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.”
It wasn’t whether alternative energy technologies need to be implemented that caught the attention of many at GLOBE 2014 — North America’s largest business sustainability summit. It was when and how.
Whether it’s technical expertise or small- to medium-sized businesses, the Netherlands holds an abundance of assets that have been in large part unrecognized and unappreciated. Yet it is exactly these “un-glorified” gifts that could ring in the country’s future thriving.
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.
Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) created a new “50 Under 40” cohort program to develop, engage and connect 50 promising leaders under the age of 40. Participants were selected based on their social enterprise accomplishments and contributions. Winners will receive complimentary registration for SEA’s Summit 14, April 13-16 in Nashville. Click here for a list of the winners.
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