Economics of Compassion Initiative Formed in Cincinnati
Friday March 7, 2014
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.
How About a Regenerative Economy?
Thursday March 6, 2014
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.
School Fosters Big Learning
Thursday March 6, 2014
At the BIG Ideas School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, secondary school students have the opportunity to co-design their own project-based elective course. BIG is a partnership between media firm The Gazette Company and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. A recent story catches up with lead teacher Shawn Cornally who shares what’s exciting at the school now and what’s on the horizon. More
New Aboriginal Youth Education Program Takes Off
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Leaders and Legacies, a news site for unique, asset-based articles about Canada’s former prime ministers and governors general, has just posted a piece on the early energy surrounding a new Aboriginal Youth Education Program. Founded by former prime minister Paul Martin, the innovative program teaches Aboriginal youth about business and entrepreneurship. Finishing high school is also encouraged so that the dream of post-secondary school remains within reach. The program is now being offered in 26 schools, in seven provinces, and the Northwest Territories. The former prime minister tells Leaders and Legacies he’s been surprised that the program has grown so much, so fast. More
Will Vancouver Be the Site of the Next Mini Placemaking Revolution?
Friday January 31, 2014
Urban designer Mark Lakeman helped spark a “mini revolution” in the creative reclamation of public space in his hometown, Portland, Ore. The placemaking pioneer was recently featured in a public talk in Vancouver, B.C. to kick-start a nine-month placemaking course designed to support community leaders in a process for creatively reimagining their urban spaces for active engagement and community building. More
From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies
Friday January 24, 2014
A global forum on shifting from ego-system to eco-system economies was held in February at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The forum “showcased living examples and initiatives that generate profound change by shifting awareness from ego to eco,” according to the forum website. The intention of the platform was to connect change makers across systems, sectors, and cultures in order to co-create a society that generates sustainability and well-being for all. Free online streaming of the forum is available via this link.
Zappos Adopts Holocracy
Tuesday January 14, 2014
Renowned for some time as a freedom-centred workplace, Zappos, an online retailer, is now making headlines for its decision to adopt a system called Holocracy. According to Holocracy co-founder Brian Robertson, the practice (not model, theory or idea) was created with one key question in mind: How can we live and work together in a more full, more embracing, more powerful way? A defining element of the practice is the “holarchy” of self-organizing teams or circles, each of which govern themselves. “The broad overarching theme about why we're adopting this is to try to scale agility" says John Bunch, a Zappos team member in a recent Mashable article.
Tuesday January 14, 2014
A number of teachers from the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools community have been trying out variations of a flipped classroom model. In a flipped classroom, students typically watch pre-recorded lectures at home before working on their assignments in class the next day — in some sense flipping class-work and homework. Reserving class time for what would traditionally be assigned as homework allows students to collaborate with peers as they explore new concepts and seek assistance from a readily accessible teacher. More
Can Ontario be North America’s Social Enterprise Hub?
Thursday December 19, 2013
In this Dec. 19 article in the UK-based Guardian, Ontario’s minister of economic development Eric Hoskins discusses social enterprise and what’s needed to enable its flourishing in the Canadian province. He also shares aspirations for leading the sector in North America. The minister holds up as a positive indicator on this front the fact that the Social Capital Markets (Socap) conference is to be held in Toronto next year. This will be the first time the conference takes place outside the U.S. "Just as I think the UK has provided [social enterprise] leadership to the world, in Ontario we are hoping to position ourselves as a North American hub as well,” he says. More
John McKnight on Importance of 'Stories that are True'
Wednesday November 13, 2013
Thought leader and father of asset-based community development, John McKnight, tells a small story about the power and importance of "true stories that match our experience."