Invest in fundamental human well being: Sadhguru

29 June, 2006

29 June 2006, Tallberg, Sweden

“It is time for the world business leaders to see that investing in the fundamental wellbeing of human beings is not philanthropy but good business,” said Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Founder, Isha Foundation.

Delivering the keynote address at the 26th meeting of the Tallberg Forum, held from 28-29 June 2006 in Sweden, Sadhguru pointed out that the economic growth being achieved has failed to “include” a vast majority of the population that is reeling under penury. He said, “It does not make good business sense to do business excluding almost half the humanity.”

Reiterating the dire need in the areas of health and education, Sadhguru said, investing in a variety of educational programs will bear fruit for business in terms of increasing effective manpower and opening markets. Commenting on the pressing need for the spiritual dimension to enter the mainstream development framework, he added, that the world should bring a non-religious, non-sectarian spiritual strength that ensures a gentler economy that results in inclusive economics.

During the three-day intense solution oriented workshops, speakers proposed ideas that could be applied to the larger context of poverty alleviation, climate change, and other issues surrounding sustainable development.

The forum attracted 400 delegates from around the world including several noted Indian intellectuals, journalists, social entrepreneurs and government officials. Sadhguru was invited to speak at the Tallberg Forum which focused on global issues like climate change, poverty and spirituality, to discuss his visionary concept of sustainable economic development through Inclusive Economics that he proposed at the World Economic Forum earlier this year.

Other important Indian delegates who attended the program included Arun Maira, chairman, Boston Consulting Group India, Prem Shankar Jha, author and journalist, and Puhspa Bhargava, vice-chairman, National Knowledge Commission. Several non-Indian delegates with interest in the region were also present. These included Herman Mulder, Senior VP of ABN-AMRO Bank, Yann Risz of the Next Practice and Thomas Bergstrom, CEO of Inter-IKEA, one of the largest global retailers.

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