"A welcoming space for people to rejuvenate themselves and co-imagine the world together" — Julian, member of The Bento Society
Bentoism is the theory that self-interest is multi-dimensional. Today we see self-interest in terms of short-term individualism. What I as an individual want right now. While this perspective is in our self-interest, it falls short of capturing the whole picture.
Bentoism (an acronym for BEyond Near Term Orientation) is a wider lens for what's valuable and in our self-interest. This includes what we want and need right now, but it also makes space for the considerations of our future selves, the people we rely on and who rely on us, and the next generation. All of these spaces impact us and are impacted by us.
The Bento is a simple and useful tool for making decisions that help us see beyond a short-term individualistic view. The Bento serves as a values processor that filters decisions through the perspective of each dimension of your self-interest.
The Bento Society
The Bento Society is the global community of people who come together to explore Bentoism.
We come from all around the world and every walk of life. We are retail workers and artists. Students and professors. CEOs and customer service workers. Health care workers and filmmakers. Scientists and Uber drivers.
We meet in weekly video gatherings where people set priorities, share challenges and perspectives, and explore potential futures. In its first year, the Bento Society hosted more than 100 events for thousands of people from around the world.
The Bento Society is led by Yancey Strickler, who introduced the idea of Bentoism in his book, This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World, in 2019.