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Rebalancing Society by Henry Mintzberg

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2From Exploiting Resources to Exploring Our Resourcefulness

WE CAN EXPLOIT the world’s resources, be they land, water, air, or the creatures that inhabit them, including ourselves as “human resources.” Or we can explore our own natural resourcefulness.9

A World That Exploits Its Resources

Some enterprises explore—for example, to come up with innovative products. Others exploit, sometimes constructively—say, to bring us lower prices—other times destructively, by squeezing their workers, suppliers, and customers instead of building sustainable relationships with them. A healthy economy favors the explorers that serve themselves by serving us. Too many economies are now favoring the exploiters that serve themselves at the expense of us.

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