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Sustainability is a Driver of Innovation - Innovation Excellence (blog)

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Sustainability is a Driver of Innovation Sustainability is now accepted as good corporate practice.
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Yes, because it drives culture change AND provides a new lens to see through.

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Electricity Generation and Future Planning and Predictions | The Energy Collective

Electricity Generation and Future Planning and Predictions | The Energy Collective | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Renewables have made outstanding progress in the last decade. And yet, just as these exciting changes are taking place, the renewables movement seems to be shifting its focus to something that has little or no connection to the fundamental environmental goals: distributed generation, particularly at the residential level.

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Distributive generation is a foundational fact to greater security AND to cheaper energy.

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How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America

How Many More? 116 Environmental Defenders Were Murdered Last Year, Mostly in Latin America | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
As we continue to mark Earth Day, we look at a new report that finds killings of environmental activists on the rise, with indigenous communities hardest hit. According to Global Witness, at least 116 environmentalists were killed last year — more than two a week. Three-quarters of the deaths occurred in Central and South America. Just recently, three indigenous Tolupán leaders were gunned down during an anti-mining protest in northern Honduras, which has become the most dangerous country for environmental activists. We speak to Billy Kyte, campaigner for Global Witness and author of their new report, "How Many More?"

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The violence being vented on environmentalists and doctors is a reg flag of huge proportions!

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What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery

What California can learn from Saudi Arabia’s water mystery | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s once massive underground aquifer system is drying up due to years of overpumping. And California, in the midst of a drought, is heading down the same path. Here’s what the rest of th...

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The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems

The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
As wells go in, vegetation loss and water use skyrocket.

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We are trading water for oil - try drinking oil.....

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Arctic Oil Spills In Canada Likely To Spread Across Borders: Study

Arctic Oil Spills In Canada Likely To Spread Across Borders: Study | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia.


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Duhhh......

 

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The Mind, The Brain, And Complex Adaptive Systems (Proceedings Volume XXII / Santa Fe Institute Studies in the): Harold J. Morowitz, Jerome L. Singer, EDITOR *: 9780201409888: Amazon.com: Books

The Mind, The Brain, And Complex Adaptive Systems (Proceedings Volume XXII / Santa Fe Institute Studies in the) [Harold J. Morowitz, Jerome L. Singer, EDITOR *] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.

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Weekend reading....

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Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Wired Magazine | Wired.com | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Technology turns an age-old concept into an exciting new strategy for encouraging better behavior.

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Yes - but - the emotional content that some feedback loops inspire or contain can derail their effectiveness.

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Kel Mohror's comment, September 26, 2013 10:03 PM
Valuable scoop! "Feedback loops are deceptively simple; they are in fact powerful tools that can help people change bad behavior patterns, even those that seem intractable. Just as important, they can be used to encourage good habits, turning progress itself into a reward. In other words, feedback loops change human behavior." [Applied in preventing chronic diseases through the right app and a person's quality of life could dramatically improve.] ----A feedback loop involves distinct stages: 1)evidence stage where a behavior is measured, captured, and stored; 2) relevance stage relays that data as information that is emotionally resonant to the individual; 3) consequence stage requires the information to illuminate one or more paths ahead 4) action stage provides a clear moment when the individual can modify a behavior, make a choice, and act and 5) that action subsequently is measured, and the feedback loop can run once more, every action stimulating new incremental behaviors that inch us closer to our goals.---- This is a clear, concise framework for "how to" spur adoption of chronic disease-preventing behaviors. The "what" details could come from the plan of care established by a provider.---- Huge potential!
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Systems coaching : An exciting new trend in the coaching world | TrainingZone.co.uk

Systems coaching : An exciting new trend in the coaching world | TrainingZone.co.uk | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it

At it’s most fundamental, systems coaching focuses on working with all of the client’s relationship systems, giving everything a place and a voice.


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Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPE's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:10 PM

The astute leader sees the Whole System and Sees the Parts and Sees their Interaction: Peter Senge put it this way:  ”Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static ‘snapshots.’ …. And systems thinking is a sensibility — for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character.” This is a good article and very pertinent.

Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:40 AM

Very interesting!

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Acequias in New Mexico: Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing

Acequias in New Mexico: Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it

New Mexico's acequias—communal irrigation canals—still function as a tool to preserve and share scarce desert water.


Water system creating linkages in the watershed:
All the users were responsible for cleaning and repairing the acequia madre when necessary.
"This commitment to maintaining the village’s primary irrigation supply bonded villagers together over the years"


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Community at its best!

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International: Resilience: Video Documentary On Climate Change, Traditional Knowledge, And Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources

International: Resilience: Video Documentary On Climate Change, Traditional Knowledge, And Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it

Video documentary on how indigenous peoples around the world are dealing with climate change by strengthening their traditional knowledge


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Maybe there is hope for some of us....

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Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time

Society's techno-social systems are becoming ever faster and more computer-orientated. However, far from simply generating faster versions of existing behaviour, we show that this speed-up can generate a new behavioural regime as humans lose the ability to intervene in real time. Analyzing millisecond-scale data for the world's largest and most powerful techno-social system, the global financial market, we uncover an abrupt transition to a new all-machine phase characterized by large numbers of subsecond extreme events. The proliferation of these subsecond events shows an intriguing correlation with the onset of the system-wide financial collapse in 2008. Our findings are consistent with an emerging ecology of competitive machines featuring ‘crowds’ of predatory algorithms, and highlight the need for a new scientific theory of subsecond financial phenomena.

 

Abrupt rise of new machine ecology beyond human response time
Neil Johnson Guannan Zhao Eric Hunsader Hong Qi Nicholas Johnson Jing Meng Brian Tivnan

Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 2627 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep02627


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This is proof that speed and complexity will syncronize creating patterns. This was proven earlier by a simple on/off experiment with lights. simple rules create complex patterns - you don't need conscious intervention. The impact of these patterns, however are sourced by life......

 

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Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's curator insight, September 23, 2013 8:20 AM

here we are... at the dawn of a human-machine competition?

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Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice

Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
The practice of system thinking helps us see the underlying inter-relationships and connections which create the events occurring in our organisations.

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Duh....

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Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPE's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:17 PM

My boys are always asking questions. At the end of the answer, they ask 'why?' so, I proceed to explain wha and at the end, I am met with another 'why?' It seems that I am not the only parent that undergoes this type of enquiry but it works - our kids learn. This article is about asking questions and evaluating the answer, then asking another question. A good lesson for us adults and leaders if we as leaders want to learn!

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Hive-mind solves tasks using Google Glass ant game | KurzweilAI

Hive-mind solves tasks using Google Glass ant game | KurzweilAI | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Swarm Google Glass game (credit: Daniel Estrada and Jonathan Lawhead) Daniel Estrada of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and Jonathan Lawhead

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Another approach to crowd sourcing?

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Battery Storage and Future Energy Planning | The Energy Collective

Battery Storage and Future Energy Planning | The Energy Collective | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Some predict that lithium-ion batteries will become so cheap that homeowners and businesses will combine the technology with equally inexpensive solar panels and go off the grid. The scenario seems unlikely, but the debunking of this myth doesn't dispel all of the utility's fears.

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Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major field study | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

 

But in the study published by the journal Nature on Wednesday, honeybees - which get trucked from place to place to pollinate major crops like almonds- didn't show the significant ill effects that wild cousins like bumblebees did. This is a finding some experts found surprising. A second study published in the same journal showed that in lab tests bees are not repelled by the pesticides and in fact may even prefer pesticide coated crops, making the problem worse.


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OMG!

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Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest

Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
The nation's biggest forest thinning project moves ahead in Arizona

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With miles and miles of dead trees in Montana and Colorado I'm amazed we have not had astonishing forest fires in these areas.

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History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network

History lessons highlight climate threat to birds - Climate News Network | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
25 April, 2015 − Evidence from the Ice Ages helps show how vulnerable bird populations are to change driven by human-induced global warming.

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Alaskan natives have no name for the red breasted bird that has been showing up there (Robins). Wings, however are faster than seeds....

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You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet | Tor.com

You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet | Tor.com | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Cory Doctorow discusses the importance of Internet privacy, and how companies profit from our mistakes.

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We Are Already Cyborgs

"If human history is the story of a creature who molts from ape to angel - or, as Nietzsche claimed, from beast to Superman - then somewhere along the way it... (We are already Cyborgs!

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With two hips and two replaced lenses from cataracts and a knee on the way - I'll have to second that!

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The Joker effect: cooperation driven by destructive agents

Understanding the emergence of cooperation is a central issue in evolutionary game theory. The hardest setup for the attainment of cooperation in a population of individuals is the Public Goods game in which cooperative agents generate a common good at their own expenses, while defectors "free-ride" this good. Eventually this causes the exhaustion of the good, a situation which is bad for everybody. Previous results have shown that introducing reputation, allowing for volunteer participation, punishing defectors, rewarding cooperators or structuring agents, can enhance cooperation. Here we present a model which shows how the introduction of rare, malicious agents -that we term jokers- performing just destructive actions on the other agents induce bursts of cooperation. The appearance of jokers promotes a rock-paper-scissors dynamics, where jokers outbeat defectors and cooperators outperform jokers, which are subsequently invaded by defectors. Thus, paradoxically, the existence of destructive agents acting indiscriminately promotes cooperation.


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The silver lining and perhaps proof that good is meant to win!

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, September 27, 2013 7:18 AM

Very interesting. Yet it is known that one of the best unifying forces is a common adversary.

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Which Words Matter The Most When You Talk

Which Words Matter The Most When You Talk | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
Language like anything else can be hacked for greater effectiveness. Here are some techniques to make your words--your best tool at work--more...

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How US cities are rethinking energy vs. water

What can states learn from Arizona and Colorado about uniting water and energy planning?

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Systems Thinking applied????

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PLOS ONE: An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging

PLOS ONE: An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.

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Just what everyone wants - data!

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The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations

The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it
When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I've worked with and researched hundreds of companies.  Collaboration is indeed a top priority for many business leaders but knowing what makes organizations successful can be a tricky thing.

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Real collaboration means NO ego and a desire to make the success of the project more important than oneself!

 

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Systems coaching : An exciting new trend in the coaching world | TrainingZone.co.uk

Systems coaching : An exciting new trend in the coaching world | TrainingZone.co.uk | Sustainable Intelligence | Scoop.it

At it’s most fundamental, systems coaching focuses on working with all of the client’s relationship systems, giving everything a place and a voice.


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Very interesting!

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Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPE's curator insight, July 20, 2013 8:10 PM

The astute leader sees the Whole System and Sees the Parts and Sees their Interaction: Peter Senge put it this way:  ”Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static ‘snapshots.’ …. And systems thinking is a sensibility — for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character.” This is a good article and very pertinent.

Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:40 PM

Yes! Contact me to get started!