28th January 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
Northumbria University
City Campus East, Business and Law Building
Room TBC Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2SU

Ethics, Meaningfulness and Mutuality

Refreshments will be available from 16:30 and the lecture will take place at 17:00 (room TBC).

Speaker: Dr Ruth Yeoman, Oxford University

To address the sustainability imperative, private, public, and civic organisations must progress models of organising that are grounded in human values, and responsive to complex system-level challenges involving multiple stakeholders.

In Ethics, Meaningfulness, and Mutuality, Dr Yeoman proposes a philosophy of ethical organising that harnesses the neglected values of meaningfulness and mutuality to the creation of life value organisations. Within a philosophy of ethical organising, mutuality permits an examination of the unavoidable relational nature of collective action, whereas meaningfulness addresses fundamental human concerns for significance and leading a life we have reason to value. Dr Yeoman seeks to show how meaningfulness and mutuality provide normative tools for establishing life value organisations as collective moral agents, where members are equipped with a human capability for ethical world-building. This philosophy of ethical organising brings a critical perspective to organisational practices that are not only instrumentally beneficial for addressing wicked problems, but are normatively desirable for human flourishing.