In 'going purpose', Patagonia may have killed the thing it loves. Now, rather than relying on conflicted billionaires, we should embrace the humour and humility of Paul Newman.
Another fine read, Nick. When I read Chouinard bit I did wonder whether he'd considered 'doing a Mondragon,' or of anything like that was on the table..this story about ownership and control of Newman's is illuminating too, the succession issue..
In the end, especially here, politics has become privatized, and perhaps purpose is a consequence of this, and that's its flaw.
Very thought provoking Nick. I am a fan of getting behind the headline. We live in a world of sound bites and short attention spans. So I’m grateful to read your piece. The Paul Newman story is also one that deserves a much bigger audience. Maybe a film about it?
Thanks for your ongoing writing for the good of people’s thinking with their own heads. Thanks in particular for sharing your sources: it’s a great mark of intellectual honesty and generosity.