Check out this remarkable video by Judy Wicks taken from a Bioneers conference talking about her local, sustainable business (The White Dog Café). She takes us through her activism and decisions in making her cafe more sustainable from paying a living wage to using green energy to making sure all her products were as local and organic as possible. She co-founded the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a national coalition of green businesses, and is a consultant to help many other businesses and industries follow her lead. She, unlike other small revolutionary green businesses, has refused to sell out to multinational corporations and continues to stay a single restaurant in her local community. As she says, wages have not gone up and the environment has not been saved despite the “green” company craze, so clearly much more work is needed to keep business local!
Apparently you can multiply time! Most of us make endless lists, prioritize, procrastinate, feel guilty and still don’t make a dent in our to-do list. The fault is partly how much we are trying to accomplish in one day, but partly it is because we don’t have the secret ingredient Rory Vaden talks about in this fast-moving TED talk.
This short article is part of a blog series about how to bring more positivity to the workplace. It describes the benefits of maintaining happy employees and provides strong, evidence-based techniques for achieving the best organizational performance. This is a necessary part of a healthy Financial Permaculture design for a business and a right livelihood (work that is socially and environmentally conscious) for its workers. The other articles talk about maintaining flow, creating great interpersonal relationships and why true accomplishment is life-changing and is very different than just task completion.
Most people would choose meaningful work and right livelihood over a big paycheck. Having a sense of purpose leads people to accomplish more, have more loyalty and live happier lives, so keeping a company’s vision in front of its employees is very good business. The authors go into other simple ways to maintain a worker’s enthusiasm and back them with scientific references. Read the full article.
This is an amusing day-in-the-life look at a group of farmers in a small Russian town who created their own barter currency to avoid the runaway inflation and stiff loan fees, and the way the government is trying to crack down on them. The trial is covered by a journalist who knows more about the law then the farmers, and it gives a great insight as to how a local currency comes into being and is used effectively. And it shows how small-town local wisdom can make so much more sense than federal laws. For example, the DA attempts to prove his case by saying, “if someone wants to get back what you owe them and you decide not to give it to them, then legally no one can get anything out of you. It’s all dependent on your reputation and good name. From the point of view of the law this isn’t enough!” This could be any small town in any country.
Otto Scharmer, Co-founder of the Presencing Institute and lecturer at MIT, published a Blog in the Huffington Post this week laying out a pattern language to discuss how to access deeper layers of the social field to help people awaken to their co-creative potential. While the world of presencing may seem far from the world of economics, as Otto uncovers in this article, the need for co-creative flow within and between organizations is a blind spot that may be holding many groups back from being truly generative. At one point in the article, Otto lists eight “acupuncture points” at the core of transforming the economy. Being able to re-think these economic assumptions, and allowing new concepts to emerge without resistance is essential to our ability to create radical and lasting social change.
Sometimes it seems like we’ve already got big corporations on the run with new models like AirBnB, Uber, B-corps, time banks, open-source solutions and such. So why is Wall Street only getting more powerful? This article teaches us that there is a hierarchy of “new” power that needs to be in place to take on the old consumption-based companies and we can’t stop at just educating ourselves on a couple of them. Just like any good succession plan, we need to graduate from the simplest and least effective structure and move towards adoption of the most effective, with full participation in all levels.
This article is a great overview of these structures and should make you want to dive in to each!
From Triple Pundit, article The Next Stage of Organizational Evolution states: “The old lens of separation, scarcity and selfishness are giving way to the deeper eyes of ecological-awareness … This ecological consciousness is the premeditation of regenerative, flourishing, soulful business; our future depends on it.”
Businesses as well as governments are dealing with the effects of climate change, and it is now obvious we need to move in a new direction. Public sentiment towards socially and environmentally conscious businesses is growing rapidly and new models, such as benefit corporations, are becoming mainstream. The old strategy of extracting resources for short-term gain without regards to the future is no longer working. This article steps us through some recent trends and emerging business plans, while giving insight as to why organizations are shifting from the traditional top-down hierarchies to more organic, nature-inspired models. We will all need to re-tool our way of thinking about management and capital in this new, challenging time.