A true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
– Laudato Si', 49
FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
FaithInvest worked with partners to develop three faith 'lenses' – Catholic, Hindu and Chinese Traditions (Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism) for UNDP's new Green Entrepreneurship Massive Open Online Course.
The Green Entrepreneurship Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provides its students with all the tools they need to generate, test, and refine an idea for a green business. It also includes faith teachings and values on business, wealth and the planet drawn from Catholic, Hindu and Chinese traditions (Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism) – the first time that a UN course has included religious perspectives.
Our hope is that the MOOC will help create a new generation of faith-based eco-entrepreneurs, and will also enable faith groups to introduce more business-like and entrepreneurial thinking into their own activities.
To provide the faith 'lenses', FaithInvest worked with partners including the Vatican's Dicastery for Integral Human Development, the American Hindu Foundation, Dr Jayshree Balachander, Green Pilgrimage Network India and the China Biodiversity, Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF).
Three faith lenses were developed – Catholic (Laudato Si'); Hindu; and Chinese traditions (Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism).
The free six-week MOOC ran live on UNDP's Learning for Nature platform in November to December 2020; a self-paced version of the course will be made available in 2021.
INTRODUCING THE MOOC
FaithInvest organised a webinar to introduce UNDP's new Massive Open Online Course on Green Entrepreneurship and to discuss how different faith traditions can help rethink business in the light of the climate and biodiversity crises. Speakers included:
Jayshree Balachander, Green Pilgrimage India
Jamison Ervin, UNDP
Lorna Gold, FaithInvest
John Mundell, Mundell Associates
Alison Prout, INCR
Dr Jinfeng Zhou, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation
You can watch the whole webinar here or download the presentations by the various speakers (right).
OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT
Helping the faiths engage with and inspire the investing world. Helping the investing world navigate and support the faiths.