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Business Ethics Speaker Series: David Weitzner

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Ted Rogers School of Management

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David Weitzner:


"Finding Hope in Dissonance"


Our social conversation has gone awry. In the face of current political developments, many who once embraced a critical but hopeful posture towards the established order now feel an absolute sense of dissonance. Closed borders, closed conversations, closed systems and a retreat to a narrow world of social media which can be both self-created and controlled is what interests a majority of the West. A radical response is required to restore optimism.

In this work, a disillusioned business professor breaks out of his intellectual bubble in order to sit down and talk about capitalism, hope and change with a series of iconoclastic artists, who are also entrepreneurs, including Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Lydia Lunch, Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing), Nels Cline (Wilco), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band), Jill Cunniff (Luscious Jackson), Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe Sound System) and a host of others.

What emerges from the conversations is that for capitalism to progress, we need to choose wisdom instead of information, community over institutions, innovation as opposed to anxiety, modesty in the place of self-indulgence and - most importantly – come to rely on imagination to end arguments.


David Weitzner teaches strategy and ethics at the Schulich School of Business. His education includes a PhD in Strategy, as well as an MBA in Arts and Media Management and a BA in Philosophy. David’s research takes a critical stance on ethical decision making in capitalist environments, leading to publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals and collections, including Organization Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Management Inquiry. He also co-authored the most widely-adopted Canadian strategy textbook and helms a unique consultancy born of a cross-industry partnership between experts in the fields of strategy and mindfulness who hope to bring a greater awareness of ethics to business decision-making.

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