Nice one Paul. Would be very interested to hear others views about the phrase Conscious Business, which is also in my mind associated with spirituality. Nothing wrong with spirituality (or CSR/social enterprise), but I think we are speaking about something else.
We aren’t really happy with the term “conscious business”, we being the group here in Brighton discussing and exploring it.
It’s a term very much tied up with “conscious capitalism” which has a history and an ongoing close link to CSR – corporate social responsbility.
It also sounds a bit weird. It hints that a business can be conscious and this suggests it is like a person, a biological entity that can be more or less “awake” and “aware”. Yet as soon as everyone has left the building to go home, what is really left? Can a business ever really be conscious? It isn’t really just the people who represent the quality of its consciousness? So, perhaps there is no such as thing as a conscious business, just the people who work in it.
Simple! Or perhaps not so. In organisational research, we often talk of the “synergy of groups”…
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