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Education, Social Creativity and the Evolution of Society

The evolution of society, the transcendence of existing social structures, and how society creates itself rests in a function of education. 

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IPS – Q&A: Transforming the Way the Global Environment is Managed | Inter Press Service

IPS – Q&A: Transforming the Way the Global Environment is Managed | Inter Press Service | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is ready to be a catalyst for transforming the way the global environment is managed, said the next CEO and chairperson of the multilateral institution, Dr. Naoko Ishii, in this interview with Tierramérica *.

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Leading in the 21st century

Leading in the 21st century | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Six global leaders confront the personal and professional challenges of a new era of uncertainty. A McKinsey Quarterly Governance article.

 

It is often said that the principles of great leadership are timeless, or based on immutable truths. But when we meet with the men and women who run the world’s largest organizations, what we hear with increasing frequency is how different everything feels from just a decade ago. Leaders tell us they are operating in a bewildering new environment in which little is certain, the tempo is quicker, and the dynamics are more complex. They worry that it is impossible for chief executives to stay on top of all the things they need to know to do their job. Some admit they feel overwhelmed.


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Social status: Why all men are not created equal

Social status: Why all men are not created equal | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Social hierarchies could be a law of nature and bring big benefits to communities.
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Police fire rubber bullets after huge Madrid crisis protest

Spanish police fired rubber bullets and charged protestors in central Madrid early Friday at the end of a huge demonstration against economic crisis m...
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China's Per Capita Carbon Emissions Match EU's - China Digital Times (CDT)

China's Per Capita Carbon Emissions Match EU's - China Digital Times (CDT) | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

According to a new report by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, China’s per capita carbon emissions have reached a similar level to the EU’s.

The data are subject to several caveats, however, as The Guardian’s Duncan Clark reports. For example, the figures count emissions from a product’s manufacture against Chinese workers rather than European consumers. 

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Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis

Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Severe drought in US - largest exporter of corn, soya beans and wheat - pushes up prices and revives memories of 2007-08 riots...
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Study points to causes of high dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico

Study points to causes of high dolphin deaths in Gulf of Mexico | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The largest oil spill on open water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study released today.
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From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » Global Humanitarian Assistance 2012 – what are the emerging trends?

From Poverty to Power by Duncan Green » Blog Archive » Global Humanitarian Assistance 2012 – what are the emerging trends? | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

"Last month the 2012 DATA report on total aid spending (not just humanitarian) showed how the crisis in the Eurozone has driven cuts in aid. When it comes to humanitarian funds, it’s no surprise to find the biggest cuts in the countries at the heart of the crisis. GHA 2012 shows the largest reductions in humanitarian spending between 2008 and 2010 from, among others, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Greece and the EU’s own institutions.
Will those cuts deepen as the Eurozone struggles on? Who knows? But they sit uncomfortably beside the humanitarian needs we already face in semi-permanent crises, and – in the long-term – the rising number of people exposed to disasters."

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How an "Open Project" Approach Can Change the World | IBM Center for the Business of Government

How an "Open Project" Approach Can Change the World | IBM Center for the Business of Government | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution? For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved?
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The Psychology Behind Why Creative People Cluster

The Psychology Behind Why Creative People Cluster | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Research reveals why highly creative people who are open to new experience find themselves drawn to certain places.
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Shareable: The Future Proof Enterprise

Shareable: The Future Proof Enterprise | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The many alerts showing the urgency to change—such as the numerous speculative bubbles, the growing environmental impacts and social inequalities; to name a few—are eventually pushing society to begin questioning the "market" (which is an abstract and poorly understood entity). Society is starting to look for new ways to produce and exchange value, ways that are more open, efficient, less competitive, and inevitably based more on common visions and shared paradigms.

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Is agricultural system adapting to climate change in South Asia? | CGIAR Climate

Is agricultural system adapting to climate change in South Asia? | CGIAR Climate | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Innovation capacity is context-specific and the scales of adaptive capacity are not independent or separate: the capacity of a household to cope with climate risks depends to some degree on the enabling environment of the community, and the adaptive capacity of the community is reflective of the resources and processes of the region.

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Meme theory: Do we come up with ideas or do they, in fact, control us?

Meme theory: Do we come up with ideas or do they, in fact, control us? | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Do you have ideas, or do ideas have you? What exactly are ideas?
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Sharing lessons on inclusive business - The Practitioner Hub - Business Fights Poverty

Sharing lessons on inclusive business - The Practitioner Hub - Business Fights Poverty | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

“Sharing knowledge is not about giving people something, or getting something from them. That is only valid for information sharing. Sharing knowledge occurs when people are genuinely interested in helping one another develop new capacities for action; it is about creating learning processes.”


Peter Senge, Center for Organizational Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management

 

Collaborating, innovating, asking hard questions and learning from others....are all vital ingredients for successful inclusive business. Every inclusive business project is unique but many of the opportunities, risks and challenges it faces are not. And every project, whether it succeeds or not, will provide a wealth of understanding that can be used to inform and improve future ventures.


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Innovate on Purpose: Culture - a powerful innovation barrier

Innovate on Purpose: Culture - a powerful innovation barrier | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

After 30 years of quality management, lean, Six Sigma, right-sizing, outsourcing and other management philosophies, most organizations have efficient, rigid, inflexible operating models and cultures that are very good at cranking out the same products, and very poor at creating new products

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U.S. Drought Demonstrates Complexity, Severity of Water Risk | WRI Insights

U.S. Drought Demonstrates Complexity, Severity of Water Risk | WRI Insights | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

As much of the United States continues to suffer through what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has called the country’s most extensive drought in more than 50 years, there is growing concern over how broad and severe the impacts may be. Events like this drought—which are projected to become increasingly common should climate change continue unabated—provide a sharp reminder of how heavily communities and global economies rely on water.

They also teach another lesson: Natural resource challenges like water scarcity cannot simply be viewed as environmental issues. They are real, material drivers of risk that governments, businesses, and investors must carefully consider in the context of the global economy.

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Building a civil economy | openDemocracy

Building a civil economy | openDemocracy | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Game theory or gift society? The narcissistic vision of the homo oeconomicus has failed to acknowledge long-documented evidence of the primacy of cooperation. In this Friday essay, Adrian Pabst explores the liberating potential of an anthropologically informed economics for the age of austerity.

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U.S. experiences warm and dry June; drought expands to 56% of lower 48

U.S. experiences warm and dry June; drought expands to 56% of lower 48 | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, 2.0°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the 14th warmest June on record.
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The peak oil crisis: Technology races depletion

The peak oil crisis: Technology races depletion | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

In looking at what we will need to maintain some recognizable semblance of our civilization in coming decades, it is clear that we are going to need new sources of energy that can be implemented at a faster pace than is happening with our current crop of renewables. Or we are going to have to come up with major efficiencies in the way we use fossil fuels.

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Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is...
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Social creativity: re-qualifying the creative economy

Despite a strong rhetoric of inclusion, both cultural and economic policies continue to reinforce the deep-seated belief that creativity is something (only) talented and artistic individuals do. Th...
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Experiencing Creativity in the Organization: From Individual Creativity to Collective Creativity

For creative organizations, the ideas and insights of their employees are of crucial importance. Most of the creativity research concentrates only on individual aspects of creativity. This paper al...
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Incubating Entrepreneurs and Businesses in African Agriculture: An Interview with Nii Simmonds | Nourishing the Planet

Incubating Entrepreneurs and Businesses in African Agriculture: An Interview with Nii Simmonds | Nourishing the Planet | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Through an agricultural incubator, where people can see ideas that can scale. We’re focused on post-harvest losses, that’s where our target is. The average African crop has about 20-40 percent post harvest losses, depending on the sector and market. In the United States, if you have an idea you have a variety of options: a business incubator or small business development center. We’re trying to take the Silicon Valley incubation model to Africa and use the Diaspora to provide mentorship and technical assistance.

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