Holger Nauheimer is asking a set of interesting questions about the shifting requirements for change facilitators in view of a new IBM report about the enterprise of the future. The characteristics of the future enterprise are, in my mind, very encouraging and can be summarized as embracing complexity and change and seeing opportunity instead of impossible challenge. One of these characteristics I find particularly interesting:
Genuine not Generous: The Enterprise of the Future goes beyond philanthropy and compliance and reflects genuine concern for society in all actions and decisions.
Holger’s questions are:
Are we ready to guide our clients into that future? Do we have the skills, attitudes, knowledge, tools? Do our consulting organizations work along these principles? Or are we repeating old patterns? Are we ready?
Not only change facilitators, but any professional advising organizations on their strategic direction has to ask herself if we are changing with our clients.
Join the discussion.
Research under the framework of the EMUDE project suggests that services created through sharing and local collaboration can reduce the individual’s impact on the environment.
What is a sustainable lifestyle? What will our daily lives become if we agree to change some of our routines? How do we reduce our environmental impact without lowering our living standards? Observations show that growing material wealth and levels of people satisfaction are increasingly uncoupled. Could the pursuit of more sustainable lifestyles also lead to better quality and more satisfaction?
via Sustainable Everyday Project » Collaborative Services; discovered via People and Place and World Changing.
Download the report here.
The following is not only true for the US food system:
The American food system rests on an unstable foundation of massive fossil fuel inputs. It must be reinvented in the face of declining fuel stocks. The new food system will use less energy, and the energy it uses will come from renewable sources. We can begin the transition to the new system immediately through a process of planned, graduated, rapid change. The unplanned alternative-reconstruction from scratch after collapse-would be chaotic and tragic.
via REPORT: The Food and Farming Transition | Post Carbon Institute.
A commentary on the report was published on Treehugger:
While the report clearly articulates the trouble confronting a food system that has developed an addition to cheap oil, it also intelligently details what the US can do to survive when the drug is withdrawn, as it soon will be.
The full report can be found here.
The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has released the policy brief A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development:
The Global Green New Deal (GGND) would be part of the broader counter-cyclical response to the crisis and comprise three main elements:
- Financial support to developing countries to prevent contraction of their economies. (…)
- National stimulus packages in developed and developing countries aiming at reviving and greening national economies. (…)
- International policy coordination to ensure that the developed countries’ stimulus packages not only are effective to create jobs in developed countries but that these will also facilitate generating strong developmental impacts in developing countries. (…)