Greenpeace director to talk about the power of people at democracy at work event

As companies look to give employees more control over their working life, such as setting their own salary or access to unlimited holiday, a Nottingham Business School event is to explore democracy at work.

As companies look to give employees more control over their working life, such as setting their own salary or access to unlimited holiday, a Nottingham Business School event is to explore democracy at work.

The one-day seminar will be opened by Greenpeace International People and Culture director, Janet Dalziell, who will talk about how her organisation has restructured to give its people more power to make decisions.

Janet will share her experience as part of the leadership of a major restructure of Greenpeace International’s global operating model, designed to give more control to local and regional offices and enable them to be more responsive to their particular circumstances.

Taking place on Wednesday 29 March, the event will focus on how civil society organisations, such as voluntary groups and charities, arrange themselves without replicating the rigid managerial practices of their for-profit counterparts.

It is part of a series of ESRC-funded seminars on democracy and civil society organised by Dr Daniel King, senior lecturer at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.

Dr King said: “When many civil society, or third-sector, organisations feel they need to become more professional, they introduce traditional hierarchies. However there are many other ways they can arrange themselves which are much more democratic and better suit the ethos and values of the organisation.

“More and more we are seeing reports of new and ‘radical’ ways businesses are giving employees more control, but the truth is that there are organisations which have been involving their workforce in key processes and decisions in a structured but democratic way for many years and we can learn a lot from them.”

Joining Janet on the list of speakers are Professor Ruth Kinna and Dr Thomas Swann from Loughborough University, discussing anarchism; Dr Ruth Yeoman, research fellow at the Saïd Business School and Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and expert on mutuality and meaningfulness of work; and Dr Matt Wilson, activist, anarchist and author.

Democracy at Work: Organizing democratically takes place on Wednesday 29 March from 10.30am – 5pm at Nottingham Trent University’s City campus. It is free to attend but places must be booked. For further information please email Dr Daniel King 

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Greenpeace director to talk about the power of people at democracy at work event

Published on 21 March 2017
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