“The emperors are naked. Every single one. It turns out our whole society is just one big nudist party.” - Greta Thunberg
organisations that inspire
We are convinced: there are already many good organizations out there! But their stories have not been told in business books. Finding these good organizations, understanding how they live goodness and how goodness is operationalized is a humbling endaveour though. Also because being virtuous is not a state but a continous practice with failures, seductions to deviate and new challenges on the way. Yet it is our conviction that we need to showcase these organizations - to inspire and to ignite hope for all who are one the way to better.
In this section we will feature our yet-to-be developed "magna carta" for good organization. We will also share vignettes of the research good organizations. We enlist organizations which already are showcasing or awarding good organizations. And we will link to other research - often also critical on the existing awards and clubs for goodness. But most important: we are looking for suggestions. What organization do you consider good and why?
Here, we want to highlight some of the existing approaches and seek to develop a novel integrative approach - focused on virtue ethics and the European ethos of the "honourable merchant" who proactively takes care of people, organisation and society.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created dependent—on each other, our earth, and its climate—endowed with the inalienable responsibility to maintain justice, liberty, and affiliation for all. Thus our societies must sustain balance across public sector governments that are respected, private sector businesses that are responsible, and plural sector communities that are robust.
Resolution 1: Balance begins when each of us decides how we shall become part of the solution. By doing nothing, we remain part of the problem.
Resolution 3: We commit to the ideals of social conscience, fair trade, and good government, to replace the dogma of imbalance—that greed is good, markets are sufficient, and governments are suspect. We explore our human resourcefulness by resisting our exploitation as human resources.
Resolution 4: We build worthy institutions in all three sectors of society—departments in government, enterprises in business, associations in communities—from the ground up, with widespread engagement that carries individual leadership into collective communityship.
Resolution 5: At the tables of public policy, we strive to replace the compromises of self-interest with the coalescing of common interest.
Resolution 6: We challenge the rampant corruption that is legal as vigorously as we expect our governments to prosecute the overt corruption that is criminal.
Resolution 7: Sustainable global balance requires substantial global government. We call on all democratic nations to rally for lasting peace, by containing any power that aims to dominate while holding economic globalization in its place, namely the marketplace.
Henry Mintzberg, ourinterdependence.corg
Could we develop a similar declaration for businesses? More thought will be needed.