09:30 - 12:30
- Dr Ho Kin Chung
- Mak Chen Wen Ning
191 Woosung Street, Jordan,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Ticket Fee $500 (for 5 sessions)
- FaSCoRe, HKU
- Lumina College
The Future of Business in a Technological Age (3):
Moving Beyond Zero Impact
Business and technology are powerful forces which have shaped – and continue to reshape – each other and the world in which we live. This series of five workshops brings together business leaders, technologists, and academics to consider, from a Christian perspective, the systemic issues facing business in light of technological advances, and the challenges and opportunities arising from these.
This third session will consider a common reaction against the negative impact of consumerism. Conservation, zero emissions, circular economies, "leave no trace" all aim at the same thing: zero impact. How can we go beyond this to realise the richness of the positive impact implicit in a biblical view of cultivating the world?
“Zero impact” frames the situation as saying that any impact humans have is bad. In such a case, we might as well not be here. Indeed, if we just wanted to ensure humans had zero impact on the environment, the easiest and fastest solution is quietly dispose of 7 billion people. That should raise a red flag. At very least, a biblical perspective requires that we view a world with humans as better than a world without them. Given humanity’s biblical mandate to tend, curate, and cultivate the world, we should be aiming to have an impact on the world, and making sure it is a good one. As such, while it is good that the mindset of “zero impact” questions consumerism, it replaces it with a view of humanity and our role on earth that is deeply at odds with a Christian view of man, and which needs to be rethought.
8th Dec. 2018: Consumerism and Growth
19th Jan. 2019: The Technology of Buying and Selling
16th Feb. 2019: Moving Beyond Zero Impact
16th Mar. 2019: Technology and the Global Order of Business
27th Apr. 2019: Un-commodifying the World