Achieving Human Flourishing

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Humanity 2.0 focused on collaboration among a diverse cross-section 

Matthew Sanders CEO of Humanity 2.0 interview with Matt Bird at Humanity 2.0 (Vatican City)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Humanity is at a crossroads and it is forcing us to think collectively
  • The Vatican is the largest NGO and impact initiative in the world
  • Theme for 2020 Humanity 2.0: Emerging Tech to Advance Human Flourishing

Matthew Sanders, the Co-Founder and CEO of Humanity 2.0, sent out 400 invitations for the event. He was told to expect a 5% confirmation rate, especially considering the invitations were going out to major brands like Patagonia, Ikea and Forbes. In the end, 40% of invitees attended the conference, which was focused on moving humanity forward. 

“I think it speaks to the fact that people are starting to realize that humanity is at a crossroads,” Sanders told Matt Bird, Host of the Traders Network Show, during an interview at the event held at the Vatican. The forum was developed to bring a cross-section of thinkers, business leaders and faith leaders together to discuss humanity’s various paths ahead. Sanders’ vision was that collaborative brainstorming involving diverse stakeholders could lead to a better world.  

Take the environmental crisis as an example, Sanders said. “It’s forcing humanity to think collectively and to think as one tribe—the human tribe. Because the only way to tackle something that big is if human beings come together. I think, because we are faced with this enormous challenge, we’re all very open to new ideas and new methods of collaboration.”

Sanders described how hosting the forum at the Vatican reinforced the value of collaboration among diverse populations. 

“We think of this institution [the Catholic church] as just a religion. But, in fact, it is the largest human impact institution in human history,” Sanders said. It is one of the largest NGOs in the world, supporting 140,000 schools across the world, and facilitating healthcare for roughly one quarter of the world’s population, Sanders said. By partnering with such an expansive entity, Humanity 2.0 embodied the importance of involving a broad range of perspectives to tackle serious issues. 

That perspective included business leaders, which were well represented at the event. A recurring dialogue was the ways in which corporations can actually positively impact the world by adopting value systems that are socially, environmentally and economically responsible.  

“If you put your employees and your customers first…in the end, that actually doesn’t distract from or diminish your profitability. It actually enhances it,” Sanders said. “I think there is a mythology that by focusing on advancing human beings’ interest that that will somehow compete with profit. That’s an illusion, and it’s starting to actually fall away.”

Sanders’ hope was that Humanity 2.0 attendees—including those representing major corporations—would bring some of the conversations had at the Vatican back to their offices. 

“I don’t think many of these companies get opportunities to discuss things like ethical frameworks very often,” Sanders said. “The idea was to start a conversation that will hopefully travel back to their company headquarters.”

(Written by Andrew Waite; Editing and revisions by Nicole Liddy)

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