Garry Jacobs

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Garry Jacobs (born 29 July 1946) is an American writer, social thinker, researcher and consultant on the topics of business management,[1] economic and social development, and global governance. He is CEO of the World Academy of Art & Science;[2][3] Chairman of the Board and CEO of the World University Consortium; Managing Editor of Cadmus Journal; Vice-President of The Mother’s Service Society; Distinguished Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Person-Centered Approach Institute, Italy; Executive Director of the International Center for Peace and Development in Napa, California; and a full member of the Club of Rome.


In the early 1970s Jacobs began to conduct research at The Mother’s Service Society on the theory and practice of individual, organizational and social development.[4][5][6] Over the next decade, he wrote a number of papers on the principles of business management, economic and social development as aspects of an as yet undeveloped integrated science of society. [7] and is one aspect of an as yet undeveloped integrated science of society.[8] Long before criticism of GDP became prevalent, he called for alternative measures of economic development and tested a new index applicable to rural areas of India. He also proposed a comprehensive set of strategies to accelerate Indian development and education.[9] He headed a research team that developed strategies to accelerate national development for the Planning Commission (India) which were published in the book Kamadhenu: The Prosperity Movement. Jacobs also edited and contributed to the Indian Planning Commission's report India:Vision 2020.

In 1985 he co-authored the book The Vital Difference: Unleashing the Powers of Sustained Corporate Success with Frederick Harmon, a study of economic growth based on studies of multibillion-dollar companies.[10] In 1990 he co-authored The Vital Corporation: How American Companies Large and Small Double Profits in Two Years or Less with Robert Macfarlane.[11][12][13]

In 1989 Jacobs cofounded the International Commission on Peace & Food,[14] and served for five years as its Member-Secretary, convener of ICPF’s working groups on Employment, coordinator of the ICPF research team that evolved a strategy to generate 100 million new jobs in India, which was adopted as official policy by the Government of India in 1992. Jacobs was the lead author as well as editor of the Commission’s report to the United Nations entitled Uncommon Opportunities: Agenda for Peace & Equitable Development. He also co-chaired ICPF task forces that developed strategies for generating global full employment and for economic transition in Eastern Europe. He acted as the organization's member secretary until 1994.

In 1995 he was elected to the World Academy of Art & Science and joined the Board of Trustees as Chair of the Committee on Peace & Development in 2005.

In 2009 he was appointed Coordinator of the World Academy’s project on Global Employment Challenge, and authored a number of studies about employment opportunities in developing and industrialized nations.[15]

In collaboration with Ivo Šlaus, he developed the Human Economic Welfare Index (HEWI), an alternative to GDP which incorporates several socioeconomic indices.[16][17]

Over the past decade he has published more than fifty articles on economic theory, money and finance, business management, education, global governance, international law, international security, social development, mind and thinking, and personality.

Jacobs has presented and participated as a keynote speaker in many conferences all over the world.

Other Writings[edit]

Jacobs has written extensively on the application of principles derived from Sri Aurobindo's integral philosophy of consciousness evolution to business management, social development and psychology, including a series of published lectures on Sri Aurobindo's Life Divine. He has also written a 900-page novel entitled The Book: the spiritual individual in quest of the living organization – Codec for the Infinite Game translating these principles into a story of four entrepreneurs in quest for success in business and individual fulfillment.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Fred Harmon and Garry Jacobs, The Vital Difference - Unleashing the Powers of Sustained Corporate Success, New York: Amacom Publications, 1985
  • Garry Jacobs and Robert Macfarlane, The Vital Corporation - How American Businesses Large and Small Double Profits in Two Years or Less, New York: Prentice Hall, 1987.
  • Garry Jacobs, The Book, Amazon Digital Services, Inc., May 2010
  • Harlan Cleveland and Garry Jacobs, Human Choice: The Genetic Code for Social Development, Futures Research Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 9–10, November–December 1999, Pergamon, UK, p. 964[18]
  • Garry Jacobs and Ivo Šlaus, Human Capital & Sustainability, Sustainability 3, no. 1: 97-154
  • Garry Jacobs, New Strategies for Planning and Development], Published in 'The Hindu', February 17, 1981
  • Garry Jacobs, N. Krishnamurthy and N. Ramakrishnan, Kamadhenu: The Prosperity Movement, Southern Publishers, Chennai, 1988.[19]
  • Orio Giarini, Garry Jacobs, Bernard Lietaer and Ivo Šlaus, Introductory Paper for a Programme on The Wealth of Nations Revisited, Cadmus Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2010
  • Garry Jacobs and Ivo Šlaus, Indicators of Economic Progress: The Power of Measurement and Human Welfare, Cadmus Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2010.
  • Orio Giarini and Garry Jacobs, The Evolution of Wealth & Human Security: The Paradox of Value and Uncertainty, Cadmus Volume 1, Issue 3, October 2011.
  • Garry Jacobs and Ivo Šlaus, From Limits to Growth to Limitless Growth, Cadmus Volume 1, Issue 4, April 2012.
  • Garry Jacobs and Dr. G. Rangaswami, Prosperity 2000: Strategy to Generate 100 Million Jobs in India through Accelerated Development of Commercial Agriculture and Agro-based Industries, October 1991.
  • Garry Jacobs and Ivo Šlaus, Global Prospects for Full Employment, Cadmus Volume 1, Issue 2, April 2011.
  • Garry Jacobs, Manpreet Sethi and Jasjit Singh, Abolishing Nuclear Weapons, Futures, journal of policy, planning and future studies, UK, May 2007.
  • Garry Jacobs and Winston P. Nagan, New Paradigm for Global Rule of Law, Cadmus Volume 1, Issue 4, April 2012
  • Garry Jacobs, Lectures on Sri Aurobindo's The Life Divine, The Mother's Service Society, November 2005


  1. ^ "A lesson in corporate virtue". Hindu Business Line.
  2. ^ "CEO conclave held". The Hindu.
  3. ^ "scienze sociali ad una svolta". Trentino Corriere Alpi, Nov 11, 2015
  4. ^ Nurul Anwar, Nita Triana and Dani Kusumastuti, "Dynamic Systems Modeling for Sustainable Economic Empowerment in Cilacap", Economic Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol 1, No 3 (2009), Center for Economics Studies Faculty of Economics, Universitas Islam Indonesia
  5. ^ Francisco R. Sagasti (1 January 2004). Knowledge and Innovation for Development: The Sisyphus Challenge of the 21st Century. Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84376-653-7.
  6. ^ Alpheus Bingham; Dwayne Spradlin (25 March 2011). The Open Innovation Marketplace: Creating Value in the Challenge Driven Enterprise. FT Press. ISBN 978-0-13-231286-8.
  7. ^ P. Jegadish Gandhi (1982). Indian Economy: Some Issues. Institute for Social Sciences and Research. pp. 20, 318.
  8. ^ B. Seshadri, Industrialisation And Regional Development, Concept Publishing Company, 1991
  9. ^ I. Satya Sundaram (1 August 1986). Voluntary agencies and rural development. B.R. Pub. Corp. ISBN 978-81-7018-328-0.
  10. ^ John Haime (15 December 2009). You Are a Contender!: Build Emotional Muscle to Perform Better and Achieve More In Business, Sports and Life. Morgan James Publishing. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-60037-769-3.
  11. ^ William E. Schneider (1 September 1999). The Reengineering Alternative: A Plan for Making Your Current Culture Work. McGraw Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-135981-8.
  12. ^ Regis McKenna (2002). Total Access: Giving Customers what They Want in an Anytime, Anywhere World. Harvard Business Press. ISBN 978-1-57851-244-7.
  13. ^ Bob Nelson; Dean Spitzer (15 January 2002). The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook: The Complete Guide. Workman Publishing Company. pp. 380–. ISBN 978-0-7611-5357-3.
  14. ^ Indian Labour Journal. Controller of Publications, Civil Lines. 1993.
  15. ^ K. R. Gupta (1 January 2005). Studies in Indian Economy. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-81-269-0486-0.
  16. ^ F. J. Radermacher, Global Governance, Markets and Sustainability, speech included in the SID-publication on Common Goods, The Netherlands, 2010
  17. ^ Bert Beyers, Franz Josef Radermacher, Welt mit Zukunft: Die ökosoziale, Murmann Verlag GmbH, 2011
  18. ^ Luppicini, Rocci (31 October 2012). Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a Technological Society: Identity in a Technological Society. IGI Global. pp. 465–. ISBN 978-1-4666-2212-8.
  19. ^ Anil Dutta Mishra (1999). Gandhism After Gandhi. Mittal Publications. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-81-7099-725-2.

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