"Society is undergoing tremendous change right now — the sharing and collaboration practices of the Internet are extending to transportation (Uber), hotels (Airbnb), financing (Kickstarter, Lending Club) and music services (Spotify). The rise of the collaborative economy, of which the Open Source community is a part, should be a powerful message for the business community. "
Fro. The article: "we risk becoming the cyber-peasants tending (or loitering on, more likely) the feudal lawn of the machine-owning rich. "
"The law, which the city said “strengthens provisions of the City’s Human Right Law,” allows employers to conduct a criminal background check only after they make a conditional job offer to a prospective employee. "
Curious if others agree with me that this is brilliant!
Social enterprises must not prioritise social aims over viability
Does Divestment Work
Both of these articles totally miss the boat. Let me begin my argument with a wonderful Peter Drucker quote:
"No financial man will ever understand business because financial people think a company makes money. A company makes shoes, and no financial man understands that. They think money is real. Shoes are real. Money is an end result."
In both of these articles they forget completely about the shoes - which in this case is a world improved in a very specific way. These articles are both condescending and ignorant. Of course profit and return are important. Yes, profit and return keep-the-lights-on. However, the reason the lights are on is to make a better world so exceptionally talented entrepreneurs and activists manage their impact across a spectrum trade offs.
Ultimately the real mistake both of these articles make is to take an amoral posture. The value that is created by the work is not in competition with money, no, it defines the purpose of the money. Their is no amoral position and these articles never take in to account the value of the work - of the successful transition of intent to product to outcome. That is just ignorant.
Alongside that, SOCAP15 has had a thread focused on Neighborhood Economics that is genuinely counter cultural. The idea that economies should be regenerative and serve whole communities flies in the face of the extractive practices of mainstream investing and multinational corporations. And for what it's worth, the quality of the people working on the neighborhood economics problem is much higher than the financial-politicians of the mainstream cabal. :)
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