GES Video: Values to Guide Economies
The crisis of 2008 was not only an economic one, it was also a crisis of values. Caused by rampant self-interest and an obsession with profit maximization, we witnessed the near-collapse of the international financial system. In the hope of righting these wrongs, the motto of this year’s Global Economic Symposium is “Values to Guide Economies.” We have spoken with two GES guests, who have clear ideas on how to establish new values in the world economy. First, Tania Singer, who is a neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, compares motives of interest with motives of care and altruism. Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International, points out that the current values of money, success and pleasures are not sustainable.
Photo credit: Source: © GES / christina kloodt fotografie