Philosophy

Do you feel that the world is changing fast? And that existing economic, business, political, legal, philosophical, social and environmental systems and concepts about how our world should work are being questioned? It has become obvious that a paradigm shift is needed towards a new system and ways of thinking. New Economy is becoming a ‘buzz word’ in society along with sustainability.

New Economy as well as sustainability are not clear in their meaning and how they should be applied in business and society. Even though almost everyone feels the need for change, few have an idea about how to make the required push to shift an established paradigm. Fewer still have a clear vision on what the future (new) economy will look like and are able to realize systemic change beyond the many pioneers that are booming.

Through Leaders for Economic Change (LfEC) young and talented people, who start shaping their future economic system now, can become the real leaders of tomorrow. Our alumni will be among the key players in economic transition. They are amongst the few that have insight in the design for the newstream and know how to bridge the mainstream – the current practices of business – and the newstream.

The set up of Leaders for Economic Change is based on the following principles:

 

Holistic view

Designing for the newstream requires a holistic view. The current mainstream – current business models, the economic (growth) model, societal structures – have a strong focus on separate areas and are fragmented. Economic and societal transition requires a holistic view and diversity of perspectives to find broad and lasting solutions. LfEC chooses to have diversity in the group of participants and allow all views to be of equal weight.

 

Integral change

Changes happen integrally and parallelly on many different levels. We live in the extraordinary time that all of the world’s cultures, past and present, are somehow available to us, we have access to more information than any other generation before us. This requires unity-in-diversity and considerations and insights at different levels. Therefore we  work with changes on the individual, relational/organisational and systemic levels. We actively work with the Integral Theory of Ken Wilber.

Lejla Ramovic

“I love the collaboration within small groups, the possibility to develop your own project or vision for the future and having help and network from the professionals, organizing seminar and presenting it, the fact that the program focus on the holistic aspect of leadership and more.”

Lejla Ramovic, Alumni 2012

 

Inner/outer change

Societal and economy system transition will not happen without individual leadership, awareness and growth. We consciously link societal structures and thinking about new practices with individual growth consciousness.

 

Experience-based learning

We are all co-creator of the system that we live in. We look for theoretical paradigm shifts rooted in good practices set by entrepreneurial pioneers. In addition to the learning sessions and (theoretical) knowledge sharing that we offer, we will undertake ‘learning journeys’ to learn from the practical experiences and knowledge.

 

Theoretical and practical perspectives

We believe that what is learned needs to be embodied and embedded. Embodied experience means that the experience is entirely lived through, mentally and physically. This means that we use working forms that touch the mental, spiritual, emotions and embodiment levels.

 

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