Prosperity is not just a financial notion – inclusive prosperity encompasses the opportunity for lives in dignity, with purpose and roles to contribute to common endeavors in the communities one is part of. It is definitely more than material well-being. A holistic view of prosperity includes all – the material and economic aspects as well the social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual side.
The biggest natural resource on the planet is human potential – human energy, engagement and creativity. Only a fraction of this potential is brought to bear today. However, if better leveraged, this latent potential would be the key driver for economic and human growth.
What holds people back in today’s organizations and institutions to realize their potential?
What are the obstacles that you see in your environment?
What is the role of management to free up human potential?
Give examples of management actions that have made a difference in your life.
Can digital technology (in particular automation and AI) spawn prosperity as opposed to eliminate jobs?
Give concrete examples.
What is your perspective on how technology can enable people to co-create solutions that are good for their communities, the economy and the world?
These questions are meant to triggering the thinking process, and not to be exhaustive. For further input see the abstract for the Global Peter Drucker Forum 2017.
Keep in mind that the essay should not be based on ideology, futuristic or wishful thinking. It should be grounded in our reality and show realistic ways forward – albeit based on a vision that the philosopher Derek Parfit expressed in the following way “Life can be wonderful as well as terrible, and we shall increasingly have the power to make life good”.