Why are 19th Century Structures Governing 21st Century Change?


location Arts at the Old Fire Station | 2 PM-3 PM Wednesday 15 April 2015 (BST)

The traditional and most widespread methods of organising are based on out-dated ways of thinking about humans and their role in the cosmos. They assume that: (1) someone must be in charge; (2) humans are separate from and inherently more valuable than the rest of life; (3) pursuit of economic growth is the most direct path to, and takes priority over, social good and environmental health; and (4) humans are mainly rational beings driven by self-interest.

The limited company structure, for example, has barely changed since 1855 and is based on feudal thinking, with “owners” appointing “managers” to deal with the masses. Responding to the inevitable social and environmental injustice such an approach engenders, many initiatives have arisen around the world that challenge these assumptions - including B Corps, sociocracy, horizontalism (getting rid of managers) and employee ownership. What unites them is a broader and nobler conception of what it means to be human.

Location

Arts at the Old Fire Station

40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ, United Kingdom

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