In the Netherlands two worldviews alternated with each other over the last couple of centuries: saltwater and freshwater living. Saltwater living—as we are a seafaring people—is an awareness that you are not in control: that you are part of and belong to something bigger, something besides the self that you have to work with and become. Freshwater thinking comes from the Dutch tradition of controlling water. The building of dykes and damming lakes and parts of the sea is all about constraining nature. Saltwater thinking is about wholeness, relatedness, adventure and vulnerability, in contrast to freshwater thinking which is about control, fragmentation and taking away fear.
The relationship will be explored between these and other worldviews and how people act economically. How they define licences to operate? And how belief systems define the bandwidth of realising social and ecological justice in the economic playing field?
This dialogue explores the relationship between different worldviews and the way we act as Homo Economicus. Which worldviews support transformation towards Homo Durabilis? And what holistic pathways guide entrepreneurs towards a sustainable future?