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“ As is apparent to all of us, the ending of the Cold War did not bring a peaceful world. In fact, while one might make the argument that nuclear armaments deterred the possibility of large-scale war and maintain a kind of pseudo-peace, present and future conflicts are not of the sort that will be deterred by nuclear weapons or, indeed, by military strength. The most serious of them are conflicts over the much more fundamental nature, between the rich consuming groups and the poverty-stricken and marginalized. As an even more fundamental level, the industrialized world is not at peace with the planet.
Real peace will require fundamental transformations of our own thinking, our organizations, and our whole network of institutions. Because of its central place in modern society, business will be at the heart of that metamorphosis - either as part of the problem or as a force for creative change. I hope you'll join us to explore the role business can play.”