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WHILE THE MUCH REPORTED Climate Conference in Copenhagen has been going on this month, a related conference—on "New Leadership for a Sustainable Economy"—has also been taking place in Denmark. This one has dealt with ways the economy, the environment, and society can work together to achieve what are called "sustainable communities."
In the past, business, economy, and society have often worked in isolation, and this has sometimes led to decisions that undermine others' efforts. I tended to think of sustainability simply as another media buzzword to describe business survival under the present trying financial circumstances. What I've now realized is that it's actually a harbinger of changed thinking—an effort not just to keep one another "informed" but also to find solutions that genuinely transform society. So, instead of being anti-environment, business is looking at how "green" jobs can be created; and those who support the environment are asking how their work can support the creation of those jobs. These, in turn, support the human needs society is also concerned about.
Such efforts make better use of everyone's resources and are often able to reduce competition between these sectors by building understanding. They also help lessen fear in the general population, where people are often confused by conflicting reports or promises.
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Fred Andresen, who lives in Corona del Mar, California, is the author of Walking on Ice, An American Businessman in Russia.
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GETTING TO KNOW HER
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LONG-TERM PLANNING WITH GOD
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PRAYER POWER AND THE END OF THE BERLIN WALL
FINDING MARY BAKER EDDY
BY LESLEY GORT
ON THE BIG SCREEN—THE GENIUS OF MARY BAKER EDDY
Ingrid Peschke with contributions from Val Kilmer, Mike Davis
BY ESTEY L. MASTEN
THE SIMPLE SIDE OF SCIENTIFIC HEALING
BY IAN MCLELAND
Will Rio be ready?
BY CHANNING WALKER
FOR TEENS A CAUSE THAT NEEDS YOU!
with contributions from Margaret Rogers, Nate Talbot, Michael Pabst, Trinka Trammell, Tom Black
FINDING FAMILY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE
BY STEPHANIE JOHNSON
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
TRIATHLONS AND TURTLES
Frederick R. Andresen
'I REALIZED I WAS HEALED'
BREATHING DIFFICULTY HEALED
FACIAL PARALYSIS HEALED
MARCOS ARBURÚAS DA ROSA