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Socio-economic paradigm shift is ahead

Socio-economic paradigm shift is ahead | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

The current period can be undoubtedly characterized as an economical, ecological, cultural, political, but also moral crisis. The solution seems to be as far off as ever and problems seem to be getting worse by the day everywhere. Why is that, what can we expect in the future and what are the safe outcomes from this future bottleneck?

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What Works: Rebuilding Degraded Ecosystems through Farming | Nourishing the Planet

What Works: Rebuilding Degraded Ecosystems through Farming | Nourishing the Planet | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) some 60 percent of the world’s ecosystems have been degraded over the past 50 years. With increasingly scarce land and water resources expected in the coming decades, as well as rising demand for food, farmers will need to find ways to produce more on the world’s remaining arable land. Without alternatives, expansion of agriculture can lead to deforestation and loss of other vital ecosystems that millions of people rely on for their livelihoods. But some innovative farmers are producing more food by using agriculture to rebuild ecosystems and turn degraded land into productive farms.

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Awareness Design: The Most Powerful Field for Our Future?

Awareness Design: The Most Powerful Field for Our Future? | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

great blog by Venessa Miemis of emergentbydesign:

 

...More and more people are walking to the edge of their mental models and belief systems, preparing to take the leap into a more expanded view. They “get” very deeply that the ‘system is broken,’ and despite how they may have lived their lives in the ‘old world,’ they see that something’s gotta give and are willing to participate in the next thing.

 

But how?


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Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: Part 1 (SSIR)

An in-depth review of what it takes to be a backbone organization, and how to evaluate and support its work.
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Peter Leyden | The Coming Reinvention of America

The Coming Reinvention of America makes the case that America is entering a period of fundamental reinvention on a scale seen only a handful of times in its history. Leyden makes analogies to previous periods when America has faced similar deep structural changes and unprecedented challenges and transformed itself through bursts of widespread innovation. He lays out the changes to be looking for in the next couple decades as we abandon many of the systems of the 20th century and rebuild systems that will work in the emerging all-digital, fully global, more sustainable 21st century world.

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Flatter hierarchies require deeper skills | Harold Jarche

Flatter hierarchies require deeper skills | Harold Jarche | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

"Most people manage themselves with great success: they manage to get out of bed in the morning, they manage to get dressed, they manage to get to the office on time.

Then, at the office, they meet the “manager” that will manage them until end of the day. That’s at best a paradox, at worst a devastating error."

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A Comparison of Individual and Group Efforts to Creative Problem Solving

Until recently, most empirical research about the creative problem-solving (CPS) process has focused on its divergent thinking aspects, but some broader conceptions of CPS inspired a trilevel match...
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Leadership Development and Transformational Change | Rethinking Complexity

Leadership Development and Transformational Change | Rethinking Complexity | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Even though the study of transformational change in organizations has become a popular research topic in the fields of management and leadership studies, it appears that only one in three change initiatives has been deemed successful. Four basic conditions for large transformation to take place in an organization:A compelling story,Role modeling,Reinforcing mechanisms, andCapability building. In the seven stage developmental framework for leaders.. Torbert and his associates asserted that only in the last three of the seven stages of leadership development do individuals have enough reflective meaning-making to successfully drive transformational change.


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'South Asian monsoon variations hard to fathom' - SciDev.Net

'South Asian monsoon variations hard to fathom' - SciDev.Net | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Rainfall variations within each South Asian monsoon are poorly understood and hard to predict, says a new review.

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Soil Degradation Poses Risk to Earth's Future | VOANews

Soil Degradation Poses Risk to Earth's Future | VOANews | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Scientists at an international symposium in Australia say soil degradation is posing significant challenges for the future of humanity and the planet. The conference is examining the importance of soil security in fighting the effects of climate change and protecting food supplies in poorer countries.


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Cooperation as a strategy | Harold Jarche

Cooperation as a strategy | Harold Jarche | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

"What I find very interesting in these games of conditional reciprocity, direct and indirect reciprocity, we can make the point that winning strategies have the following three properties: they must be generous, hopeful and forgiving."

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From social capital to social fabric

From social capital to social fabric | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Recently I’ve been reading about topics like social capital and knowledge from a network point of view. Networks (in organizations) are quite an interesting point of view, because it represents the...
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13 Green Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind

13 Green Buildings That Will Blow Your Mind | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
As architects continue to envision the utopian cities of the future, one thing is certain: innovation means sustainability.

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Sustainability problems galore but precious few solutions

Sustainability problems galore but precious few solutions | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
While the 250 high level participants at the University of Oxford's Resource conference are clear about why short termism is so dominant, there is no silver bullet that will save civilisation...
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Development, Aid and Governance: Connecting the Empirical Dots

Development, Aid and Governance: Connecting the Empirical Dots | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Daniel Kaufmann, Homi Kharas and Veronika Penciakova introduce the launch of Development, Aid and Governance Indicators (DAGI), an interactive platform and databank that features indicators developed by scholars from the Brookings Global Economy...
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Exploring the Role of Boundary Spanning in Distributed Networks of Knowledge

Knowledge sharing and creation are considered key processes leading to innovation and organizational performance. Several organizational initiatives have focused on building communities of practice...
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Cognitive Abilities Involved in Insight Problem Solving

This study investigated individual differences in cognitive abilities that contribute to solving insight problems. A model is proposed describing three types of cognitive ability that contribute in...
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The Weave: Participatory Process Design Guide

The Weave: Participatory Process Design Guide | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

What would the ideal strategic planning engagement look like?

 

The Weave provides guidance for sustainability practitioners wishing to more deeply engage people in creating their sustainable future


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The Hivemind Singularity

The Hivemind Singularity | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
In a near-future science fiction novel, human intelligence evolves into a hivemind that makes people the violent cells of a collective being.

 

Adam Roberts inquires into the phenomenon we call "hive mind":

 

"Are our electronic technologies on the verge of enabling truly collective human intelligence? And if that happens, will we like the results?…


In short, [soldiers equipped with advanced electronic communications technologies] behave like a slime mold, which changes size, splits and combines, according to need, in such a way that it's hard to say whether the slime mold is one big thing or a bunch of little things. Slime molds and social insects behave with an intelligence that ought to be impossible for such apparently simple organisms, but, as Steven Johnson points out in his fascinating book Emergence, simple organisms obeying simple rules can collectively manifest astonishingly complex behavior….
New Model Army presents us with a question: What happens when human beings, not just slime molds or ants, submit themselves to collective will and become part of an immense shared intelligence? If complex behavior can simply "emerge" through the simple decisions of simple creatures, what might happen if much more complex creatures become absorbed into a collectivity?...


The first answer that science-fiction fans are likely to give is: The Borg. Which is to say, the prospect of any single human intelligence being lost in a collective mind fills us with fear. We fear that the transcending of human intelligence will also mark the transcending of human feeling, that all of our familiar and deeply-treasured ideas about what constitutes human flourishing will be simply cast aside by a superior intelligence that has other and supposedly greater concerns….
What if this is the Singularity? Not simply our machines becoming smarter than we are, but the machines we use to communicate with one another enabling our own translation to a supposedly "higher" sphere of being?"

 

In this article, author Alan Jacobs makes a case for the importance of cultivating wisdom and consciousness to match our technological capacities. As we grow in the strength of our technological tools and weapons, can we expand our empathy, apply the intelligence of the heart-mind, and strengthen our integrity even more?


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