Hazel Henderson

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Hazel Henderson (born 1933 in Bristol, England) is a futurist and an economic iconoclast. In recent years she has worked in television, and she is the author of several books including Building A Win-Win WorldBeyond GlobalizationPlanetary Citizenship, and Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy.

Organizations (of any scale & type) are re-designed by questioning & changing the old models we use, often out of habit.

Henderson is described as an 'economic iconoclast' because her work focuses on questioning & re-designing basic models of the economy.

Iconoclasm is the deliberate destruction within a culture of the culture's own religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually for religious or political motives. It is a frequent component of major political or religious changes. 

People who engage in or support iconoclasm are called "iconoclasts", a term that has come to be applied figuratively to any individual who challenges established dogma or conventions.

The Cake Model

As economists are so fond of pie charts (which are quite one-dimensional), Henderson created this cake model of the economy that she uses to illustrate how un-balanced the usual perspective of economists is (who normally only focus on the top layers, 50% or less of the actual total economy):

The Private Sector (Businesses) - is the icing on the cake

The Public Sector supports this - the NGOs, Local & National Government, maintain basic infrastructure - with 'undergrund economy' as a sub-section. 

The Love Economy  in turn supports these & consists of all the unpaid work (normally done by women) of raising children, making food, caring for homes & the elderly, etc. 

Underneath it all, the base is Mother Nature, the natural economy of ecosystem services from which all resources to move the other layers of the human economy come from.

Love and Nature in Economics

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Scoring Green Prosperity

Hazel Henderson is a futurist, columnist, author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and world-renowned expert on sustainable development. This presentation includes feedback from the audience.

Vision of World Leaders

An (Original?) Integral Thinker

This image is interesting in that its dated "Copyright 1960 Hazel Henderson" but is very familiar to students of Spiral Dynamics. Clare Graves, who is usually credited with the original "Levels of Existence" idea, published his work in the 1970s, & the book that launched Spiral Dynamics in the 1990s.

Click on image to go to Integral Model page

About Hazel Henderson

Henderson has been in good part concerned with finding the unexplored areas in standard economics and the "blind spots" of conventional economists. Most of her work relates to the creation of an interdisciplinary economic and political theory with a focus on environmental and social concerns. For instance, she has delved into the area of the "value" of such un-quantifiables as clean air and clean water, needed in tremendous abundance by humans and other living organisms. This work led to the development, with Calvert Group, of the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators.

In 2005, Henderson started Ethical Markets Media, LLC,[1] to disseminate information on green investing, socially responsible investing, green business, green energy, business ethics news, environmentally friendly technology, good corporate citizenship and sustainable development by making available reports, articles, newsletters and video gathered from around the world.

In 2007, Henderson started EthicalMarkets.TV [2] to showcase video of people and organizations around the world with socially responsible endeavors. Practicing what she preaches, Henderson sought out highly efficient technology to stream the video, MIPBSCast which uses significantly less energy than most other video platforms.

Henderson has been one of the critics to point out that the definitions of reality devised by natural and social scientists often pertain to the realities they are paid to study — raising questions as to who has funded these investigators and theoreticians, and why? Who deems certain research grants to be worthy of funding? Which questions crop up in the first place?

Henderson believes that the various threats to peace, community security, and good environment have led us into a new era in which we are obliged to look for values, information, and know-how that we seemed to be able to do without until recent decades.

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