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 thenewcorporation.movie.
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