As we have seen in the past posts, more and more philosophy students are finding work in the most unlikely places like manufacturing and design. Their analytic mind that questions every detail is proving to be invaluable in and out of the workplace further establishing their place. The move of industry and commerce to more philosophical approaches allows them better customer satisfaction for they look into the possible questions that are to be asked and formulate the solutions and answers into the products as they are designed minimizing the need for support and follow-up processes lowering costs. Products that speak for themselves are the best weapons of industry simplifying the support structures needed for their product base allowing development of better and more human friendly gizmo’s and gadgets. We will surely see more and more industry leaders adopting the philosophical approach to their business for unstable markets that can have the power to make or break an institution needs innovative ways to promote and make products better while lowering overhead costs considerably. The products we see today on the market are product of intensive research and developments in their functionality and lifetime which has suffered greatly in times past due to industry shaking events on the global scale that are forcing more and more business hung out to dry and close shop. Hopefully the adoption of better philosophy in their approach and outlook for the future will have an impact on their futures which applies to all scales of businesses from the smallest home based units to the biggest multi-national firms that are tackling diverse markets as they enter new market areas.
I came upon another blog that referred to a group of segments of the BBC News Agency in one of it’s programs/special reports about democracy and it’s implications on world society as a whole. The discussion on Philosophy News was a true and timely battle of the minds that asked,
For those who have been enjoying democracy, they should be thankful to their forefathers for the great job that they have done in establishing and propagating the idea of democracy. For those who are now only getting a taste of what it is and what it can do, well that’s not a very simple matter to contend with. Most of the former communist countries, who have started to embrace Western culture and some form of democracy it is a very scary story indeed. A society that has evolved to be a workforce that does all the leaders of their countries tell them to can be intimidated by the prospect of having to choose whatever and whoever they wish to become. Like the children in China who are now being taught in school of the concept of democracy who were dumbfounded by the ideals and differences that it had to their own society.
For now, the world is evolving as well as human society. The financial crisis of times past and the many natural disasters that have plagued us ever more frequently have opened many doors for people who have usually been left in the dark about the rest of the world. True to this, to ask the question of “Why Democracy?” is not only a very difficult one but quite sensitive for
Democracy might not be for everyone but it may be time that all of us embrace it for it allows us the freedom not only of society but of the global scene and the part that we can play in it if we were all allowed to participate. No society is ever self-sufficient for all those that have tried have miserably failed. We humans have a built-in drive to do what we want, when we want it and where ever we want it to be. Many say that there is no such thing as a democracy but we must always remember that democracy is a form of government that can be defined on paper and is subject to personal interpretation. So for now, democracy has still offered the best tools for the growth of countries around the world. The famous philosopher Kant predicted 200 years ago that democracies don’t go to war with each other but with those who do not embrace it and promote it. In a way this might sound true but a discussion on that must be left to another day. So till then enjoy life and embrace it for all the good and bad. It’s not about the trip, but about the journey that has passed and we currently are on….
The bailout trends we have been hearing and reading are indeed something worth looking into. The world is at a crisis and much as we want to do our share, it looks like the fate is left at the hands of people in power in the government and countries that control the monetary system. Businesses are desperately seeking lifesavers and from the looks of it, the bailout philosophy aims to save them from drowning in debt.
While that is a given, you would have to think where the money is coming from. You can assume that these cash reserves were controlled for a purpose and for sure, that purpose is not for crisis to which many did not initially see. These monetary reserves were set aside for something and as an economist, you would think where they would get the money in case they start to be in need.
But frantic as it may, it seems that the problem at hand needs to be addressed. Everyone is panicking and worldwide recession is imminent. So with that in mind will the bailout philosophies work? If so, for how long?
We see the current crisis we have as something that is surely pushing us to the brink of poverty. But while we acknowledge the efforts from the world leaders, when will they get the returns from these borrowed lump sums? Businesses need the boost but as far as these loans are concerned, you would have to think that we may be in for something rougher ahead.
If any of you have a new business philosophy to adapt these days then I am sure that many people will want to hear it. Traditional business philosophies are surely no longer in play as we see most companies groping for form, baffled by the turn of events that has gone as far as victimizing the big companies, finance and investing companies at that, to which the call for new philosophy in business is a dire need.
But while many of these companies are trying to hold back their fears and current crop of business strategies, a new business philosophy is bound to ensue. Sure, this current state we find ourselves in is only temporary but it is also something that many find more than challenging. One wrong move and you may find your company filing for Chapter 11 or better known as “Bankruptcy”.
This is the last thing you would want and for sure, stable companies do not have this in mind. The needs to employ new business strategies through proper observation of the market and consumer behavior is a need to which new philosophies will surely come up.
Some may point to them as useless and even senseless. But at the rate that things are holding up these days, new blood from new ideas is a dire need. Some may not want to admit it but rather than hear that their company is closing shop, new business philosophies are the best recourse today.