The corporate world is a reservoir of infinite possibilities. However, the challenge is in how to choose and the intention behind the choices. Can we listen to nature, the earth, and our deeper self to receive guidance as a step towards understanding the ground realities? Can corporates act in the common good and the best interests of humanity and all living beings and yet also make a profit? Or maybe we should ask how can corporates rearrange themselves so that profit is not their chief motive?
In this eBook academics from nine countries including Europe, Africa, Asia, USA and Oceania, pursuing interdisciplinary and or transdisciplinary areas that connect the field of education, business management sciences, corporate world economics, psychology, social and human sciences, physics, neurosciences, and transpersonal psychology have come together to answer some of these questions. The book provides a range of theoretical reflections, innovations, and practice perspectives that may be thought of or seen as being innovative. Today’s crisis has become a wake-up call where Corporates also need to reflect on the changes that need to be made so that a better future for all can be achieved.
We have divided this eBook into different sections which can be read separately depending on the interest of the reader. The sections include Consciousness, Management, Evolution and Sustainability, Risk Assessment, Leadership and Transformation, From Ego to Eco Centric through Relational Consciousness, Accessing Intuitive Consciousness and Creativity, and Authenticity and Heart-Based Living Enterprises.
The first section includes three chapters: we start with a contribution of the President of the World Academy of Art and Science, Garry Jacobs who, together with Janani Ramanathan, presents a chapter entitled the Social Nature of the Firm: A Consciousness Approach to Management; the second by the renowned philosopher and yogi Srinivas Arka on Corporations must recognise evolutionary signals or risk extinction, and the third entitled Spirituality, sustainable growth and the Corporate World – can they really work together? by Dr. Pushpa Wood, who has a long history of adult and financial literacy advocacy.
It is impossible to include all aspects of this interesting topic into a eBook, but it is a start, which we hope will contribute to a new way forward which, also embraces an understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings living a transitory life on planet earth which is our temporary home where we are ultimately responsible for maintaining her wellbeing and preserving her pristine beauty for generations to come. We feel Corporates need to embrace this perspective so they too can become part of the much-needed change to the way we are living on this planet. We also hope the eBook will be of interest to academia, as being interdisciplinary, it invites and encourages debate by students.
– Tina Lindhard and Meera Raghu, Editors