We had many great Future Salons over the years, so I don't post this lightly. You have to come to this one on Thursday 25th of February 6-9pm at SAP Labs in Palo Alto as it will be the most important Future Salon ever.
The supreme court decision Citizens
United v. Federal Election Commission gave corporation unlimited spending power to influence our democracy.
Lawrence Lessig with Change Congress First! is fighting to get legislation passed for public financing of elections. Check out his latest video. He is also calling for a convention. There is a chance that he will present at a Future Salon in the spring too.
In our February Future Salon we are tackling this problem from a different angle. What if we could activate conscience in corporations, could bake it into their bylaws?
Lawyer John Montgomery has represented over 1000 startups and sees a definite pattern among the successful ones: They activated their conscience. He wants to share that pattern of success. He is writing a book about it and will present it to a larger audience for the first time at this Future Salon.Here is what he is going to do:
1. Quickly review Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission not as a cause of despair but as a hidden invitation to activate the latent collective conscience in corporations.
2. Give a quick history of the development of the conscience of the corporation and the current stage of development of the corporate conscience. A lot of this is actually in the court case, which reflects the overwhelming ambivalence our society has about corporations and the prevailing mistrust of them due to the steady stream of unconscionable behavior they manifest.
3. Suggest the opportunity to take the corporate conscience to its next logical stage of development.
4. Do an interactive exercise with everyone in the room to quickly demonstrate how easy it is for a collective to consciously and expressly articulate and activate its collective conscience.
For point 4 we need you to fill out the RSVP (http://bit.ly/9kPpRt) where we have added one question:
What are your top three personal core values?
Future Salons have the following structure: 6-7pm is networking with light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP; 7-9+pm is the presentation followed by questions and discussion.
SAP Labs North America, Building D, COIL (Co-Innovation Lab). SAP is located at 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304[map]. Free and open to the public. Please spread the word and invite others, but be sure to RSVP http://bit.ly/9kPpRt so we know how many people to expect.
We will do our best to webcast the event again via Ustream.tv on the Future Salon Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Future-Salon
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