London Riots: Business Sense at Work
While reading my Twitter this morning, astounded by the scale of riots and lootings across the UK, I spotted a link to what turned out to be a London listing on Craiglist. Someone posting from East London was selling 40 Apple iPhone 4's for £320 each.
The advert reads:
They have not been open from box all are on 02 and come with a years warranty. I can sort out a discount if more than 3 are purchased.
Although it can be a mere coincidence, chances are it is on Craiglist, Gumtree and various other online message boards, forums and classifieds that we will be finding objects that were looted from the shops in London, Manchester, Liverpool and other UK cities ransacked by thugs and yobs.
Also on Twitter, some have appealed to entrepreneurs to acknowledge the importance of getting the young people more involved in doing business. Arguably, it is the level of social exclusion that leads to people not being able to grab their chance in life.
One has to admit that it is not the opportunities for doing business that are particularly needed. Nor it is the business sense as such that should be communicated to youngsters. The London Craiglist posting suggests that business sense is sound, sorted, and actually works. However, every success in business depends on life skills, and it is these skills that are severely denied to the now rioting mob. Until the society and the Government acknowledge this and start promoting team work, discipline, and responsibility among young people, riots and any other form of antisocial behaviour are unlikely to stop.