workers, Rainbow Grocery with 150 workers, and Inkworks Press with 18 members, all located in the San
Francisco Bay Area, are successful worker-owned businesses and members of NoBAWC.
Pitch Perfect (2012, 112 minutes, Rated PG-13). This movie follows the Barden University Bellas, an all-girl a
cappella team that attempts to overcome a nauseating reputation and win the national championship. The movie
does a particularly nice job of illustrating different communication roles on the team, the influence of group-
think, and the balance of conflict and consensus.
The Social Network (2010, 120 minutes, Rated PG-13). This biopic about Mark Zuckerberg and the evolution of
Facebook provides a nice history and context for the emergence of social networking sites such as Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. By historicizing Facebook in this way, the film speaks to some of the previ-
ous chapters (namely Chapters 1 and 6) in a way that links those concepts to digital communication networks.
Too Big to Fail (2011. 99 minutes, Rated TV-MA). The financial crisis of 2008 was rife with groupthink. Wall
Street CEOs believed their companies were too big and profitable to fail. Portfolio managers said default swaps
on risky mortgages would guarantee high returns, and investors believed them. Managers rationalized high lev-
els of leveraging because of soaring stock prices and wide profit margins. Homeowners assumed the housing
boom would continue indefinitely, and bankers led many to get mortgages they could not afford.
Community Teamwork, Inc. (http://www.comteam.org). The mission statement of this organization is to assist
low-income individuals to become self-sufficient, to overcome poverty, and to participate in decisions that af-
fect their lives. Ask your students to view this website and chart the ways in which this organization promotes
engagement and teamwork.
2016 Employee Engagement Summit—Peter Flade, Gallup (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0INDtyxAqsc).
Engage Employee sponsors this yearly event. According to their website, “Research reveals that the two most
important business challenges identified by CEOs are around their people and their customer relationships” (en-
Engage for Success (http://engageforsuccess.org/). From a UK organization, this site has information for
employers and employees to empower the workplace with employee engagement. The site says, “We want
everyone working in the UK to want, and be able, to give their best each day, so that each day is a great day at
work, and that workplaces in the UK are thriving, growing and developing through the commitment, energy,
and creativity of the people that work in them.”
Mindtools: Avoiding GroupThink: Avoiding Fatal Flaws in Group Decision Making
(https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_82.htm). This website has a list of tools to help an
organization overcome groupthink.