UU principles, and indeed the common principles of most religions and philosophies of life, seem increasingly to be in tension with the self-centered behavior demanded in an ever-more hyper-competitive economy. How should we best resolve this tension? How can we both live in right relations, and yet achieve what is needed in individual and collective economic success? Tim Bartik will help us explore these very relevant questions.
UPDATE: Here are some references related to the July 12 sermon on “Religious Principles and Economic Life”.
Keynes’s 1930 essay, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren”, can be found for free numerous places on the internet, including here.
Adam Grant’s book is entitled “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success”. The book outlines why some givers are the most successful in their careers. The book website allows you to test yourself to see whether your style is that of a “giver”, “taker”, or “matcher”. A New York Times Magazine profile of Grant and his book can be found here, accompanied by a short video interview with Grant and a comedy routine by Key and Peele outlining some of Grant’s ideas.
Zeynep Ton’s book is entitled “The Good Jobs Strategy”. The book examines how low-cost retail firms can succeed because they follow a strategy of providing good jobs. A recent New York Times op-ed by Joe Nocera briefly summarized the book. Professor Ton has a nice video section of her website. Her TedX talk provides a nice 10-minute summary of her ideas. There’s a longer video in which she explains her good jobs strategy to the Dalai Lama.
The closing words from Marcus Aurelius come from Book 5 of Meditations, in the excellent translation of Gregory Hays.
Benjamin Friedman’s book is entitled “The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth”. Professor Friedman argues that broadly shared economic growth plays a key role in helping societies be more democratic and tolerant. An article with the same title by Friedman briefly summarizes his argument.
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