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Emergence Emergence is perhaps the fundamental property of systems. The idea of emergence is implied in the well-known statement: “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts” Leading the Sustainability Insurgency Experts Weigh In I asked readers to comment on my post above and got some terrific feedback. Here’s what Dave Stangis, vice president of corporate responsibility at the Campbell Soup Company, Antonini Ballabriga, global head of corporate responsibility at banking giant Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), and Michael Jacobson, CSR Director at Intel have to say. Kronik: Der bør være grænser for vækst fakta Niels I. Meyer er professor emeritus. Mange politikere har opdaget, at der er arbejdspladser og eksportindtægter i de grønne teknologier, som udnytter vedvarende energi. Det gør det lettere for politikerne at hoppe med på den grønne vogn, når de kan berolige deres vælgere med, at det hele stort set kan fortsætte, som det altid har gjort. Deres forklaring er, at udvikling og produktion af de nye teknologier til energiforsyning og energieffektivisering giver basis for fortsat økonomisk vækst og sørger for, at beskæftigelsen kan opretholdes.

Systems thinking: a select glossary Copyrighted image Credit: OU This glossary contains definitions of some generalized system concepts used in Systems Practice. What is a mess? and how does it differ from a difficulty? Find out here! One of the key principles in Systems Thinking is feedback9. Can we solve the sustainable prosperity paradox? We’ve arrived at the perfect storm of economic, environmental, social and political challenges aimed squarely at the status quo. Much of the industrial era type work is falling victim to technological unemployment. Add to that the problem that business as usual is usually bankruptcy bound and best practice is often an ecological disaster, what can we do to solve the apparent contradiction that is sustainable prosperity?

Genanmeldelse af 'Grænser for vækst' fakta De diskuteres stadig Debatbøger kommer og går - eller bliver stående. Vi nyanmelder sommeren over syv af de inden- og udenlandske bøger, som engang satte dagsorden. Og som stadig gør det. De genanmeldte bøger er:Samuel Huntington: Civilisationernes sammenstødUlrich Beck: RisikosamfundetDennis L. Meadows: Grænser for vækstFrancis Fukyama: Historiens afslutningEdward Said: OrientalismeAnders Fogh Rasmussen: MinimalstatenGermaine Greer: Den kvindelige eunuk Diffusing Systems Thinking Diffusing Systems Thinking Posted @ 9/28/2015 1:27 PM by A senior executive in a national philanthropic association recently commented: “Systems thinking has been around for many years, and I really see its value. However, many people see it as too daunting and difficult.

Moving toward a circular economy The circular economy aims to eradicate waste—not just from manufacturing processes, as lean management aspires to do, but systematically, throughout the life cycles and uses of products and their components. Indeed, tight component and product cycles of use and reuse, aided by product design, help define the concept of a circular economy and distinguish it from the linear take–make­–dispose economy, which wastes large amounts of embedded materials, energy, and labor. In the first exhibit of this narrated slideshow, McKinsey alumnus Markus Zils explains how a circular economy works. In the second, he uses the example of a market for power drills to detail four scenarios in which circular-economy principles are applied: In the status-quo scenario, 1,000 power drills are made in China and sold in the European Union. In the refurbishment scenario, 800 drills are sold at the original price, and 200 are refurbished and sold at 80 percent of it.

The art and science of systems change Until recently, the momentum driving US businesses toward greater sustainability came from big, influential companies: GE with its ecomagination campaign, Walmart with its bold environmental goals, Google with more than $1bn in renewable energy investments and Nike with its pioneering design work, among others. Lately, though, much of the most exciting work in sustainable business has focused on systems change – sometimes within an industry, sometimes up and down corporate supply chains and sometimes across industries and geographies. Systems-change initiatives like the The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and ZHDC, which stands for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, differ in their approach and structure, but they are all tackling problems too sprawling and too complicated for even the biggest companies to solve on their own. To grow systems change, a group of individuals and organizations formed the Academy for Systemic Change in 2012.

Break the Bank: Build Your Local Economy - Natural Health Bartering was the original means of exchanging goods and services, predating the invention of money as we know it. Garden bounty was traded for sheep’s cheese; mead was swapped for a woven blanket. Today, a resurgence in bartering is underway, as people turn away from our culture’s dominant “buy more stuff” paradigm, and instead take pride and satisfaction in the goods and services they provide, the handiwork of their friends and neighbors, and in helping make their communities more self-reliant. The growth of this direct-trade economy is accompanied by an emergence of several other exciting economic trends that diverge from business as usual. Options include seed libraries, bike-sharing programs, local currencies and socially responsible investment plans. Here’s how you can join in and be a part of the change.

Systems Thinking: Seeing How Everything is Connected “People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh An Introduction to System Mapping Much has been written recently about the importance of using a system lens, or focusing on system change, to make real progress against some of society’s toughest challenges. But what does that really mean? The following definition of system change resonated with us, from NPC’s 2015 guide: "Systems change is an intentional process designed to alter the status quo by shifting the function or structure of an identified system with purposeful interventions. It is a journey which can require a radical change in people’s attitudes as well as in the ways people work.

French Home Appliance Wants You to 3D Print Spare Parts Major French brand Boulanger wants customers to 3D print spare parts, launches new website, “happy3D” to host and share their own exclusive brand designs. Cults 3D announced a new platform that will have many people saying “Finally!” The digital marketplace is partnering up with Boulanger, a major home appliance and multimedia specialist in France to help customers 3D print spare parts quickly and efficiently via their new happy3D website. Boulanger is a huge company in France, making this development that much more exciting. The 60-year-old institution boasts 9,000 employees selling and servicing 20,000 products around the country. Leading Edge Cognitive Capacities It is the capacity to see and know unhindered by ego, or self-identity, and to do so intentionally that is TransEgoic Cognition. We can think other than thru our construct of self. To think at a junior level, constrained by the consistencies demanded of identity, limits to a lethal degree what we can see and know and dream up about ourselves and our world. We can’t solve the complex