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Jae Mather Asks – Where Are Our Visionary Dreamers?

February 21, 2017 in Arts & Entertainment

It is the vision of the leaders of corporations that creates the world that they inhabit. When those leaders view the places that they operate in merely as a place of residence, then their level of responsibility is diminished. When one is a citizen then additional factors like legacy, history, patriotism, equality and justice begin to feature much more prominently.


The Importance of Justice, Citizenship and Visionary Thinking

There is a powerful need for businesses to go beyond merely operating the way that others do and to see that businesses live and die because of the vision of those at the top. With conformity and short term thinking as the norm, this is an ideal time to lead the way. Visionary corporations rise in times of crisis and surely we are squarely in one of those times right now. Justice and citizenship hardly feature in most leaders thinking and the result is exactly what we have manifested in the world around us.

“If you’re honest, you sooner or later have to confront your values. Then you’re forced to separate what is right from what is merely legal” –Tom Robbins

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company produced a Circular Economy Report that showed:



Refurbished products cannibalise new sales

Refurbished products with high quality offer substantially increased margins

Setting up Circular Economic models = complexity, extensive time and expense

Most companies find that the opportunities and benefits far outweigh the challenges

This all comes down to levels of responsibility. And responsibility means much more than just the next quarterly results. It has been shown in the Cranfield University 5 stages of corporate responsibility maturity report that companies that have higher levels of Corporate Responsibility decrease their exposure to risk, increase opportunities for growth and sustain their businesses,

“Businesses are running out of road with the existing business models” –Guido Schmidt-Traub

If the corporations of the world work tirelessly for many years on damaging the world that feeds them, then why be surprised at the situation that the world finds itself in? It would seem strange if things were any different!

“If you fail to pilot your own ship, don’t be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked” –Tom Robbins

As civilisation becomes ever more interdependent and connected we must not loose sight of the fact that it is still individuals that make decisions that create the strategies and policies that make up a corporations actions.

“We need to prepare leaders who are resolved to conquer their own integrity. This is mankind’s only hope” –Stefano D’Anna

Have our corporations forgotten how to dream? If this is the case then leaders need to emerge that understand that what is considered normal today is not what has always been normal or what will be normal in the future. It has been estimated that 50% of the things that we use on a day to day basis did not even exist 25 years ago and that pace of change is accelerating. When we look at the top 500 companies in the world 25 years ago and compare them with those today; the vast majority have changed. The role of business is to create wealth, financial wealth definitely, but also wealth of Health, Resources, Solutions, Creativity, Insight, Clarity, Reflection and Wisdom!

We seem to have many corporate residents but few corporate citizens. This is a call to action to the corporate leaders of the world. Humanity is ready for a new kind of leadership.

Jae Mather is a Partner at Responsible Worlds and Director of Sustainability at Carbon Free Group

Jae Mather

Jae Mather

Director of Sustainability | Strategy & Policy | Energy & Resource Efficiency | Modular Housing | Public Speaker

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