Medium Short: Doing The Math

Inviting others to check my work

B. Lorraine Smith
5 min readApr 14


Working out circle diameters to show the ratio between CEO and employees’ salaries for a Matereality assessment ahead of the workshop this month. (Photo by me; placemat by my Great Auntie Liz)

Welcome to the latest Medium Short, a weekly accountability practice highlighting what I am reading, writing, and doing along the unmarked trail towards #IndustrialHealing. This is a personal update — my (debatably) more professional writing is freely available through this link.

I’m feeling the heat. The power came back on last Friday which meant I could stop sleeping in my snow pants and toque. Now I’m in Toronto where there is a heatwave. More to the point, I’m delivering a workshop at the end of this month on Matereality. Along with promoting the workshop and designing the content, I’m finishing up the fifth assessment, on global mining and energy company Glencore, that will be explored in the workshop. It’s all heating up on me.

Here’s the week that was.

Reading: energizing

The topic of “energy” is big. Parsing the complexities of one of the world’s largest mining and energy companies in relation to an economy that works in service of life is exponentially ginormous.

Screengrab from Glencore’s 2022 annual report. Coal is the easy part of this story. Renewables? Ummm.

Ironically, coal is the easy part of all that. It’s the “renewable energy” stuff that is mind-bending and needs much closer examination.

Working on it. Reading about it, too, including Glencore’s 288-paged annual report, and more.

Writing: bubbling

I didn’t officially “publish” anything new this week although the more enthusiastic spectators of paint-drying out there may have noticed the composition of more focused slides in the Glencore Matereality assessment. I consider this “writing” in as much as corporate disclosures are my artistic medium of choice right now.

A draft slide from the Glencore Matereality assessment illustrating structurally embedded inequality.

I went to sleep on Monday night (grateful for the functioning heat and…) puzzled about how best to represent the information I was parsing in 17 pages of detailed disclosures on executive pay. I dreamt of a…



B. Lorraine Smith

Recovering ESG "expert"; yarn spinner; distance runner; magical realist. Sensing a path to an economy serving life. also at