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The Corporation

This Canadian produced film takes the status of corporation as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, and puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The film includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics that present a wide variety of perspectives. Thoughtful and essentially even-handed, it examines recognizable flaws in the "corporate character," and also includes case studies and strategies for change. The film is the winner of 26 international awards, including the Audience Choice Award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

This production contains copyrighted material which prohibits including access from this site.  You can Purchase the DVD set which includes hours of additional footage from not-included interviews and segments of news and media coverage on the production.


Leaders with a Deeper Purpose

Students in the MBA program at highly regarded European business School IESE heard Paul Polman, CEO at London based global company Unilever, give an impassioned and moving speech on campus in November 2103. What he called for in this talk is leadership with a depper sense of purpose. As Professor Franz Heukamp, Director of the MBA program, put it in his blog on the school' website, Polman "brought the sometime stale debate about CSR to a completely new level." This is a recording of the entire speech. Excerpts from the speech are also presented below.

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The Coming Collapse of the American Corporation

Shareholder-owned corporations were the central pillars of the US economy in the twentieth century. Public corporations have become less concentrated, less integrated, less interconnected at the top, shorter-lived, and less prevalent since the turn of the twenty-first century, and there is reason to expect that their significance will continue to dwindle. We are left with both pathologies (heightened inequality, lower mobility, and a fragmented social safety net) and new technologies suitable for being re-purposed in more democratic forms. What is needed is the social organization to match the tools that we already have, or will have shortly.

Dr. Gerld (Jerry) Davis, the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology, The University of Michigan, gave this address as part of the Center for Study of the Economy & Society Lecture Series at Cornell University on February 6, 2014.


How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

The concept of income inequality has received an increasing amount of attention as a dysfunctional aspect of our current economic system. In this TED Talk delivered in July 2011, epidemiologist and researcher Richard Wilinson charts hard data on how income inequality has an impactful influence on health, lifespan, and trust within a society. It appears that an instinctive feeling that societies with larger gaps between the well of and the poor have something intrinsically wrong has a valid basis.


Leaders with a Deeper Purpose (Excerpts)

Students in the MBA program at highly regarded European business School IESE heard Paul Polman, CEO at London based global company Unilever, give an impassioned and moving speech on campus in November 2103. What he called for in this talk is a new type of capitalism and leadership with a deeper sense of purpose. As Professor Franz Heukamp, Director of the MBA program, put it in his blog on the school website, Polman "brought the sometime stale debate about CSR to a completely new level." This is a selection of some of the more compelling excerpts from the  speech. The entire speech is available above.


Capitalism in Crisis

Charlie Rose leads a discussion with Economist Richard Wolff and geographer David Harvey: Are we able to ask the key questions that need to be asked about which aspects of our economic system work, and which aspects do not?  Broadcast July 26, 2012.


Crisis of Capitalism - Harvey

Academic David Harvey looks beyond capitalism towards a new social order.


Complexity In Networks

Melanie Mitchell (author of Complexity: A Guided Tour, Oxford University Press, 2009) explains several of the properites of networks from a complex adaptive system perspective to an audience at the 2e Nationale Dag van de Zelforganisatie In Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 10, 2010. The brief introduction is in Dutch; her talk is in English.


Fractals - The Colors of Infinity

 Arthur C. Clarke and several distinguished scienctists including Steven Hawking and Benoit Mandelbrot describe the properties of fractals in depth. Fractals technically are a mathematical phenomenon where the increasingly finer details of a pattern are self-similar to the primary pattern even at the highest magnification. They are prevalent in nature and can be seen also in many societal structures such as technology, art, and law. They are a critical component of complex adaptive system dynamics.


The Journey of Sustainable Business

Can business profit through sustainability? This animated lecture traces the journey of industrial practices from the Industrial Revolution to the present.


Navigating Our Global Future

Ian Golding's Ted Talk recorded June 2009.  

As globalization and technological advances rapidly bring us towards a new and more integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally, and how we handle that integration may determine whether it results in a positive improvement for most or a possible catastrophic disaster.  if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.

Ian Goldin is director of the 21st Century School at Oxford, leading the school's program of research, collaboration and education, through cross-disciplinary thinking about global problems reaching into the near to the distant future.


The Business Logic Of Sustainability - Ray Anderson

Ted Talks - February 2009, Long Beach CA

A pioneer sustainability champion transformed his petroleum intensive business into a leader in reducing impact on the planet while surprisingly continuously gaining marketshare and significantly increasing profitability. Followin gAnderson's death in 2011, his company, Interface Inc., has carried on his legacy of a strong commitment to sustainability and innovative advances in environmentally effective use of materials and resources, and his family foundation funds innovative projects that advance and make feasible contribution to sustainable production and consumption.


Redefining the Role of Business in Society: Mark Kramer

Kramer is the co-author with Michael Porter of the January 2011 Harvard business Reivew article "Creating Shared Values." This address was given at the 3rd Global Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna Austria on November 3rd, 2011.


The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations

The scalability of cities and corporations have a number of parallels with each other and with aspects of biology. Geoffrey West discusses the implications relating to sustainability and survival.


The Great Bell Chant

Take a Moment to Take a Deep Breath... Pause in a Meditative Way... and Go to a Place of Serenity... and Hope... Just Because...

Full Screen View strongly suggested


The Empathic Civilisation - Animated

An animated version based on a portion of a lecture given by bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin that investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
Watch Rifkin's complete lecture, see below.


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Produced and edited by Abi Stephenson, RSA. Animation by Cognitive Media.


The Empathic Civilisation - Jeremy Rifkin

Rifkin argues that society has been living off outdated ideas that are increasingly dysfunctional and that we need to actively work to change our mode of consciousness. With a belief that human beings are 'soft wired' for empathy, he urges a nurturing and cultivation of this empathy as a path to generate a global, biospheric consciousness.

Jeremy Rifkin is founder and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, and since 1994, a senior lecturer at Wharton School's Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the principal architect of the EU's Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan and has contributed to shaping public policy in the US and other countries toward responsible government policies on environmental, scientific and technology related issues.


14 Principles of Management - Fayol

Henri Fayol's General and Industrial Management, published in France 1916, is considered the first complete theory of management. Fayol's 'Principles' anticipate many of the critical elements underlying the concept of effective corporate governance and social responsibility 100 years later.

The introduction below are the first two paragraphs of a reprint of pages 19 to 42 of General and Industrial Management included in Classics of Organization Theory, Second Edition, edited by Jay M. Shafritz and J. Steven Ott, Chicago: The Dorsey Press, 1987. In their preface, Shafritz and Ott state"...Just as those who would design and build space ships must start by studying Newton, those who would design and manage organizations must start with (Frederick) Taylor and Fayol. The future will always build upon what is enduring from the past."

This video briefly summarizes the ideas behind each of Fayol's Fourteen Principles, and does not include audio.


Making Global Labor Fair

Former Fair Labor Association head Auret van Heerden talks about the next frontier of workers' rights -- globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we keep our global supply chains honest? Van Heerden makes the business case for fair labor.






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