Research and visual aids for WRK

This is a running list of images and video for the WRK storyline by Qui Nguyen, first workshopped in July 2012 at the Williams College Theatre Lab in Williamstown, MA; then presented in February 2013 at the Culturemart festival at HERE in New York City. EPISODE 1. To set up the Odyssey overlay on the Workers … Continue reading

German and Japanese Stakeholder Capitalism

People in Germany and Japan…do not have quite the same views about money and motives as Gordon Brown and Bill Clinton have. They tend to believe that, although money is a splendid thing to have, and few people would not put themselves out to get some, if you want to know why people work hard, … Continue reading

I need to be subsidized

Supermarket Owner Gives Away Stores to his 400 Employees

Joe Lueken, who owns and manages two grocery stores in Bemidji, Minnesota, and one in Wahpeton, North Dakota, is retiring at age 70. Instead of selling his stores to the highest bidder, though, he will transfer ownership to the stores’ 400 or so employees. The employees will participate in an employee stock ownership program, receiving … Continue reading

Interstitial (trading round) videos

T.1 (preshow) Robert: introductory promo video playing (on loop?) at start MEDIA SAMPLES: COMPANY AD, TRAILER   T.2 (after E.1) Erin: maybe about the Currency Industry? Showing what money is, the different aspects of it? Or a rudimentary econ lesson about how money moves etc (like the Banking YouTube videos we found?) Have this conversation … Continue reading

Quality Circles

A quality circle is a volunteer group composed of workers, usually under the leadership of their supervisor, who are trained to identify, analyze and solve work-related problems and present their solutions to management in order to improve the performance of the organization, and motivate and enrich the work of employees. When matured, true quality circles become self-managing, having gained the confidence of management. … Continue reading

Shared Decisionmaking

notes on Dube, Arindrajit and Richard B. Freeman, “Complementarity of Shared Compensation and Decision-Making Systems: Evidence from the American Labor Market” in Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options. Eds. Douglas L. Kruse, Richard B. Freeman, Joseph R. Blasi. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). ______________________________________ In their research, … Continue reading

Corporate Governance: Stakeholder Theory

Comparative studies of corporate governance: Anglo-Saxon (Shareholder) model vs. German/Japanese Stakeholder model. Notes from Allen, Franklin and Douglas Gale. “A Comparative Theory of Corporate Governance.” Anglo-Saxon corporate governance (US, UK) is based on the Adam Smith model of organizing the economy. “The role of the firm in society is precisely to create wealth for shareholders … Continue reading

King Arthur Flour, American corporation

Ok, I swear I’m trying to be on vacation and not do work, but then we were buying some flour to make pizza dough, and I remembered that King Arthur Flour was on some list we found of the oldest extant companies in the U.S. Reading the back of the bag of flour confirmed that … Continue reading

Security Printing Risks

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). There are a number of risks involved in the security printing process, which must be managed by the printer. The security printer and supplier have a responsibility to operate under best practices in order to ensure the safety, health, … Continue reading

What does it take to be a security printer?

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). A carefully customized security system should incorporate the following attributes: It should respond to the threats the customer is facing. The supplier therefore needs to have a comprehensive understanding of the type of counterfeits that are found in the … Continue reading

Prepress, Press, and Postpress Operations for Security Printing

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). “Prepress for security printing involves the use of fine-line patterns that are usually continuous-tone rather than bitmapped or half-toned. Colors are generally spot or trademarked colors that are spectrally or colorimetrically matched rather than being process color. The guilloche, … Continue reading

Security Printing Inks

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). There are two types of security printing inks. Anti-duplication inks are meant to prevent, you guessed it, unauthorized copying. They are usually a covert security feature. Anti-alteration inks are an overt feature, and they are used to indicate when … Continue reading

Making Security Paper

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). Security printing papers must be a suitable substrate for the many security devices that will be embedded in or printed on them. Rag pulp is used to produce currency paper. It’s made from cotton fiber, and produces the highest … Continue reading

Security Printing Overview

from Warner, Richard D. and Richard M. Adams II, Introduction to Security Printing. (Pittsburge: PIA/GATF Press, 2005). Security printing: “the process of converting printed products using limited-access materials and supplies along with unique or specialized technologies and a multiplicity of printing processes to produce security end products under secure operating procedures and manufacturing/distribution protocols.” Security end … Continue reading

Odyssey: Penelope

Though she has not seen Odysseus in twenty years, and despite pressure the suitors place on her to remarry, Penelope never loses faith in her husband. Athena often comes to her in dreams to reassure or comfort her, for Penelope would otherwise spend her nights weeping in her bed. Though her love for Odysseus is … Continue reading

Odyssey: Argos

As Odysseus approaches his home, he finds Argos lying neglected on a pile of cow manure, infested with lice, old and very tired. This is a sharp contrast to the dog Odysseus left behind; Argos used to be known for his speed and strength and his superior tracking skills. Unlike everyone else, including Eumaeus, a … Continue reading

Odyssey: the Fight with the Suitors

Book 21 Penelope arrives with the announcement that she will choose a suitor, so long as he is able to string Odysseus’s bow and shoot an arrow through the line of twelve axes. Telemachus sets up the axes and attempts the feat himself, failing to even string the bow. The suitors all fail at the … Continue reading

Odyssey: Blind Tiresias

Book 11  Odysseus travels with his men to the river of Ocean in the Land of the Cimmerians to perform  the necessary tasks outlined by Circe to reach the land of the dead. He pours libations and speaks to the shades that come. He speaks to Tiresias the Prophet, who tells him that Poseidon is … Continue reading

Odyssey: Aeolus and Circe

Book 10  The next stop for Odysseus and his men is the land of Aeolus, keeper of the winds. He offers Odysseus the gift of a bag containing all of the winds. He stirs up a wind to guide them home and soon they are within sight of Ithaca. The greedy men tear open Aeolus’s bag, … Continue reading