We’ve missed you. It’s been a few years since you’ve gone on a global tour.
It’s good you are back, in many ways.
Of course, no-one sane condones violence, there’s no need for that, ever.
But demonstrations of disapproval around political mis-management and spinelessness?
Can we have some more please?
Then we might change something.
Politicians respond to demonstrations, sometimes.
Now even the Americans are demonstrating. When that happens, you know something really is wrong.
Companies too, often take note of citizen protests.
Look at Ethical Corporation’s first cover, ten years ago.
At least some early CSR responses were based on concerns around those incidents of citizen unrest.
Back then it was the nebulous issue of ‘globalisation’ some folks were up in arms about.
These days there’s a bit more focus. Yes the big theme is still greed. But we know more about why financial disaster happens than we did, and who is responsible.
We even know more about solutions than we did ten years ago. No perfect answers, but some better ones.
When they say the modern methods are out of control, we really ought to listen. No-one understands the monster as well as he who helped create it.
Now we need smart, progressive companies AND citizens, to gang up on Government and help them set the frameworks for the future.
Business is going to have to get off the sidelines and become more involved in the future.
Neutrality is not a defence. We need CEOs to make their views clearer, whatever they might be.