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Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers - and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
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David Hain's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:56 AM

Why do we need a team?  Because other people perceive the world differently to us! Without disagreement there is no richness!

Alex Moyle's curator insight, January 20, 2014 2:53 PM

It is easy to be nice when times are good, however your true self comes out when you disagree.


Disagreement handled well can only make relationships stronger, more equal   and longer lasting

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The Future Of Progressive Business Is Companies That Are Good, Not Just Doing Good

The Future Of Progressive Business Is Companies That Are Good, Not Just Doing Good | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Responsible businesses today tout the idea of something called shared value - where profits, customers, and the environment all benefit from a company's success. But is that enough?

 

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Shared value is a limited vision of what companies can be in the future. It's related to activities, not function or constitution.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 14, 10:21 AM
Aristotle's view of the Good is an ethical way of living, rather than an abstract moral exercise. If we move away from thinking about citizens and consumers and see people as people, that moves us in a better direction.
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Sir David Attenborough and President Obama

President Obama and Naturalist Sir David Attenborough sit to discuss and contemplate the natural world at the White House.

 

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The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition

The Sharing Economy Lacks A Shared Definition | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

"Sharing economy," "peer economy," "collaborative economy," and "collaborative consumption."  What does it all mean? Collaboration thinking pioneer Rachel Botsman breaks it down.

 

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The key three common themes are:

Distributed Power: Power is moving from big, centralized institutions to distributed networks of individuals and communities disrupting who we trust and how we can access goods and services

Disruptive Drivers: The four key drivers. are technological innovation, a shift in values, a different approach to measuring welth, and environmental pressure. 

Innovative and Efficient Asset Utilization: New technologies enable us to unlock the "idling capacity" of resources - the untapped social, economic, and environmental value of underutilized assets.

 

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Want to Create Purpose-led Business: Ask Yourself Big Questions

Want to Create Purpose-led Business: Ask Yourself Big Questions | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

By asking how it could play a part in alleviating global poverty, Interface is creating a purpose-led business.

 

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Any organisation can ask big questions and engage with the grand challenges of humanity – poverty, climate change, education, health, biodiversity loss, resource depletion, injustice, inequality. It starts with a big question. 

 

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How To Grow The Purpose-Driven Workforce

How To Grow The Purpose-Driven Workforce | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

4 steps to creating a workforce that is devoted to making an impact. 

 

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Is "Business Ethics" An Oxymoron?

Is "Business Ethics" An Oxymoron? | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

The research couldn't be clearer: Many of us see business and ethics as incompatible. Can that ever change?

 

Economics rests on an assumption of rational self-interest, yet that's the very principle that seems to reduce ethical conduct. Over a dozen studies have shown how having money in the room or just thinking about money leads to self-serving and dishonest behavior.

 

 

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There have always been those calling for more ethical business practices, and there are plenty of people and organizations that have long been committed to doing things differently. But that push is now gaining mainstream momentum in a way it hasn't previously. It may even be that because many of us have come to see business and ethics as such opposite forces that there's now a growing interest in bridging them.

 

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Millennials Play the Long Game

Millennials Play the Long Game | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Millinnials motivations are deeply rooted in the economic and social conditions that have shaped their youth and early adulthood. Company leaders need to understand these drivers and focus their talent strategies accordingly. If they do, they just may find their millennial employees to be their most enduring.


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With the right incentives, younger hires want to commit to your organization.


It’s time for company leaders to get to know the real millennials, and ensure the organization is prepared to meet their needs. When they do, everyone wins: Organizations benefit when turnover of talented employees is reduced and when institutional knowledge is retained and developed over many years, and companies become better places for people to work.


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How does community involvement benefit the business?

How does community involvement benefit the business? | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Since 1995, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has studied how companies invest in communities and how these efforts connect to their businesses—and has published the findings in the Community Involvement study.


The study finds that the majority of companies today report that community involvement contributes to key business goals, including improved reputation and the attraction and retention of employees. It also illuminates the important relationship between community involvement efforts—such as employee volunteer programs and corporate giving campaigns—to employee engagement.


View the full report and executive summary here.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Community involvement contributes to key business goals, including improved reputation and the attraction and retention of employees.

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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, November 18, 2015 1:21 AM

The modern company must transcend old borders and operate within a broader system to be successful - opportunities and threats can come from anywhere.  Community involvement is a framework in which companies can achieve this and it is also a way in which it can help its employees understand and engage with the system in which they exist. 

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Millennials want to work for employers committed to values and ethics

Millennials want to work for employers committed to values and ethics | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

There’s a quiet revolution happening across Britain’s workforce, but it’s not about pay, hours or contracts. It’s a coup d’état led by the nation’s young, politically engaged jobseekers who demand employers enshrine values and ethics in their business model, not just profit.



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Ignoring the mood of the next generation means companies are cutting themselves off from two-thirds of the young talent pool, research suggests.


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The Purpose-Driven Workforce

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Employees motivated by a desire to make a difference do better work. Do they exist in your field?

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A new report puts numbers to the motives driving our daily toil. Twenty-eight percent of the U.S. workforce—42 million out of 150 million people—is purpose-oriented, while the rest, well, they're just going to work every day.


Read the report for yourself here



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How Benevolent Capitalism Can Change the Future of Your Business

How Benevolent Capitalism Can Change the Future of Your Business | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

There is nothing wrong with wanting more for yourself. Capitalism is not evil. What is wrong is when you don’t look beyond that to find a way to make your business grow and become something greater than profit and loss. Functioning from benevolent capitalism is where you are working to create more in the world for everybody, not just you, and it’s a very powerful concept when executed well.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Benevolent capitalism acknowledges the interconnectedness of all life, inviting every leader into the space of sustaining the good of all through your every contribution. As a benevolent leader, when you truly receive the enormity of this, you recognize that every single choice you make affects not only your business, but individuals, society, the planet and the environment.


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How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World

How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Insights into how KPMG worked on establishing a higher purpose in the organization. 


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survey by Calling Brands found that working for an organization with a clearly defined purpose is second only to pay and benefits in importance for employees, and ranks ahead of promotion opportunities, job responsibilities, and work culture. Two-thirds said a higher purpose would motivate them to go the extra mile in their jobs. A similar study by Net Impact showed that almost half of today’s workforce would take a 15% pay cut to work for an organization with an inspiring purpose.


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The Purpose-driven Professional

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As employees increasingly look for meaning and social impact in their corporate jobs, companies are seeking - and finding - ways to link talent development and rewarding, purpose-driven work, for both employee engagement and competitive advantage.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

The concept of pursuing a double or triple bottom line - seeking to maximize financial, social, and environmental impacts - has gained traction among large, established firms and emerging enterprises alike. This has also provided more opportunities for purpose-driven professionals to pursue personal passions while working within the corporate world.


The problem is that, even as companies increasingly invest in social impact initiatives, these activities often remain disconnected from a part of the business where they should be intimately connected: talent and leadership development programs. Having grown up in different parts of the company, social impact and talent development tend to remain isolated from each other.

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Twitter List: Top Circular Economy Accounts to Follow

Twitter List: Top Circular Economy Accounts to Follow | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Want to keep up to date with circular economy developments? Here’s a helpful list of those in the know to follow.


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In no particular order, these are the tweeters The Guardian think can help you better understand the circular economy.


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Can We Do It Ourselves?

This is a solid, thought provoking documentary covering a relevant economic topic in-depth. The question of capitalism’s grip on the modern world is highly relevant today and the film questions if we should be pushing for a democratic cooperative way of doing business, showing case studies of businesses who are surviving as democracies within a capitalist system.


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Grounded in the Swedish context but suited for international audiences, the one-hour film explores the whats, whys, and hows of worker-owned cooperatives through interviews with experts, visits to coops, and brief expository interludes. Bookended by reassurances that economic democracy is not necessarily incompatible with a free market economy, Can We Do It Ourselves? makes a persuasive case for the economic and social benefits of cooperativism.


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Does life have a purpose?

Does life have a purpose? | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?

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When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change

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Some big names in business pushed back this week against "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas. In 1964, it was Coca-Cola pushing Atlanta's white elites to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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The 9 limits of our planet ... and how we've raced past 4 of them

The 9 limits of our planet ... and how we've raced past 4 of them | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

In a startling January 2015 paper in Science, Johan Rockström says humanity has already raced past four of the nine boundaries keeping our planet hospitable to modern life. The climate is changing too quickly, species are going extinct too fast, we’re adding too many nutrients like nitrogen to our ecosystems, and we keep on cutting down forests and other natural lands. And we’re inching towards crossing the remaining five boundaries.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Is it worth undermining the Earth system to create vast benefits for this generation, assuming the next generation will be more innovative?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 16, 2015 10:08 PM

We only have one planet.

 

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I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling.

I Don’t Have a Job. I Have a Higher Calling. | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Faced with a cadre of young workers who say they want to make a difference, employers are trying to inject meaning into the daily grind, connecting profit-driven endeavors to grand consequences for mankind.


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Companies have long cited lofty mission statements as proof they have concerns beyond the bottom line, and in the past decade tech firms like Google Inc. attracted some of the economy’s brightest workers by inviting recruits to come and change the world by writing lines of code or managing projects.


Now, nearly every product or service from motorcycles to Big Macs seems capable of transforming humanity, at least according to some corporations. The words “mission,” “higher purpose,” “change the world” or “changing the world” were mentioned on earnings calls, in investor meetings and industry conferences 3,243 times in 2014, up from 2,318 five years ago, according to a Factiva search.


Those who can connect their work to a higher purpose—whether they are a janitor or a banker—tend to be more satisfied with their jobs, put in longer hours and rack up fewer absences.


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Beyond Transparency

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Back in the early 2000's, “honesty, integrity, and respect” were the standard buzzwords in ethics discussions. In the intervening decade, “transparency” has joined that list.


Rising alongside a call for transparency is a wave of thought leaders, across all sectors, who are beginning to ask, “Transparency to what end?” Is it simply about regulatory compliance, or making funders and investors happy?


Or could transparency actually be an organization’s path to accomplishing its mission?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Hildy Gottlieb shares some insight into Creating the Future's journey towards a more transparent culture. 


Opening up can help organizations achieve their missions in several domains: 


1.  Being open adds new thinking to the mix.

2. Being open flattens internal communications.

3. Being open walks the talk of the engaged communities we want to see.

4. Being open creates meaningful inclusion

5. Being open creates more inclusive accountability.


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How to let altruism be your guide

How to let altruism be your guide | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

What is altruism? Put simply, it's the wish that other people may be happy. And, says Matthieu Ricard, a happiness researcher and a Buddhist monk, altruism is also a great lens for making decisions, both for the short and long term, in work and in life.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Practice and reward caring, sharing and daring – caring for others, sharing what you know, and daring to try new ideas


You can follow Matthieu Ricard on Twitter here: @matthieu_ricard

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How Do You Create A Sense Of Purpose In A Giant Company?

How Do You Create A Sense Of Purpose In A Giant Company? | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

PricewaterhouseCoopers is learning that its younger employees need to know why they're doing what they're doing. Just doing it isn't enough.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Without a sense of professional purpose, going to work every day is a miserable slog. Granted, there are plenty of people who go about their jobs for decades without a purpose, but that's not exactly a morale-booster for colleagues - and for a large firm, it could be deadly.


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Never Mind Corporate Responsibility, Companies Can Solve Actual Social Problems

Never Mind Corporate Responsibility, Companies Can Solve Actual Social Problems | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Can Michael Porter's theory of "shared value" change the way multinational companies fundamentally relate to society?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Porter believes that companies are entering a third phase in their relationship with society. The first was about philanthropy, where business donates money to causes. The second was about "corporate social responsibility," or minimizing their social or environmental harm. The third is about solutions: actual products and services with a social purpose.


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 9, 2015 1:46 AM

The concept of Shared Value and its use as a term to describe business activities that address social/societal challenges in a financially profitable way is growing in popularity. 


At its core the notion is appealing - being able to solve societal problems profitably is compelling.  What is there not to like?


The concept is not without challenges however - particularly if you consider that companies may continue to create or contribute to the societal problems they now profitably plan to address.  

   

This article from Fast Co-exist does a good job in outlining what some of these challenges are.  It's not that the concept of Shared Value is poor - I'm actually a big fan.  It's just that it's more nuanced and more difficult for some companies to embrace than others.

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What Really Inspires Millennials to Live More Sustainably?

What Really Inspires Millennials to Live More Sustainably? | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

As businesses struggle to find ways of coaxing consumers into choosing more environmentally friendly products, technology is helping measure millennials’ perceptions and actions on sustainability.


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The rapid uptake of smartphones and tablets is helping spread the message about sustainable living with “circular economy” digital platforms such as Airbnb and car trip sharing scheme BlaBlaCar, making sustainability cool with the young. Meanwhile, social media has proved to be a powerful tool for promoting the benefits of sustainable living.


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Podcast: What’s the Moral Cost of Doing Business Today?

Podcast: What’s the Moral Cost of Doing Business Today? | Dare Care Share | Scoop.it

Today, most companies openly talk about their obligations to the people and places where they work. More than 70 percent of the 500 biggest US-traded companies now issue reports on their efforts to engage in corporate sustainability or responsibility — up from 20 percent in 2011, according to the Governance & Accountability Institute.


But what do those reports mean? How responsible should corporations be for what happens around them? And what’s the best way for consumers to tell which companies are getting it right?

FRONTLINE spoke to two experts to talk about the obligations — and costs — of doing business in our global world.


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Former BP executive Christine Bader and Human Rights Watch researcher Arvind Ganesan on what it takes to do business responsibly today — and the role consumers play in holding companies accountable.


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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.