By Lauren | January 2, 2013
2012 certainly went out with a bang. Yet, despite all the threats – Mayan doomsday prophecies, fiscal cliffs and the like – we’re all still here. We’ve got a brand spanking new year ahead, and that raises a question:
What are we going to do better in 2013?
We could, of course, continue on the path we’ve been pursuing. High-profile financial scandals, political shenanigans, concentrating our wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people while everyone else scrapes to survive, ignoring clear signs that our way of life is doing permanent damage to the world we inhabit … you get the idea. Alternatively, we could stop, take stock, and decide that it’s time to do things differently. Personally, I think that’s a better idea.
This new year offers an opportunity for businesses to start fresh just as individuals do. Maybe this is the year to make pay scales more equitable, so everyone who puts in an honest day’s work gets reasonable compensation for it. Perhaps this is the year to retool manufacturing processes to make them more eco-friendly. Or maybe this is the time to recognize that, if corporations are going to enjoy the legal rights and privileges that we accord to living people, they should also function as contributing members of the communities in which they do business. There’s a lot of good just waiting to be done in the year ahead. Pick a goal, folks, and go for it.