After SARS and ebola, we now have the Zika virus, which is spreading remarkably quickly. New forms of disease appear to be arising more frequently and spreading faster. “Spain on Thursday became the first European country to confirm the Zika virus in a pregnant woman — a milestone in the alarmingly rapid spread of the disease across the […]
In Sweden, “Industry” is called Naringsliv. Nourishment For Life.
Goldman Sachs just reported an 11% drop in earnings, on sales down 9%. They stand as a proxy for the world economy. (Financial Times, 17 July 2012) The Federal Reserve is warning that ‘business as usual’ solutions are not working, and there is a “looming economic crisis”. (Huffington Post, 11 July 2012) US debt is over $15,000 […]
Hunter Lovins talks about how we can re-grow the economy (and maybe reverse climate change) by working with nature:
It was Einstein who told us that “You can’t solve a problem by using the same level of thinking that created that problem in the first place.” And Gregory Bateson pointed out, “The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think [it works].” The […]
Clay Shirky makes some interesting points about the future of ‘institutions’ as a way to get things done, given the extra costs of management, and the c. 20% of value they fail to capture: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/clay_shirky_on_institutions_versus_collaboration.html
In this video, Clay Shirky talks about how human beings organise to get things done. The traditional response has been to form an institution. The newly-emerging solution (in 2005) is to enable cooperation through infrastructure tools — essentially internet 2.0. What Clay explains is that the days of the traditional solution are numbered — because […]
Companies don’t grow because they adopt a six-sigma methodology. They don’t grow because they increase productivity by 37.2%. They don’t grow because they exceed sales targets in three quarters running. Companies grow because they provide meaning and value to the people who choose to engage with them. The article below argues convincingly that the deepest, […]
When we set out on a journey it is important to be clear about the kind of terrain we shall be travelling through. Similarly when planning for a business, it is important to be clear about the environment the business will be travelling through.
Permabusiness exists to do three things: 1) show the problems with the current ways of doing business 2) show a vision/visions for what a better way(s) might look like 3) share tools for taking first steps that take us from where we are to where we [you] want to get to. The video below describes […]