Food for thought for sure but it invites as many questions as solutions at this stage.
- First up is the thought 'how many times has something similar been said in the last century or more?'
- I can imagine that there have been many great thinkers from Adam Smith to Jeremy Bentham and even Malthus who have posited that profit can not be the only aim of business in a civilised world.
- Then, is there any real way to get all the world's business and political leaders around the same table to make it happen?
- In a week when the London Underground proposed later running tubes only to be shouted down by the unions, people whose livelihoods depend on the same system in the same town, can the diverse interests and fields of all business and communities really be brought under one umbrella set of regulations?
- Can we ever reach a point where all the experts agree?
- Even today there are people in power and experts who can't agree on the realities of climate change. Some are absolutely convinced it is not happening, others believe mankind has had a huge and continuing impact.
- Can we be sure that any ideology proposed by any one nation or company is not imposing something entirely alien on others?
- The simple idea of consuming horsemeat has this week shown divisions in Europe that are cultural and historical and that neither side would view as being wrong or negotiable.