Having posted on Collingwood and racism last night, I came across this in the Sunday Age. The idea of sporting bodies getting involved in making our world a better place is a bit scary at one level. A bit like religious leaders lecturing us on politics (With the AFL getting politically involved, Australia could fall to theocracy yet!). But for as long as I agree with what they’re doing, I think it’s great.
Blogs are a good place to post half baked theories, and I have a half baked theory which is that everyone should get into a bit of subversion for the common good. That is, no matter where you are, and no matter what your ‘core functions’ are, whether they’re making money for a company as its director, or screwing bolts into a piece of metal on an assembly line, you can do some good in the world and probably do yourself some good at the same time – all the while not doing harm to the cause represented by your ‘core functions’.
One can build a theory of ‘corporate social responsibility’ around this idea, but I won’t try to do so here. I’ll leave that till another exciting installment. In any event, the article in the link above could do with a heavy edit, but its content is very very interesting. The AFL have clearly done fantastic things engaging with the Aboriginal community. Good on them.