By Mark Gee.
Pokie Free Challenge: ‘What would you give to see a bar get rid of its pokies? And what would it take for a bar to remove them? This is a simple pledge site dedicated to those questions.’
Bjarte Bogsnes, ‘Taking reality seriously – towards a more self-regulating management model at Statoil’. Sounds like subsidiarity:
In short, we try to make decisions at the right time and at the right level. Being a capital intensive and value-chain organized company, every single decision can’t be made at each platform or plant. But given this industrial setting, we try to make decisions as far out in the organization as possible. In many other businesses decision authorities can be delegated even further out.
My deep sense, though, is that the biggest barrier is this: The less hierarchy at a company, the more that certain people will be forced to give up their perks and privileges. One manifestation of this at Morning Star is that the highest-paid employee makes just six times what the lowest-paid earns (including seasonal hires)—a far cry from the 380-to-1 spread between CEO and average worker pay among the S&P 500. “At the end of the day,” says Green, who joined Morning Star in 2006, “we’re asking the princes to lay down their crowns.”
The paradoxes go on: Very little food is produced on Bowen, and much of what is sold here is imported from far away, poor-quality, expensive and unnutritious. Yet there is lots of land that could be used for organic permaculture, and many who would love to contribute time and learn about food self-sufficiency in community gardens, if only we could get them set up.