WORLD FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY
CLUB OF SOPHIA
The Sustainable Society
of Rome initiated in the early seventies a worldwide movement
concentrating on sustainable use of resources. Very soon, it became
clear, that issues of environmental sustainability go beyond
environmental protection and sustainable use of resources and involve
economic and social sustainability of human society. Environmental
sustainability grew up involving economic and social aspects of
sustainability and forming the concept of a sustainable society.
Sustainable human society is functioning in harmony with laws of nature. It is based on environmental, economic and social balances.
society could be developed by an international science-based movement,
bringing incentives for changes in human behavior norms, for a new
conception of the world, for the need of sustainable social and economic
development of human society, for a new social agreement.
universities: Sofia University in Bulgaria, Humboldt University in
Berlin, Germany are initiating a movement of all people who accept the
idea for creating a sustainable society and would like to be involved in
its development. For coordinating the movement towards a sustainable
society, 12.10.2012 in Aula Magna of Sofia University, Club of Sophia
Club of Sophia
Sophia is a forum addressing those, who share a value system, based on
harmony of society and nature, on balance of individual and common, on
private and public, on efficiency and necessity.
- A harmony of society and nature perception has deeper roots in ancient civilizations expressing their wisdom
- Goddess of wisdom Sophia is the Club of Sophia symbol
of Sophia is for all people, who like to live in a wise society. Wise
society is synergistically sustainable in its three aspects: ecological,
economic and social
- We do not wait for the Prophet. The
communicating, feeling and creating human society is the Prophet. We do
not only recognize problems, we suggest solutions
promote an interdisciplinary movement towards a science of global
sustainability – with a strong and efficient transfer to practical
World Forum for a Sustainable Society
WORLD FORUM FOR SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY is inviting
scientists, researchers, educators and entrepreneurs to share ideas,
theoretical developments and good practices in order to find ways of
creating a sustainable society.
Financial and economic
crises last years made clear, that sustainable social and economic
development of human society requires basic changes in economic theory,
human behavior norms and the value system of society.
economic theory is basically build up on the dominance of the own
utility principle. This is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for
sustainable societies. For its sustainability, society needs a long
term balance by adding the common utility principle based on the
necessities of today and tomorrow. Balance of public and private utility
allows harmony in a society for a longer period of time. This balance
of contradictory complementarities is implemented already in the
classical works of Adam Smith “The Wealth of Nations” and “The Theory of
Moral Sentiments”. Unfortunately, most of the later developments in
modern economic theory were concerned with the first reference, ignoring
the second one. This brought essential distortions in human value
system and behavior norms, being directed mainly towards a society of
profit maximization and disregarding social issues.
aspects belong to every serious economic theory. The simple fact, that
human beings are social beings has been recognized in ancient time by
great philosophers like Aristotle but quite often disregarded. Ignorance
of human beings social nature is a main reason for economic system
misbalances and non sustainability like economic and financial crises
with catastrophic implication for human society.
have a common code, a common spiritual space. Common is more essential
then particular. Society could exist without every of its individual
members but not vice versa.
developments, mainly in Institutional Economics are concerned with rules
and behavior norms in human society.
In the recent past,
we were able to recognize tendencies like Good Corporate Governance,
Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, approaching
common values of human society.
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