Today’s Guardian newspaper has an article about Robert Owen, after whom I was named:
the Scottish parliament spent part of yesterday debating whether Robert Owen’s face should appear on Scottish banknotes. The explanation, as those who know the history of the school reform and co-operative movements will realise, is that Owen’s enlightened management principles at his mill at New Lanark on the Clyde made it both a milestone in British social reform and an enduring embodiment of how workplaces and businesses could still, even today, be more progressively organised.
Robert Owen’s principles underpin the principles of the cooperative movement which continues today.
Incidentally, one of Robert Owen’s remarks, of which I am particularly fond, was this:
All religions are based on the same absurd imagination, that make man a weak, imbecile animal; a furious bigot and fanatic; or a miserable hypocrite.
(though sadly, he became a bit of a whacko spiritualist himself later in life).