The Future of Management: Is it Deja vu all over again? If you are a regular reader of the MIX, you probably already have a point of view on the future of management. Indeed, the MIX was created to help accelerate the evolution of management, so chances are you have already bought into the argument that we are going through a period of upheaval that will transform the way we work in organizations in the years ahead. I hope and believe this argument is right. And in future blog posts on this site I will discuss examples of some of the changes in management that are currently underway. But let me develop a contrarian line of argument first, before offering a synthesis. Here's the problem with all this talk of virtual and networked organizations, and this vision of empowered and engaged employees. So there is an enduring puzzle that we need to come to grips with. Why is this? I see four interlinked reasons: First, the traditional model of management is so pervasive that it is still the safe way of doing things. So what does the future look like?
circular economy | On the New Economy circular economy,events,new services,tools,zero waste A volunteer repair team assembled in South East Portland to offer free repairs of small appliances, bikes, jewelry, and clothing. Repair PDX launched in May 2013 to “organize repair cafés – free events that bring volunteers who like to fix things together with people who have broken items that need fixing.” featured, free, Master Recycler, Portland Oregon, Repair Café, repairPDX.org, tool library Companies and Organizations | Sustainable Tourism Robson Club Agadir – fitted with 900 sq. metres of solar panels. Robson Club hotels have been awarded multiple eco labels and have been awarded most environmentally friendly hotel company. The hotel also opened a hotel management training program where youth can undergo training. The Rubens at the Palace hotel, London- this UK property has the largest living wall in an effort to combat the chronic stormwater run-off problem they’ve been experiencing due to vanishing green spaces. Hotel Milano Scala – Italy’s first zero emission hotel. Feynan Ecolodge – runs on 100% sustainable power. 80% of the products used at the lodge are purchased from within a 60km radius, while 55% of the money paid by guests at Feynan stayed in the immediate local area, benefiting 450 local people in 2014 Fogo Island Inn – based on the rocky outclass of Newfoundland in Canada, this inn embodies sustainability. Nimmo Bay, located on Canada’s west coast, this ecolodge powers their lodge from the nearby waterfall.
Share or Die: Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis America stands at a precipice; limitless consumption, reckless economics, and disregard for the environment have put the country on a collision course with disaster. It’s up to a younger generation to rebuild according to new forms of organization, and Share or Die: The Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis is a collection of messages from the front lines. From urban Detroit to central Amsterdam, and from worker co-operatives to nomadic communities, an astonishing variety of recent graduates and twenty-something experimenters are finding (and sharing) their own answers to negotiating the new economic order. Their visions of a shared future include: Collaborative consumption networks instead of private ownershipReplacing the corporate ladder with a “lattice lifestyle”Do-it-yourself higher educationWorker and housing cooperatives As a call-to-action, “share or die” doesn’t only refer to resource depletion, disappearing jobs, or stagnating wages. What people are saying about Share or Die:
Eliminative Materialism First published Thu May 8, 2003; substantive revision Tue Apr 16, 2013 Eliminative materialism (or eliminativism) is the radical claim that our ordinary, common-sense understanding of the mind is deeply wrong and that some or all of the mental states posited by common-sense do not actually exist. Descartes famously challenged much of what we take for granted, but he insisted that, for the most part, we can be confident about the content of our own minds. Eliminative materialists go further than Descartes on this point, since they challenge the existence of various mental states that Descartes took for granted. 1. In principle, anyone denying the existence of some type of thing is an eliminativist with regard to that type of thing. Nevertheless, contemporary eliminative materialism—the sort of eliminativism that denies the existence of specific types of mental states—is a relatively new theory with a very short history. 2. 2.1 Folk Psychology and the Theory-Theory 3.
The International Society for Ecological Economics | is.eco.eco The For-Benefit Enterprise Artwork: Sarah Morris, Alpine Coil [Knots], 2009, Gloss household paint on canvas, 214 x 214 cm We are in a new era. For-profit businesses are tackling social and environmental issues, nonprofits are developing sustainable business models, and governments are forging market-based approaches to service delivery. Out of this blurring of traditional boundaries, a different model of enterprise is emerging, driven by entrepreneurs who are motivated by social aims. When these entrepreneurs begin to create an entity to carry out their ideas, they often face a crippling and seemingly arbitrary question: whether to be a for-profit or a nonprofit. Neither of these enterprises is strictly for-profit or nonprofit; both could be called “for-benefit.” Many more such enterprises would exist, except that most entrepreneurs haven’t been able to choose “for-benefit” as a legally recognized organizational structure. All this is destined to change. A Healthful Compromise Creating a For-Benefit Enterprise
thursdaydinners Intertemporal Selfishness It turns out that we have widely varying levels of psychological connectness to our future selves, and the ‘me’ of today is more likely to defer rewards to the future if there is a belief that the ‘me’ of a distant tomorrow will be very like today’s. Daniel Bartels and Oleg Urminsky explore this intertemporal selfishness, by setting contexts where experimental subjects are led to believe that their future selves will have changed drastically. In such cases, the subjects are much less likely to defer rewards, and more likely to consume them in the near term. Daniel Bartels and Oleg Urminsky, On Intertemporal Selfishness: The Perceived Instability of Identity Underlies Impatient ConsumptionWe will argue that our understanding of what constitutes a reasonable discount rate (or, more generally, prudent vs. impatient choices) has been limited by the implicit assumption that people should maximize the utility of a constant self over one’s lifetime. (via James Warren) related articles
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Call for Applications "A New NATO for New Challenges? " in Berlin, Germany Camps 04.09.2016 Deadline: 18 September 2016Open to: participants between the ages of 18 and 35 years old,from all NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countriesVenue: 12 – 14 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany Description On November 14, the German Atlantic Association, the Federal Academy for Security Policy, and the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Berlin co-host an international conference in Berlin addressing the outcomes of the NATO Summit in Warsaw 2016 against the background of rapid changes in the alliance’s security environment. In order to foster the understanding of security politics, to establish an international dialogue among the younger generation, and to connect emerging leaders from NATO member and partner countries with senior decision-makers, YATA Germany will host a seminar from 12 – 14 November 2016 focusing on key issues of transatlantic security. ✅ “How to deter digital warriors? ✅ “In for the long run? ✅ “Enlargement, enablement, entrapment? Eligibility Costs
Cabin Porn UN releases blueprint for ‘green’ economic growth The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that it had drafted a blueprint for transitioning the world to a greener future while preserving – and potentially even accelerating – predicted economic growth. The UPEP report, Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication, called for investing $1.3 trillion a year (approximately 2 percent of yearly world GDP) into ten key sectors: agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forestry, industry, tourism, transport, waste, and water. Governments already spend between 1-2 percent of subsidizing fossil fuels and unsustainable fisheries, the report notes. The UN believes that trillions of dollars in private capital will follow public investments. The report cited multiple examples of how “green” initiatives can effectively fight poverty in the developing world. There is mounting evidence that “green” initiatives can indeed propel economic growth, despite aggressive rhetoric to the contrary.