What does it mean for an economy to be "healthy"? Consider, for a moment, a few very different numbers.
9.8% of adults strongly agree that their life is close to their ideal. 19% of adults strongly agree that they are satisfied with their life. 21% of adults strongly agree that their life has a clear sense of purpose. 30% of adults strongly agree that on most days they feel a sense of accomplishment from what they do.
Surprised? What about these figures?
20% of the world’s population is undernourished. Over 5 million children die every year from malnutrition. More than 11 million children die every year from preventable diseases, like malaria and diarrhea. Half the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. Over a billion people have no access to safe, fresh water. There are 27 million slaves in the world.
Umair Haque suggests that “if business as usual can’t solve any of the above, then just what the heck is it good for?” I believe that if business isn't good enough for the people, for the society, for the environment and most recently isn't good for economies, shareholders or prosperity we all have HUGE opportunities (personally and professionally) to build a better and more sustainable future.