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Jon Husband - If capital markets everywhere adopted different performance

Jon Husband - If capital markets everywhere adopted different performance

Now, one of the things it would be interesting, and I don’t know how this would be accomplished, is, if capital markets everywhere adopted different performance, measures of performance for corporate performance. If they started valuing, let’s say, company X, went this quarter employing 10,000 people and they’ve just added 12,000 more people over the last four quarters because their goods and services were in significant demand. Now there has been a response to that, in terms of ecologically and socially[...]
Jon Husband - Performances are driven by expectations of an amoral capital markets exchange

Jon Husband - Performances are driven by expectations of an amoral capital markets exchange

Well, I think that given the very powerful presence of corporations and organizations in people’s lives, there is a movement that started probably close to 20 years ago about corporate social responsibility. And I think that has been likened most often to… I think the phrases are “green washing” or “brainwashing”, just like environmental responsibility, which is there… as much as anything used as slogans to market. Now I think corporations can, with enlightened leadership, say, the role of a corporation[...]
Jon Husband - Do we need those? Probably not.

Jon Husband - Do we need those? Probably not.

What comes to mind at the moment is a book I’ve read about 10 years ago, by a Canadian philosopher by the name of Mark Kingwell, and the title of the book was “Better Living: In Search Of Happiness From Plato To Prozac”. He picked the words better living from the Westinghouse, washing machine company or refrigerator company of the 1950s and 60s, and their basic slogan was “better living through electricity”, I think, or else it was “better living[...]
Jon Husband - The black gold is information about people

Jon Husband - The black gold is information about people

For most of the business models, whether it is a web service on the internet, whether it’s Facebook, whether it’s Google, whether it’s any of the other well-known services, or even companies that are starting to increasingly look to a model called social business, the real currency, the oil of the 21st Century, the black gold is information about people: what they do, what they say, what they feel, what they think. I was at a session a couple of days[...]
Jon Husband - A search for productivity and efficiency in drag

Jon Husband - A search for productivity and efficiency in drag

I think that the adoption of the terms collaboration and engagement, while they sound virtuous, and they sound positive and constructive, and they may well be, because clearly we do need innovation in many, many products and services in our society, is still really what I would call a search for productivity and efficiency in drag. When I say the word ‘in drag’ that’s like drag queens and people who costume themselves to pretend otherwise. What I keep thinking of in[...]