The time to re-think business education is now.
Business schools educate tomorrow’s business and organizational leaders and have a powerful impact on the world. Business school graduates are leading organizations that the rest of humanity is interacting with daily and therefore impact everyone. The type of business education they receive greatly influences how they lead and what the organizations they lead do.
We acknowledge a world in which isolation, depression and anxiety are increasing, current leaders are failing, environmental destruction is endangering the survival of our and other species and education is not a source of transformation.
A Vision to Humanize Business Education
We aspire to create a world that works for 100% of humanity by transforming business education to foster humanistic leaders who honor individual dignity, demonstrate the courage to care for others and work toward shared wellbeing on a healthy planet.
We are committed… to transforming and transcending our current world to create education experiences that allow people to be Fully Human–enlightened, enlivened and empowered to be leaders who are competent, courageous, caring and creating positive change.
We are committed… to enabling a world where humans are ends in themselves, deeply connected to self, others, nature and something (or someone) bigger than ourselves.
We are committed… to a concept of dignity, freedom and success that understands that we all depend on creating a world in which all flourish and all prosper. Organizations serve humanity best when they recognize our individual dignity and enhance our interconnectedness.
We are committed… to practices that promote a flourishing planet that creates an environment for flourishing humanity. Organizations will be driven by leaders who take responsibility for their legacy and its impact on future generations throughout the world.
For Business School Professors
We commit to contribute to this transformation by developing programs, curriculum, course materials, personal development opportunities and scholarship that speaks to this vision. We are committed to creating the space for everyone in our classrooms and beyond to have a voice and discover what is wanted and needed to generate personal and societal transformation and become the best leaders for the world they can be.
FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL LEADERS/ADMINISTRATION
We commit to contribute to this transformation by championing programs, curriculum, course materials, marketing materials, partnerships and scholarship that speak to this vision. We are committed to creating the space for everyone in our classrooms and beyond to have a voice and discover what is wanted and needed to generate personal and societal transformation and become the best leaders for the world they can be.
FOR BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENTS
We commit to full participation in our education as co-creators of programs, dialogues, clubs, conversations and personal development opportunities that speak to this vision. We recognize that our behavior must set an example of integrity, eliciting trust and esteem from those we serve. We are committed to creating the space for everyone in our interactions to have a voice and to discover what is needed for personal and societal transformation. We commit to hold ourselves, our professors and our schools accountable to become the best leaders for the world we can be.
FOR BUSINESS LEADERS
We commit to transforming our organizations to align with the above goals. We are committed to creating the space for everyone in our organization and beyond to have a voice and discover what is wanted and needed to generate personal and societal transformation. We commit to supporting these educational institutions by providing practical examples within courses, offering internships and hiring graduates of these institutions.
Developing Humanistic Leaders
Through this new model for business education and leadership, students who graduate from business programs and leaders in organizations of all sorts will:
- Be creative, innovative and resilient
- Care for people they work with and lead
- Transform existing organizations to better serve society
- Create dignified work
- Build organizations that strengthen community and love
- Co-create entrepreneurial and business ventures that heal the world
- Advocate for sustainable relationships between humanity and the environment
There is so much hope, there is so much creativity, there is so much we can do together, and there is so much more we can do as individuals. This gives you the sense you are ‘doing’ the right thing in your life, ‘knowing’ you are at the right place, and ‘being’ a contribution. This is an incredible, higher calling.
Founder & Executive Chairman of Fairtrasa, Adjunct Professor for Fordham University