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4 keys to success for partnering with NGOs

4 keys to success for partnering with NGOs | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Businesses can improve their social and environmental performance and find new market opportunities through partnerships with nonprofit groups, or NGOs. The knowledge, expertise and capabilities of NGOs and corporations are distinct and may be complementary; together, NGOs and companies can often accomplish more than they could alone. But misunderstandings and other obstacles can prevent partnerships from reaching their potential.

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Collective Presencing: A New Human Capacity

Collective Presencing: A New Human Capacity | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

This is the first in a series of articles introducing the phenomenon and practice of Collective Presencing, a new capacity evolving in humanity at this time. Great thinkers have foreseen its coming—we recognise it in Aurobindo’s descent of the supramental and Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere. But what exactly do those terms mean? Where these gifted individuals intuited and envisioned the birth of this new collective capacity at the dawn of the last century, we are now starting to be able to describe it from experience. While many might recognise the phenomenon from transpersonal group work and other such practices, so far as we are aware, this is the first attempt to articulate it as a path and a set of capacities that can be intentionally developed...

 

 


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The widening movement expands the individual’s embrace, going through the deepening practices of observing, honouring and living what is, described above, starting with my relationship to myself, and panning out to include my relationship with others, with the group, and with future potential. - See more at: http://www.kosmosjournal.org/articles/collective-presencing-a-new-human-capacity#sthash.sSTjSGfm.dpuf

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Economist's View: Fed Watch: Is There Even a Panic Button in Europe?

Economist's View: Fed Watch: Is There Even a Panic Button in Europe? | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Greece once again is making the headlines, as it is increasingly evident that they have made virtually no progress on the last bailout package, and will therefore need another. This should have come as no surprise; it was increasingly politically impossible to engage in additional austerity with the Greek economy plummeting into the abyss. But bailout fatigue will finally hit this time, as there appears to be no more appetite to limp Greece along. Evan Ambrose-Pritchard argues that Germany is leading the drive to finally force Greece out of the Eurozone. Ambrose rightly places at least some, if not the lion's share, of the blame for this outcome at the feet of the Troika

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The Social and Psychological Foundations of Climate Change | Solutions

The Social and Psychological Foundations of Climate Change | Solutions | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

In the eyes of the social scientist, people analyzing important issues always employ ideological filters that are influenced by their identity and worldview. At the individual level, these filters take the form of biases and rules-of-thumb that alter rational perspectives on problem recognition and solution development.
At the organizational level, cultures become filters to the external world through which information is developed, interpreted, disseminated, and acted upon. Organizations also act as complex systems that are capable of making decisions on their own and that follow sets of rules and routines to search for, identify, and handle problems.
At the institutional level, there are formal organizations, rules, policies, and norms that create and support the market and industry infrastructure in which firms operate.
Techniques exist at each level to overcome culturally and psychologically imposed myopia with regard to environmental challenges.
Unfortunately, the ability of social scientists to engage in public debates about climate change and apply such techniques is restricted by the rules and norms of the academy.

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It’s not complicated, you see | Harold Jarche

It’s not complicated, you see | Harold Jarche | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Organizations need to embrace complexity, instead of treating it as mere complication. We know that innovation can abound in start-ups, but why not in larger organizations? One problem is that growth creates sustainable efficiencies, which get embedded and codified. These efficiencies can lead to greater market share, which companies become addicted to, not seeing that they are simultaneously becoming less innovative. A Probe-Sense-Respond approach, or perpetual Beta releases, is necessary to deal with complexity, through constant learning by doing. Continually probing via many new, small initiatives means that organizations have to abandon complicated command and control systems, trust workers, and give them the space to learn while working.

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High Level Panel of Experts Tackles Agriculture and Climate Change | Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Blog

High Level Panel of Experts Tackles Agriculture and Climate Change | Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Blog | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Climate change has been an underlying theme of many of the Landscapes Blog posts, as it is becoming an integral piece of agriculture discussions. But this week, the Blog is focusing specifically on some of the recent publications with particular significance for climate change, agriculture, and food security. The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, convened by FAO to advise the Committee on World Food Security, has released two new reports. Of particular interest this week is the publication with recommendations on climate change and food security. The panel hones in on the chain of vulnerabilities within food security – from the biophysical impacts on crop productivity and associated food price variability to socioeconomic contexts exacerbated by changing climatic conditions. With a target audience of high level decision makers, this publication not only synthesizes the ever-growing field of agriculture and climate change, but also provides sound, actionable items for the local, national and international policy levels.

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Ten Ways to Inhibit Innovation

Ten Ways to Inhibit Innovation | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
here are ten common inhibitors that can dampen an organization's ability to innovate effectively. For each one, think about the extent to which it applies to your firm (never? sometimes? often?):

Our focus on short-term results drives out ideas that take longer to mature.
Fear of cannibalizing current business prevents investment in new areas.
Most of our resources are devoted to day-to-day business so that few remain for innovative prospects.
Innovation is someone else's job and not part of everyone's responsibilities.
Our efficiency focus eliminates free time for fresh thinking.
We do not have a standard process to nurture the development of new ideas.
Incentives are geared towards maximizing today's business and reducing risk.
Managers are not trained to be innovation leaders.
Managers immediately look for flaws in new ideas rather than tease out their potential.
We look at opportunities through internal lenses rather than starting with customers' needs and problems.

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Liberating Structures: New Website Presents New Ways to Unleash Collective Intelligence - Plexus Institute

How could you reliably get the worst results imaginable if you wanted to prevent infection in a hospital, help patients take care of their own health, get all shifts in a plant to agree on new hours, or launch a new product? What strategies and behaviors would it take to produce the most absolutely wretched outcome? And how many of these things are actually being done right now? The questions can have pretty funny answers, but the laughter that follows can lead to productive new questions and thoughtful discussion. Imagining the worst opens up new thoughts on how those destructive practices can be stopped so that the most valued goals and deepest purposes can be achieved.

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Corporation Pushes Six-Year Pay Freeze On Workers While Making Record Profits, Paying CEO $17 Million

Corporation Pushes Six-Year Pay Freeze On Workers While Making Record Profits, Paying CEO $17 Million | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Back in June, ThinkProgress noted that the manufacturing giant Caterpillar was seeking major concessions during contract negotiations with striking workers, even as it was making billions in profits and giving its CEO a 60 percent pay boost.
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Why your team won't innovate

I read a post today from Paul Pluschkell at Spigit which read: The bonus of empowering people to make real change is that you end up with a bias towards action. This statement has the benefit of being true, but peeling back a deeper insight. Too many businesses talk about empowering employees, but the fail to understand how to empower them. Further, they fail to understand what the real outcomes will be if they empower them. That's a shame, because one of the clear benefits of "empowering" your team is the potential for more innovation.

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The problem with being 'half social'

So why do we build these heavily filtered glass walls between our organisations and our customers/stakeholders? Well I'm only part way through it but Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman in his recent book 'Think, Fast and Slow' has some good ideas about this. Essentially he says that we are lazy thinkers. We look to fill our knowledge gaps with heuristics and convenient representations, even if we know that they are wrong! Rather than try and understand the complexity of the relationship interactions on both sides of our paper wall, we fortify the wall, we point to it and say 'this is how we work'. As Kahneman points out, this can be very dangerous. We are in effect formalising our biases and misjudgments into processes that can do more damage to a brand than if they didn't exist at all.

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Randy Wray: Why We’re Screwed

Randy Wray: Why We’re Screwed | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
As the Global Financial Crisis rumbles along in its fifth year, we read the latest revelations of bankster fraud, the LIBOR scandal. This follows the muni bond fixing scam detailed a couple of weeks ago, as well as the J.P. Morgan trading fiasco and the Corzine-MF Global collapse and any number of other scandals in recent months. In every case it was traders run amuck, fixing “markets” to make an easy buck at someone’s expense. In times like these, I always recall Robert Sherrill’s 1990 statement about the S&L crisis that “thievery is what unregulated capitalism is all about.”

After 1990 we removed what was left of financial regulations following the flurry of deregulation of the early 1980s that had freed the thrifts so that they could self-destruct. And we are shocked, SHOCKED!, that thieves took over the financial system.

 

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We’re All Climate-Change Idiots

We’re All Climate-Change Idiots | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The mental habits that help us navigate the practical demands of day-to-day life make it difficult to engage with the more remote dangers posed by climate change.

 

Robert Gifford, a psychologist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia who studies the behavioral barriers to combating climate change, calls these habits of mind “dragons of inaction.” We have trouble imagining a future drastically different from the present. We block out complex problems that lack simple solutions. We dislike delayed benefits and so are reluctant to sacrifice today for future gains. And we find it harder to confront problems that creep up on us than emergencies that hit quickly. 

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‘The Dust Bowl of 2012′: Drought Covers Majority Of U.S. And ‘Might Be A $50 Billion Event For The Economy’

‘The Dust Bowl of 2012′: Drought Covers Majority Of U.S. And ‘Might Be A $50 Billion Event For The Economy’ | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
This year’s drought ranks as one of the top 10 worst U.S. droughts for the last century. With more than half the country (54 percent) experiencing drought conditions, it’s the single worst drought since the 1950s.
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U.S. drought could cause global unrest

U.S. drought could cause global unrest | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Twice in the last five years, rising food prices triggered global waves of social unrest. With drought baking U.S. crops, we may be in for another round of society-straining price spikes.
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Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse

Trade Off: Financial system supply-chain cross contagion – a study in global systemic collapse | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

This new study explores the implications of a major financial crisis for the supply-chains that feed us, keep production running and maintain our critical infrastructure. I use a scenario involving the collapse of the Eurozone to show that increasing socio-economic complexity could rapidly spread irretrievable supply-chain failure across the world.

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Distances and Diversity: Sources for Social Creativity

The power of the un-aided, individual mind is highly overrated: The Renaissance scholar no longer exists. Although creative individuals are often thought of as working in isolation, the role of interaction and collaboration with other individuals is critical to creativity. Creative activity grows out of the relationship between individuals and their work, and from the interactions between an individual and other human beings. Because complex problems require more knowledge than any single person possesses, it is necessary that all involved stakeholders participate, communicate, collaborate, and learn from each other. Distances (across spatial, temporal, and technological dimensions) and diversity (bringing stakeholders together from different cultures) are important sources for social creativity. This paper describes conceptual frameworks and socio-technical environments in which social creativity can come alive.

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CultureLab: Can the planet survive 10 billion people?

CultureLab: Can the planet survive 10 billion people? | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Before packed audiences in a petite London theatre, computational scientist Stephen Emmott has been giving a new kind of talk. The brainchild of Emmott and director Katie Mitchell at the Royal Court Theatre, 10 Billion is a daring one man show in which Emmott desperately strives to pull together into one grand and devastating portrait the many ways we are impacting the planet. Standing on a set that he admits eerily resembles his office in Cambridge, UK, where he is the head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research, Emmott takes theatregoers on a brisk and bracing tour through our own history and use of Earth’s resources, before offering a glimpse of what the future might look like if the population reaches 10 billion. It isn’t good.

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Dealing with Change in an Ever-changing Business Environment

Business leaders don't need to be reminded that the business landscape is ever-changing. Nevertheless, a KPMG article states, "The resources on which business relies are becoming more difficult to access and more costly. Changing patterns of economic growth and wealth are likely to strain infrastructure and natural systems. The unpredictable results of a changing climate will affect physical assets and supply chains. And businesses can expect an ever more complex web of sustainability legislation and fiscal instruments." Each new dawn brings with it new challenges. The KPMG article cited above introduced a KPMG study of the same name. The study discussed ten megaforces "that will impact each and every business over the next 20 years." As the introduction to the article concludes, "We can never know the future. But it is good business sense to be prepared for the possibilities: to expect the unexpected."

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The cooperative turn - building the right kind of autonomy | openDemocracy

The cooperative turn - building the right kind of autonomy | openDemocracy | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Cooperation in its principles and its daily practice is based on a quite different set of values. As a movement it developed in the 1840s as a counter to an earlier period of market utopianism. It was a movement of those marginalised by the market, their alternative designed explicitly to stand the principles of capitalism on their head. As the Rochdale Pioneers put it when they established their first shop, instead of capital employing labour as it did in the new mills that had put these weavers out of work, labour would employ capital, and the cooperative would operate in the interest not of profit but of each and every one of its members.

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Complexity theory point of view in explaining organizational change ...

Complexity theory point of view in explaining organizational change ... | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
It integrates ideas derived from chaos theory, cognitive psychology, computer science, evolutionary biology, general systems theory, fuzzy logic, information theory, and other related fields to deal with the natural and artificial ...

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States’ Efforts To Privatize Prison Health Care Create ‘Inhumane’ Conditions

States’ Efforts To Privatize Prison Health Care Create ‘Inhumane’ Conditions | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
A new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 20 state prison systems have delegated all or part of their health care operations to private companies, leading to serious neglect and in some cases abuse in an effort to cut costs.
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Seoul, Korea has invested nearly 5.7 million dollars, to turn 1% of the city area into urban farms — City Farmer News

Seoul, Korea has invested nearly 5.7 million dollars, to turn 1% of the city area into urban farms — City Farmer News | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The city of Seoul has proclaimed this year as the beginning of urban farming and invested 6.5 billion won, nearly 5.7 million dollars, to turn 1% of the city area into urban farms. The city government plans to convert unused patches of land found throughout the city into green farming zones. An urban farming park located in Nodeul Island in central Seoul is a part of the municipal government’s new green policy. About 70 different rice varieties were planted in the park’s 10-million square meters of land, named the “toad field,” because of the toads living near the rice fields.

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Reframing climate adaptive agricultural innovation | CGIAR Climate

Reframing climate adaptive agricultural innovation | CGIAR Climate | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Indian agriculture is extremely sensitive to climate change and its impact is increasing over time. The Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGPs) in India, which is considered as its “bread basket” providing food security and employment to several hundred millions of people, is extremely vulnerable to climate risks. Adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change is therefore vital for securing agricultural growth and poverty reduction for this region.

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Wealthy 'hiding' at least $21tn

Wealthy 'hiding' at least $21tn | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
A global super-rich elite has at least $21 trillion (£13tn) hidden in secret tax havens, according to a major study.
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