Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm and . . .
Our wellbeing has been measured by tracking gross domestic product since the mid-1940s. But spending money on things that anyone would see as negative, or even horrendous — including oil-spill clean-ups, car accidents and products that we discard and replace every year — contributes to positive GDP growth. It’s time to come up with a new measure!
Speaking at the UN High Level Meeting on "Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm" convened during the sixty-sixth session of the UN General Assembly in 2012 the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the world “needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental wellbeing are indivisible. Together they define Gross National Happiness (GNH). - OECD Better Life Index
The Director of the Centre for Gross National Happiness (GNH), Bhutan talks about the history of GNH and The Bhutan Experiment. Included is rare footage of the Robert Kennedy speech on 18 March 1968 on GDP "measures everything except that which is worthwhile."
Otto Scharmer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The evolution of the economy is the evolution of consciousness. We live in an age of profound disruptions. Global crises in finance, food, fuel, water, resource scarcity and poverty challenge every aspect of our societies. These disruptions also open up the possibilities for personal and societal renewal. . .
So what will it take to wake up from our collective sleepwalking? It will require applying the power of mindfulness, both individually and collectively, to the evolution of business, democracy, and society.
To seize these possibilities we need to stop and ask ourselves some basic questions: why do our actions collectively create results that so few people want? What keeps us locked into old ways of operating? And what can we do to transform the root problems that keep us trapped in the patterns of the past? Here's a clue to the answers to these questions: the root causes of today's global crises originate between our ears, in our outdated paradigms of economic thought.
... the New Scientific Paradigm
The three-hundred year reign of the Newtonian paradigm came to an end with the (r)evolution initiated by Einstein at the beginning of the 20th century. Since the 1920s the relativity paradigm has been joined by the quantum paradigm and they had coexisted without deeper integration ever since, together with more or less compatible narrower-scope (r)evolutions in the life and social sciences.
Now an integral new paradigm is on the horizon. The shift to it is as profound and significant as the previous shifts. Dr. Laszlo’s book The Akasha Paradigm outlines the reason for the current shift, and the nature of the paradigm to which it gives rise.(1) This (r)evolution is already under way at science’s cutting edge, and it is spreading to young people and innovative cultures in every part of the world. The recent announcement that the 'God particle' theorists receive Nobel Prize in physics lends even more credibility to the existence of a field that connects all consciousness and the entanglement that makes evolution possible. It has unparalleled importance for life and our future.
The new Scientific Paradigm turns our current picture of the world on its head. In the everyday context we think that the things we see are real, and the space that embeds them is empty and passive. We now turn this around.
It is the space that embeds things that is real, and the things that move about in space that are secondary. They are the manifestations of space, more exactly, of the underlying generative and interconnecting matrix that fills space. This is the deep dimension of the world the ancient rishis called Akasha. Their intuition is now confirmed at the cutting edge of the sciences and the new Western focus on Mindfulness.(2)
Links to articles on this new paradigm:
The Akasha Paradigm: Revolution in Science, Evolution in Consciousness Available from Amazon
Dr. Ervin Laszlo, the world-renowned author and philosopher of science writes about a momentous paradigm shift happening now in the scientific community.
This bestselling author now presents the definitive theory of the Akasha Paradigm-a bold new perspective, emerging from findings at the cutting edge of physics. Rather than view the things we experience as real and the space that embeds them as empty and passive, in the Akasha concept it is the space that is real, while the things embedded in that space are secondary. Essentially, a unity paradigm, Akasha embraces, and then transcends, the old paradigms of religion as well as the paradigms of modern science providing insights into values like harmony and truth with life-sustaining implications for humankind.
(Chapter by Peter Russell contributed to The Re-Enchantment of the Cosmos by Ervin Laszlo)
See also video stream of presentation given at Physics of Consciousness conference.
Summary: An argument as to why the ultimate nature of reality is mental not material. Ervin Laszlo has proposed that the virtual energy field known as the quantum vacuum, or zero-point field, corresponds to what Indian teachings have called Akasha. the source of everything that exists, and in which the memory of the cosmos is encoded. I would like to take his reasoning a step further and suggest that the nature of this ultimate source is consciousness itself, nothing more and nothing less. Again we find this idea is not new. In the Upanishads, Brahman, the source of the cosmos (literally, "that from which everything grows"), is held to be to Atman ("that which shines"), the essence of consciousness. And in the opening lines of The Dhammapada, the Buddha declares that "All phenomena are preceded by mind, made by mind, and ruled by mind". Such a view, though widespread in many metaphysical systems, is completely foreign to the current scientific worldview. The world we see is so obviously material in nature; any suggestion that it might have more in common with mind is quickly rejected as having "no basis in reality". However, when we consider this alternative worldview more closely, it turns out that it is not in conflict with any of the findings of modern science—only with its presuppositions. Furthermore, it leads to a picture of the cosmos that is even more enchanted.
How Consciousness Becomes the Physical Universe
Menas Kafatos, Ph.D, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., and Deepak Chopra, M.D.