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How visionary business leaders and entrepreneurs create the future of work.How their leadership is humane,humble,long-term-oriented.
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Can we create the Open Urban Commons of the Future – to benefit everyone


The Open Works is an experimental project in Lambeth (UK). They provide access to functional spaces such as kitchens,
workshops, gardens, etc, in support to projects where citizens shape how they live their everyday lives more collaboratively. 

 

"We see wonderful examples of hybrid projects: book-lined cafe’s with washing machines at the back; novelty shops with writing programmes for young authors; nursery schools built into the heart of nursing homes; clothing design shops supported by a community of elderly knitters; bakeries built on resident investments; young families creating their own baby-friendly co-working spaces; residents co-renting a shop to share meals, cook and learn together. 

Are these the seeds of an exciting, inspiring and more sustainable way to organize society?" 

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Business, society, and the future of capitalism | McKinsey & Company

Business, society, and the future of capitalism | McKinsey & Company | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Unilever chief executive Paul Polman explains why capitalism must evolve.

"Corporate social responsibility and philanthropy are very important, and I certainly don’t want to belittle them. But if you want to exist as a company in the future, you have to go beyond that. You actually have to make a positive contribution. Business needs to step up to the plate."

"The first thing is mind-set. When I became chief executive, in 2009, I said, “We’re going to double our turnover.” People hadn’t heard that message for a long time, and it helped them get back what I call their “growth mind-set.” You simply cannot save your way to prosperity. The second thing was about the way we should grow. We made it very clear that we needed to think differently about the use of resources and to develop a more inclusive growth model. So we created the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which basically says that we will double our turnover, reduce our absolute environmental impact, and increase our positive social impact."

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The Big Rethink Part 10: Spiral Dynamics and Culture

The Big Rethink Part 10: Spiral Dynamics and Culture | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
As a key theory underscoring the still unfolding narrative of human evolution, Spiral Dynamics examines the complex interaction of culture and society.
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BBC Horizon Special - Tomorrow's World (2013)

Original Broadcast Date: April 11th, 2013 Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special - BBC
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A Trend That Could Change Everything, Collaborations Across Generations -- And What It Means for Causes, Nonprofits and Social Enterprises

A Trend That Could Change Everything, Collaborations Across Generations -- And What It Means for Causes, Nonprofits and Social Enterprises | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Here are three facts about Harvard Business School (HBS) that I bet you didn’t know. (1) One quarter of HBS alumni over 50 years old spend over half of their time working on social enterprise and nonprofit activities, (2) The largest club at HBS is the social enterprise club and (3) the largest conference at HBS is the social enterprise conference.

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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 | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

The environmental community seems to devote 99% of its resources to 'doing projects' rather than reflecting on its direction and what it will take to be effective. There is much more focus on how to do projects than on why these projects are being dreamt up in the first place. We need leadership that can develop a new, aspirational vision on which environmentalism can continue to succeed in a sustainable fashion.

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Integral Quadrants

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Interactive display of Ken Wilber's 4 quadrants.

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Patagonia plans global campaign for responsible capitalism

Patagonia plans global campaign for responsible capitalism | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

"I'm in two minds because you don't want to have a lot of people suffer but on the other hand it's probably a good thing to have things reflect their true cost to prevent the destruction of nature, so it's a matter of justice first."

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Tipping the world: The power of collaborative entrepreneurship

Tipping the world: The power of collaborative entrepreneurship | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneurs are trying to change the world, not capture a market, therefore the standard measures of organizational size and growth are inappropriate.

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The Most Dynamic Social Innovation Initiatives of 2012 - Forbes

The Most Dynamic Social Innovation Initiatives of 2012 - Forbes | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Susan McPherson of Forbes shares "her picks for this year’s social innovation highlights."

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In my opinion, Winners among her picks are those which relate to other trends I've spotted on this Scoop.it topic: 

- CSR Game changer: Jochen Zeitz, Puma

- The B Team

- Social Good Summit 

- FastCoExist & Guardian Sustainability (because good media platforms matter) 

 

 


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Global paradigm change

Business (and government) as usual is no longer an option. Far-sighted leaders know this, and are already adopting new purposes for their organisations that reflect the need to be kinder to society and the planet, while at the same time recognising the need to generate and maintain healthy prosperity for everyone. 

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Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business - Reason.com

Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business - Reason.com | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
A Reason debate featuring Milton Friedman, Whole Foods' John Mackey, and Cypress Semiconductor's T.J. Rodgers.
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A debate with enough flaws in each line of argument to make you think about what Business for Good really means.

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With Resources Running Short, It’s Time To Move To A Circular Economy

With Resources Running Short, It’s Time To Move To A Circular Economy | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
On average, developed-world citizens consume 1,764 pounds of food and drink annually, 265 pounds of packaging, and 44 pounds of new clothing and shoes--80% of which finds its way to incinerators, landfill, or wastewater.
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A nice name. "Circular Economy" is all about the $700 billion market opportunities in sharing and reusing. 

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VISIONS FOR THE WORLD 2025+

VISIONS FOR THE WORLD 2025+ | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

For far too long, we banked on left-brain thinking only and it is time to balance left and right brain to shape a positive, people-centric vision. What we see is a strong call for Empathic Leadership – guided by purpose. The Meaningful Brand Index found that people would not care if 70% of current brands ceased to exist.

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The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use to Get the Job Done

The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use to Get the Job Done | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
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Great coaching - way more subtle than what the title suggests. 

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10 Ideas Driving The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

10 Ideas Driving The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
The 10th Annual Skoll World Forum, which brought together several hundred of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to Oxford, has just wrapped for another year.
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How Your Own Expertise Is Holding You Back

How Your Own Expertise Is Holding You Back | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
According to the Zen concept shoshin in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities in the expert's mind there are few. So try thinking...
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Social Enterprises Must Move Beyond Purpose

Social Enterprises Must Move Beyond Purpose | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Consumers are even more interested in how you treat your employees and the environment, and they are equally interested in your ethics and transparency. Sometimes social enterprises have a myopic view of what makes them a better business, and they talk too much about their societal mission while not talking enough about other aspects of their organization.

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Forget The Mission Statement. What’s Your Mission Question?

Forget The Mission Statement. What’s Your Mission Question? | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
In a previous article, I shared five questions that today’s forward-thinking companies should be asking, based on input from top business consultants.
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A new paradigm for change

A new paradigm for change | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

We must now raise our collective sights from technologies and business models—important though they are—to psychological, social, and even civilizational change.

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John Elkington provides here an excellent demonstration that takes a step above the action sphere of entrepreneurship, to conceptualise a 4-quandrant theory of social change close to Ken Wilber's.

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Businesses embrace the wisdom of the crowd | Green Futures Magazine

Businesses embrace the wisdom of the crowd | Green Futures Magazine | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

"There's great digital talent out there", says Taplin, "but, in the
main, the focus of their work is not sustainability. It still has to
register as an opportunity for them, so that these enterprises get
fired up about using the crowd to address some of the most significant
challenges we face."

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Institute for Alternative Futures Newsletter: Coalition Leadership, by Eric Meade

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Coalition leadership deviates from conventional notions of leadership in several important ways, in particular by focusing on:

Trust, not fear

Nodes, not hubs

Mission, not organization 

Influence, not power

Soul, not role

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3 Characteristics Of Responsible Corporate Citizens

3 Characteristics Of Responsible Corporate Citizens | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Being good is systemic; it comes top-down and bottom-up, and permeates from every division. 

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John Mackey, Milton Friedman, and the purpose of a great company | TIME.com

John Mackey, Milton Friedman, and the purpose of a great company | TIME.com | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it

Profits are essential to company (as air and water are essential to us) but the purpose of any great company is not to generate profits but to solve problems, to accomplish something bigger (just as most of us don’t get up in the morning and think about how to get the air and water we need).

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10 Breakthrough Capitalism Opportunities For 2013

10 Breakthrough Capitalism Opportunities For 2013 | Ethical Leadership: Business for Good | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteIn this series of five stories, Volans highlights key presentations from the Breakthrough Capitalism Forum, featuring thought leaders, entrepreneurs, corporate intrapreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors.
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Coopetition.

Networks at the top-management level (B-Team, WBCSD).

Incubators, “serendipity engines,” networks, events. 

CXOs follow suit. 

Triple bottom line. 

Corporate venture capital.

Business schools.

Design. 

Mapping. 

Social stock exchange.

Audacious goals. 

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