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Teja Tanchangya

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Do you think it possible to link together business, social development and spiritual progress?

Business has been seen in terms of gain and loss, social development in terms of personal sacrifice for the betterment of a community, and spiritual progress as totally divorced from material development. These sharp distinctions seem artificial when we consider that life is a fabric of interrelatedness, where one aspect affects the others. Then, can we not think of doing business to develop societies? Can someone be spiritual and do business? (Please help me find more related questions and possible answers. Thanks a lot in advance)

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      Jun 11 2012: Hi Philip, thanks a lot for the link :D The talk is awesome. Inspiring!
  • Jun 9 2012: Very nice question Teja! I'd like to hear some other examples.....
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    Jun 8 2012: Hi Teja,

    Yes, Try looking at the link below for some inspiration.

    http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/
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      Jun 9 2012: Dear Heather,

      Thanks a lot for the link. It's great. I also read E.F Schumacher's Small is Beautiful.

      Regards! :D
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    Jun 8 2012: @teja its a nice question , In India we have ISKCON doing business, they are investing in Malls, shopping complexes, residential complexes etc. they are also spiritual leaders have temples in almost all big cities of this country, they are also doing social development activities under banner of CSR and religion...it can be nice case study if explore deeply
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      Jun 9 2012: Wow, it's great to know. Thanks a lot Dear Pratham!

      Yea, I think it's better to do a case study. Best if someone can show how ISKCON is contributing to the countries economic development also, so that more people will be inspired. It requires much hardwork to popularize a particular way of doing something or of being something.

      Best Wishes :D
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    Jun 21 2012: absolutely- read the Harvard professor Michael Porter for he has thought through these issues and distilled them so that they make sense to the crucial demographic - the business people who must implement them to make them effective. He couches it all in terms that they can relate to.