Sally Helgesen’s The Web of Inclusion , published in 1995, is by no means a new book on leadership, but it still holds many lessons that apply in today’s business environment. Billed as ‘A new architecture for building great organizations,’ Helgesen focuses largely on formal organizational structure and the role of individuals in that structure. She presents the concept of a web as preferable to the highly structured org charts that served industrial-age business better than they serve today’s knowledge-based organizations. Viewing an organization as a web, connections cross traditional departmental boundaries, and these non-traditional connections and the idea of flexibility are both central to the success of modern businesses. The world we live in today can be viewed in more complex terms and is changing more rapidly than ever before, often in a manner that is unpredictable.
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Page : 1 2 In last week’s column , we talked about how capitalism’s great strength is its capacity for economic expansion, and its great challenge is its addiction to economic expansion. We looked at the problems that come with unconscious capitalism, and the need for us to develop a new form of capitalism that is both sustainable and conscious. So what does it mean to practice conscious capitalism? One of the highest spiritual laws on our planet is the law of abundance, also known as the law of giving and receiving. As defined by Deepak Chopra, “The universe operates through dynamic exchange…giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe.
Links to Sites Related to Systems Thinking The System Dynamics Society The homepage of the System Dynamics Society, including a history of system dynamics, a brief description of its tools and applications, information about the annual system dynamics conference, and information on the System Dynamics Review, a refereed journal. Systems Thinking Practice A map of systems thinking, cybernetics, cognition, and other resources on the Web The Learning Org Discussion Pages The home of the Learning-Org list, which has over 2000 members on several continents.
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Many thanks to Thomas Vander Wal for the many conversations that inspired this post. The average life expectancy of a human being in the 21st century is about 67 years . Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is?
If two magnets are separated by too much distance, they won’t have any impact on each other. But, if something helps move them a bit closer, they will gravitate towards each other and connect. Technology can be used in a similar way.
Building the capacity to respond to complex challenges our approach to learning and education is individually tailored and takes many forms. A major aim of our work is to create diversity of thought, experience and perspective for a deeper understanding to emerge and for clear action to flow. For creativity and innovation to be possible it is necessary to learn to suspend old ideas and dysfunctional patterns of behaviour , to open our minds and hearts and to get in touch with the present moment.
What is AskNature? Imagine 3.8 billion years of design brilliance available for free, at the moment of creation, to any sustainability innovator in the world. Imagine nature's most elegant ideas organized by design and engineering function, so you can enter “remove salt from water” and see how mangroves, penguins, and shorebirds desalinate without fossil fuels. Now imagine you can meet the people who have studied these organisms, and together you can create the next great bio-inspired solution. That’s the idea behind AskNature, the online inspiration source for the Biomimicry community. Think of it as your home habitat—whether you’re a biologist who wants to share what you know about an amazing organism, or a designer, architect, engineer, or chemist looking for planet-friendly solutions.
A social enterprise may be structured as a department, program or profit center within a nonprofit and lack legal definition from its parent organization. It may also be a subsidiary of its nonprofit parent, registered either as a for-profit or nonprofit. Many organizations use a mix of different structures simultaneously. The following diagrams illustrate the social enterprise structure vis-à-vis its relationship to the parent organization.
The Blue Planet Prize laureates jointly presented a paper titled "Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act" at the 12 th UNEP Governing Council meeting in the year 2012 when the Prize celebrates its twentieth anniversary. Joint Paper by the Blue Planet Prize Laureates Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act At the 12 th UNEP Governing Council meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya on 20 February 2012, Blue Planet Prize laureates represented by Dr. Robert Watson presented a paper titled "Environment and Development Challenges : The Imperative to Act." In the side event following the Governing Council meeting, Dr.
Speaker(s): John Mackey , CEO, Whole Foods Published: March 08, 2010 Download 48 minutes, 22.1mb, recorded 2010-01-26 Social entrepreneurship may well be giving business a good name. In this University podcast, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, advocates for "conscious business” that is in service not just to the profit margin but also to helping others, striving for excellence, fulfilling a higher purpose, and changing and improving the world.
Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate) is a new discipline that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example. I think of it as "innovation inspired by nature." The core idea is that nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with.