John Abrams

John Abrams


Author John Abrams on His Employee-Owned Company

company July 31st, 2018

This essay is fully titled: “Thinking Like Cathedral Builders: Outrageous Behavior, Freedom, and Hope” and is authored by John Abrams. It is one of the chapters in the book LIVING A LIFE OF VALUE. In this piece, Abrams, president and CEO of South Mountain Company, Inc. , a forty-year-old employee-owned design and building company located on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and the author of THE COMPANY WE KEEP: Reinventing Small Business for Community, People, and Place (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2005) writes wonderfully.

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Social Entrepreneurship: Worker-Ownership (V&E-17)

social entrepreneurship November 1st, 2017

The following piece, “Social Entrepreneurship,” is chapter 17 in the book: Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (itself based on an Internet-based talk radio show of the same name I did in times past). My enterprising and industrious partner in dialogue is John Abrams. He is the author of The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community, and Place. John is the CEO and founder of the South Mountain Company, a 40-year-old, employee-owned design and building company on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. John’s words are indicated by the initials JA, and mine are JM. For paragraphs with no initials, assume they are a continuation of the speaker who was speaking in the previous paragraph. I highlight words having to do with values and virtues by placing them in boldface type. Enjoy this look at values-based leadership, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, and worker-owned business.

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Exploring “Social Entrepreneurship”

April 10th, 2017

What is “social entrepreneurship?” How can it help to transform the top-heavy and callous corporation? How does the concept of worker-owned business make it possible to bring about a sea-change in our conservative and bourgeois free enterprise system? What difference will changes along these lines make? Can we bring more ethics and values into our

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