Bruce Philp’s Consumer Republic is a finalist for the 2012 National Business Book Award. Here’s the official award description:
This year’s book submissions reflect the increasingly global nature of Canada’s economy and the issues that are inevitably part of this transition. The themes of the books demonstrate how Canadians continue to seek their place in the new world order, including how to become more responsible global citizens and, at the same time, more competitive players in the international markets.
"Occupy Wall Street, despite its punchy logo and Twitter hashtag, hasn’t been the galvanizing turning point its rhetoric promised. At best it’s been a Rorschach for rage. There’s plenty of that in the world, but that’s not the same as a coherent market—nor is getting noticed the same as getting something done."
Consumer Republic author Bruce Philp on what he sees as the failures of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
"Free of politics, free of the messy, pandering process of getting elected, the ideal monarch’s only job is to conspicuously be what’s best about a people. So far, at least, that’s what everybody has decided Will and Kate are to be, and so far, at least, that’s what they are. That’s what I think brands need. Royalty. That’s my big idea."
Lavin speaker Bruce Philp, blogging about why progressive companies would do well to institute a “monarchy.” Philp’s latest book, Consumer Republic, examines the power that consumers have over corporations, and what this means for both parties.