The New Corporation: Creating an economic system that works for all

Commonwealth Club of California

Published on Feb 4, 2021

How do we find our way to a society focused on the common good instead of greed and selfishness? Does our “socially responsible” corporation structure allow us to have other values besides profit? Our panel—Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbot, Elizabeth Davis and Kevin McGarry—will guide us to examine these issues.

Joel Bakan’s book “the New Corporation” and Jennifer Abbot and Joel’s film by the same name, calls out what they call the corporate takeover of society. From gatherings of corporate elites in Davos, to climate change and spiraling inequality, the rise of authoritarian leaders to COVID and racial injustice, our panel of media activists and academics looks at corporations’ devastating power and the systemic changes required. Countering this is a groundswell of resistance worldwide as people take to the streets in pursuit of justice and the planet’s future.

The members of our panel examine how a “just recovery” means addressing the three crises: climate, COVID and capitalism.

The panel will look beyond the old corporate mentality and guide people toward a reimagining of democracy, collective action, structural equality and how people can get involved.

MLF ORGANIZER Elizabeth Carney NOTES MLF: Business & Leadership

The program is presented in collaboration with St Mary’s College of California’s Elfenworks Center for Responsibile Business, and

Main image courtesy Grant Street Productions.

JANUARY 20, 2021


Jennifer Abbott Filmmaker, The New Corporation, The Corporation and A Cow at My Table

Joel Bakan Filmmaker, The New Corporation Film; Author, The New Corporation; Public Speaker; Professor of Law, University of British Columbia

Elizabeth Davis Ph.D., Dean, School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary’s College of California

Kevin McGarry Attorney, Associate Professor of Accounting (Tax/Law/Ethics), Saint Mary’s College of California; Director, Elfenworks Center for Responsible Business

Elizabeth Carney Entrepreneur; Chair, Business and Leadership Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California

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