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Anarchists in the Boardroom

Anarchists in the Boardroom

How Social Media and Social Movements Can Help Your Organisation to be More Like People

Liam Barrington-Bush (Author)

  • Publisher: More Like People Press
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: pb
  • Pages: 263
  • Released: Apr 1, 2014
  • ISBN-13: 9780992680305


There are lessons emerging all around us, in the new social movements that have swept the globe, and in the organising patterns found on social media. Could Twitter and Occupy help our NGOs, charities, trade unions and voluntary organisations to both stay relevant in the times ahead and live our values through the ways that we organise? Anarchists in the Boardroom is a journey through worker-run factories, Occupy encampments, a spattering of non-violent direct actions and even a few forward-thinking companies, to make the case for helping our organisations ‘to be more like people.’ It asks us to brush away our ‘professional’ assumptions and interact as we do when we don’t have job descriptions or business plans telling us how to change the world. It reminds us of the power each of us has to make change happen, even within the most entrenched of bureaucracies!

“I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked to speak on panels organized by NGO managers asking ‘What can we learn from the success of Occupy/UKUNCUT/Climate Camp/the latest grassroots movement hitting the headlines.’ I tend to decline, politely responding that I don’t think hierarchical organisations are able to do so. Since reading this book though, I will adopt a new approach and recommend Anarchists in the Boardroom instead. This book deserves to be passed around like contraband by charity workers committed to making their organisations part of–rather than simply observers of–transformational social change.” -Tim Gee, author of Counterpower

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