"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now." -The late Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate
The need to understand our interdependence as a global organism comprising many varied parts working together has never been greater. No situation has made this more evident than the economic and ecological crises and increasing climate instability. There is growing awareness of the nature of interconnection—a unity in our diversity.
GPIW believes that the challenges faced globally is a result of the increasing commoditization of Earth’s resources, and the “freedom” to commodify and therefore misuse the life systems that sustain us comes from a deep misunderstanding of our true human nature.
To help reverse this trend, GPIW organizes civil society forums specifically on the ethical dimensions of climate change. Our goal is to deepen mainstream conversations on the environment to include the concept of stewardship as a key responsibility for the human community. We actively engage the public on this subject at global summits such as the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 15, 16, 17, 21 and 22) and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20). We organize dialogues at the grassroots level to communicate that the environmental crises we face provide an opportunity for systemic change. We are being called to transform our society into one that is more inclusive, in harmony with nature and has at its core the true wellbeing of all.
In response to the economic challenges, our programs aim to increase public awareness of ‘whole systems’ theory—an economic and governing model based on the principles of sustainability, cooperation, self-awareness, non-corruption and non-greed.
GPIW gathers seminal economic thinkers, faith leaders, and social activists who are interested in carrying forward new prosperity ideals, such as support for local economies and collective sourcing, into the public domain. We spearhead conversations parallel to G20 Leaders’ Summits and from Wall Street to Main Street, to help evolve a new understanding of globalization as a deep recognition of our interdependence. The goal is to help shift thinking toward the creation of economic structures which honor and reflect that.
We envision a new economic and environmental paradigm based on the sacredness of the Earth’s living systems, modeled on an integrative ecology. Our programs bring to light the vulnerability of a society that focuses merely on outer development – on consumption and acquisition – without the necessary accompanying internal monitors to balance social, ecological and economic development from a holistic perspective.