Saturday, November 15, 2008

What happens when we organize?

Not sure how to do trackbacks, but this is a note I wanted to leave on Seth's Blog about what happens when we organize. He talks about how if shoppers are disgusted at how much energy a store might waste then they should organize to make things happen, like conservation. It's nice in principle, but the same issue came up in NYC last year, partly motivated by the frequent power outages in the summer. The motivation Bloomberg came up with is to fine the shops. Hurt the retailer from the top down, not by boycotts or strikes. I'm not saying that unions don't work, but they need real leaders to motivate people who have much different priorities. To align enough people to your goals to do something like enforce moral guidelines on someone else is a lot of work. Usually those people are busy making money.

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