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Using Maharishi Vastu to maximize human capital
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 November 2011
Jeffrey Abramson, real estate developer and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Maharishi University of Management, recently gave a lecture to the Garrison Institute* in New York, USA. In his lecture, he talked about using Maharishi Vastu architecture as a tool to enhance the efficiency and creativity of businesses.
Mr Abramson stated that after a few years of working with real estate development and environmentally friendly, or green, buildings he realized that 'real estate [is] a very critical component in how we could change our society.'
He asked himself, 'Is it possible that we could build structures that capture the totality of natural law so that our thinking and aspirations are supported by natural law? In other words, could our businesses be more successful if we took the most expensive component of operating a business, which is human capital, and put them in environments that they could thrive? And that's what excited me. That was the next generation of green buildings.'
Mr Abramson went on to explain more about the role of employees, or human capital. 'Human capital is the most expensive cost of operating a business.' In fact, the cost is higher than energy costs and significantly higher than rent.
Rent is just 8% of the cost of running a business, yet most real estate developers talk about how important it is to get the 'best deal' on the cost of rent.
But the average cost of rent in Washington, DC is $40 per foot, while the cost of human capital is $400 per foot. This calculation is based on the space each employee occupies, salary, and the cost of insurance, turnovers, and vacation days.
Mr Abramson continued, 'So if you take that $400 per foot of human capital that you're spending every year, can you create an environment that's an investment into that human capital?'
If one can, and 'if the building made a contribution to enhance the outcome of those people by 5% . . . that would be the equivalent of $20 [per foot] per month, which is half the cost of rent.'
But how can a building enhance the efficiency of human capital? He went on to describe the positive effects of Maharishi Vastu architecture, which truly exemplify how a building can have an uplifting influence on its occupants.
He concluded by remarking that what green building is trying to accomplish is enhancing people's lives, but Maharishi Vastu buildings can also increase productivity and make businesses more creative.
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* Global Good News will continue to feature Jeffrey Abramson's talk, which is quoted with permission of the Garrison Institute. He was addressing the Institute's 2011 symposium on Climate, Buildings, and Behavior.
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