The Corporation – By Inder Bedi
I like documentaries. I feel that as a society we don’t watch enough of them. So this week I’m promoting an all time favorite and Canada’s most successful documentary ever.
The Corporation examines the rights and actions of today’s dominant institution. It gives some fascinating insight into these large, influential companies that have all the rights of a ‘person’ without necessarily being concerned with the consequences or externalities.
An externality is a cost or benefit which results from an activity or transaction that affects an otherwise uninvolved party who did not choose to incur that cost or benefit. The results of an organization that is interested strictly in profit will lead to more negative externality than positive ones, these are also called ‘social costs’.
The film also touches upon the fear that social responsibility is a trend which may or may not stay in fashion (such as fur). Will today’s proponents for social change be labeled the hippies of the new millennium decades from now?
The video particularly struck a cord with me in relation to MATT & NAT. Beyond being vegan, making use of recycled materials and encouraging upcycling, what else can we do to ensure that all of our externalities from design/concept to delivery are positive ones? A lot. Promoting a lifestyle of ‘living beautifully’ has meant taking a fresh look at everything we do and the effects on everyone we touch, directly or not…
What can you do as an individual in full control of your actions and subsequent consequences ? Watch the video, occupy your future…