Something I have been wondering about lately is what came first, individualism and a lack of connection with the natural world or capitalism? Are they both cause and symptom of each other? Can we shift one of these societal values without also taking action to change the others?
I have been thinking about this because it is clear to me is that the private sector will not be genuinely sustainable as long as the current capitalistic structures that make up mainstream society stay in place. There needs to be a fundamental shift in what is seen as the purpose of business away from profit and towards positive social and environmental change (note that I do not mean companies should be unable to make a profit - however, this should come secondarily, not primarily in terms of company mission). I do not know a lot about them, but benefit corporations seem like a good framework for this. So how do we get entrepreneurs to embrace these structures?
I have never taken a business class before, but I am curious as to how the way that they are taught could be restructured to address this narrative, and if having collectivism and environmentalism inherent in education earlier would decrease the amount of people going into business to make profit in the first place.