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2014: watershed moments in sustainability | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

2014 is a year with some important progress highlights towards a sustainable world, including the now public secretly negotiated US-China 2025 CO2 emissions reduction deal, and more. Here all the details:

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/gallery/2014/dec/29/2014-watershed-moments-in-sustainability?CMP=new_1194

The Guardians predicts 2015 to be the year of “the beginning of the end of climate sceptics”… Let’s hope for more great news ahead!!


Not many “human beings” left anymore – many “human doings”!

Prince Ea struck a sensitive cord with his powerful “Why I want this world to end” video. The best thing I have seen on youtube in a very long time. And may I suggest that what I’ve got here for you are four minutes well worth spent:

May they leave you touched and slightly altered in a good way. I wish I find the strength in every coming moment ahead of me to be more mindful in every interaction, surprise with acts of kindness. Imagine a world where anger is met with kindness, hatred with compassion, and cruelty with kindness. Image you were being a part of that world. You. You and I. We, all of us.


Interesting mobility choices at the Swiss Green Economy Day 2014

So, if we had to choose a new company car, would it rather be the new electric BMW (blue)

BMW car

or ISETTA (beige), the “this is not a car” cool bike-car by Tobias Wülser of www.design-werk.ch in collaboration with micro (the foldable scooters we all know and love)??

ISETTA car

My vote goes to – no surpise – to Isetta… So absolutely cool!

Not sure how the vote at BSL would go – I might very much be in a minority position…(Right, Massimo?).


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Handle Those Questions That Haunt You

Originally posted on The Transatlantic Debate Blog:

It is Halloween season again! Our celebrations may differ depending on where we find ourselves in the world.  Nevertheless, many of us envision  ghosts and hobgoblins this time of year.  As we don our Halloween costumes and place our candles in our jack-o-lanterns, let’s think again about those “wicked questions” that Katrin addressed in her blog last month.

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My favorite book this summer!

Among the large pile of books I read through this summer, one stood out and has left a pleasant after-taste: REINVENTING ORGANIZATIONS by Frederic Laloux (Belgium). Frederic has attempted to do mission impossible and has actually come up with something of incredible value. He took the human development perspective and applied it to business. The idea is simple and has been considered for centuries: human beings develop over a life-time and societies develop over centuries into increasingly developed forms and belief systems. Why not organizations as well. Based on much work done by Integral Studies (Ken Wilber et al but also many other developmentalists such as Jean Gebser, Don Beck, Jean Piaget), Frederic developed first a historical overview of the development of organizations and then created a white space of the organization of the future. And here comes the magic – rather than just leaving things there, he went out and found a dozen companies of all sizes and from various industries and developed small case studies to understand how these companies are living already today partially or fully the principles of the organization of the future.

But don’t take my word for it, here is an excellent New York Times review on the book

We are running a Collaboratory event that I will facilitate together with other BSL colleagues featuring Frederic Laloux, Christian Felber and others on November 21-22, 2014 in Vienna in association with LiFT and the Zentrum für Integrale Führung led by Christiane Seuhs-Schoeller. If you are interested to join us, please let me know!

 

 

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