RECOUNTING COMMUNITY PROFIT from the SAN CONFERENCE 2015: John Pearce and Mike Swain Memorial Lecture

RECOUNTING COMMUNITY PROFIT from the SAN CONFERENCE 2015: John Pearce and Mike Swain Memorial Lecture
Alan Tuffs
April 2015

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Good afternoon. I am aware that this series of Memorial Lectures at the Annual SAN Conference celebrates the work and influence of two founder members of the network – Mike Swain and John Pearce. I met Mike on just a couple of occasions so my sense of him is very limited. I have, however, had the great good fortune to share a friendship with John Pearce for over 45 years and so our conversation today will focus on John – John and the ideas and values that he took up and around which he made such an influential contribution to civil society – here in the UK and widely across the world.

 

Those of you that met John or who have been inspired and informed by his writing will know at least some of his story – given the people gathering here today this will likely have been his work in shaping the practice and principles of social audit and accounting. Perhaps I will be able to round that out a bit with some milestones from John’s life.

 

My working title for the presentation today is Recounting Community Profit. Some of you will remember that one of the foundation events for Social Accounting and Audit was a conference in Edinburgh in 1993. That conference was called “Counting Community Profit” and it seems to me that today is a telling of a story – that story, but set into the context of where John came from and the different destinations he has taken us all towards. This is by no means an exhaustive biography; John’s life was far too wide ranging for that and here we are at the end of the conference – the world is about to crash in again on us all.

 

Because I needed something to hang this story on, I have shaped this around three Ws – working, writing and walking. I am particularly pleased about the middle W.

 

For the full presentation see here.