WEF: Community Crushing Corruption

Community is a concept that we use often, but often fail to define. This past week in class we have been analyzing the meaning of community. Is it something geographical? Or something deeper? McMillan and Chavis in “Sense of Community: A Definition and Theory” define community in terms of membership, influence, integration and fulfillment of needs, and shared emotional connection. I think this working definition is a good description of what we tend to define as community. However, it is debatable whether a shared emotional connection is always necessary. What is necessary, though, in the aspect of any community is people – or shareholders. A community is nothing without the input and ideas of the people within the community. Whether it be receiving feedback or letting the members have a voice, it is important to remember a community functions in order to fulfill the needs of its stakeholders.

Dr. Carlson gave us an assignment this weekend to dissect and map a community. Having recently attended the World Economic Forum, I decided to analyze the community that seeks to end the corruption associated with capitalism. With the theme of the forum being “The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models” and the Occupy protests, I find it fitting to analyze the communities that are working to find economic and social “justice”. From high level CEOs to aspiring future leaders, there is a large network of people who have the same common goal – seeking to operate within a more transparent and fair economic system. Although the map is not all inclusive, it provides an idea of how many people are passionate about making a difference.

3 thoughts on “WEF: Community Crushing Corruption

  1. Great job Karli! I hope this exercise helped you better understand both the World Economic Forum as well as all the participants who have a “voice.” Not shown on your map are all the people in the world who do not have a voice – the everyday citizen who does not participate for whatever reason (not invited, can not afford to travel to Davos, not part of the circles who discuss these issues, etc). Is it the job of WEF to seek those people out, as the Occupy Movement would hope, or is it up to government and other organizations to continue the discussions back in their home countries?

    • Dr. Carlson, I believe it is the responsibilities of the governments and organizations to go back and incorporate the average person into the system. The WEF exists to bring up ideas for change, not implement the change. Although the WEF has a great amount of influence, I do not believe they have the time or resources to be able to reach out to every single person. Occupy Movement has a great idea but it is poorly implemented. They need to be working with governments and organizations in order to incorporate more people in the “voice”.

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