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Corporations Must Become Socially Conscious Citizens - BusinessWeek

Corporations Must Become Socially Conscious Citizens - BusinessWeek | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
Why the Occupy Wall Street movement and its message are spreading...
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Doctor gives lecture on conscious capitalism - News - Daily Campus - Southern Methodist University

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It’s Just Good Business #6: Conscious Culture

It’s Just Good Business #6:  Conscious Culture | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it

As I outlined in the third and fifth installments in this It’s Just Good Business series, Conscious Awareness is “a process of recognizing what is going on inside and out, the effects of decisions and actions, and the interaction between a complex array of factors and forces.” I add to this, a Conscious Culture is one that fosters individual and collective reflection, and explicit articulation of what we see or wonder as we reflect, which fosters ongoing learning, growth and development for the people constituting the organization and for the organization as an organism or ecosystem.

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Rocking the Cradle to Cradle Revolution in Davos | Fast Company

Rocking the Cradle to Cradle Revolution in Davos | Fast Company | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it

From our conversations at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this year, it's clear that sustainability has moved right to the heart of business debate. Debates on food, energy, water and of course climate change have dominated. But this is not sustainability of the old corporate social responsibility generation. It is core business, and all about value creation. While there is no doubting the cost and risk drivers, there is a real shift towards growth, innovation and business opportunity.

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What is a Conscious Culture?

What is a Conscious Culture? | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
By Jeff Klein The short answer: A Conscious Culture is permeated with Conscious Awareness.
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Great culture is  made in deliberate conscious moments.
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CSR is dead, long live social enterprise

CSR is dead, long live social enterprise | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
We must move in to an era were companies do not separate themselves from the consequences of their operations, we must champion shared values...
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Setting The Course: An Interview With William Huster of Compass Partners

Setting The Course: An Interview With William Huster of Compass Partners | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business.
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Brand conscious generation

Brand conscious generation | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
There is a growing movement called "Conscious Capitalism" and there are no better participants to this noble movement than Entrepreneurs. Conscious Capitalism dreams of a time when the separation between doing business ...
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Interesting new law to help establish socially conscious business

Earlier this month, the New York state Legislature passed historic legislation that will allow entrepreneurs to form a new business entity that requires a focus, not only on profits, but also on some form of public benefit.
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Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer.
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Conscious Business: What is it? Does it matter? Uniting IQ, EQ and SQ for Global Sustainability

Conscious Business: What is it? Does it matter? Uniting IQ, EQ and SQ for Global Sustainability | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
Climate change, economic and financial crises, environmental disasters, nuclear risks etc. - how many more wake-up calls do we need? We are at an important crossroads where we decide on how we behave, consume and lead our lives - and how we do business.

As drastically as it sounds, the choices we make have a direct influence on the survival of large parts of society, the environment and the world at large. The bottom line is: Our individual and collective decisions determine our future and do affect all of us.

"Let us choose to unite the power of markets with the authority of universal ideals. Let us choose to reconcile the creative forces of private entrepreneurship with the needs of the disadvantaged and the requirements of future generations."
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General

There is a (r)evolution underway, an expanding consciousness: managers meditating, people seeking for purpose and standing up for their rights, leaders shaken by unpredictable crises. The "winds of change" massively affect the corporate world, too, and foster new ways of doing business more consciously. Therefore, this article explores these new ways of conscious business, the related new leadership style and required integration of IQ, EQ and SQ (spiritual intelligence).

Why should we look into Conscious Business?
Several years ago, I realized that I wanted to change my career from money-maximising to a profession with a purpose. I wanted to feel my lifetime well invested in positive change, meaningful work and making a difference in the world. While working for NGOs and the United Nations, I kept my interest in business because I have always been impressed by business organisations' efficiency and entrepreneurs' innovative creativity and 'can-do' attitude.

However, I began to inquire into the what, why and how of business and my own actions: What are we doing? Why are we doing it? How can we do it better? So I started on the long journey of inquiry into myself, business and capitalism. I realized the importance of expanding our own consciousness to embrace positive change and achieve global sustainability. Also I recognized that there are old and new - more conscious - ways of doing business: From CSR, social entrepreneurship, inclusive business to conscious business.

"We are living in a phenomenal age... finding approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits and recognition for business, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce poverty in the world."
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist

Conventional versus Conscious Business
Here are some pointers to contrast the conventional way of doing business with conscious business. This is a simplification aiming to open up awareness by seeing an enterprises from different perspectives.

Some dimensions might seem like contradictions while others seem easier to be reconciled:

Money vs. Meaning
Ego vs. Eco(logy)
Compete/control vs. Cooperate
Profit vs. People/Planet
Fear vs. Freedom
Superiority vs. Sustainability
Shareholder vs. Stakeholder
Value vs. Values
Capital vs. Consciousness
Share vs. Sharing
Greed vs. Giving

Some might say that this sounds all nice but will question if conscious businesses are sustainable, profitable and competitive? Yes, they can. In fact some argue that they excel in the marketplace (see A Better Way to Win: Profiting from Purpose).

What is Conscious Business?
After having looked at some differentiators, how can we define a conscious business?
It is "a business enterprise that seeks to be aware of the effects of its actions, and to consciously affect human beings and the environment in a beneficial way." It is a value-based enterprise "where values represent social and environmental concerns globally as well as locally", i.e. go beyond economic value (see Wikipedia Conscious Business).

There are no universally agreed criteria on conscious business but some accepted principles include "Doing no Harm" and the Triple Bottom Line approach of aiming for "positive value in the domain of People, Planet, and Profit". One such example is "The Body Shop" founded by activist Anita Roddick and many more examples to be explored on this blog.

"We are running out of time to integrate the material and the spiritual worlds."
Peter Senge, MIT Professor and author of 'The Fifth Discipline'

What does Consciousness mean?
Let me try to demystify the word 'consciousness' which fills whole PhDs in various fields. There are different levels of consciousness such as universal, collective and individual consciousness. This article focuses onto the individual consciousness, however all these levels are connected and affect each other.

Your individual consciousness can be described as your awareness of your interconnectedness with everything within and around you: your own soul, co-workers, society, environment, planet, universe etc. The matrix of connections can also be seen horizontally (friends, family, colleagues etc.) and vertically ('Mother Earth" and 'Higher/God-like/Universe').

In simplified terms, consciousness is awareness and relates to your holistic, spiritual intelligence. It does not come from your knowledge or your mind, it is not determined by your IQ and it goes beyond your emotional intelligence (EQ). The closest to consciousness within the intelligence systems-thinking would be your spiritual intelligence (SQ).

Conscious Leadership
Conscious business requires conscious leadership which is based on all three main intelligences: IQ, EQ and SQ. SQ which is the spiritual intelligence quotient describes how well you live and lead with wisdom, compassion and peace (explore deeper at Deep Change).

Conscious leadership can also be seen as integrating the various leadership dimensions from paternal, humanistic, holistic to spiritual-based (read more at Spiritual-Based Leadership Research Programme).

Some key principles of conscious and enlightened business leadership include:

Know yourself
Do no harm
Take (self-)responsibility
Cultivate generosity
Live integrity
Act courageously
Be inspired and inspire
Embrace change

"The best way to begin an integral approach to business is with oneself...
How do body, mind, and spirit operate in me? How does that necessarily impact my role in the world of business?"
Ken Wilber, one of the most influential spiritual philosophers

Towards Conscious Capitalism and Global Sustainability
Does this all matter? Yes, it is required to meet the challenges of our century and our livelihood depends on it. A conscious business values its people and therefore requires conscious leadership that inspires and brings out the best of its staff.

With an expanding consciousness amongst business leaders, consumers, activists and policy makers, we are all part of a (r)evolution towards conscious capitalism. Let us jointly address the urgent issues on environmental sustainability, social justice and broad-based prosperity to ensure global sustainability. Join the movement and leave a comment.

Recommended Reading:

Conscious Business, Fred Kaufman
Spiritual Enterprise, Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
Good Business, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
One: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership, Lance Secretan

Additional Resources:

Waking up the Workplace (free online seminars 17 March-23 June 2011)
Conscious Business Summary (by Realize)
Conscious Leadership (by Gina Hayden)
Conscious Capitalism Institute
10 Conscious Companies (credit to Sean Murphy for top photo)

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About the Author: Juergen Nagler, has worked and consulted for leading businesses, NGOs and the United Nations, blogging in personal capacity at Business4Good (biosketch).
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Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu.
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Taking the risks, reaping the rewards | Guardian Sustainable Business | guardian.co.uk

Taking the risks, reaping the rewards | Guardian Sustainable Business | guardian.co.uk | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
The women behind two very different companies followed their own roads to success in sustainable business...
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A VC: Lineage

A VC: Lineage | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
I saw this tweet about my interview with Carlota Perez yesterday: I agree with Daniel. Understanding the lineage of thought is critical. It would be impossible for me to list all the people who have inspired my world view over...
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Whole Foods chairman talks 'conscious capitalism' at CU-Boulder - Boulder Daily Camera

Whole Foods chairman talks 'conscious capitalism' at CU-Boulder - Boulder Daily Camera | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
More than 200 students, faculty members and area residents gathered Thursday night at the University of Colorado to hear John Elstrott -- chairman of Whole Foods Markets board of directors -- discuss conscious capitalism, social entrepreneurship...
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What is a Conscious Leader?

What is a Conscious Leader? | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
By Jeff Klein The short answer: A Conscious Leader is someone who leads with Conscious Awareness.
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Common Pitch: Businesses share socially conscious ideas at Boulder event - Boulder Daily Camera

Common Pitch: Businesses share socially conscious ideas at Boulder event - Boulder Daily Camera | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
Eleven companies on Friday night will pitch their socially conscious business plans at an event that is one part TechStars Demo Day, one part Ignite, one part American Idol and another part rock show.
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[WATCH]: The Business of Conscious Capitalism

[WATCH]: The Business of Conscious Capitalism | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, spoke to students as part of the VIP Distinguished Speaker Series. The speaker series is presented by the Undergraduate Business Council.
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Waking up the Workplace – Lessons in Conscious Business | Dual Consulting Group

Waking up the Workplace – Lessons in Conscious Business | Dual Consulting Group | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
If you’re interested in new options and models for workplaces as they evolve forward, check out Waking up the Workplace. It’s a fascinating conversation on business that’s been taking place on the web over the past four months.
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Gist Blog » The New Workstyle: Leaving the Old Behind

Gist Blog » The New Workstyle: Leaving the Old Behind | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
Gist provides the only full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details.
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Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom | Video on TED.com

TED Talks In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
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Conscious Capitalism Conference | Dyal Compass

New blog post: Conscious Capitalism Conference http://blog.dyalcompass.com/?p=143...
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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. One of the greatest talks on TED
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Fred Kofman - Being, Consciousness, Bliss

Fred Kofman - Being, Consciousness, Bliss | ConsciousBusiness | Scoop.it
Kofman explains that Integral Consciousness is not a place at which you can arrive. Rather, it is climbing a ladder that is made of the very place for which ...
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