‘The Kyoto Manifesto for Global Economics - The Platform of Community, Humanity and Spirituality’ is the book recently launched at NTI representing a symbolic ‘bridge’ between humanity and its spirituality on the one side, and knowledge and the everyday world on the other.
This Kyoto Manifesto confronts the failings of current global economics to deliver the equity, sustainability and community empowerment which humanity needs to handle a troubled future. The volume proposes an economy built from our society, not the other way around.
The book’s analysis is deeply informed by the practice of searching for what is “sacred”, the ultimate essence of our humanity, what we can be as a human race — empowered, fulfilled individuals, deeply sharing and caring for each other across our separate cultures and lives.
The result is an economics that stresses harmony with nature, and balance in social relations. It places an emphasis on community — human sharing and trust — as a platform for our future, not separate from the global economy but integrated into its very foundations. This is a book for all who care: a plan for our sustainable future built from the best of what our humanity is and can offer.
Nan Tien Institute’s Humanistic Buddhism Centre has been central to the book’s creation, with contributions from both Venerable Dr Juewei Shi, Director of the Centre and Emeritus Professor Stephen Hill, Advisor to the Centre.
LIVE Coverage from the Book Launch
NTI was fortunate to have acclaimed psychologist, sociologist, social researcher, writer and social commentator Hugh Mackay AO, pre-record a speech that was broadcast at the launch. In his speech, Hugh explains that the most interesting factor about human beings and human nature is not that ‘we are all different’, but that we ‘share the same common humanity’. Here is Hugh’s fascinating speech in full, in case you missed it on the day.