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Introduction to Social Dilemmas

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This is the focus for Week 3 in Howard Rheingold’s course – Towards a Literacy of Cooperation We have been introduced to social dilemmas principally through the excellent work of Peter Kollock, who...
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Why Sharing Power At Work Is The Very Best Way To Build It

Why Sharing Power At Work Is The Very Best Way To Build It | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
Good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, not by building themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally.I see leaders who imagine that they have more power than they actually do, and don’t really distinguish...

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Join me tomorrow for our monthly free teleconfernce.  We will be exploring Sharing Power.  

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

4pm US-PT, 7pm US-ET,  2pm HT

24:00 GMT, 

Sunday 11am Sydney, 9am Korea

 

If you have previously registered for this series you will receive a reminder with your dial-in number and PIN about 8 hours before the class.  IF YOU HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED OR YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING THE REMINDERS, Register here for FREE Teleclasses.   
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El error de Holmberg y la prevalencia de modelos mentales equivocados

El error de Holmberg y la prevalencia de modelos mentales equivocados | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

El error de Holmberg es descrito por Charles Mann (2006) en "1491: una nueva historia de las américas antes de Colón", un libro que debiera ser de texto para todos los americanos (me refiero a los habitantes del continente americano, sí, el que comprende del Yukón a la Patagonia).

 

El modelo mental creado por Holmberg sobre los pueblos originarios de América persite con la ayuda tanto de Hollywood como de la antropología. Y es que el modelo ha resultado muy conveniente para justificar la depredación de las comunidades originarias, lo mismo en Canadá (donde aún en el siglo XXI hay historias de explotación y acallamiento de los pueblos indígenas) que en la Sierra de Guerrero en México o en Bolivia y Brasil.

 

Desde la óptica de la sociedad occidental seguimos diciendo que los pueblos indígenas están atrasados y que debemos salvarlos de su pobreza. Curiosamente es justo lo contrario. Nuestra cultura depredadora y de consumo está acabando con nuestra civilización y con el planeta. Necesitamos voltear a ver a los pueblos originarios de la tierra, ya que son ellos con sus aprendizajes ancestrales quienes tienen lecciones importantes para salvarnos a todos. La vida de la "comida rápida" debe reencontrar el ritmo de los ciclos naturales de la naturaleza. ¿Estaremos ya listos para ir más allá de nuestra arrogancia obtusa?

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How Arunachalam Muruganantham started a sanitary napkin revolution

When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly "supplies," Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad. His research got very very personal -- and led him to a powerful business model. (Filmed in Bangalore as part of the TED Global Talent Search.) He created a system of simple machines to make modern sanitary napkins -- giving millions of women in his home country and around the world access to hygiene.

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2da Cumbre de Emprendimiento Social Juvenil

2da Cumbre de Emprendimiento Social Juvenil | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Si quieres escuchar a los 100 líderes de opinión en Emprendimiento Social Juvenil no te pierdas la Cumbre Building Potential http://ow.ly/i/Z9Fi #EmprendeSocial

25 y 26 de octubre de 8 a.m. a 3:30 p.m., EBC Campus Dinamarca, Col. Juárez, México, D.F.

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The Importance of Emotional Support In Social Business

The Importance of Emotional Support In Social Business | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Adi Gaskell discusses the need of emotional support for social business iniitatives.


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How Companies Can Move Beyond Philanthropy in Developing Countries?

How Companies Can Move Beyond Philanthropy in Developing Countries? | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Water will be this century’s largest crisis because unlike energy, there is no alternative to water: all the world’s H20 is already on earth. Not one person or organization can tackle all of the complexities of water stewardship alone.

PepsiCo's work with Water.org in India is a compelling study of how community work and local engagement not only build trust but are also smart business.

The synergy of the public and private sectors, NGOs and community groups is crucial if the vexing problems that water poses will ever be addressed.

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The Major Economic Ideas We Live By Are Shockingly Flimsy

The Major Economic Ideas We Live By Are Shockingly Flimsy | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Economists’ insistence that their discipline is like physics sounds a little nervous. Did you ever hear a physicist boast to the world that physics is like economics? More important, when they talk about economics this way, Samuelson, Nicholson, and other economists are misrepresenting what they do and what economics is. From Adam Smith to Karl Marx, from John Maynard Keynes to Milton Friedman, economists have sought to gain insight into economies by building models of them. They make simplified assumptions about the economic world we inhabit and construct imaginary economies—in other words, models—based on those assumptions. They use these imaginary economies to draw practical conclusions about the actual economies we inhabit.

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Transforming Companies into Communities: Oscar Mendez Rosa

Oscar's idea worth spreading embraces the idea of transforming companies into communities which opens up new capacities for cooperation and reciprocity in business. Placing the idea of service at the center, a dynamic framework is created, which allows creativity to flow and people to develop on all levels of their being while contributing to a an ever-advancing civilization.
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Youth and Adolescents Education in Service of Community

Bahá'í International Community's Oral Statement to the 45th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development. Alicia Zareey, Youth Delegate, Baha'i International Community.

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'The Doughnut' of social and planetary boundaries for development

Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher at Oxfam Great Britain introduces her discussion paper "A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?"

 

In the run-up to Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, this discussion paper is an exploration of what such a model of prosperity might look like.

 

It presents a visual framework -- shaped like a doughnut -- which brings the concept of planetary boundaries together with the complementary concept of social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in which humanity can thrive.

 

Download the paper at http://oxf.am/oe8
Join the conversation with Kate Raworth at http://oxf.am/oef

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Building Social Business Ventures

Can businesses measure success beyond profit? Muhummad Yunus, global leader of the microcredit revolution, shares his strategies for building connections between business and social sectors. He describes Grameen Bank, Grameen Telecom and many other companies in the Grameen Family of Companies - thriving examples of the potential of hybrid social business ventures. Yunus' vision challenges every person in business and in school today. His model of 'non-loss business,' as opposed to profit-maximizing or not-for-profit organizations, is creating better business and a better world.

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Social Responsibility & Mutual Funds

Social Responsibility & Mutual Funds | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Investing in a mutual fund was previously never viewed as a way to make a legitimate difference in the world. With the advent of socially responsible mutual funds this has changed, and the average investor can choose to put money into causes that she believes in. It is now possible to make a difference in a return on investment at the same time.

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Co-ops seeding co-ops - Cultivate.Coop

Co-ops seeding co-ops - Cultivate.Coop | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

"If a cooperative is the best business model for your business, why not share that benefit with others? Imagine an entire economy of principled enterprises that serve member needs and advance democratic participation.

Cooperatives can grow the cooperative economy in several ways. One way is by growing themselves: increasing their membership, sales, locations, services, products and jobs. And co-ops grow the co-op economy when they do business with each other. Investment in cooperative loan, grant and equity funds also boosts cooperative economies.

Another method is for co-op businesses to seed the development of new cooperatives. For an existing co-op, a new co-op business in the local economy means new peers and more people understanding and committed to co-op principles and values; it can also mean an improved bottom line and more member benefits.

Several co-op development strategies emerge from a review of what co-ops around the country are doing to expand the co-op economy. These correspond well to research by David Ellerman on “enterprise creation” that starts from existing businesses."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 18, 2013 2:20 PM

Co-ops are a great idea, but not often easy to make work in practice. This wiki contains valuable advice based on working case histories.

Jared Broker's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:40 PM

Awesome wiki style page about co-ops.  It is a model that is exploding out of the top down greed structures.

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Spending Your Money to Make Someone Else Happy

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How would you use $100 if someone gave it to you and told you to spend it doing something nice for someone else?
Carl Richards is a certified financial planner in Park City, Utah, and is the director of investor education at BAM Advisor Services. His book, “The Behavior Gap,” was published this year. His sketches are archived on the Bucks blog.
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Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur. Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70's -- and quickly realised how ineffective it was.

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The Rise of the Sharing Economy

We're writing an article series called "the rise of the sharing economy." What better proof-of-concept is there than crowdfunding it?
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Conscious Capitalism: Can Empathy Change The World?

Conscious Capitalism: Can Empathy Change The World? | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it
ForbesConscious Capitalism: Can Empathy Change The World?ForbesIn the late 19th century, a concept called the Progressive Movement crept through the vineworks of American business thinking.

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Can PepsiCo Inspire Sustainable Development in Africa?

Can PepsiCo Inspire Sustainable Development in Africa? | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

PepsiCo plans on expanding its operations in Africa this coming decade. In an interview with Sanjeev Chadha, head of PepsiCo’s operations in the Middle East and Africa, he explained why Pepsi is bullish about its prospects in Africa despite the region’s reputation as a difficult and contentious place in which to both conduct business–and he was adamant that the company can maintain sustainable development and operate responsibly.

 

“Africa is the new Asia,” Chadha said to me yesterday as we started our chat as yesterday’s sessions winded down. The macroeconomic factors certainly support his optimism. Take Africa as one entity, and you have a billion people contributing to a trillion dollar economy. Economic growth is certainly impressive compared to much of the world, with an overall rate at five to six percent annually.

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Philanthropy, CSR and the Social Responsibility of Business

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Corporate philanthropy is mistaken for corporate responsibility. The discussions about the social responsibility of business tend to focus on the ethical and economic aspects of this issue. Yet CSR has a relatively vague definition, and as a result many times we call different things by the name CSR. For example, corporate philanthropy is mistaken many times for corporate responsibility. But it is not the same, or to be more accurate, it is just one dimension of CSR, and frankly not the one we should be concentrating on when we talk and debate about the social responsibility of business.

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Peachy - Patient Centered Wellness

Peachy - Patient Centered Wellness | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Delivering a comprehensive, customized, fully integrated, user focused experience is the key to engagement. Everything people need to manage their health and wellness. Peachy is 100% focused on a customized user experience that flows easily and brings the user back. The best of elements of health apps and websites on one platform. Peachy is looking for investors!

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Selling Sustainability WITHIN Corporate America

Selling Sustainability WITHIN Corporate America | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

Sustainability within corporate America has become mainstream, and a new report discusses the value of expertise, communication and numbers. Once relegated to the basement office as far as possible from the C-suite just a decade ago, companies from Nike to Ford Motor to yes, Walmart, are taking sustainability seriously. Most companies do not have strategies in place to address climate change and other social, governance and environmental challenges, but change, slowly, is occurring. Companies feel enough pressure from outside stakeholder groups. But what about from the inside?

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Big Question: Is Earth past the tipping point?

For 10,000 years, our world seemed endless. The sky was the limit. But today's world looks much smaller. We've cleared, consumed and polluted our way across the globe. The planet is shrinking. Have we pushed Earth past the tipping point? That's a critical issue the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment explores in our second Big Question video. This three-minute multimedia feature draws on research from the article Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity, published this past fall in the journal Nature, and discussed in the current Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=boundaries-for-a-healthy-planet
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trus•tee•ship defined

trus•tee•ship defined | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

"A critical dimension of the design and implementation of new economic and institutional frameworks is a world-encompassing trusteeship—the idea that each one of us enters the world as a trust of the whole and, in turn, bears a measure of responsibility for the welfare of all."—Sustaining Societies: Towards a New "We". The Bahá'í International Community’s Statement to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, 20 June 2012. www.bic.org/statements/sustaining-societies-towards-new-we

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RISE: Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship

RISE: Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship | Social Enterprise & Social Investing | Scoop.it

The Research Initiative on Social Entrepreneurship (RISE) is a research project whose mission is to study and disseminate knowledge about the markets, metrics and management of for-profit and nonprofit social enterprise and social venturing. RISE was a program at Columbia Business School from 2001 to 2010. RISE is currently run as a personal project of Cathy Clark, Adjunct Assistant Professor of CASE at Duke.

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