The 19th Annual Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education Conference

July 7-10, 2016
Le Moyne College
Syracuse, New York, USA

Envisioning Jesuit and Catholic Business Education as a Catalyst in Sustainable Development and Global Economic Justice
A Call for both Papers and Cases

We live in a turbulent world of increasing complexity, change, and uncertainty.  There have, of course, been other times of great chaos.  Yeats in the Second Coming (1919) wrote, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold... The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”  While each generation believes its challenge is unique, maybe... just maybe, we are reaching a critical inflection point, a moment of significant change demanding, at all levels, wise leadership.

At its core, Jesuit Business Education aims to foster the development of wise leaders who will serve as a transformational force in the world: a force that respects the dignity of the human person and promotes the greater good of the global community, including awareness of potential impacts on the environment, social sustainability, and principled governance. We aim to develop leaders who are able to “think deeply” about complex global issues and particularly their ability to advocate with and for others.

World leaders are effectively collaborating to address the most complex and critical issues of our time, providing a framework for global transformation in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs, and their 169 targets, provide a universal agenda through 2030, building on the Millennium Development Goals, completing what they did not achieve between 2000 and 2015.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that “by adopting the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders expressed their resolve to seek shared progress and prosperity based on a spirit of global solidarity.” 

These goals are, as Chris Lowney would say, “BHAGs” – Big Hairy Audacious Goals – including ending poverty and hunger, ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, gender equality, ensuring sustainable consumption, and the promotion of sustained and inclusive economic growth based on full and productive employment and decent work for all.

We encourage you to read more here: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/ and at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) www.sdsnedu.org. Two video chapters of particular interest to CJBE: Business and the SDGs https://youtu.be/SmwEmuruAZI and  Universities and the SDGs https://youtube/5Ppp1D414WI.