Wednesday 6 May 2015
Accountants Club of America
Time: 11.15 am-12 pm: meet and greet; 12-2 pm: luncheon and speaker
Venue: Club 101, 101 Park Avenue, Cnr 40th and Park Avenue, Lobby Level, New York, NY
Friday 8 May 2015
ACE Salon with Jane Gleeson-White: Can accountants save the planet?
New York University
NYU Wagner Alliance for Climate and Environment (ACE)
Time: 5-7 pm
Venue: Jersey Conference Room, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
In other news, B Lab – the organisation promoting the new generation ‘benefit corporation’ – is running what looks like a fascinating free Special Event at 6pm on 28 May called Rock Stars of the New Economy. It’s being held at the brand new Frank Gehry building in Ultimo, Sydney – the UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at 14-28 Ultimo Road – and will feature what B Lab is calling ‘four rock-stars of the B Corp community’:
Rob Michalak, Head of Social Mission at Ben & Jerry’s
Helen Souness, Managing Director at Etsy Australia
James Chin Moody, Founder and CEO at TuShare
Berry Liberman, Editor and Publisher at Dumbo Feather.
They’ll be talking from the perspective of 2030 about why it was important that their businesses became B Corporations (aka benefit corporations) – in social, environmental and business engagement terms. They’ll also be talking about the role of business in society and (rethinking, perhaps) how success is defined. It should be a very thought-provoking discussion. I plan to go along.
And last but certainly not least, I’ve just started a new book by Swedish writer Katrine Marcal called Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? A story about women and economics. Here’s the blurb:
‘How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. It might seem easy, but it is actually very complicated. When economist and philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest, and that the world turns because of financial gain, he laid the foundations for “economic man”.
‘Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since – he is the ugly, rational heart of modern-day capitalism. But, every night, Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest, but out of love. Even today, the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning, and cooking is not part of our economic models. All over the world, there are economists who believe that if women are paid less, it’s because their labour is worth less.
‘Katrine Marcal charts the myth of economic man – from its origins at Adam Smith’s dinner table, its adaptation by the Chicago School, and its disastrous role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis – and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.’
I’m hooked already. I’m reviewing it for The Australian and will write more about it here when the review is out.