CPR is a well-known medical technique for saving people’s lives. It means cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
This morning I tweeted the following challenge:
Whither #goodbiz, the vast majority I am sure, in dreadful times such as Trump’s? Where should – or even can – it take a public stance on such a public #badbiz assault on everything Western liberal democracy – even now, shredded as it is – still holds dear?
I understand why #goodbiz has – up until now – just wanted to see and wait and react and respond to what the politicians pull periodically out of their hats.
But more and more these politicians are not politicians: they are #badbiz competitors, who are turning the once liberal, fairly level, playing-field of commerce and economics upside down.
It’s not that we have very bad politicians in power any more: it’s that we have very good, good at rapacious I mean, businesspeople who think only of the – of their! – bottom line. And what #goodbiz still hasn’t properly captured is that the worst disintegration we are witnessing is not of democracy, but of #goodbiz’s future markets – now firmly in the hands of the worst kinds of robber barons. Proudly converted, in their cultural ignorances one might observe, in national leaders.
But politics was never their goal. Politics has always been, for these exploiters of the earth, brazenly these days, once upon a time more covertly, just one other simple tool to achieve untrammelled monopoly. And so it is I sustain that the real battle to save Western liberal democracy now lies firmly in the field of the huge diversities of #goodbiz out there.
But how can #goodbiz get involved in politics? How can it get it right? I mean, it’s pretty obvious the voters themselves are finding the neoliberal media onslaught – recently, and seriously, funded by Disney’s multi-billion dollar purchase of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment bits and bobs – difficult, on too many occasions, to interpret wisely.
How can #goodbiz avoid getting into bed with people and parties who, further down the line, turn out to be bad follows – and yet still manage to interact with political change in meaningful ways?
I would suggest two strategies – one, internal to the organisation; one, externally scoped:
- Corporate Process Responsibility (CPR x 1) – that #goodbiz engage with its own institutional relationships to draw up an auditable charter and constitution to encourage and develop #goodbiz practice in supply lines, internal management, supplier-provider relationships (both internal and external), and so forth; and that the public is made aware of the companies who refuse to subscribe to such dynamics, probably by advertising clearly those who do subscribe.
- Corporate Political Responsibility (CPR x 2) – that firstly, #goodbiz uses all the hugely constructive analytical tools it has to hand in its daily activity to draw up a charter and constitution for #goodpolitics practice, where good is defined as properly re-establishing Western liberal democracy’s level playing-field for responsible and truly competitive business infrastructure, and its corresponding behaviours; secondly, just as importantly, for socially engaged and nation-state attached business units to pay the roads, hospitals, schools and telecommunications their taxes should be delivering anyway, in exchange for taking rightful advantage of the same; and finally, that public declarations of support – or no – re future political activities by third parties (individuals and groups) should be based entirely on careful and evidence-based analysis of the processes being followed by the participants under observation – never on the basis of their political colours.
Number 1 seems important to me because once achieved within one’s own walls, one is far more convincing on the value of particular process to the outside world.
I may be wrong, of course.
I am always open to debate and correction.
But it does seem at the very least workable to me that, in some way similar to the above, #goodbiz might use its massive value-add of analytical capabilities to allow it in some entirely productive and viable way to enjoin the battle against those would destroy not only democracy – far more unnoticed, our beloved free-market spaces themselves.