Imagine it’s 2030. The world’s greatest generation of entrepreneurs, the baby boomers, have retired from the more than 600,000 small- and medium-sized businesses they founded. Due to the thousands of companies that went up for sale, and an awareness of the gravity of the transition, a significant number of business owners chose to sell their companies to their employees.
I have just returned from an interesting experience in Washington. D.C.: a panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event was sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a leading neo-conservative think tank responsible for much of the intellectual core and agenda of the Bush-Cheney administration. So why would I go to a place that co-engineered much of the thinking that led us into the disaster of the Iraq War and the financial crisis of 2008, costing us trillions of dollars, and causing massive waves of human suffering across cultures?
For more than 13 years Axiom News has been able to interview and story many cutting-edge workplaces while at the same time trying out some of the ideas we run across in our own space. We’ve been especially interested in people who are playing around with creating an ecology for work that, at the risk of over-simplifying, “embraces our humanity.”
Last fall, nearly 1,000 people from 25 countries attended the Social Enterprise World Forum in Calgary. Representatives from all levels of government spoke on the virtues of social enterprise and committed support to the sector.
In a presentation last fall former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin highlighted the possibilities he sees in Alberta to be a leader in social innovation. Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter painted a similar picture of opportunity in a recent presentation in Calgary. Now there’s even stronger reason for their aspirational “forecasting” to be actualized, thanks to a new endowment fund designed to fuel social innovation, says Daniel Overall.
Axiom News founder and CEO Peter Pula joins gatherings in the Netherlands and Belgium this week to continue an exploration around building a narrative capacity for the transition agenda.
Bioinspiration, biomimicry, biomimetics, biophilia. While there are various terms to describe it, the basic notion of nature as genius/genii with a seemingly infinite basket of solutions for our world's problem is a sexy topic these days. But can it be an economic game-changer?
A strong grassroots interest in an alternative economics has led to the formation of a new group in the Cincinnati region. The Economics of Compassion Initiative of Greater Cincinnati (ECI) is anchored in a growing local interest in supporting alternative economic systems where workers and owners share benefit and the community is enhanced and not harmed — an economy marked by justice, community and relationship. Click here to read the newsletter of the initiative.
In a recent blog, Mark Chasan suggests there is an opportunity to create a new regenerative economy, a “horizontal economic transformation that will dwarf the industrial age economy.” Mark writes that the regenerative economy will transform almost every industry, with the greatest impact on energy, water, food, built environment, transportation, packaging, health care, infrastructure, natural resource and waste management, technology, resource and supply chain management, and education. The regenerative economy can assist in creating a world of abundance, wellness and enlightenment.
April Rinne recently embarked on a Canadian speaking tour sharing how the collaborative economy has the potential to transform the way we design products and services, create sustainable and "shareable" cities, re-imagine public services, reduce waste and connect communities. April, chief strategy officer of Collaborative Lab, visited Canada as part of the Cities for People launch, a Canada-wide experiment to create more resilient and livable cities. She shared a variety of worldwide innovative examples during her presentations in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
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