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A group hosted by Dave Furze, focused on the importance of being "for" something and tapping into existing research, initiatives, organizations, etc. for inspiration and wisdom around what the Occupy movement might stand for as a vision of what is possible.
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Ethical Capitalism? An interactive dialogue in association with Occupy London
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)
London, United Kingdom. Including Ken Costa and Dr Luke Brotherton and Representatives from Occupy London
‘Transforming Capitalism from Within’ by Jonathan Rushworth and Michael Schluter sets out an alternative, relational approach to the purpose, performance and assessment of companies. This report proposes far-reaching reforms as to how companies could operate as ‘Relational communities’ in a sustainable and profitable way, rather than as vehicles within which all parties compete for short-term financial gain. Read the executive summary here.
Walk the talk
Every time you make a financial transaction over the next week, pause first to think about the relationship inherent in the matter; is there anything you might do differently to make that relationship closer, fairer or more long-lasting? ( (Taken from Friday Five, Stimulating Relational Thinking by Jonathan Tame, 2nd Dec) See http://fridayfiveblog.blogspot.com/
“The love of property and consciousness of right and wrong have conflicting places in our organization, which often makes a man's course seem crooked, his conduct a riddle.” Abraham Lincoln
The High Pay Commission published its long awaited report last week after a year of research into executive remuneration in the UK. Chairperson Deborah Hargreaves stated, “There's a crisis at the top of British business… When pay for senior executives is set behind closed doors, does not reflect company success and is fuelling massive inequality it represents a deep malaise at the very top of our society.”
Capitalist economics is primarily about generating a return on capital; what might a more relational economy look like? Drawing its inspiration from the Judeo-Christian ethical tradition, ‘Relational Thinking’ understands all financial decisions to be expressions of relationships – for example between buyer and seller, lender and borrower, employer and employee, taxpayer and government. Ensuring these relationships are close, fair and lasting is essential to a successful economy; rising inequality is a sign that they are moving in the opposite direction. (Taken from Friday Five Stimulating Relational Thinking by Jonathan Tame, 2nd Dec)
I think this group on this site is focused on positives, namely, permaculture and related design approaches.
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