TODAY 15th of March is the LAST DAY for you to book your place at ebbf’s next international event where we will explore and rethink governance. All the aspects of this fundamental pillar for our organizations and covering its many aspects with over 20 speakers and as many angles to go deep into the exploration and take back to your organization new implementable ideas and the underlying assumptions to help ethical business build the future.
We also offer the first insights and what we learnt so far about rethinking governance with three articles and three interactive video recordings with six of the event speakers.
NEXT OPPORTUNITIES TO INTERACT WITH EVENT SPEAKERS
We have created for you a few opportunities to interact online in one-hour sessions with some event speakers:
The paradox of doing wrong to achieve good
Dhairya Pujara, founder and CEO Of Ycenter, open the Friday morning program with his keynote.
He went to a private school but after school he stayed with her mother, in the corner of a class of a public school where his mother was a techer. At school he received a value based education. At school he noted diversity, e.g. Having and expensive pencil box or not having it. Another kind of diversity was gender based.
Moving forward to college he launched a website to share used books at low prices for people who couldn’t afford to buy new ones. Take the bottom up pyramid of human needs: physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, self-actualization. He started from the top, asking himself about his purposed. Then he moved to US, quit his job and joined the university service sending people to Mozambique.
Intention, action, impact: these were the three concepts he focused on. He started fixing medical equipemnts but he soon realized that he needed to fix the education gap.
He founded Ycenter, starting to build a community project, Ola Health, requiring to send a text to get cures. Microsoft funded it for three years but it didn’t work, people felt intimidated about sending texts. A card game about malaria prevention created with the local population was succesful instead. Now he’s running various successful programs in India.
Empathy is really important to him. It allows him to overcome the lack of diversity in his perception. Because lack of diversity is the problem in fixing problems.
In the run up to the next ebbf international learning event a number of local events are taking place around the world on themes related to #consultation – here is a thought-provoking invitation article from the organisers of the first ebbf london event that will take place on Wednesday 2nd of March at 08:00 am.
Jelena Hercberga writes:
“Did you know that since the 1970s we have dramatically increased our usage of the words ‘partner’ and ‘partnership’ (according to Google Ngram Viewer)? At the same time, we, as society are far from building truly equal and effective partnerships in real-life scenarios, be it between genders, different age groups, different faith communities, business partners, cultures, governments or across the above-listed groups all together.
I recently came across what could be an explanation to this contradiction: why have we started devoting more attention in public narrative to partnership, yet fail to ensure it in real life? Apparently, it is due to our inaccurate perception of what partnership really is about.
Two LSE professors, Sandra Jovchelovitch and Emma-Louise Aveling, argue that our society has been misguided by the idea …
Nousha Etemad, partner at Deloitte Canada, analyzed how companies are facing the disruptive transformation in economy brought by technology. How do we prepare? Three elements are needed: a culture that encourages innovative behaviour, agility and enabling change through the crowd. A principle based approach is needed. It is worth to highlight two principles, unity and collaboration. Unity is also dealing with diversity. Consultation allows to benefit from different perspectives and bring them all together. We have industrial crowdsourcing examples like Xprize, Kaggle and IdeaConnection. A new leadedship mindset is emerging: inspire with vision, lead change, create networks, support & empower, trust, learn & grow. In the past the principle were: be directive, follow a strict plan, build hierarchy, command & control, fear failure.
Cristobal Gracia, connector at OuiShare, offered some insights about how collaborative economy will create meaningful and purposeful organizations. The collaborative economy practices and business models based on trust systems and communities are impacting every aspect of our life.
Some initiatives like airbnb, etsy, bla bla car and wallapop are becoming very popular. In some countries they are gaining important partneships, like airbnb for the Olimpic games in Rio, but in other countries are considered illegal. Etsy is a platform for artisans to sell their craft; Wallapop is an app for the second hand market for private. The collaboratuve economy is unlocking ideal sets. First, there’s the difference between plaform business and linear business; second, it’s a matter of building trust betwen strangers: Internet is the tool. The way we interract with people is based in trust. Third and last, but not least, the colaborative economy is empowering citizens: from ownership to access.
How companies are adopting collaborative economy models? Some companies are not interested, some else are fighting, some others are sponsoring and some others are investing. Will the collaborative economy disrupt our companies industry?
The sharing economy is getting very big and very fast, as a study by PwC revealed.
What about the impact? It will disrupt the current business model?
ebbf board member and one of IFRC’s directors Françoise Le Goff recently facilitated one of ebbf’s online events. She offers her notes from that rich exploration, new learning and new possible applications of the value of #justice in our workplaces and economic systems.
“Justice is a virtue that can be learned through education and role models, it is a quality that awakes the conscience and creates a process of transformation of the individual who can then, in turn, influence and transform the environment that surrounds us.
Justice can be use to address a truly wide range of issues; poverty, corruption, violence, exploitation, materialism, desires, injustice, discrimination, in all of these instances the value of Justice can correct, improve and even wipe out some of those detrimental elements ….” Click here to read her more of her notes capturing some of the insights she gathered.
If you wish to enjoy one of these online events, you can view here the list of the UPCOMING EVENTS on ebbf’s website.
It’s official: Turin has joined the Impact Hub network with the Candidate status. On 5th March, Innovo, the association promoting the Impact Hub project in Turin, organized an official event called Aperinnoviamo to celebrate this important step, one year after their first community event.
Joey is a forward thinking student and business dreamer who always wants to innovate things to be better. He characterizes himself as “ambitious and optimistic” and carries the feeling that he can make his hopes come true.
Jelena, through her work with the Loop, organized a get-together, between, what they called at that time, two ‘opposite tribes’: young social activists and business leaders from large corporations. They wanted to create a space for human interaction between leaders of today and those who have started shaping the world of tomorrow.
Arash Aazami innovating in sustainable energy and finance BAS Nederland accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment
THE NETHERLANDS – Arash is the CEO and founder of BAS Energy, one of the first energy companies in the world to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. Bitcoin is a new kind of currency. It’s the first decentralized electronic currency not controlled by a single organization or government. It’s an open source project, and it is used by more than 100,000 people.