A Worthy Mission

Tuesday 8 October 2013 - Filed under Uncategorized

A worthy mission indeed. Janice Podsada:

[John P.] Mackey, 60, chief executive and co-founder of Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods and now co-author of “Conscious Capitalism,” is on a mission to rebrand capitalism and improve its reputation by demonstrating that love, passion, idealism and empathy play a central role in creating successful, competitive businesses.

Capitalism “is the greatest system in the world that’s ever existed. It’s lifted millions out of poverty,” Mackey told about 250 people who joined him Tuesday inside the Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Concert Hall. Mackey’s presentation was part of Bellevue University’s 5th Annual Signature Event to promote the “American success story and values” taught by the university’s undergraduate Kirkpatrick Signature series courses.

Business, which is based on the voluntary exchange of goods and services, has taken a beating and been “disparaged by intellectuals and elites,” Mackey said. Throughout history, its practitioners, including Jews in Western Europe and the Chinese in East Asia, have routinely been persecuted, he reminded his audience.

And yet, he said, capitalism has been the economic system that has boosted literacy and increased prosperity.


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