In its 13th year, bigBANG! 2021 will focus on the New Economy and explore a blueprint for integrating social, economic, and environmental considerations across business, philanthropy, and government. Sessions will investigate how we might elevate justice and inclusion, grapple with current ESG-oriented investing frameworks and CSR strategies, and steer us toward a pathway for healing our divides.
Over the past 50 years, the gap between the rich and poor has widened. Family income has grown at one-third the rate of productivity. Meanwhile, the climate crisis has worsened, and political divisions have hardened. And BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), the poor and working class, and women continue to disproportionately bear the burden. The cries for justice, inclusion, and sustainability are intensifying.
Fortunately, key stakeholders are answering the call. Policymakers are developing new rules for industry. More and more, business leaders and entrepreneurs are focusing on serving customers, employees, and community members, while honoring ecological boundaries. And investors and philanthropists are directing their financial capital toward impact and sustainability.For example, ESG investing is skyrocketing.
But it’s not enough to build new businesses and investment frameworks if they simply maintain the status quo of concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. We must ensure that while money is changing hands, the power does too.
This transformation is inherently political and relational. It requiresusto interrogate our systems and institutions, and reflect on our foundational assumptions and paradigms. We need to dig deep to find, develop, and support structural solutions, especially ones coming from marginalized and unexpected voices. To get there, we must also be willing to listen deeply and engage in reasonable debate. We must work together to bridge our divides, building a more hopeful future for ourselves, our families, and our democracy.
Program Tracks: Environment, Justice, Economy
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