My son Colin pointed me to this new site a couple of days ago, suggesting that I publish its list of names on the exopermaculture site, together with their banks. I considered doing it, but then “it slipped my mind.”
I just now noticed that, actually, I felt squeamish about being an accomplice in making such a list public! Interesting, how something can and does block an action without one being aware of doing it, or the reason why. And that makes me realize how conditioned I still am, to not talk about money. Despite that for years I’ve challenged people to notice how much easier it is to talk about sex than about money. We simply do not ask how much money someone “makes.” It’s just not done. Money is the final taboo, which we are now, as the Occupy movement surges along, blasting through. This occupytheboardroom.org site is the most in-your-face manifestation so far of the giddy, explosive freeing up of what has been so long dammed.
However, when I did go to post the list of names here, I noticed that it wouldn’t let me copy the list as a whole. Each name by itself can clicked on, which routes to an email message, which you can send to your new “pen-pal.”
Here’s the first few wonderfully tongue-in-cheek paragraphs on occupytheboardroom.org, followed by a letter that is purportedly making the rounds of the banksters now, who, understandably, are calling attention to this site for their own reasons.
Life gets awfully lonely for those at the top.
What can we do to let them know someone’s thinking of them? Maybe they need some new friends! We’ve thought of two ways we can help them with that.
Here are some available pals!
A.K. again: Click on the site, occupytheboardroom.org, to get to the list.
The following letter comes to me courtesy of the stevebeckow.com site. Notice, BTW: how the letter exhorts executives to “Get OWS on your risk map and board agenda. Evaluate the business opportunity . . .”
Evaluate the “business opportunity”! Ye gods. Reminds me of that so-called satiric “Letter from Goldman Sachs” that I posted yesterday!
Oct. 19, 2011
Nation of Change: As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are hitting the streets worldwide, another movement is quietly unfolding online: OccupyTheBoardroom.org (OTB)
Below is a memorandum leaked to the Freedom Plaza occupation of Washington, DC that comes from a corporate consultant and shows the fear they are developing of the Occupy Movement. The memorandum from Fay Feeney, a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, describes how corporations should prepare to combat the Occupation Movement.
Corporations fear their leaders being held personally accountable for the actions of concentrated corporate interests. They especially fear their names and addresses being known and their board rooms being invaded by OccupyTheBoardroom.org.
Feeney suggests: “board members and corporate counsels prepare themselves for a bumpy ride by future-proofing their companies.” Among the steps taken to protect themselves is to use social networks to gather intelligence so “board chairs and CEOs should always remain one step ahead in protecting their boardroom.”
These executives should be afraid. There is a legitimate anger at the unfairness of the economy. Where the 400 wealthiest Americans have wealth equal to 154 million Americans, while paying an average of 17.4% in federal taxes. Many working Americans pay double that rate. The unfairness in the economy and economic insecurity of Americans is energizing this movement and people will want those who collapsed the economy for their personal and corporate profits to be held accountable.
|Kevin ZeeseI’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street for implications on the boardroom. This weekend a site was launched called Occupy the Boardroom. I’m sending you a recent article from Corporate Secretary Magazine that contains guidance on this issue. I’ll be keeping an eye on this movement at www.riskforgood.com/blog. |
Occupy Wall Street Moves to The Boardroom
Here’s what corporate counsels, board chairs and CEOs should know.
As the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters are hitting the streets worldwide, another movement is quietly unfolding online: OccupyTheBoardroom.org (OTB).
The new coalition surfaced on Saturday with the intention of delivering the messages of those who were hurt by the recession to the CEOs of top financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. There are currently over 200 CEOs listed on the website, including Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive of Goldman Sachs, Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup, and Mukesh Ambani, a Bank of America board member.
‘The 1 percent have addresses. The 99 percent have messages,’ the website says. The idea is the ‘1 percent’ reflects board members while the 99 percent are those willing to have their voices heard. Users can access a list of CEOs and share their stories regarding bankruptcy, job losses and unfair treatment. According to OTB (which claims it has the contact information for all members listed), prizes will be awarded to ‘the best, funniest and most revelatory interactions.’
Moreover, the website promises to ‘hand-deliver’ the stories to the executive selected by a user. All messages, videos and images will be publicly viewable.
The coterie has already received close to 2,300 tweets and 5,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook.
‘The anger, frustration and collective voice is too large to ignore,’ says Fay Feeney, a corporate board consultant who provides board chairs with advice on ways to improve boardroom performance. ‘This [OTB website] is personal and targeted to what you earn (along with power and influence) [and] banks are among the first businesses to be called out, occupied and disrupted.’
As the OWS protests continues to morph into a massive movement, Feeney suggests that board members and corporate counsels prepare themselves for a bumpy ride by future-proofing their companies:
i. Get your crisis communication plan ready – protect your reputation and brand
ii. Get OWS on your risk map and board agenda. Evaluate the business opportunity and assess the impact on your business strategy, competitors, clients, employees and on your CEO and directors.
iii. Take action now! It is not too early to begin counteracting the impact this movement could have on your business.
iv. Listen: By using social media, you can begin to gather business intelligence specific to your business.
Protests can spin out of control, and with real time data processing from Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites, getting a message across is now faster than ever. Governance professionals, board chairs and CEOs should always remain one step ahead in protecting their boardroom, Feeney says.
Published at http://www.corporatesecretary.com.
All the best,