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Creatives, Non-Linear Thinkers and So-Called Misfits

Creatives, Non-Linear Thinkers and So-Called Misfits | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The idea of the misfit worker occurred to me when I considered the challenge of bringing together individuals whose unique identities and contributions had been critiqued for so long that they were 'burned' by the concept of collaboration. How might we start to welcome them into a less-critical innovation or creative team?


Good ideas arise when people are given space to truly explore, in-depth, a particular train of thought. Susan Cain's recently-released Quiet details the challenge of introspection in the modern work environment. As she describes it, the prevailing concepts of what's best in the workplace are premised on the often-incorrect theory that group discussion and constant collaboration are the best way to solve problems. Instead, she suggests that we consider the extensive research which shows that better-quality ideas—especially those related to complex problems involving a lot of variables—require time and nuance to develop.


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How to redesign business for a resource-constrained world

How to redesign business for a resource-constrained world | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Business has historically operated a 'take-make-waste' philosophy, but a radical transformation is now needed... 


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Welcome to the new reputation economy (Wired UK)

Welcome to the new reputation economy (Wired UK) | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Imagine a world where banks take into account your online reputation alongside traditional credit ratings to determine your loan; where headhunters hire you based on the expertise you've demonstrated on online forums such as Quora; where your status from renting a house through Airbnb helps you become a trusted car renter on WhipCar; where your feedback on eBay can be used to get a head-start selling on Etsy; where traditional business cards are replaced by profiles of your digital trustworthiness, updated in real-time. Where reputation data becomes the window into how we behave, what motivates us, how our peers view us and ultimately whether we can or can't be trusted.


Welcome to the reputation economy, where your online history becomes more powerful than your credit history.


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Hacking Home: Coliving Reinvents the Commune for a Networked Age

Hacking Home: Coliving Reinvents the Commune for a Networked Age | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Here, “home” is reinvented with a new purpose. It’s a community, an ethos, a series of opportunities for collaboration. And while most young professionals are flocking to urban centers like San Francisco to live in modest apartments, some are building a new American dream in once empty suburban McMansions and luxury downtown digs. In this new scheme, your network isn’t just your Facebook friends or business contacts; It includes your friends, influencers, ad hoc family, and your shared home.

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Hippie Capitalism: How An Impoverished U.S. City Is Building An Economy On Co-ops

Hippie Capitalism: How An Impoverished U.S. City Is Building An Economy On Co-ops | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

With sky-high unemployment, Richmond, California, is not a place where traditional business models alone can dent poverty. The city has turned to co-ops in hopes that people who might be unemployable in the traditional economy gain access to both jobs and control over their own labor.

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The Mirror in Us: Mirror Neurons & Workplace Relationships

The Mirror in Us: Mirror Neurons & Workplace Relationships | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Emotions and actions are powerfully contagious. When we see someone laugh, cry, show disgust and experience pain, in some sense we share those feelings. When we see a great actor, musician or athletic perform at the peak of their abilities, it can feel like we are experiencing something of what they feel.

 

In the 1990’s when a research team at the University of Parma, lead by neurophysiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti, made the serendipitous discovery of “mirror neurons,” a new revolution in our understanding of humans as social beings began. Since that time, neuroscience findings have helped us to appreciate the implications of the powerful sharing of experience.

 

Relationships are all about connecting with others. However, very few people consciously think about how relationships are formed. When relationships are working, there is a tendency to take them for granted and not think about how they’ve been established.

 

by Louise Altman


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Jim Whitehurst: What are the limits of open innovation?

Jim Whitehurst: What are the limits of open innovation? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"MIX Maverick and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says open innovation works better than coordinated innovation in areas where problems can be modular and where the innovation can be iterative."

 

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Infographic Of The Day: 13 Rules For Realizing Your Creative Vision | Co. Design

Infographic Of The Day: 13 Rules For Realizing Your Creative Vision | Co. Design | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

The Done Manifesto lays out some bracing maxims that are key to preserving a startup's most valuable asset: urgency.

 

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What’s real social enterprise?

What’s real social enterprise? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

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"We have to shift to a new paradigm. This means shifting focus from the relatively small number of social enterprises that happen to fit an official definition, or can be used to forward a government agenda, towards the much larger movement of alternative lifestyle businesses, portfolio workers, organisations with or without staff, activists, freelancers and networks working not to redeliver public services but in more challenging and more internationally relevant areas like the environment, local food, fair trade and the open source movement."

 

"And we need to develop an entirely new brand-paradigm for this kind of social enterprise: one that will propagate brands that are participative and community-owned, that are about collaborating more and consuming less, and that can combine the trust in the familiar that drives conventional brands with a new respect for the unique and the local and the individual."

 

By Geof Cox FRSA

 

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The Evolution of A New Trust Economy - Brian Solis

The Evolution of A New Trust Economy - Brian Solis | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Social Media is rooted in relationships, the dynamic interaction and collaboration between real people.


Individually, we’re realizing the power and potential of social media.

The rise of Social Media resembled a global celebration of freedom and empowerment.


The 2000's engendered a more social Web.


Essentially, attention dashboards are any one of the three screens (mobile device, PC, TV) within the Golden Triangle (mobile, social, real-time) and is usually experienced as an activity stream, TweetDeck, the Facebook Newsfeed, FriendFeed, any feed reader, etc.


To have any hope of connecting with discerning consumers in the social web, we have to gain visibility and momentum across individual attention dashboards, where, when, and how they’re tuned.


It is this practice that lays a promising foundation for implementing a social CRM (sCRM) or Social Relationship Management (SRM) infrastructure supported by established workflow, processes, and governance.


To help, the social Web is on the verge of realizing the potential and corresponding benefits of real-time filtering technology.


As we traverse the dynamic landscapes defining the social and attention economies, we realize that something much more powerful is required to earn ongoing attention in the social web.


With time, our contribution to the state of the social, attention, and trust economies is measured by reciprocity, recognition, value, and benefaction.


Brian Solis

09 Dec 2009


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Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution

Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

As long as businesses are set up to focus exclusively on maximizing financial income for the few, our economy will be locked into endless growth and widening inequality. But now people across the world are experimenting with new forms of ownership, which Kelly calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for all of life to thrive for many generations to come. These designs may hold the key to the deep transformation our civilization needs.

 

by Marjorie Kelly

Read a 30-page excerpt of the book, including the Foreword by David Korten, Prologue, and first chapter.


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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 Next Edge | 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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Fourth Sector | Imagine Rural Development Initiative

Fourth Sector | Imagine Rural Development Initiative | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Something’s definitely going on, because over the past ten years the boundaries between what is public (district, state, national), what is private (companies), and what belongs to voluntary organisations (non-profit) have become less and less distinct. Parallel to which the contours of an entirely new social arena have started to emerge – which Europe has been the first to dub the “for-benefit ” or “fourth” sector.

 

A sector populated by organisations, institutions and companies that are characterised by being self-financing – i.e. they operate on the free market – but who, on top of the bottom line, want to be measured and judged on the level of their social, ethical and environmental sense of responsibility.

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Frugal Innovation working for the collective good

Jugaad is a Hindi word meaning an innovation; an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness when faced with scarce resources.

 

http://jugaadinnovation.com/

 

Frugal Innovation requires some hard questions to be answered. Is it affordable within the context of that economy? Or, is it accessible for everyone within everyday culture? 

 

Frugal Innovation is the means by which everyday people find solutions to everyday problems, by using not much more than their ingenuity, and skills of observation. These entrepreneurs are also social innovators as they work for the collective good.

 

And the story that follows is very much about appreciative inquiry, A requirement for us to listen deeply and learn from all that which surrounds us. Even if it does not come from our normal sources of information and influence. For me this poses the question if we cannot afford business as usual where do we we need to look for inspiration and guidance? How do we minimize resources and maximize value? The answer is we need to look further afield.

 

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About the Book – The Age of the Platform

About the Book – The Age of the Platform | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

A DIFFERENT BUSINESS MODEL


In the 1990s, platforms and ecosystems were not nearly as powerful, robust, and vibrant as they are today:

 

As I demonstrate in the book, it’s these connections between and among platforms and planks that allow Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google to:

 

- Innovate so quickly–and profoundly
- Rapidly deploy new features
- Create and dominate new markets

 

Welcome to the Age of the Platform.

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What is TheGlint: A Hero Accelerator | The Madray

What is TheGlint: A Hero Accelerator | The Madray | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

TheGlint aims to create a multi-dimensional network of individuals who are focused on impacting the world in positive ways. Not necessarily just to change it but also those who inspire others through their own failures.


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Responsible Business - The Change We Seek

Responsible Business - The Change We Seek | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

In October 2010, Global Contribution Corporation became one of the first Benefit Corporations in the world. A year later, California, one of 6 with 7 states forthcoming, passed AB-361, allowing for this new class of corporation.

 

A new economy requires a new kind of corporation that can create public benefit and shareholder value, harnessing the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The ability to incorporate consideration of people, planet, profit – the triple bottom line – will allow Benefit Corporations to move past the limited focus on pursuit of financial profit, regardless of social and environmental impact.  This represents a positive shift for the way American business is practiced.

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