New Wohlstand

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Tomas Björkman

New Wohlstand

15.08.2023 87 min

Zusammenfassung & Show Notes

Tomas Björkman is a Swedish entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to building a better world. He grew up in a lower-middle-class family and was the first in his family to attend university. His academic pursuits led him to study mathematics and physics, subjects he found easy and intriguing. However, the allure of the business world was too strong to resist. He ventured into entrepreneurship, starting businesses in property and banking. His experience in banking provided him with an insider's view of the market.

In 2006, he sold his banking business to the fourth largest Swiss banking group, the EFG group. This marked a significant turning point in his life. After selling his business, Björkman set up his own foundation, the ECR Foundation. The foundation was established with the aim to explore the connection between personal inner growth and societal development. Initially, Björkman felt quite alone in this space, but over the years, more people have started to recognize the importance of this connection, especially in light of recent global events like Brexit, the Trump presidency, the storming of the Capitol, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Björkman holds a strong belief that Sweden and the Scandinavian countries could serve as an inspiration for societal development, despite having lost much of their previous societal strengths. He credits the Swedish society for providing him with the opportunity to go to university and satisfy his curiosity about the world.

After leaving the business world, Björkman wrote a book called "The Market Myth". In it, he posits that the market, while a beautiful human invention, is being relied upon for too many things that it was never intended to handle. He also believes that the market can only perform efficiently in limited instances and that there are many instances where the market fails.
Björkman's drive is fueled by curiosity. He is interested in understanding the world and creating things. He believes that understanding the world requires a natural systems perspective and that we must recognize that we are part of the natural world and subject to planetary boundaries. He also believes that about 90% of our human world is socially constructed, and many of these social constructs have become institutionalized over time.

Björkman strongly believes in the importance of lifelong inner growth and development. He questions why society does not talk about this more. He also believes that a good societal culture is important for individual and collective flourishing, and that governments should enable the positive development of a good societal culture.