Rowan Williams: Big Society, Small World

Rowan Williams, The Archbishop of Canterbury today offers a penetrating insight on the subject of Big Society

In this article he draws attention to the need to focus on the moral case, consider education, international aid, microfinance, development, building community - a doctrine of the soul.

It was almost two years ago that in his encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict offered thoughts on the role of economics in society, where this paragraph will be found:

'This is not merely a matter of a "third sector", but of a broad new composite reality embracing the private and public spheres, one which does not exclude profit, but instead considers it a means for achieving human and social ends. Whether such companies distribute dividends or not, whether their juridical structure corresponds to one or other of the established forms, becomes secondary in relation to their willingness to view profit as a means of achieving the goal of a more humane market and society'

Strangely, I find myself as an atheist, in more agreement with them that any economist or politician on the subject:

The sharing ethics of People-Centered Economics

Jeff Mowatt


Rowan Williams: Big Society, Small World

Very good Mike, by the sound of it, though the link didn't work. You're only about 40 miles away from here. Jeff


Mike "Freddie" Gordon


Thanks for the pointer Jeff ..

.. a good read ! We're doing our little bit here in Pershore .. recently acclaimed as the capital (as in city .. not money) by MP Harriett Baldwin. She may of course be biased in that assessment .. There's lots of good old political ding-dong being generated by the concept .. so to avoid some of that flack/mud/other .. we're going to run with the branding .. Pershare .. waddayathink ??