Our analysis of signals of change in the world tell us that there are major changes being called for.
Eliminate poverty – we already decided
The Sustainable Development goals set a new precedent for human development and it is still sinking in that the majority of countries in the world have signed up to eliminating poverty (SDG1) and hunger (SDG2) and eliminating threats to the environment.
Universal Basic Income and Universal Basic Services are being tried and debated as a route to achieving SDG 1.
Supporting links: Article in the Independent on University College of London Report.
A new Green Deal proposes massive investment in a new USA
From the Democratic party, the New Green Deal is the boldest proposal to come from the US for a long time – it will aim to eliminate poverty, create green jobs and transform the technical infrastructure of the US to a circular economy
The Circular Economy is central to achieving the SDGs and the New Green Deal
The idea has been with us for a while, and it is slowly becoming more and more apparent that nature works in a circular way and society needs to fit in. The possibilities are huge, from green, dignified jobs for all to eradication of pollution to a better life for future generations.
Supporting links: Learn more about the Circular economy at this online school.
Heavy fees on things that pollute like fossil fuel can be a blessing
We are noticing how more and more economists are realizing that a heavy, increasing fee on fossil carbon could stimulate the economy rather than slow it if the fees are paid back to taxpayers. Some estimates point to 70% of citizens being better off under the scheme as those who use fossil fuels are ofter the wealthiest.
- Economist’s statement on Carbon Dividend
- Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation’s research into Carbon Dividend Mechanisms
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AS THE WORLD BECOMES EVER MORE CONNECTED, AS PEOPLE NETWORK AND AS QUALITY OF DATA IMPROVES IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS OF HUMANITY WILL TAKE A STEP BACK AND START TO GRASP ANOTHER REALITY? THERE ARE SIGNALS THAT THIS MAY BE ABOUT TO HAPPEN.
Signals: from being seen as nothing more than an advanced adding machine, the computer and the digitization it makes possible have offered multi dimensions of new possibilities. But is the “killer app” yet to be invented? Are we just not still digitizing last-century business models? Is society only just waking up to the possibilities its wireless, networked, big data society offers? Signals show that mobile devices connected to big data can indeed mean significant changes to how we farm, and that just by looking at big data we can start to grasp insights previously out of reach. The consequences are huge, and present a real challenge to policy makers and leaders as well as opportunities to entrepreneurs.
Climate change will force us to ditch old paradigms. Enterprise will go on even if capitalism doesn’t.
REPORTER AND AUTHOR NAOMI KLEIN RELEASES HER BOOK This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate NAMING THAT CHERISHED PARADIGMS ARE BREAKING AS CLIMATE CHANGE ADVANCES AND THE PERFORMANCE OF CAPITALISM LOOKS EVER MORE SHODDY AS A WAY TO PROVIDE ESSENTIALS TO HUMANITY
Signals: Sooner or later the things we have been ignoring, brushing under the carpet, get named by brave individuals. Once a voice with enough authority and context gives it a name, it has to be dealt with. Naomi Klein, a brilliant reporter and sharp mind does just this in her new book.As she states clearly: Capitalism, since it was unshackled by the deregulation of the 1980s, has widened the gap between rich and poor. The top 3% held 55% of all wealth last year, up from 45% in 1989. The bottom 90% controlled 24.7% of wealth, according to statistics released this month by the Federal Reserve. The book represents a new wave of signals – bringing leaders, policy makers, thinkers and householders to confront cherished beliefs. Read More…
Searching for ways to reflect on leadership challenges
HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE NEED TO ADAPT NOT JUST OUR CORPORATIONS, BUT OUR WAY OF SEEING THINGS? THIS IS THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE SIGNALS TAKES ON AS EUROPE TAKES ITS SUMMER VACATIONS.
Signals: Thinking about the way we think was once popular in strategic circles. No so much anymore. However, at least we question our assumptions more, thanks to the rise of great minds like Peter Senge http://executive.mit.edu/faculty/profile/30-peter-senge and Donella Meadows http://www.donellameadows.org/. We need to sit back and reflect. The signals we are seeing tell us that the collision course with nature we are all bound on will be the trainwreck of the century, and the solutions we need to look for are not on the level of changing light bulbs, but in the very way we perceive the world. We need to redefine what we mean by growth, how we see the economy and how we as strategists advise the organisations we work for. Read More…
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