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Why sustainability leaders don’t impress Wall Street

Why sustainability leaders don’t impress Wall Street | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
If sustainable business practices create profits and shareholder value, why aren’t mainstream investors paying attention?

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 4, 2:07 PM

What about: because real sustainability is about real limits and Wall Street is about phantasy growth for ever?

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 4, 6:49 PM

Some new research by McKinsey & Company has uncovered part of the answer. The short version: Investors don’t have the data they need, or understand how sustainability connects to creating shareholder value. And companies don’t know how to tell a story that’s relevant to Wall Street.

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27 Ways to Encourage Team Work in Your Class

27 Ways to Encourage Team Work in Your Class | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it

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Nichelle Plivelic's curator insight, February 20, 5:59 PM

Some children on the autism spectrum lack an interest in teamwork, as they'd rather do things themselves in the way they want to. For this reason, it's important to show them-and other kids, not only those with special needs-why it's good to work as a team when with others.

 

Ways to do this include having them do activities in which it is easier to work as a team than an individual. Another way is to reward them for working together and providing reasons why teamwork is necessary.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
Chris Hedges: The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville's ''Moby Dick.''

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Interesting opinions.  Although they are sure to enrage, there needs to be a different discussion about economic development and the metrics by which we measure it.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 27, 2:16 PM

Absolutely brilliant but bleak analysis of the state of our world. Must-read article for all with the courage to see...

Artur Alves's curator insight, January 31, 10:54 AM

"Decayed civilizations always make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art and culture for this reason. They do not want the masses to look into the pit. They condemn and vilify the “burnt people”—Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Cornel West. They feed the human addiction for illusion, happiness and hope. They peddle the fantasy of eternal material progress. They urge us to build images of ourselves to worship. They insist—and this is the argument of globalization ¬¬—that our voyage is, after all, decreed by natural law. We have surrendered our lives to corporate forces that ultimately serve systems of death. We ignore and belittle the cries of the burnt people. And, if we do not swiftly and radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and the ecosystem, microbes look set to inherit the earth."

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Understanding complexity | Harold Jarche

Understanding complexity | Harold Jarche | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it

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Liz Rykert's curator insight, January 9, 9:40 AM

Love this scoop by Lisa Kimball - It is a good demonstration of how the patterns of relating are key to emergent culture. 

june holley's curator insight, January 9, 9:51 AM

Another great graphic!

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Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon?

Have the Obits for Peak Oil Come Too Soon? | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 10, 3:15 PM

Michael Klare explains why the media reports about the death of peak oil have been 'greatly exxagerated'.

 

Artur Alves's curator insight, January 15, 6:28 AM

The usual technotriumphalism (technology, more technology, better technology will solve any given problem, given enough time) allays fears about the end of oil. Worryingly, it distracts from the main issue: thinking about a radically different society, less dependent on fossil fuels.

 

"In place of peak oil, then, we have a new theory that as yet has no name but might be called techno-dynamism.  There is, this theory holds, no physical limit to the global supply of oil so long as the energy industry is prepared to, and allowed to, apply its technological wizardry to the task of finding and producing more of it.  Daniel Yergin, author of the industry classics, The Prize and The Quest, is a key proponent of this theory.  He recently summed up the situation this way: “Advances in technology take resources that were not physically accessible and turn them into recoverable reserves.”  As a result, he added, “estimates of the total global stock of oil keep growing.”

From this perspective, the world supply of petroleum is essentially boundless.  In addition to “conventional” oil -- the sort that comes gushing out of the ground -- the IEA identifies six other potential streams of petroleum liquids: natural gas liquids; tar sands and extra-heavy oil; kerogen oil (petroleum solids derived from shale that must be melted to become usable); shale oil; coal-to-liquids (CTL); and gas-to-liquids (GTL).  Together, these “unconventional” streams could theoretically add several trillion barrels of potentially recoverable petroleum to the global supply, conceivably extending the Oil Age hundreds of years into the future (and in the process, via climate change, turning the planet into an uninhabitable desert).

But just as peak oil had serious limitations, so, too, does techno-dynamism.  At its core is a belief that rising world oil demand will continue to drive the increasingly costly investments in new technologies required to exploit the remaining hard-to-get petroleum resources.  As suggested in the 2013 edition of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook, however, this belief should be treated with considerable skepticism."

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Advanced Manufacturing Technology: The New Face of Manufacturing

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“Advanced Manufacturing technology is changing the face of manufacturing. However, will it change the branding problem in manufacturing?”
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Is a resurgence in manufacturing happening in the U.S.? The data seems to support this opinion; however, advance manufacturing will not translate into a resurgence in manufacturing jobs. It's about productivity and a globally distributed supply network. One thing is for sure; if RI is to participate in this resurgence, it will require a coordinated partnership between industry, government, education, and workers.
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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it

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How To Design A Better Office For Both Introverts And Extroverts - Fast Company

How To Design A Better Office For Both Introverts And Extroverts - Fast Company | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
Fast Company How To Design A Better Office For Both Introverts And Extroverts Fast Company It's an even bigger issue for organizations that employ both introverts and extroverts and who need to leverage the strengths of all workers as they strive...
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Great Ideas: Urban Oases

Great Ideas: Urban Oases | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
No matter how small, no matter how simple, a garden or terrace is the ultimate city luxury (Great ideas for how to style your city garden, no matter how small, so you can enjoy this sun!
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Malcolm Allan's curator insight, November 25, 2013 2:50 AM

This article spotlights the importance of small scale and intimate species that create a relaxed place for high density environments.

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The Meaning Organization

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Umair Haque Welcome to the roaring teens. We’re in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis, many people argue, since the Great Depression.
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Paving the Way as a Nationally Recognized Hub for Urban Cyclists in Minneapolis, Minnesota | The GRID | Global Site Plans

Paving the Way as a Nationally Recognized Hub for Urban Cyclists in Minneapolis, Minnesota | The GRID | Global Site Plans | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
#1 #Bike #City: #Minneapolis, Minnesota #transit @JasnaHadzic - http://t.co/nWfrSsK0Fi
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Scott A Gibbs's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:21 AM

I think this is an opportunity in Rhode Island that we are not fully leveraging.

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Urban design studio explores possibilities for former Route 195 land - The Providence Journal

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Urban design studio explores possibilities for former Route 195 land The Providence Journal "It should also be a contribution, really, to the 21st-century urban design," says the Providence-based architect who designed the World War II Memorial in...
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Degrowth in Slovenia

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We need a no-growth development model as an alternative to an austerity model which will do nothing except bring ordinary people hardship and misery – offering them no hope and no way of coping with their problems.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, May 3, 2013 3:50 AM

Very inspiring article by Feasta's Brian Davey on the need to go beyond the sterile austerity versus new Keynesianism solutions to the growth and debt crisis of the EU.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
Chris Hedges: The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville's ''Moby Dick.''

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, January 27, 2:16 PM

Absolutely brilliant but bleak analysis of the state of our world. Must-read article for all with the courage to see...

Scott A Gibbs's curator insight, January 28, 9:48 AM

Interesting opinions.  Although they are sure to enrage, there needs to be a different discussion about economic development and the metrics by which we measure it.

Artur Alves's curator insight, January 31, 10:54 AM

"Decayed civilizations always make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art and culture for this reason. They do not want the masses to look into the pit. They condemn and vilify the “burnt people”—Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Cornel West. They feed the human addiction for illusion, happiness and hope. They peddle the fantasy of eternal material progress. They urge us to build images of ourselves to worship. They insist—and this is the argument of globalization ¬¬—that our voyage is, after all, decreed by natural law. We have surrendered our lives to corporate forces that ultimately serve systems of death. We ignore and belittle the cries of the burnt people. And, if we do not swiftly and radically reconfigure our relationship to each other and the ecosystem, microbes look set to inherit the earth."

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Network organisation for the 21st century : turbulence

Network organisation for the 21st century : turbulence | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it

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Envisioning the future of money

Envisioning the future of money | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
Is your organization prepared for the intelligent, autonomous and interconnected future of money?

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So, is innovation in the concept of currency  going to be a disruptive technology?

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Irene Valdes's curator insight, January 24, 12:20 AM

what does a new organization needs in terms of vision in order to go to the future?

Ferananda's comment, January 26, 11:18 PM
@ScotT A Gibbs the person I know that explores further how innovation the currency of the future to bring innovation forward is @ingenesist .My thoughts on that is that if we take the metacurrency distinction of what currency is then currencies is a new language, a new expressive capacity for humanity that holds the promise of radical innovation and change. (see the former video on Integral wealth).
june holley's curator insight, July 14, 8:17 AM

Great powerpoint...

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How America Can Build an Innovative New Energy System » Scholars Strategy Network

How America Can Build an Innovative New Energy System » Scholars Strategy Network | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it

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edmorrison's curator insight, January 1, 1:28 PM

Good post: "America’s inherited energy system is too rigid. Big institutions, shackled by inflexible rules and outdated habits, control most of the resources"

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The New Kind of Worker Every Business Needs

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“ Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.”
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Peak Oil: a fertile concept

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“ Peak oil provides a complete worldview that sheds light on everything that's happening in the world. Those who don't understand the bell curve are condemned to follow it.”
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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Advanced Manufacturing Is About to Change Your Life

Advanced Manufacturing Is About to Change Your Life | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
See how advanced techniques are changing manufacturing for #MidMarket companies http://t.co/VY7Tsw8zHG #JOF @MidMarketCenter @ShopFloorNAM
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Portland, Oregon: The Age of a City

A new/old perspective of Portlands urban landscape - amazing design http://t.co/fIdjNaeeMW
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Musical Urban Design: Rube Goldberg-Style Rain Drains | WebUrbanist

Musical Urban Design: Rube Goldberg-Style Rain Drains | WebUrbanist | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
An interactive and artistic facade features the process of rain drainage prominently instead of hiding it, turning the flow of liquid into music for passers by.
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Paving the Way as a Nationally Recognized Hub for Urban Cyclists in Minneapolis, Minnesota | The GRID | Global Site Plans

Paving the Way as a Nationally Recognized Hub for Urban Cyclists in Minneapolis, Minnesota | The GRID | Global Site Plans | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
#1 #Bike #City: #Minneapolis, Minnesota #transit @JasnaHadzic - http://t.co/nWfrSsK0Fi
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Technology Is Not The Problem — It Is The Solution

Technology Is Not The Problem — It Is The Solution | Economic Development Innovation | Scoop.it
Technological growth has been principally responsible for the development of new industries, products and processes that have created better paying jobs, cheaper goods and a higher standard of living for society.

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To think Rob use to head up the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council.

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