It is just unfortunate timing that the succession for the leader’s son in North Korea has been broadcast while the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) tries to work out whether it wants to ditch elections to it’s trustees.
The delayed AGM for the society has included a motion put forward by its Trustees to eliminate the elected Trustees. Activists disagree – arguing that this is fundamentally undemocratic and responding that instead all the trustees, not just some, should be elected.
It is odd that some organisations that talk about social enterprise tend to do the opposite. The Work Foundation was re-formed by selling off it’s 100 year old training business to create a good old fashioned charitable endowment. The RSA may move to a traditional charity board, the critique of which is that they become a self perpetuating oligarchy.
The RSA’s current theme is about a new enlightenment. It may now be down to its members (‘Fellows’) and not its board to test whether it is indeed enlightened.