As a culture we have seen the result of our unexamined assumption that humans are inherently greedy, competitive, destructive. Now there are growing examples, soundly based on brain research and awareness of the developmental behaviors of children, that point to a quite different conclusion: that we are inherently cooperative, compassionate, and caring--and have a great capacity to change and adapt to changing circumstances in astonishingly creative ways.
The New Economy is where everyone is valued, everyone is included, everyone's wisdom and creativity needed. No one gets thrown under the bus so others can succeed. We have the tools to create the world we want, and we have seen paths that can take us there. Individually we may fail, but together we can create the political will to succeed and to opt out of systems that no longer produce the results we're looking for. Since it's founding 18 years ago, YES! Magazine (www.yesmagazine.org ) has been a powerful voice for the New Economy, showcasing ways people worldwide are "building a just, sustainable and compassionate world." YES! accepts no commercial advertising, and all its content is available on the web using Creative Commons, so it can be re-posted freely. Many ideas that were once considered "fringe" have moved into the mainstream as the flawed ideas of the Old Economy become apparent.
We live in a moment in human history that has never existed before: where we have become so massively destructive as a species that life as we know it can be extinguished unless we embrace new ways that acknowledge the interconnection of all life, and we flourish together. As one speaker concluded, "It's not about saving the whales. The Earth will go on. It's about saving the humans."