A press release for something called the Zermatt Summit which landed in my inbox yesterday certainly made me blink. The meeting, which will be held in Switzerland June 3–5th, is aiming to help ‘create a better world’ by seeing how we can make the economy serve the common good, rather than just enrich a few. Hallelujah brother!
Sure, the cynics will sneer, the skeptics will mutter darkly about communism and the rest will probably move on quickly to read something more interesting, but I’m hoping that this sort of idea gets support from enough people to really begin to shape our future possibilities.
I’ve become increasingly uneasy about the growing disparity in the quality of life between myself – as a ‘wealthy’ Western consumer – and the majority of the developing world, it just doesn’t feel right. It’s also clear that ‘trickle down’ economics isn’t the panacea it was supposed to be.
The conference includes sessions from philanthropists, educational luminaries and a smattering of European CEOs. No politicians (apart from the Mayor of Zermatt!) as you’d expect. Still, it’s a start. It’s going to take a huge global crowdsourced effort to change things for the better really, but at least some people are trying. Which is A Good Thing, eh?
The objective of the Zermatt Summit is to explore and formulate a roadmap of how to navigate through the challenges currently facing mankind and help create a better world. People need to be placed at the centre of the globalization process, whereby the world of high finance would serve the economy, the economy would serve the common good, and the common good would care for the people, enhancing the prospects of poorer and socially marginalised groups.