Archive for July 2012

Bill Clinton: cutting use of natural resources would help US economy | World news | guardian.co.uk   Leave a comment

“He said that despite the failures of successive governments – including his own 1992-2000 administration in the US – to forge working treaties on climate change, and to cut greenhouse gas emissions, people should take the initiative by working together and individually to reduce their own impact on the environment. He pointed to the work of the biologist EO Wilson, whose most recent work suggests that human beings and other complex natural societies prosper through co-operation. “I believe that in a complex world … these creative networks of co-operation have to triumph over conflict-driven models,” said Clinton.”

via Bill Clinton: cutting use of natural resources would help US economy | World news | guardian.co.uk.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/13/bill-clinton-natural-resources-us?newsfeed=true

The BrainYard – IBM Videos   Leave a comment

IBM : 5 Things About Social Business

The BrainYard – IBM Videos.

Posted July 12, 2012 by arnoneumann in IBM, SocialMedia

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Profile: 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders   Leave a comment

“Profile: 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders

Not one but 100 profiles in this issue.

The selected Global Sustain Ability Leaders from six continents include Nobel prize

winners, scientists, architects, designers, artists, and CEOs of international

companies. Besides the well-known, there are the quiet achievers who are making

a name for themselves and their NGOs, institutes, universities or businesses.

One is Alison Rowe (left) Fujitsu’s global head of sustainability and another

is Singapore’s Ho Kwon Ping (right).

Here’s the full list. ”

via ABC Carbon » Blog Archive » Profile: 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders.

http://abccarbon.com/profile-100-global-sustain-ability-leaders-2/

Posted July 9, 2012 by arnoneumann in leadership, Sustainability

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GOOD Talks: Architect Peter Busby on Sustainable Design – Design – GOOD   Leave a comment

Peter Busby of powerhouse architecture firm Perkins+Will has made it his mission to improve people’s lives through design. His projects include the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (a “living lab” that generates extra power for the University of British Columbia campus) and Dockside Green (a mixed-use community that is one of the world’s greenest developments).

Busby recently stopped by GOOD’s headquarters and talked to us about the components of sustainable design and how a background in philosophy has helped shape the way he looks at his work. Watch our GOOD Talks video and learn more about Busby’s work in a recent Architect feature.”

via GOOD Talks: Architect Peter Busby on Sustainable Design – Design –GOOD.

http://www.good.is/post/good-talks-architect-peter-busby-on-sustainable-design/

 

Posted July 8, 2012 by arnoneumann in architecture, Sustainability

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Richard Florida: Creativity Is the New Economy   Leave a comment

 

 

AN : Richard Florida’s ” The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited” was released at the end of June. Huff Post , by permission ,excerpted from the 3rd chapter and the posting here shares insight from that.

Richard Florida: Creativity Is the New Economy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-florida/creativity-is-the-new-eco_b_1608363.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

 

Innovation is Dead. Long Live Innovation! – Forbes   Leave a comment

Keeping the concept fresh….how to keep the term innovation when it is so prolifically

 overused and loosely defined ….

Definition : “An innovation is something new or different that has been successfully brought out into the world and creates a positive impact. It can be something new or different, because most innovation is about renewal, or taking a fresh look at existing inventions or capabilities.

The key here is that it must be something that has been brought successfully out to the world; if it hasn’t, it’s probably an invention, and an innovation. Invention is about insight, while innovation is about impact.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/07/05/innovation-is-dead-long-live-innovation/

via Innovation is Dead. Long Live Innovation! – Forbes.

Posted July 5, 2012 by arnoneumann in Innovation

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The Emerging Fourth Sector – FourthSector.net   Leave a comment

“The Emerging Fourth Sector

The Three Traditional Sectors

Businesses create and distribute goods and services that enhance our quality of life, promote growth, and generate prosperity. They spur innovation, reward entrepreneurial effort, provide a return on investment and constantly improve their performance responding to market feedbacks. They draw on the skills, effort and ingenuity of individual workers, and share with them the economic value created by the enterprise.

Non-profit organizations give us ways to celebrate, build and protect the many human values that give rise to healthy, thriving communities. They have worked to ensure that all people have adequate necessities of life, including clean air, water, food and shelter; an equitable share of wealth and resources; and opportunity to develop their full physical, mental and spiritual potential. They create spaces to celebrate the joy of culture and artistic expression, and reveal opportunities for generosity. They have helped protect the environment, working to ensure that human capacities, technologies and organizations sustain and support, not systemically alter, degrade or destroy, the Earth, its diversity of life or the ecological systems that support life. They remind us that many species share this planet and depend on each other, and that humanity must not only care for itself, but must steward an entire world.

Governmental organizations protect and expand the principles of democratic freedom for both individuals and communities, protecting the public interest while at the same time ensuring a level playing field of opportunity and a common framework of laws and their enforcement at a scale that matches the scale of human activity. They have been granted, or they have presumed, the responsibility to provide for the common security and to make decisions to promote the best interest of society.

The Blurring of Sectoral Boundaries

Over the past few decades, the boundaries between the public (government), private (business), and social (non-profit) sectors have been blurring as many pioneering organizations have been blending social and environmental aims with business approaches.

There are many expressions of this trend, including corporate social responsibility, microfinance, venture philanthropy, sustainable businesses, social enterprise, privatization, community development and others. As this activity matures, it is becoming formalized as a ‘Fourth Sector’ of the economy. To better understand the emergence of the Fourth Sector, it is helpful to study recent shifts in organizational behavior across the three traditional sectors.”

AN : this is a great , brief overview and introduction to the ” fourth sector ” concept.

http://www.fourthsector.net/learn/fourth-sector

 

 

via The Emerging Fourth Sector – FourthSector.net.

Posted July 5, 2012 by arnoneumann in Fourth Sector

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