The Business Anarchist Is The New Entrepreneur

Maybe an entrepreneur and anarchist have more in common than most people think. John Mackey’s Whole Foods revolution and Tod Murphy’s Farmer’s Diner both share one thing in common as managers: they have disregarded and rejected the norms surrounding their respective industries and have forged new paths to reshape the food industry, arguably much like an anarchist does with a governing system. Although some may argue that they are both simply entrepreneurs, it seems to me that these two men cannot simply be thrown into the typical definition of an entrepreneur:

entrepreneur

-noun

a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, esp. a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.

Therefore, it seems to me that their vision for the future and the principles they run their businesses on classify them as something more than just an entrepreneur. Could they be closer to business anarchists? They both possess the knowledge and hope that their businesses have the potential to alter the direction of the food industry as a whole. So, what can we learn as managers from these two men? Continue reading

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Connecting with John Mackey od

I didn’t know much about John Mackey until I read “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” Learning about his values, management style, personal lifestyle, and overall beliefs regarding an organization has allowed me to make connections in several different areas. First of all, I don’t mean to criticize, but I am legitimately confused as to why he is a vegan based on values (as opposed to preference) when the company he owns offers animal products. The article states that, “He’s now a vegan, on the principal that all food causes harm to the animals that produce it.” Obviously offering animal products is crucial to helping them stay afloat and turn a profit, but the article also says that Mackey is not interested in money, so why didn’t he just remove himself from the business altogether?

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Sustainability:A New Loop-Hole

With the onset of our current economic crisis, people around the world have taken a step back in hopes of a better day. It seems to general trend of the world system; ride the highs, and reform the lows. This has been the pattern of the US for centuries. When lows come along, flaws in our ever porous system are highlighted and the areas in need of immediate improvement become all too apparent. These problems are either ignored or impossible to see during affluent times but once exposed, they are the most obvious loop holes. Continue reading