Words of theme consistent to need and opportunity for evolution of capitalism through Aikido-based evolutionarily stable strategy of leadership targeting competitively-superior evolution of business character ... from:


Lau Tzu, Confucius, Socrates, Sir Francis Bacon, George Washington, Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, David Lloyd George, Abraham Lincoln, Victor Hugo, Thomas A. Edison, Mary Parker Follett, George Bernard Shaw, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Edward Dowling, Alexis de Tocqueville, Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jonas Salk, Thomas H. Greco, Jr., Albert Einstein, Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei, Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, Walter Crawford (Walt) Kelly R., Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller, Robert K. Greenleaf, Margaret Mead, Anais Nin, Peter F. Drucker, Father Don Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, Martin Luther King, Henry David, Thoreau Aurelio Peccei, Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Alan Alda, Michael Spence, Peter M. Senge, Kofi Annan, Eduardo Galeano, Thomas Van Dyck, Ward Morehouse, Jay W. Forrester, Douglas Rushkoff, Max Keiser, Stacy Herbert, Bono, Peter B. Evans, Daniel Quinn, Lawrence Lessig, George Soros, Robert Rubinstein, Hernando de Soto, Hazel Henderson, Antonio Damasio, Jim Dixon, Mahathir Mohammaed, Nelson Mandela, Hoj-Ahmed Noukhaev, Noam Chomsky, Alan Greenspan, Toyoda Shoichiro, Tanaka Naoki, Leo Hindery, Dr. Karl Henrik-Robert, Woody Tasch, Joseph Stiglitz, Robert J. Shiller, Marianne Williamson, George Lucas, Maya Angelou ...

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"If you dream alone, it's just a dream. If you dream together, it's reality." - Brazilian Folk Song

"We are a part of everything that is beneath us, above us, and around us. Our past is our present, our present is our future, and our future is seven generations past and present." - teaching of the Haudenosaunee tribe of North America

"When Simplicity is broken up it is made into instruments. Enlightened people who employ them are made into leaders. In this way the Great System is united." - Lau Tzu (~2,500 BC) in his writings, Tao Te Ching

"If one's actions are motivated only by profit, one will have many enemies." - Confucius (551-479 BC)

"Virtue is knowledge." - Socrates (470-399 BC)

"Knowledge is power." - Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." - George Washington

"He is certainly not a good citizen who does not wish to promote by every means in his power, the welfare of the whole society of his fellow citizens." By acting according to the dictates of our moral faculties, we necessarily pursue the most effective means for promoting the happiness of mankind." from "The Theory of the Moral Sentiments" (1759) Every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was no part of his intention. Nor is it always the worse for society that it was no part of his intention. By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it. I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good." from "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" (1776) - Adam Smith (1723-1790),

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money." -- a Cree Indian

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - British politician & philosopher Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

"We have it in our power to make the world over again." - Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied incorporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson. ca.1812

"The question is not what goal is envisaged for the time being by this or that member of the proletariat, or even by the proletariat as a whole. The question is what is the proletariat and what course of action will it be forced historically to take in conformity with its own nature." - Karl Marx

"Over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. the only purpose for which power can be rightly exercised over any member of a civilised community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others." - John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

"The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps" and Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated . you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

"The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back." - John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast mount of treasure and blood.... It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless." With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions." - Abraham Lincoln, first quote is from a letter to William F. Elkins, Nov 21, 1864.

"Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause." All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come." Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters." - French poet and novelist Victor Hugo (1802-1885).

"I believe, as I have always believed, that you control the most powerful instrument in the world for good or evil. Remember that you are servants of the public and never let a desire for money or power prevent you from giving to the public the best work of which you are capable. It is not the quantity of riches that count; it is the quality that produces happiness, where that is possible. I wish you a prosperous, useful, and honourable future." - Thomas A. Edison (speaking to contemporary elites at his 71st birthday celebration)

"What is the central problem of social relations? It is the question of power. But our task is not to learn where to place power; it is how to develop power. We frequently hear nowadays of 'transferring power as the panacea for all our ills.' Genuine power can only be grown, it will slip from every arbitrary hand that grasps it; for genuine power is not coercive control, but coactive control. Coercive power is the curse of the universe; coactive power, the enrichment and advancement of every human soul." - Mary Parker Follett, 1924

"Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force." - George Bernard Shaw

"We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is {also} bad economics." - Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

"The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it." - Edward Dowling, Editor and Priest, Chicago Daily News, 28 Jul. 1941

"Americans enjoy explaining almost every act of their lives on the principle of self-interest. They do themselves less than justice, for sometimes in the United States, as elsewhere, one sees people carried away by the spontaneous impulses natural to man. But the Americans are hardly prepared to admit that they do give way to emotions of this sort." - Alexis de Tocqueville

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems." Seven sins: 1) Wealth without work. 2) Pleasure without conscience. 3) Knowledge without character. 4) Commerce without morality. 5) Science without humanity. 6) Worship without sacrifice. 7) Politics without principle." - Indian leader and peace activist Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869-1948)

"The outcome of the world, the gate of the future, the entry into the super-human - these are not thrown open to a few of the privileged nor to one chosen people to the exclusion of all others. They will open only to an advance of all together." To create is to unify." The day is not distant when humanity will realize that it is faced with a choice between suicide and adoration." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)

"For me, the critical determinant of human evolution is the realm of human values; and that is a matter of education and choice. " - Inventor of vaccine for polio, Jonas Salk.

"In the material realm, it is money that makes the world go 'round. Yet, very few people understand money what it is, where it comes from, how it is created and allocated, and how it determines the outcomes of so many other aspects of our lives. Yet such an understanding is crucial to transcending the current global mega-crisis. The dysfunctions that are inherent in the present systems of money, banking, and finance are at the root of so much violent conflict, economic inequity, and ecological destruction." - Thomas H. Greco, Jr.

"Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." Compound interest is the greatest mathematical discovery of all time." - Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

"The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood as a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek competition are making a grave mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst sin a human being can commit. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love." - The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (1883-1969)

"There is in America today, a confusion of minds, so tragic and misleading, that our whole thought and philosophy is distorted. At the very time that economics, that is the study of work and income, is of foremost importance to our well-being, economics as economics is not being studied in our schools. Either in the elementary schools, nor in colleges are students learning about the philosophy of money and exchange, production and trade, wealth and savings. Our university students are pouring into chemistry and physics, and deserting history and sociology. Why? Because to us, the basic problem is how large an income we can get—how much money we can control. What careers for our children will ensure them the most wealth? The object of our ambition is rising to higher and higher income brackets. And what we see as progress is escaping from manual labor—the white-collar jobs—thence to employing others to work for us." - leading African-American activist-sociologist Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963) in speech of February 23, 1953.

"I have seen the enemy, and it is us." - Cartoonist Walter Crawford (Walt) Kelly, Jr (1913-1973) via his comic strip character, Pogo

"There is no energy crisis, food crisis or environmental crisis. There is only a crisis of ignorance." You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." When individuals join in a cooperative venture, the power generated far exceeds what they could have accomplished acting individually." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"The servant leader is servant first.... It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.... This conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions." - Robert K. Greenleaf (1904-1990)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Sociologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin

"The new pluralism {a public sector of government, a private sector of business, and a social sector} has a new problem: how to maintain the performance capacity of the new institutions and yet maintain the cohesion of society. This makes doubly important the emergence of a strong and functioning social sector. It is an additional reason why the social sector will increasingly be crucial to the performance, if not to the cohesion, of the knowledge society." - Peter F. Drucker

"Nothing differentiates people as much as their respective attitudes to the circumstances in which they live. Those who opt to make history and change the course of events themselves have an advantage over those who decide to wait passively for the results of the change." - Father Don Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, Conceptual Creator of the Mondragon Cooperative System

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed." Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve." - Martin Luther King

"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil, to one who is striking at the root." If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!" - Henry David Thoreau (latter in Life Without Principle)

"What we all need at this point in human evolution is to learn what it takes to learn what we should learn - and learn it." - Aurelio Peccei, forward in J.W. Botkins, M. Elmandjra and M. Malitza (1979) No Limits to Learning: Bridging the Human Gap - A Report to the Club of Rome.

"Today's world requires us to accept the oneness of humanity. In the past, isolated communities could afford to think of one another as fundamentally separate. Some could even exist in total isolation. But nowadays, whatever happens in one region eventually affects many other areas. Within the context of our new interdependence, self-interest clearly lies in considering the interest of others." - Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

"I think something happens to us when we give. There's a better self in us that comes to the surface, gasping for air, glad to be let out. So I've come to believe that giving feels good, but I think giving strategically feels terrific." - Alan Alda

"Laissez Faire Economics is the theory that if each acts like a vulture, all will end as doves." - Unknown

"Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course . . . that may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. " A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated." - Warning to Humanity document (1992), signed by over 1,600 of the world's senior scientists, including a majority of the living Nobel laureates in the sciences.

"What happens is that - in any institution I believe - is that at a time when you need to accomplish something (or you are trying to establish yourself, or to do something new) you take risks, and then you work really hard together to get all that done, and then when you get it done. There's a tendency, if it's successful (and I think it's a little bit true here, but it's true everywhere I've ever been, and it's not just business, but academia) you tend, at that point, to become a little more conservative - to start acting as if all you really need to do is do what you did to be successful. That's the most dangerous time, for any organization - when it's doing what it did before to be successful." - Nobel Economist Michael Spence

"The most profound danger to world peace in the coming years will stem not from the irrational acts of states or individuals but form the legitimate demands of the world's dispossessed" - 2001 statement from 100 Nobel laureates.

"Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots." It is a set of general principles — distilled over the course of the twentieth century, spanning fields as diverse as the physical and social sciences, engineering, and management.... During the last thirty years, these tools have been applied to understand a wide range of corporate, urban, regional, economic, political, ecological, and even psychological systems. And systems thinking is a sensibility for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character." Personal mastery teaches us to choose. Choosing is a courageous act: picking the results and actions which you will make into your destiny." - Peter M. Senge

{We should advance} "The role of the corporation: extending the traditional role of the corporation, especially the global corporation, to be more commensurate with its impact. If national governments are weakening in an era of growing globalization, will global corporations become more exposed? How do global corporations act responsibly in situations where the rule of law is deteriorating and economic power effectively supersedes political power? What can be learned from efforts such as The UN's Global Compact about the feasibility and impact of initial moves in this direction? How can global corporations better understand what determines their "license to operate" and their "license to grow"? How can they use their visibility to be a more positive force in a complex world?" - a goal and reasoning from the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), itself established to continue the work begun at MIT's Center for Organizational Learning (1991-1997), both founded by Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization and co-author of Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future (with Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers) http://www.presence.net/

"We must face up to an inescapable reality: the challenges of sustainability simply overwhelm the adequacy of our responses. With some honorable exceptions, our responses are too few, too little and too late." - Kofi Annan 2000

"Consumer society is a booby trap. Those at the controls feign ignorance, but anybody with eyes in his head can see that the great majority of people necessarily must consume not much, very little, or nothing at all in order to save the bit of nature we have left. Social injustice is not an error to be corrected, nor is it a defect to be overcome; it is an essential requirement of the system. No natural world is capable of supporting a mall the size of the planet." - Eduardo Galeano (2001)

"The capital markets can create social change much more quickly than legislation or litigation because that profit incentive is in place. " - Social entrepreneur Thomas Van Dyck, Chairman of As You Sow, Founder of Progressive Asset Management and also of the Social Equity Investment Group of US Bancorp Piper Jaffrey

"I had the incredibly naïve assumption that educational institutions could be in the vanguard. In fact, they have the reverse function." Activists will need to do what corporate strategists have mastered: exploit the tensions of our federal system by creating crises of jurisdiction and authority between local, state and federal government." - Ward Morehouse

"The great challenge for the next several decades will be to advance understanding of social systems in the same way that the past century has advanced understanding of the physical world." - Jay W. Forrester, 1991

"The average American home has more media gathering technology than a state of the art newsroom did ten years ago...The only place left for our civilisation to expand - our only real frontier - is the ether itself: the media. As a result power today has little to do with how much property a person owns or commands; it is instead determined by how many minutes of prime time television or pages of newspaper attention she can access or occupy. The ever expanding media has become a true region - a place as real and seemingly as open as the globe was five hundred years ago. The new sphere is called the datasphere." - Douglas Rushkoff

"Part of the reason the world is in such bad shape to begin with is because environmentalists with high visibilities who are in a position to educate the masses about the true costs of running environmentally degrading economies fail to talk about it in ways that make sense to the biggest societal influence today; Wall Street." There's a famous money manager on Wall Street named Peter Lynch who says that investors spend too much time getting technical in analysing their investments. He basically says if you like shopping at Home Depot, invest in Home Depot. The same can really be said to activists: if you think Coke sucks, sell Coke short." There's no such thing as bad companies, just conflicted ones that haven't had their social irresponsibility monetised yet." Use the power of Wall Street to destroy bad companies quickly. It's cheap, fast, and effective." Karma Capitalism is all about - redistributing wealth away from socially and environmentally irresponsible corporations and into the hands of the people who oppose them." - Max Keiser

"Rupert Murdock is polluting a global commons, which is the infosphere, with oil slicks of misinformation, just as badly as Exxon is polluting the planet. Truth has never traded at a lower value than it does today." - Stacy Herbert

"If capitalism is the meat and potatoes of globalisation, then imperialism must surely be its gravy. Or possibly its broccoli." - Irish Rock Star Bono

"A company is a multidimensional system capable of growth, expansion, and self-regulation. It is, therefore, not a thing but a set of interacting forces. Any theory of organization must be capable of reflecting a company's many facets, its dynamism, and its basic orderliness." - Albert Low from Zen and Creative Management

"Extracting a larger share from a shrinking pie is not the optimal way to maximize revenues, but it may be the only way consistent with the survival of predatory states. The disorganization of civil society is the sine qua non of political survival for predatory rulers. Generating an entrepreneurial class with an interest in industrial transformation would be almost as dangerous as promoting the political organization of civil society." - Peter B. Evans

"Unless our culture changes (and very dramatically), our kind faces a very brief future on this planet (and will take down millions of other species with us). But culture change is itself a result—of mind change. When minds change, cultures change automatically. When minds don't change, however, we're limited to passing ever harsher, ever more exacting new laws for people with old minds to break. Changing minds is something we can all collaborate on as we go about our daily lives, whether we're executives or flunkies, teachers or students, judges or prison inmates, rock stars or bus drivers, world leaders or homeless wanderers—and every mind counts (because you never know what that mind will get up to!)." - Daniel Quinn author of Ishmael, The Story of B, My Ishmael, Beyond Civilization, After Dachau, and The Holy

"Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity" - Lawrence Lessig (actually part of the title his book: Free Culture, How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity)

"I realized that my moral scruples would make no difference to the real world, given the conditions of effective or near-perfect competition that prevail in financial markets; if I abstained somebody else would take my place. In deciding which stocks or currencies to buy or sell, I was guided by only one consideration: to maximize my profits by weighing the risks against the rewards. My decisions related to events that had social consequences: When I bought shares in Lockheed and Northrop after managements were indicted for bribery I helped to sustain the price of the stock. When I sold sterling short in 1992, the Bank of England was on the other side of my transactions and I was taking money out of the pockets of British taxpayers. But if I had tried to take the social consequences into account, it would have thrown off my risk/reward calculations and my chances of being successful would have been reduced. Fortunately I did not need to bother about the social consequences because they would have occurred anyway: Financial markets have a sufficiently large number of participants so that no single participant can have an appreciable effect on the outcome. Bringing my social conscience into the decision-making process would not make any difference in the real world. Britain would have devalued anyway. If I were not single-minded in the pursuit of profit, it would affect only my own results." ...I blessed the luck that led me to the financial markets and allowed me not to dirty my hands. The fact remains that anonymous market participants are largely exempt from moral choices as long as they play by the rules. In this sense, financial markets are not immoral; they are amoral." - George Soros

"The world will benefit when economy supports well-being." - Robert Rubinstein

"The hour of capitalism's greatest triumph, is, in the eyes of four-fifths of humanity, its hour of crisis." - Hernando de Soto

"We have now got a situation where these global financial markets are driving this old-fashioned GNP growth kind of economics - what we refer to as the Washington Consensus, the IMF and the World Bank - and it has turned into an ideology which I call economism and what we have now is really that economists and accountants have became our philosopher kings. This is a very serious situation, because many people had hoped that the shift from politics to economics would be a happier day for the world, and now we find that economics is no longer about really meeting the needs of people, but it is about power, ego, greed and wealth." - Hazel Henderson

"The biological reality of self-preservation leads to virtue because in our inalienable need to maintain ourselves we must, of necessity, help preserve other selves. If we fail to do so so, we perish and are thus violating the foundational principle, and relinquishing the virtue that lies in self-preservation. The secondary foundation of virtue then is the reality of a social structure and the presence of other livings organisms in a complex system of interdependence with our own organism." - Antonio Damasio (Looking for Spinoza)

"The essence of Aikido lies in accepting what is so and dealing with a situation by using the energy of an attack in a positive way. Almost any human dynamic in a business environment could be simulated or demonstrated through one kind of Aikido metaphor or another." - Jim Dixon - ex-CEO of Nextel

"It can be no accident that there is no wealthy developed country today that is information-poor, and no information-rich country that is poor and undeveloped." - ex-Malyasian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammaed

"Information is a basic human right and the fundamental foundation for the formation of democratic institutions." - Nelson Mandela

"Globalisation is a phenomenon which, in terms of its scale and consequences, is unprecedented in the history of the world. It has fundamentally altered the situation of mankind. The model of American consumerism has been extended to the whole of the planet. For a minority, the changes mean success, good fortune, wealth, the realisation of all their long-term hopes and the satisfaction of all their immediate desires. For everyone else, the vast majority of mankind, the changes mean the collapse of families, the loss of jobs, the destruction of an established, secure and peaceful way of life, the devaluing of stable values, loss of authentic identity, and the undermining of the environment, health and life. In short, a global crisis." - Hoj-Ahmed Noukhaev

"Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control." - Noam Chomsky

"Corporate scandals of recent years have clearly shown that the plethora of laws of the past century have not eliminated the less savory side of human behavior. Rules cannot substitute for character." - US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan April 17, 2004

"Japan is now confronting with unprecedented challenges which have arisen from the rapid development of highly information-oriented society, and the increased importance of environmental conservation on a global scale, as well as the ageing of Japanese society accompanied by the decrease in the number of children. A socio-economic system founded on assumptions of continuous growth is no longer a viable option. A key to the revitalization of the Japanese economy and to initiating reforms in our political, economic, and social systems lies in the private sector. In other words, the private sector should take more initiatives in formulating the vision, putting them into concrete action programs, and implementing those proposals." - Toyoda Shoichiro and Tanaka Naoki

"We need a team who will, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, 'save capitalism from the capitalists'." - Leo Hindery, August 2004

"The transition to sustainability involves moving from linear to cyclical processes and technologies. The only processes we can rely on indefinitely are cyclical; all linear processes must eventually come to an end." - Dr. Karl Henrik-Robert, MD, founder of The Natural Step, Sweden

"To IRR is human, to ERR divine." (ERR = external or eternal rate of return) - Woody Tasch, Chairman, Investors' Circle

"If one attains positions of 'power's one should view them as opportunities for social change also manifested itself." Perhaps our most important contribution in this period was helping define a new economic philosophy, a "third way," which recognized the important, but limited, role of government, that unfettered markets often did not work well, but that government was not always able to correct the limitations of markets." - Nobel Prize winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz

"We need to democratize finance and bring the advantages enjoyed by the clients of Wall Street to the customers of Wal-Mart. We need to extend finance beyond our major financial capitals to the rest of the world. We need to extend the domain of finance beyond that of physical capital to human capital, and to cover the risks that really matter in our lives. Fortunately, the principles of financial management can now be expanded to include society as a whole. And if we are to thrive as a society, finance must be for all of us-in deep and fundamental ways." Democratizing finance means effectively solving the problem of gratuitous economic inequality, that is, inequality that cannot be justified on rational grounds in terms of differences in effort or talent." By lightening the burden of risk, a new democratic finance will encourage all of us to be more venturesome, more inspired in our activities." - Robert J. Shiller, economist, Yale University

"When you're worried about whether the human race is going to survive the next century, it feels odd to mention it at lunch." We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world." Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson

"Teachers are the most important individuals in our society - nothing is as powerful as the human touch in education." - George Lucas

"Now is the time for thinking people to think." - Maya Angelou



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