- Dave Kelly
- Burlington, Ontario
Manufacturing Manager, Hamsar Diversco Inc
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Can a social business/enterprise be run in a way that more closely resembles the equal society it strives to create?
There are many social businesses around the world that are working towards improving some aspect of society. I would say that all of these improvements are steps towards a more equal society for all people (everyone has shelter, food, clothing, opportunity, etc).
However, many of these companies (not all of course) are still run in traditional ways such as a standard hierarchy system, unequal compensation, unequal decision making, etc.
Is it possible for a social business to be run in a different manner? In a way that more closely resembles what we HOPE the future is like? Can a company demonstrate their desired future by example?
Some of the thoughts/ideas I've had on things that could be done differently are:
- More then one or two "founders". Can there be 20 or 50 or 100 people with the same goal working together from the start of the business?
- Equal pay among at least the founding members (possibly all workers?)
- 100% voting on important issues (what constitutes an important issue?)
- "Leaders" only for specific tasks as laid out by the entire team (ie. find ideal source for X material needed)
- Equal investment (time and money) by members.
- Founding members from around the world (better understanding of world issues and markets)
These are just some of the thoughts I've had on this subject. I look forward to hearing what others have to say.
** I am doing this as research for a possible social business startup of my own. If anyone is intrigued by anything discussed here and would like to talk further about making something like this a reality, please contact me through Ted. Thanks.**