The course has two broad, ambitious goals:
- We want to come to some understanding of the enormous challenges facing the world as humans try to come to grips with the effects of overuse of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable, with unsustainability inequitable distribution of wealth among and within countries, and with threatening, possibly irreversible damage to ecosystems and natural systems. As a class offered within a business school, we will examine these issues with an eye on how such challenges affect business in general, and some industries and sectors specifically.
- Our more hopeful goal is to gain an understanding of the role that business can, and must, play in moving to a more sustainable future. For-profit enterprises are the only organizations on the planet with the resources, the ingenuity, and the incentives to enact changes that can move us from out current path to one in which all forms of life can flourish into the future. This is not to say that unfettered capitalism is a panacea, but rather that there is no viable solution to the issues we face without the cooperation of, and leadership from, for-profit enterprises.