We cannot be mere consumers of good governance, we must be participants we must be co-creators
Chrysalis Commons Earth core aim is to roll back the pincer movement that is the corporate market/state domination of our economy in order to reclaim space where the commons may once again thrive, and where local independent businesses, that exist in harmony with the commons as opposed to devouring it, can flourish.
Our aims to blaze a trail in terms of reimagining the purpose of business.
The old economy of greed and domination is dying. A new economy of life and partnership is struggling to be born. The outcome is ours to choose.
David Korten. Author, vocal critic of corporate globalisation
‘Corporate responsibility’ is a buzz term, but profit remains the core objective in order to reward shareholders. Working for such organisations is associated with reward for contributing to the bottom line. Even the whole not-for-profit and worker cooperative sector assumes profit as the goal to share among workers. Social purpose again is still a vaneer for the core question of how does the business turn some product or service into money. It can even be argued that this is the unsaid aim of NGO’s, public sector and charities.
Chrysalis Commosn Earth aims to move beyond all of this. Our aim is to grow community wealth, in all it’s forms. Money (wages) is intended solely to ensure that all those who work for the company can meet their needs within the context of the dominant economic model.
Ultimately our goal is to grow the commons for everyone’s benefit, employee and non-employee, customer and non-customer, in order to reduce all of our dependency upon money. Fundamentally the commons is where people planet and place are prioritiesed over profit power and privilege and where the culture is one of stewardship, with future generations in mind.
Meanwhile, the role of profit should be as the natural result of service within thriving neighbourhoods, generated by a predominant independent business sector that both benefits from and gives back to the locality upon which it depends. Such businesses sit comfortably within the commons, weaving competition within deep stabilising forms of co-operation.
Few would argue that we have not become dangerously over-dependent upon global corporations that generate wealth for themselves and their small number of shareholders by sucking it from communities in their single-minded and relentless pursuit of profit, to the exclusion of all other considerations.
The damage that they have inflicted is now in grave danger of overwhelming us and the planet if we do not radically re-evaluate what we consider to be truly important.
If we are indeed blazing a trail, how we organise and manage our business is by definition a work in progress, but as long as we share values we are confident something amazing can emerge.