Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies, McGill University
I am Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal. Details on my publications, interests, and teaching can be found on www.mintzberg.org. I am the author of 17 books as well as 170 articles, and do a weekly TWOG (from @mintzberg 141 to mintzberg.org/blog). Rebalancing Society...radical renewal beyond left, right, and center was published in 2015 and Managing the Myths of Health Care will appear in 2017. I spend my public life dealing with organizations and my private life escaping from them.
We in Canada, along with many other people around the world, did not get to vote in the recent American election -- yet we are meant to suffer the international consequences of it. Shall we sit back, as usual, and watch events unfold, including the possibly catastrophic effects of climate change left unchecked?
How is anyone to believe that either candidate will deal with the deeply-rooted problems of America today: income disparities, the legal corruption of political donations, a warming globe that needs to be cooled, crony capitalism that has harmed so much of the American middle class? Add to this the ultimate problem: an uncanny tendency to deal with all these fires by repeatedly pouring oil on them.
The WSF attracts activists, organizes its conferences around "self-managed workshops" and promotes collaboration -- what I like to call communityship in contrast to leadership. This is a meet-up of people concerned less about doing deals than about the consequences of such deals.
Please read this one evening, during Hockey Night in America, when you have nothing to do. That no Canadian team made the playoffs this year may be a random occurrence. That none has won a Stanley Cup...
Now Justin Trudeau is defining Canada, at home and abroad. But of course, Canada has defined Justin Trudeau. Can we imagine anyone who is more quintessentially Canadian, in his open, compassionate, and thoughtful style; and thoroughly bilingual, to boot?
Had millions of Canadians taken the bait, on Monday evening we could have heard the following from a victory stage in Calgary: "The Canadian people have spoken -- giving me four more years in the job I love, which allows me to make all the decisions. But the Globe and Mail has spoken too. So, to do the noble thing yet again. I hereby tender my resignation. Bye."
How ironic that the most extensive demonstrations we have seen to date in North America have concerned not unemployment, global warming, or the notorious one per cent, but the tuition that Quebec students have to pay for the benefits of a college education. Now two professors at the University of Montreal have likened Quebec to Putin's Russia.