Beyond the Bottom Line: Socially Innovative Business Owners by Jack Quarter

By Jack Quarter

After delivering old standpoint at the phenomenon of industrial proprietors utilizing their organisations as laboratories for social innovation by way of discussing 19th-century British industrialist Robert Owen, zone (Ontario Institute for experiences in schooling, U. of Toronto) provides eleven case reviews of latest innovators from the united states, united kingdom, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. An interpretive framework for those reports in line with 4 propositions concludes the quantity. Proposition one states that company good fortune calls for having the keep watch over that enables beginning concepts. The others relate to innovation-sustaining stipulations.

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For the Nentsy, the indigenous people of the Yamal Peninsula which was targeted for massive hydrocarbon-based development in the 1990s, ‘there is no alternative occupation’ (Vitebsky 1990: 21). The intimate socio-ecological relationship between reindeer and their herders was threatened with massive disruption from construction, production and accidents. Mikhail Gorbachev’s new policy approach held promise for a new approach to industrialisation and development. Indigenous peoples hoped that the period of ‘revolutionary reconstruction and renewal of Soviet society’ (Taksami in IWGIA 1990: 23) might provide an opportunity to address the tragic legacies of industrialisation and developmentalism Soviet-style.

The ‘crisis’ is constituted as ... 3 ‘Top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ perspectives on world order diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind [sic] – peace and security, freedom and the rule of law. (Bush, quoted in O’Tuathail 1993: 123) In constructing a singular crisis of global scale, the New World Order (with capital letters) emerges as a logical and desirable outcome. In this vision of new world order, it is necessary to impose new order from the top down in order to address the global crisis.

In the West, the vast and complex biophysical, socio-cultural and politico-economic geographies of ‘Siberia’ were long ago reduced to a simplistic icon of the worst features of the Soviet system – the deadly gulags whose characterisation by Solzhenitsyn (1974) had so gripped the political imagination of the West. Below the vast plains of Western Siberia, between the Ob and Yenisey Rivers, the world’s largest structural sedimentary basin has accumulated enormous hydrocarbon deposits. Exploited by the Soviet Union since the 1950s, this area of ‘the Soviet Amazon’ became a focus for international energy transnationals when new discoveries, and a new political and administrative environment heralded a new phase of development activity.

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