The Love Summit is a business conference designed to demonstrate how heart-centered businesses can transform the world. The first Love Summit debuted on June 13, 2015 in Portland, Oregon at Wieden+Kennedy—the largest independently owned advertising agency in the world best known for creating Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign.
Dream Change and Wieden+Kennedy co-founder Dan Wieden hosted the daylong event, which was comprised of compelling presentations by top CEOs, government and thought leaders discussing the root issues around systemic social and environmental problems, and the practical application of love in the workplace for advancing business and creating greater economic security for all.
Goals of The Love Summit
We spend so much of our lives at work, that business is an ideal place to instill and teach love and wellness. When decisions in the boardroom are made in the best interest of people and the planet, business has unmatched potential to contribute to the greater good of humanity. The goal of the Love Summit is to provide a special opportunity for businesspeople and the public to come together and learn how we can:
- Create purposeful, heart-centered business models.
- Use business as a force for positive change.
- Advance business & redefine wealth.
- Enhance business-consumer relationship.
- Reduce stress and foster happiness and good will in the workplace.
- Protect the wellbeing of people and the planet.
Corporations in the United States were originally formed for the purpose of enabling activities that would improve societal standards of living. This included providing public services, developing infrastructure, creating jobs, and cultivating lasting business-consumer relationships.
But in the 1970s, economist Milton Friedman came up with a new economic agenda, stating that the sole goal of business was to maximize corporate profits regardless of social and environmental costs. Since adopting this mindset, we have created a world where less than 5% of us (the United States) consume almost 30% of the planet’s resources, while half of the world is on the verge of starving, or actually dying of starvation. This is not a model; it cannot be replicated by China, Russia or any other country, no matter how hard they try.
Milton Friedman’s economic agenda has failed us. While it may appear in numbers that we have succeeded in increasing corporate profits, profit is only lasting when it has a reciprocal relationship with its environment. Evidence such as climate change, a diminishing middle class and worldwide poverty—all largely produced by poor business practices—have created a questionable future for generations to come. Because people and the planet cannot sustain these practices, businesses that perform such activities can neither thrive nor sustain themselves long-term.
Life Economy vs. Death Economy
Our current business, government and financial systems are based on a Death Economy, one reliant on militarization and ravaging the earth. Consequences such as climate change and social inequity are now urging us to move into a Life Economy, one based on cleaning up pollution, helping hungry people feed themselves, and inventing more sustainable technologies.
Dream Change’s work is centered on the belief that businesses have tremendous power to impact the world on a massive scale. If we were to make all business decisions from places of compassion, we would naturally have a positive influence on people and the planet. The Love Summit’s mission is to bring to light why “loving is good business”, how acting from a place of compassion will not only benefit society and the environment, but also our businesses and other institutions. Love can be the motivation behind business planning and work relationships, instead of fear and scarcity, the current underpinnings of a suffering economy and environment.
Redefining Wealth and Prosperity
We are beginning to redefine our understanding of wealth as many of us, despite how much money we make, feel a tremendous loss of happiness, connection, community and meaning in our lives. As we realize that money cannot buy these things, we start to see that true wealth lies in the experiences of our relationships—our relationship with other people, our environment, and ourselves.
The Love Summit explores why the “more for you is less for me” mentality is obsolete, and why profiting at the cost of other people and the planet’s wellbeing is not sustainable long-term. Instead, by making all business decisions for the benefit of society and the environment, we can create sustainable enterprises with a much more rewarding quadruple bottom line of people, planet, prosperity and purpose.
Heart-brain connection science paired with the real-time experience of distinguished business experts will demonstrate how companies and consumers can follow both mind and heart to achieve positive relationships with each other and the planet. Presenters will show how using compassion as the basis for all personal and business decisions can create an economy that will bring greater security and happiness for all.