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Global Living Room 15 || Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

Theme: Manifesto for a Moral Revolution

With Guest Speaker Jacqueline Novogratz

“Dare to put our shared humanity and the earth at the center of our systems.”

Traits of a Moral Leader

  • Moral courage
  • Understanding the community you serve
  • Grittiness
  • Humility
  • Anti-fragility
  • Listening from a place of inquiry rather than certainty

Bridging the gap of wealth and poverty

As a society, we need to redefine success. For too long we have defined success as money, power and fame.

“A country honors what it cultivates” – Plato

We will not bridge the wealth gap by cultivating money, power and fame.

Identity can be a tool that unites us. All of us have multiple identities – if we can find a way to connect to others through one of these identities, it opens up a field of possibility.

When you hear the statement ‘leaders need a ‘moral revolution’ – what does that statement mean to you? (A few participant responses below)

We need leaders based in values-driven leadership

A whole new mindset – more inclusive and thoughtful

Humanistic instead of capitalistic motivation

Leaders need to redefine success with new values, more inclusive values.

I believe the leaders being referred to here are the current holders of power. True leaders emerging have already taken and are on this path of deep values based, humanistic, humble service.

Leaders need a moral revolution, to me, means taking personal accountability for our personal, social, and spiritual growth.

To re-examine the purpose of leadership at its core.

 To be ready to unlearn to relearn.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Where in your life, whether professional or personal, do you see an opportunity to practice moral leadership?

Jacqueline Novogratz is the CEO & Founder of Acumen, a nonprofit venture capital firm for the poor that invests in sustainable enterprises in the developing world. Under Jacqueline Novogratz’s leadership, Acumen invests in companies and leaders creating new solutions to the problems of poverty, bringing education, healthcare, energy, and more to 260 million people. Today, Jacqueline discusses the need to lead from a place of “moral imagination,” and why character is critical to achieving real, sustainable change. In 2019 Jacqueline was honored with this year’s Concordia Leadership Award in New York City for her pioneering contributions to developing innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges.