The Kyoto Manifesto for Global Economics

The Platform of Community, Humanity, and Spirituality

  • Stomu Yamash’ta
  • Tadashi Yagi
  • Stephen Hill

Part of the Creative Economy book series (CRE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Overture: The Sacred Symphony

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi, Stephen Hill
      Pages 3-10
  3. First Movement: ‘Recognizing the Need for Change’

  4. Second Movement: ‘Foundation Stones of Spirituality’

  5. Third Movement: ‘The Dynamic of Creativity’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 197-222
    3. Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 223-236
    4. Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 237-254
  6. Fourth Movement: ‘Building the Kyoto Platform for Change’

  7. The Conclusions Suite Finale: ‘The Kyoto Manifesto—From Exploration of the Sacred Essence of Humanity to Daily Life and Economics’

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 477-477
    2. Stephen Hill, Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 479-483
    3. Stephen Hill, Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 485-491
    4. Stephen Hill, Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 493-499
    5. Stephen Hill, Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 501-507
    6. Stephen Hill, Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 509-519
    7. Stephen Hill, Stomu Yamash’ta, Tadashi Yagi
      Pages 521-524
  8. Encore

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 525-525
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 535-550

About this book


This book confronts the failings of current global economics to deliver the equity, sustainability and community empowerment which humanity now needs to handle a troubled future. The volume proposes an economy built from our society, not the other way around.

The Kyoto Manifesto was built, layer by layer, over a period of 4 years, based on broad-ranging international symposia held in Kyoto between 2014 and 2017, hosted by the Center for the Creative Economy, Doshisha University. Not stopping at theory and untested ideas however, the Manifesto proposes practical action that will make a difference, including in the problematic technological and ecological context of humanity’s immediate and long-term future.

The book is unique and innovative for it moves adventurously across very broad territory. The Manifesto draws from world philosophic arguments, including, specifically, a critique of “liberalism”, further, exploring sociology, cultural anthropology, politics, primatology and early humanity, even quantum physics. Argument is set within mainstream post-1972 economics and political economics as well as direct practical experience working to empower disadvantaged communities through the United Nations.

Most importantly, the book’s analysis is deeply informed by the practice of searching for what is “sacred”, the ultimate essence of our humanity, what we can be as a human race—empowered, fulfilled individuals, deeply sharing and caring for each other across our separate cultures and lives. Stomu Yamash’ta’s On Zen performances, set the context for  the Symposia, bringing different religions and cultures together across their dividing boundaries into a coherent search for peace and harmony through sacred music. Informed by alternate cultural paradigms for economics, the book probes deeply into philosophies and practices that already exist within Eastern and Western societies, and offer lessons for our future.

The result is an economics that stresses harmony with nature, and balance in social relations. It places an emphasis on community—human sharing and trust—as a platform for our future, not separate from the global economy but integrated into its very foundations. This is a book for all who care: a plan for our sustainable future built from the best of what our humanity is and can offer.


Global Economy Survivability Creativity Humanity Community Creative Community

Editors and affiliations

  • Stomu Yamash’ta
    • 1
  • Tadashi Yagi
    • 2
  • Stephen Hill
    • 3
  1. 1.Sound Core Co., Ltd.KyotoJapan
  2. 2.Faculty of EconomicsDoshisha UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Law, Humanities and the ArtsUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6477-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6478-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-9186
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-9445
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