All Children Under 16 Years Old Are Now 16 Years Old: Workplace Tyranny at the Gates Foundation

18 Mar

At the new Gates Foundations headquarters in Seattle, there is a ban on whispering. This, despite the fact that the warm and fuzzy non-profit frowns on “expressions of hierarchy.” I’m not sure what’s crazier: the fact that Gates Foundation is doing this, or the fact that it’s perfectly legal for them to do this.  One more example of workplace tyranny. Reminds me of this bit of wisdom from another political theorist.

11 Responses to “All Children Under 16 Years Old Are Now 16 Years Old: Workplace Tyranny at the Gates Foundation”

  1. Roland Jesperson March 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    But at least the annual payment by citizens of their weight in horse manure has been eliminated . . .

  2. Bart March 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    An open environment like in the photo discourages such unhealthy bodily activities such as nose-picking.

    • Ryan Clifford Daley March 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      “She points out one further attraction: ‘That’s Nelson Mandela’s shirt on the wall behind the table.’ ”

      Oh thank God.

  3. Joe March 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    no whispering, also no all wearing orange together to go out to happy hour:

    http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/19/10759617-matching-orange-shirts-get-workers-fired

  4. BillW March 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    The “Non-Profit Industrial Complex” has mushroomed beyond all recognition over the last 2 decades. Joan Roelofs and Michael James Barker have been shining some much needed light on the history of these saintly outfits.

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