS was a co-sponsor.

Marc Gafni, as you are well aware, is the Director and Scholar-in-Residence for the Center. John Mackey is the Chairman and CEO of a $4 billion Fortune 500 company. Mackey was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003. John is a strong believer in FLOW principles, including free market principles and empowerment management.  He is also one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food. Whole Foods was the first grocery chain to set standards for humane animal treatment. [Read more…]

Marc Gafni at FreedomFest 2015

FreedomFest is the most unusual and exciting liberty conference of the year, and this year Marc Gafni will be there – meeting with thousands of attendees as well as hundreds of speakers and fellow exhibitors…all to share in the intellectual feast about freedom, prosperity, individual rights, and much more.

You’re invited to join FreedomFest 2015, July 8-11, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for three and half days that could change your life.

What’s FreedomFest All About?

Philosophy, history, science & technology, geo-politics, money and business, art and literature, healthy living, music and dance…..and to learn, network, socialize and celebrate liberty. Click here for the Conference Agenda.

FreedomFest has gathered the best and the brightest — experts, authors, professors, scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians, and first rate thinkers – over 200 speakers in all with hundreds of breakout sessions, panels and debates. All the major think tanks and freedom organizations will be there in the “Trade Show for Liberty.” Click here for the list of this year’s FreedomFest Speakers.

Dr. Marc Gafni of the Center for Integral Wisdom will be among a number of featured speakers. The event, which is billed as “The World’s Largest Gathering of Free Minds,” is held annually and will run from July 8 through July 11, 2015. He is scheduled to speak twice on Saturday, July 11, first participating in a philosophical debate at 10:30 a.m. and then appearing again as a featured speaker for a lecture scheduled for 4 p.m.

Known as a visionary in a number of fields and a highly regarded philosopher, teacher and social activist who is the author of 10 books and the co-founder of the Center for Integral Wisdom, Dr. Marc will be taking part in a debate titled “Spirituality vs Materialism,” which will also feature Ronald Bailey, John Mackey and Dr. Michael Shermer, with the debate being moderated by Alexander Green. He and John Mackey will take one side of the issue, while Michael Shermer and Ronald Bailey will represent the opposing viewpoint during the debate.

Later that afternoon, he will be the featured presenter while giving a keynote titled, “The Erotic and the Ethical: Next Steps in Libertarian Awakening.” The content of the 50-minute lecture will draw on the dharma of Unique Self, Eros, and Outrageous Love that is front and center at CIW and is elucidated in his award-winning book, Your Unique Self, as well as in his book The Mystery of Love.

Please join us!

The Center for Integral Wisdom in the Media

The Center for Integral Wisdom and our core Dharma of Unique Self, Outrageous Love, and the Evolution of Love have been featured and reviewed in the media. Here are some examples:

Mackey and Marc Gafni on Outrageous Love and the Center Featured in Science of Mind

ScienceOfMind-May2015-coverMGDr. Marc Gafni & John Mackey shared their innovative views in the May issue of Science of Mind magazine, on sale now at Barnes & Noble!

Kudos to Science of Mind for putting together such a great collection! The article on Marc is well done, highlighting his important new work and teachings on the dharma of Outrageous Pain and Outrageous Love.

Electronic versions at the moment are only available to subscribers of Science of Mind.

The Entrepreneur Fitness Podcast with Brandon Epstein “Discovering Your Unique Self”

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Marc Gafni and podcast host Brandon Epstein explored “Discovering Your Unique Self.” The conversation was a deep dive into Unique Self & Outrageous Love.

Check out the podcast here>>>

Brandon Epstein also featured Marc’s work in his new eBook Zen Dude Fitness.

Stevo’s Book Recommendations: Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism (2014) – by Marc Gafni

Marc Gafni’s book Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism: Two Models and Why They Matter was recommended by Stevo’s Book Reviews on the Internet in the May 2015 list. Steve Brock has been well-known in the book industry for over 30 years, and his recommendations are read by over 200,000 people a month.

Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism: Two Models and Why They Matter by Marc Gafni

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Another Review of Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism: Two Models and Why They Matter

Paul R. Smith, author of Integral Christianity: The Spirit’s Call to Evolve, wrote the following review:

When I look at the ten thousand books on spirituality, mysticism, and evolutionary religion in my library, I can tell, at a glance, without looking at titles, which ones were most helpful to me. They are the ones with Post-it notes sticking out from the top, marking pages that I found quite valuable. Self in Integral Evolutionary Mysticism by Marc Gafni is one of those few dozens with numerous colorful sticky notes flaming out from its top edge. Gafni’s previous book, Unique Self, was a breakthrough opening in understanding the Self in relation to union with God. This book continues by focusing on an opposing popular postmodern view of self and pointing out the crucial differences. With laser-like insight Gafni lets his view remain the only one I can joyfully endorse as an integrally-informed Christian mystic and scholar. This book shines with radiant luminosity and spiritual depth.

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Success 3.0 Summit

Success 3.0 SummitThe Center for Integral Wisdom is honored to be co-initiating an amazing Summit planned for the end of October.

Many of the most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders are coming together to share how they are creating their business success – and also doing it in a way that makes a positive impact on the world.

In short, we are all trying to redefine what it means to be successful, and figuring out together how to do it in a way that’s good for everyone.

The Success 3.0 Summit is an independent movement which was created to bring together dozens of the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and change-agents to articulate a new, transformative narrative of conscious business and success.

The Summit, co-directed by our very own Integral Wisdom co-board chair Kate Maloney, is a collaboration with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, our co-founders Ken Wilber and Marc Gafni, along with Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Alanis Morissette, Eben Pagan, Dave Logan, Raj Sisodia, Lynne Twist, Michael Beckwith, and many others, to create and explore a new model of Success for individuals, business and society.

This is going to be the most powerful gathering of successful entrepreneurs and business people this year, and we thought you might want to join us for it!

Attendance to this event caps at 350 attendees, but as co-initiators of the event, we have access to some special tickets for members of our list.

Success 3.0 Summit

St Julien Hotel, Boulder CO
October 30, 31, November 1 & 2, 2014    [Success3Summit.org/upgrade]

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Board Meeting 2014: Ken Wilber on Integral Wisdom

At the 2014 Center for Integral Wisdom Board Meeting, Ken Wilber spoke about the different implications of the term World Spirituality versus the term Integral Wisdom.

In 2012, Marc and Ken initiated a two-year conversation with the leadership of the Center about what the think tank’s formal name should be. We began as The Center for World Spirituality, and then, the name evolved to The Center for Integral Wisdom. In the end, our decision is to call ourselves iEvolve: Evolving the Source Code of Culture: The Center for Integral Wisdom. Within that context, one of our lead projects is the World Spirituality Project.

You can listen to Ken Wilber’s talk on Integral Wisdom from the Board Meeting in February 2014 and read the transcript below:

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Special Community Lineage Days at Venwoude and Conscious Capitalism Event at Nijenrode University

We just completed a very special series of events at our Teaching Center at Venwoude in Holland. Dr. Marc Gafni taught two Valentine’s Day events in a very beautiful church in Amsterdam. This was followed by a wonderful and very intimate two-day retreat at Venwoude on Saturday and Sunday. Capping off the 4-day weekend, we had an outstanding presentation at Nijenrode University on Conscious Capitalism with Prof. Dr. Paul de Blot, Dr. Marc Gafni, and Ken Wilber (via Skype) in front of 150 enthused Entrepreneurs.

Valentine’s Day at Vondelkerk Amsterdam

Marc Gafni at Vondelkerk AmsterdamA packed house of people celebrated Valentine’s Day in an old beautiful Church in Amsterdam with Dr. Marc’s Dharma on Outrageous Love. It was a day of profound new dharma, deep practices, and a stunning community of Outrageous Lovers. Dr. Marc took us deeply into a practice space with dyad practices, chanting, and intimate sharing. The evening session seemed to explode–after a very quiet and subtle beginning with hearts meeting in Chant and Meditation and finally and melting open into the Inside of the Inside–with a fireworks of Dharma on Outrageous Love and Unique Intimacy. [Read more…]

Unique Self & Business

A new Unique Self conversation is emerging among thought leaders in conscious capitalism. We are now witnessing the emergence of a new appreciation of the role of business in liberating human beings out of suffering into their essence both as individuals and visionary organizations.

Q & A

The following is a transcript of an excerpt from a dialogue between Joe Perez and Marc Gafni in July 2012 (audio file available for download at the bottom of the page).

Joe: We’re here with Marc Gafni for a Unique Self dialogue. 10 minutes on Unique Self and the world of business. How are you today, Marc?

Marc: I’m great, Joe, and it’s delightful to be talking to you this morning.

Joe: Likewise. Our time is limited so I want to just jump right in. What is the contribution that the business world can learn from Unique Self?

Marc: That’s a fantastic inquiry. And we just did a whole conversation about that three or four months ago at Esalen. There was a convocation on conscious capitalism, which is the movement [started by] John Mackey from Whole Foods – who is also our Board Chair – and Doug Rausch from Trader Joe’s, and a whole host of other CEOs – Sally Jewell from REI, Kip Tindel from the Container Store, this wonderful man from Men’s Wearhouse. There’s just a great group of people there who have convened this conscious capitalism movement, and I was delighted and privileged to be invited to talk about the interface between Unique Self and business. It’s the conversation. It’s those kind of conversations that really move the game forward.

Let’s say a couple of things about it. One, it’s important to talk in general about conscious capitalism. What does conscious capitalism mean to begin with? Conscious capitalism basically means that there is a conversation about business which needs to happen that changes the narrative of how we understand business in the world. When you think of business you think of big business, a big corporation. In liberal corporations, evil exploiters, etc.

But there’s another view which I think is ultimately far more powerful and accurate–that business actually is the force more than any other single force in society which has lifted people out of poverty. Business is the force that has actually changed the game. Hundreds of millions of people have been able to move from poverty to a place where they actually have basic subsistence, and once you move to a place of basic subsistence you can engage deeper issues and up-level your consciousness. Once you move beyond survival as Maslow pointed out, and you’ve established some core belongingness needs, and you can begin to talk about self-esteem, you can begin to talk about self-actualization, and transcendence needs, which Maslow talked about. As long as you’re in survival needs you can’t do that.

So business paradoxically has accomplished the goal that the great traditions in many ways weren’t able to accomplish: which is to move hundreds of millions of people beyond poverty subsistence levels, and lift people out of poverty and therefore open up to them the potential to actually evolve their consciousness, which happens once you actually move beyond the survival game. That’s very powerful. That’s a powerful role that business has. That’s part one.

Part two: what’s happened is that business has moved people out of poverty, but then, since that was happening around the same time that the great traditions were breaking down, the larger visions of context and spirit and purpose and direction and values and meaning were breaking down as business was emerging. So you’ve got this thing happening in the 19th century where business as a force from around the year 1800 emerges with enormous intensity and has this enormous positive effect of lifting people out of poverty but at the same time you have this breakdown of cultural mores which are rooted in the great traditions and great religions which are the sources very often of values, meaning, direction, and purpose. So these things are happening at the same time.

What business needs to do is reclaim its obligation, its mantle, its own sense of purpose, which is: business usually functions in order to create, to enact something, to create a new potential, to give a new service. As John Mackey has often pointed out, and he points this out in chapters three and four in his upcoming book, Conscious Capitalism, it’s very rare that people start a business just to make money. That’s paradoxically not the case. John said that of all his friends who are CEOs, virtually none of them started their company primarily to make money. They started their company because they had a vision.

And it was usually a Unique Self vision, of a particular set of gifts, a particular way that they could self-actualize, a particular contribution, a particular manifestation, a form of unique evolutionary creativity that they could incarnate and express in the world which moved them to start their business. And the way to create a business which is effective, transformative, and sustainable is through good business practices. That’s the idea of conscious capitalism. Conscious capitalism as opposed to crony capitalism where there is not true creativity, and which is based on a whole series of protectionist measures: greed, internal relationships to the government, all manners of corruption. There is a crony capitalism, a shadow to capitalism, a corrupt capitalism. But I’m talking not of crony capitalism, but a kind of conscious capitalism, where we are consciously creating through voluntary exchange systems of sustainability that create prosperity, that lift people out of suffering and poverty and open the door to the evolution of consciousness and all those hundreds of millions of people. That’s conscious capitalism.
In conscious capitalism, Unique Self is the primary engine. Whether it is the Unique Self of the entrepreneur or whether it is addressing the Unique Self of the customer. How does my company allow you to live your unique story in a deeper, better way? That’s the conversation. We’ve just begun the conversation, and you begin to see how Unique Self and conscious capitalism are part of the same conversation and each a piece of a larger puzzle. Does that make sense, Joe?

Joe: It does. As a theoretical overview you hit on the major points, but could you speak briefly about how Unique Self is being put into practice in business today? Maybe one example.

Marc: Sure. I think that in business today there is a realization that the employee serving a function which isn’t part of their larger story, which is alienated from the larger context of their Unique Self, will ultimately not be an effective employee, whether that employee is a CEO or a mail clerk. If you can’t actually envision what you’re doing as part of your larger story, it’s problematic. And so what we need to do today – there’s this realization – beyond the old assembly line vision, or the old [idea that] you’re a “Westinghouse Man”, you’re a “GE Man”; you’re part of a corporation, that’s your job, you’ve got to do it; but your real life happens at home, on the evenings and weekends. There’s a realization that we’re spending more and more time at work, the lines between work and the rest of life is integrating, and there is a realization that we need to integrate our work life profoundly into our Unique Self expression. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing; that’s always possible. We need to create programs to allow that to happen. That’s in terms of the individual.

And, number two, in terms of the company, there’s the Unique Self of the company. A company needs to identify its Unique Self: its mission statement, its sense of purpose, which is its Unique Self, and remain true to it as it emerges and evolves. On both the company level and the individual employee level, Unique Self is gradually becoming recognized as a key dimension of business. Different people in different places are trying to create programs to implement this.

I’ll conclude with this. We have a vision to work with Richard Barrett, who created the Barrett Index, and we just had a series of meetings two or three weeks ago about working with Richard on creating a Unique Self Index that corporations might be able to use to evaluate whether or not a corporation is fulfilling its unique destiny, its unique purpose; and developing a general sense of what is the organizational Unique Self, what’s the ‘soul call’ if you will of a corporation, which is an enormously important issue that is coming on line. John Mackey in his new book has a couple of chapters on purpose, and I believe that when that book comes out there will be a call for companies to really look at their purpose. I think there’s going to be a new cottage industry around that. And we’re now working on a paper on how Unique Self and conscious capitalism and purpose need to play together. We’re laying the seeds for that now. And I’m sure many people who are entrepreneurial and program-directed will pick it up in different ways. We’re at the first stages of it and it’s an exciting moment to be at.

Learn more about Unique Self and Business:

See also our new Conscious Entrepreneur Portal!

Conscious Entrepreneurship

Welcome to our Conscious Entrepreneurship portal.

This portal is influenced by John Mackey’s Conscious Capitalism. John cites Marc Gafni twice in ways which capture why conscious capitalism is so important to the Center for Integral Wisdom.

Marc Gafni has observed that we are powerfully re-visioning the role of business in society. Marc Gafni has observed that capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other force in history, and it’s done so through voluntary exchange rather than coercion.

Communism tried to do so by coercive means and ended up killing millions of people in the process. By ameliorating poverty, the values in the Great Traditions are enacted and a gateway opens for growth. It opens a gateway for human beings to grow morally, socially, spiritually.

Now, for the first time in history, business is awakening to itself for the first time in history, bringing more community, mutuality, and profit by engaging everyone in the system. By becoming conscious, business can create more community and mutuality and paradoxically more profit by engaging everyone in the system.

Narratives are the stories that infuse our lives with meaning. The true narrative of business is creating places for people to build relationships and transform society. The majority of people work through some form of business, but the narrative is that it’s manipulative and corrupt. Therefore most people experience themselves as furthering greed and exploitative.

What happens when people experience themselves that way? They become that way.

By changing the narrative, people will realize there part of the force of positive transformation in history, they change. Through conscious capitalism, the economic driver of society becomes a potent force for the evolution of the Good, True, Beautiful.

Power is a quality of essence; it is gorgeous. Corporations offer opportunities for moving beyond first-level consciousness and allow us to talk about genuine esteem and self-actualization.

In this new evolutionary emergent, business awakens to its potential when capitalism moves beyond its many corruptions and shadows. Conscious capitalism articulates a vision to make corporations into great cathedrals of spirit in our time.

Read more in our new portal…

A Deeper Click on Recent Events: The Exciting Happenings at the Center for World Spirituality

This past weekend (June 6-9, 2013) Dr. Marc was honored and delighted to participate in some wonderful happenings:

Dialogue and Interview Host Michael Ellsberg
In New York, there was an awesome event organized by Kristina KincaidLesley Freeman, and Michael Ellsberg.  The event took place and was hosted in the beautiful Manhattan downtown apartment of Jose and Carmen Arozamena. The evening began with a private interview of John and Marc for a major US publication, talking about the important interface between their two books, Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey and Your Unique Self by Dr. Marc Gafni. In the interview, specific focus was given to an idea that John and Marc have developed together: the Unique Self of a corporation. A more complete discussion of this critical insight will appear later this year in the CWS white paper series.

(c) 2012 photo courtesy of jscreationzs.

©2012 photo courtesy of jscreationzs.

The second part of the evening was a public conversation between Marc and John, masterfully facilitated by Michael Ellsberg and followed by an invitation-only dialogue with twenty-five convened millennial leaders. John Mackey is the Board Co-Chair of Center for World Spirituality and Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market. And he is a fearless leader in the great calling for the Evolution of Consciousness and Culture. The dialogue was filmed, and we will be sharing it with you as part of a new website unveiling in the early fall. [Read more…]

Conscious Capitalism: A Paradigm of Innovation and Transformation

Conscious CapitalistExecutive Summary

In March 2012 a group of prominent business leaders—including CEOs from Whole Foods, REI, the Container Store, IDEO, and 1800Flowers.com—met at Esalen to promote a more conscious paradigm of innovation, entrepreneurship, and free market capitalism. Building on the platform of ideas already being advocated by the Conscious Capitalism movement, this was the second conference in an annual series at Esalen that is helping to catalyze a new paradigm for doing business, Conscious Capitalism, which advocates simultaneously optimizing the interests of all stakeholders including employees, customers, suppliers, investors, communities, and the planet, instead of maximizing shareholder value only. Recently, this new business paradigm has been gaining traction, as major companies realize that the conscious business paradigm is not simply a morally uplifting way to do business but actually results in greater economic gains and wellbeing for all constituents as well. Increasingly, this paradigm is showing that the embodiment of moral and spiritual values in the workplace also gives rise to greater employee productivity and customer loyalty.

In addition, during the second half of the conference the participants discussed new trends in innovation and design. Because governments cannot always solve troublesome social and ecological problems, creative design breakthroughs coming from the private, free market sector are likely to be applied more broadly in society. In particular, the cutting‐edge innovation is revealing that open source and group collaborations often result in the smartest solutions that are most likely to endure.

Overall, this conference series aims to restore the nobility of free enterprise, the integration of business with society, and the spirit of innovation as the true cornerstones of capitalism. A more spiritually integrated, valueladen, socially collaborative, and ecologically sensitive—that is, conscious—form of business practice is now emerging. What follows is a summary of some of the best practices and emerging trends

Monday

On Monday morning, the Director of the Center for World Spirituality, MarcGafni, launched the week’s conversations by suggesting that the conscious business paradigm is effectively integrating the Enlightenment of the West (individual dignity and free enterprise) with the Enlightenment of the East (mystical apprehension of the transcendent unity of humanity and life). When brought together into a new synthesis, these two Enlightenments reveal that one does not need to be separate from the concerns of others when living out one’s Unique Self” (Gafni’s term). As Gafni has put it: [Read more…]