The Love Summit is a business conference that demonstrates how heart-centered people and companies can transform the world. The event is 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 for achieving greater social, environmental and economic security for all.
Goals of The Love Summit
We live in a time of tremendous urgency and people often wonder what they can do to help. While we have a tendency to look to our leaders and government officials to show us the way, it is becoming more and more apparent that change must take place on the individual level.
We can effect the most change in our day-to-day lives in how we we contribute to our community, how we treat our fellow human being, how we give back to our environment, and in what kind of businesses we lead and support.
The goal of the Love Summit is to bring to light why “loving is good business”—how acting from a place of compassion not only benefits 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. The Love Summit demonstrates how we can:
- Build purposeful, heart-centered business models that contribute to the greatest interest of people and the planet.
- Use individual and collective action to transform our economic system into one that is based on a life economy instead of a death economy.
- Inspire a global culture of love in business and throughout the world.
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.
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 bottom line of people, planet, prosperity and purpose.