This summer while RTE, Ireland’s national broadcaster, was in the grip of a corporate governance scandal that triggered a government inquiry, the resignation of its Director General, the reconstitution of its executive board and the suspension of its highest paid broadcaster, never-before-witnessed heatwaves and floods hammered the living world. To see how these phenomena are part of the same pattern, we have to join-the-dots between personal choices, corporate decision-making and global outcomes.
System change to rescue ourselves and our planetary system is not someone else’s job. It’s everyone’s job. Most of us think the fate of the living world has nothing to do with us. We couldn’t be more wrong. Our professional work is right at the heart of the ecological crisis.
Our primitive need to see good triumph over evil may be satisfied by watching Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s head roll but it keeps us blind to our systemic reality. What’s broken is not individuals or even individual organisations but our entire industrial system.
As intangible, non-financial assets continue to grow as a contributor to the financial bottom-line, there’s a unique opportunity for HR, Organisation Development and Communication professionals to demonstrate how much culture counts by joining the dots between culture and corporate value.
Marketing professionals are helping to slow down the public response to the critical issues of our time by concealing the ecological truth. But they have a central role to play in shifting human consciousness and values – from casual consumption to conscious living.
Ever get the feeling that something is wrong? Our culture conditions us to destroy what is important – and works hard to persuade us there’s no alternative. This essay explores the role of the media in maintaining the cultural status quo – and why it’s time to break the spell and take change personally.
Now and then we observe the world through the lens of living systems and our CultureWork perspective.
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