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February 27-28, March 1st 2006
Knowledge, Business and Consciousness
KBS Seminar Materials (download):
Indian National Knowledge Commission.doc
Auroville Radio broadcasts this event live! C.I.R.H.U. International Seminar
Center of International Research on Human Unity
2nd International Auroville Dialogue
Knowledge, Business and ConsciousnessManifestation of Consciousness through Business in the Knowledge Society
AIMS and Objectives
The main aim of the international city of Auroville is to help to raise humanity's consciousness. Auroville has been struggling with this "impossible task" for almost 40 years, since it was founded in 1968.
In a first Seminar in September 2005, we explored the existence of "another consciousness" among a small minority of businesses worldwide. Our conclusion was rather positive. This minority does exist.
And the surprise has been to assist at the very dynamic encounter between the Auroville Business community and this new type of business community worldwide.
This has brought the Auroville community to rethink itself, its relation to economics, to its future, and to the world business community. It has even set in motion the project to set up a new type of business school in Auroville.
Now in a second phase we would like to focus on the knowledge society because this is leading us to a new economy.
In the EU the knowledge society is an important policy objective, called the "Lisbon strategy". The goal is to make the EU the most competitive knowledge economy before 2010, while being sustainable and socially-inclusive.
In India a "National Knowledge Commission" has been set up recently and has Dr Phuspa Bhargava as one of its leaders. Dr Phuspa Bhargava will be present and will be able to explain the objectives and methods of this new Indian National knowledge Commission.
Here are some of the questions that we face in the EU, in India, and worldwide. If this knowledge economy is post-capitalist (Peter Drucker) and post-industrial, do we not need another level of consciousness to be able to manage it properly?
If knowledge is not traded but shared, because we never lose the knowledge we give to another person, are we ready to build a "free share" economy in the XXIst century?
Are we ready to shift from a win-lose market strategy to a win-win network strategy for our businesses?
Are our leaders ready to shift from a command and control approach to an enabling and connecting approach to the knowledge business?
Are we aware that secrecy and patenting will disappear or be deeply modified in a society where transparency is increasing?
Are we aware that the value creation system will be different in this new knowledge society?
Are we aware that the tool of production is no longer the machine as in the industrial society? It is the human brain which produces knowledge. And so every evening, workers go home with their tool of production
Marc Luyckx Ghisi