InnovationManchester

Nice doing business with you…

Posted on: February 2, 2010


Corporation, n.  An ingenious device for obtaining personal wealth without personal responsibility. (Ambrose Bierce)

 It was in the early 1900s that journalist Ambrose Bierce came up with this definition, as part of his charmingly cynical ‘Devil’s Dictionary’. At the time, society was emerging from a century of staggering changes in technological progress, economic growth and social turmoil.

Mr Bierce didn’t include a definition for a co-operative business model in his dictionary, although the Rochdale Pioneers had defined and implemented this fabulous concept in 1844. They made an imaginative quantum leap: they dreamed up a business that was run by and owned by its customers and employees, so that they had a true stake in the business. 

Once again we are living in times when there is great public cynicism with big business and the banking sector in particular, and we’re heading for a period of major economic and social upheaval as unprecedented planetary changes have their effect on populations across the world.

We need some radical new ways of working and living, like the Rochdale Pioneers created – whether that is in delivering public services, or in developing businesses. Has Manchester got the talent and the chutzpah to get ahead of the curve, and become a leading centre for developing and testing bold and imaginative ways of going about our daily lives?

Advertisements

1 Response to "Nice doing business with you…"

Not if its institutions continue to cling to old models of economic and social growth,no it won’t.

I very much doubt whether the Rochdale Cooperative pioneers model would have been allowed to get started in this day and age.

They would have been forced to register for this and that,to open bank accounts,comply with health and safety and been given a list of measurables and deliverables to achieve.

Then they would have spent so long in meetings,writing reports and replying to emails that cooperation would have been but a distant ambition on the horizon.

and of course let’s not forget,the internet would have destroyed their business model anyway

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Innovation Manchester

Innovation Manchester is a dynamic and diverse network of innovators and entrepreneurs, working together to make Manchester a better place to do business. We’re making Manchester a global innovation leader by creating: - new connections - new business opportunities - radical city-wide solutions Be part of the innovation conversation - all you need is enthusiasm and original thinking.

innovationmcr latest tweets

%d bloggers like this: