||[Feb. 6th, 2013|07:25 am]
Wednesday: My LJ feed is full of posts from usgs_earthquake reporting on aftershocks (and preshocks) from the M 8.0, Santa Cruz Islands event. I've only noticed a tweet from the local police that there is no tsunami warning for California: i haven't had a chance to check the news.
I've had work phone calls and email engagements this morning, cutting into my reading and review time. I didn't work on Nominating committee tasks for meeting last night, so i will be behind at the meeting, i suspect. How can i frame that differently, so i don't hang my head? Well, at least i can recognize it's not a helpful frame.
Well, that was a quick day. I did some data entry all during the committee meeting and partly caught up. And i did QA testing into the evening, finding problems that depressed me. Will we do our install tonight? Oy.
John Mackey, cofounder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, is no fan of big government and the "crony capitalism" he believes it fosters. He thinks private sector responsibility is the answer and his prescription is described in a new book, Conscious Capitalism, that he coauthored.
Conscious capitalism is made up of four elements:
* a purpose higher than merely generating profits and shareholder value;
* integration of all stakeholders in that sense of purpose;
* conscious leadership devoted to the higher purpose and stakeholder integration;
* a conscious culture with shared values that reflect the higher purpose.
Part of me believes that the four points are critical to work-life: the first point is certainly why i have worked where i have, the next three points are things i attempt to foster in my corner of the Whale and, in general, i am not alone in that effort. But my overall reaction, particularly to the proposal that this is a solution to income inequality, is one of distrust and cynicism as i read the article. The author of the article seems to be dubious as well, concluding,
Is this an important answer to the inequality now thought to be burdening economies from the US to India and even China? Or is it an exercise in self-indulgence associated with a retailing strategy that would succeed in any case? If it is so promising, why do so few organizations practice it, as evidenced by macroeconomic trends? Is the basic premise even correct, given evidence from Europe, where less inequality prevails alongside slow growth? What do you think?
Meanwhile, in Jojoland Rhythm news, I finished Christine's purse cover while watching a second episode of Star Trek as we both unwound from our late evenings. I was delighted by how the yarn hid the whip stitches i used to attach the cover to the zipper: i know i wasn't doing an even or precise job, but it looks just fine. Phase two will be to replace the handles, as the leatherette is peeling there, too but she can start using the purse now.
This seemed to break my post late-Yule-gift crochet block: i believe i'll be able to finish a few other projects now, with the momentum returned.