The business panacea

In a world of ever increasingSocial ills,The promise of entrepreneurshipGradually inflates in size and scopeUntil it becomes the only way forwardWe imagine possible.In a milieu of poor alternativesThe private businessHas become the magic bullet,The pure blade,The weapon of choiceTo slay our giantsAnd make us whole.But how can we expect businessTo solve the problems the StateHas […]

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Retail Joy

The promise of the retail storeIs that sitting on their shelvesIs the thing your heart has been yearning forAll along,All you need is cashAnd you too will be care-freeWind in your hairLiving your best life,But how much happinessCan you actually buy?There are hard limits to whatRetail joyCan really deliverAnd even its greatest offerringsFall far, far […]

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The tyranny of business

Not everything is better  When it is privatised. Market forces aren’t pure hands  Moulding our society. ‘Securing the bag’ isn’t  An infallible top priority. Business culture has morphed our cities  Into highly individualised spaces Where almost anything can be sacrificed For the sake of a bottom line. The attainment of cash  Has become the golden […]

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Being a resource

Is a much better goalThan being a brand.Figuring out what the world needsAnd offering a solutionIs superior to positioning ourselvesFor likes.Being a resourceFor the world around usClarifies our purposeAnd makes it easy to indentifyWho our people are.Ultimately, the surest wayTo finding our place in the worldIs not though salesmanshipBut through service.

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Deep pockets

Having the most money in the roomDoesn’t mean you’re best suited to leadOr that your ideasAre most likely to succeed.And though people will likely defer toThe wealthiest individualsIts important to recognizeThe limits of moneyAnd acknowledge our tendencyTo allow it to cloud our judgement.Deep pocketsAre a measure of the resources available,Not an indicationOf who should tell […]

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Inclusive Innovation

InnovationIs often born out of frustrationAnd convictions about inclusionEmerge from disparate societies.Great progress and affluenceHas often been made possibleBy great exploitation,Mind boggling prosperitySide by side with breathtaking povertyUnequal.Inclusive innovationIs an appeal to our creativityA call to do better,To build a larger tableFor more people to sit atTo dig a deeper wellFor more people to drink.Are […]

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Screwing people over

Seems to be low hanging fruit.How the cookie tends to crumble.We are far too quickTo defend a state of affairsThat involves the powerful making lifeJust a little bit harderFor most other people,Whether its ignoring inequalitiesOr celebrating destructive trends-Humans hurting humansIs a blood sportFor which we have not lostAn appetite for.If business as usualMeans making your […]

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The stuff we do for free

Showing up early.Forgiving quickly.Apologizing first.Offering to help.Refusing to take advantage.Opening doors for others.Giving the benefit of the doubt.Overlooking the pettiness of others.Listening to a rant.Repeating yourself without getting annoyed.Saying ‘Thank you.’In a world whereNothing is for mahala*Where almost every interactionIs making someone, somewhereA lot of money,Its worth taking the timeTo note the stuff we do […]

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Generic Advice

Generally sucks. If you actually care  About the person you are about to  “Educate” Pause and consider  If you actually know them, Or have a sense of the world they inhabit. Do you care enough  To listen before you pontificate  Your tried and true insights? As you lay out your vision  For how their life […]

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On ‘selling yourself’

Strange,That we use such languageTo describe self expression,As though ‘being’ humanIsn’t quite enoughAnd that we have to commodify ourselvesTo get ahead.I mean, the ideaOf selling human fleshHas become decidedly repulsiveTo most modern humans,Except, of course,In the case of usSelling ourselves-Positioning our bodies,Impeccably poutingAnd competitively posing beforeThe ever watchful lensOf the onlooking world,Casting our complicated selvesInto […]

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