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The Great Dereliction

The Great Dereliction | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"What we've got, then, is a great dereliction: leaders who are incapable of fixing the broken institutions that are creating a lost generation, a planetary meltdown, a never-ending series of financial crises, mass unemployment, and a(t least another) lost decade. You'd think with all those icons blinking in the heads-up display, our leaders would act at least a little, well, concerned. But mostly, they seem to be clueless."

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Umair Haque's indictment of today's so-called 'leaders' is spot on.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 25, 2013 1:27 AM

As usual passionate and well argued input from Umair Hacque.

Antoine Moore's comment, July 3, 2013 9:55 PM
I agree there is a problem with leadership. I think, in particular, many leaders (especially political leaders) do not want to be bold and risk stepping in front of public opinion. On the other hand, the article is too simplistic for me. I think that individuals' actions are also shaped by larger institional structures and forces. And I think our culture has shifted quite a bit too. People are a lot more self-righteous and a lot less willing to compromise and accomodate or even LISTEN to alternative points of view. Our "followers" have become more balkanized and I think, in this contex,t leading is so much harder to do.
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What qualities do future leaders need to meet the challenges of the 21st century?

What qualities do future leaders need to meet the challenges of the 21st century? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Future Leaders team respond to the video below and tell us what they think makes a 21st century leader...

 

A few wise words, loads and loads of empty platitudes and nobody mentioning "the capacity to accept limits" as the number one feature of the required transition leadership. When even the WBCSD does not get it, how bleak is the future?

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Why True Leaders Make Us Uncomfortable

Why True Leaders Make Us Uncomfortable | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Interesting piece on CSRWire John Elkington on how to take leaders out of their comfort zone to make them start thinking within the sustainability box.

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Ed Miliband is not the leader of the opposition

Ed Miliband is not the leader of the opposition | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Chosen and pushed we are in a period of great transition hampered, mostly, by dead economic ideas still walking. It will best be shaped by those who are able to escape the trap spotted by John Maynard Keynes, to recognise the power of defunct economists, and be brave enough to exempt themselves from their influences. As a principle with which to re-examine our values and redesign our financial system we could well proclaim again, loudly, that real wealth is life, and finance must be its servant, not its master."

 

Great editorial comment in the Guardian by New Economics Foundation's Andrew Simms.

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Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back

Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Businesses will stick to the status quo whatever the disastrous consequences unless we build a credible sustainability vision
Willy De Backer's insight:

Excellent article by Jo Cofino of the Guardian underlining the need for the sustainability movement to stop analysing and start doing.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:08 AM

"To create the pathway for fundamental change, it is therefore vital that we mainstream a credible vision of a prosperous future within planetary boundaries, but the sustainability movement has so far failed to do this." - so correct!

Antoine Moore's comment, April 16, 2013 8:47 AM
To me the most salient statement of this article was this: Standing back from the whole sustainability debate, the sense I have is that before we can come up with a credible future vision, we must firstly let go of our egoic need to be in control and be right. The paradox is that only by embracing uncertainty, will the way forward start to manifest." Business leaders have to become more comfortable with uncertainty and not knowing upfront the way forward which presumably might also suggest the possibility of not acting but rather sensing into the storyline unfolding in the field of one's experience.
Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:25 PM

Even if a new and functional vision of the world were to come up, would they listen?

 

Would they see?

 

We're a species that is perfectly capable of adaptation and self-produced evolution.

 

How is it that these folks aren't changing themselves for the sake of their own long term (and short term, btw) beneft?

 

Where is the failure to connect?

 

And, more importantly, how do we actually change them, before it's too late for all of us?

 

Think about it.

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A small step forward for Earth - is it really? Small thinking will not help

A small step forward for Earth - is it really? Small thinking will not help | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In an election year, any progress on environmental regulation is cause for celebration. So when the Obama administration on Tuesday released its long-delayed proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, there was reason for anyone concerned about public health or the looming climate menace to cheer — even though it won't shut down a single existing coal-fired plant.

 

A small step maybe for Obama but with little relief for the planet. History will judge political leaders who lack the courage to free themselves from the shackles of "political realism".

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Edelman report: Trust in governments suffers severe breakdown

Edelman report: Trust in governments suffers severe breakdown | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

The 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer has some pretty bad news for policymakers but businesses (especially the banking sector) continue to lose public trust too.

 

Surprising is the big increase in trust in social media and bloggers.

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