The organizers of the Social Capital Markets conference, whose tag line is “at the intersection of money and meaning”, are asking what does Money + Meaning =. My answer is below. What’s yours?
According to a Google Images search for “Money + Meaning =”, the answer is:
Since Google’s job is to “organize the world’s information” the search result makes it quite clear that humanity has yet to figure out what exactly adding meaning to money is all about.
So, I guess I’ll take a crack. Money + Meaning = the transformation of great ideas into real world results. Money is a store of energy. Money was invented so that the energy created through humans’ hard work and ideas could be transformed into various types of results. Money allows a person who has the passion, energy and ideas to create incredible works of art, build homes or teach children, to package the value of their efforts into a fungible currency that can then be used to obtain those things they don’t have a gift for creating.
Money takes us from ideas that exist only in our heads, like this…
… and helps us turn them into real world results like this…
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Money is such a loaded word. People tend to focus on the question of “how much” instead of thinking about what it is. Money doesn’t capture all of the value of human ingenuity of course. But in the case of Bill Gates, money allowed him to take the value he created bringing computing to the masses and transform that value into meaning infused social value.
For Bill Gates, Money + Meaning = eradicating the world of diseases that affect the poorest among us.
What does Money + Meaning = for you?