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ebbf member Augusto Lopez-Claros recently posted this article, so timely and interesting that we decided to post an extract from it:
“We live in an age in which truth and falsehood sometimes appear indistinguishable and can be disseminated with the speed of light. They can also be amplified a million-fold in the global echo chamber created by the Internet and the use of social media. This is at once a blessing and a curse: a blessing when the information flow carries with it knowledge with the capacity to improve people’s lives, uplift human spirits, convey truth and beauty; a curse when it is used to spread falsehoods, to fan hate and division, or to engage in personal vendettas.
Depending on which of these tendencies prevails, we will either live in a world of facts where governments, the business community, and civil society might interact with each other on the basis of an agreed body of knowledge and truth. Or we will slide into a world of fiction, an alternative reality of make-believe, where information technologies are misused for nefarious ends, whether to boost the repressive inclinations of the state in many corners of the world or simply and more prosaically to spread lies about a colleague, a neighbor, an estranged spouse.
Indeed, the stakes go beyond the purely personal. It matters for the future of democracy which we choose. For the basis of democracy is surely legitimacy which, in turn, is built on a foundation of transparency, accountability, and the rule of law, all of which rest on the bedrock respect for facts and truth. These are realities we must face if we do not wish to be swept up in a fog of falsehoods and find ourselves living in a world where the search for justice and the pursuit of truth are regarded, to paraphrase Jonathan Schell, as mirages that appeal to the well-meaning, delusions of those who have refused to face the “harsh realities” of contemporary life. And, of course, it matters for human prosperity as well, the fight against poverty and many of the noble aspirations which motivate the vast majority of my colleagues at the World Bank and that fundamentally have to do with “equipping people and institutions with the means through which they can achieve the real purpose of development: that is, laying foundations for a new social order that can cultivate the limitless potentialities latent in human consciousness.”
You van read the full article and more from Augusto on his “the ends and the means to development” blog here at this link
Discovering How Ethical Business Is Building The Future - ebbf's #discoveringhow podcast is now available on ITunes
ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast is now available on ITunes
ebbf has over 25 years of experience accompanying individuals keen to create more meaningful careers and workplaces all over the world. ebbf is now introducing
#DiscoveringHow; ebbf’s new podcast series where you will hear about the personal experiences and insights from ebbf members, people from around the world living their strong sense of mission in their workplaces. In each episode we offer you stepping stones, fresh ideas and the personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.
A broad range of topics is featured from the unifying leadership principles through the lens of feminine leadership to rethinking educational governance to build ethical leaders, to new ways of Collaborating, the shift from self interested competition, to new financial, local and global trends pushing us to rethink governance, to episodes dedicated to the personal stories shaping people’s meaningful careers.
“I am constantly amazed to learn about the creative actions people are taking to build a better future for all of us. This is not just dreaming about the future, it is happening now. These positive changes are going on around us every day, all of the time” said Jean Parker, podcast editor and producer.
“My interactions with ebbf members have deeply influenced my career and life. I am delighted to now be able to share at least a few of the many paths that these individuals have walked, never alone, always driven by their strong sense of values and wish to be a protagonist in creating meaningful change in their workplaces, regardless of the size and sector of their business” commented ebbf’s director general Daniel Truran.
“ebbf’s vision and values have always inspired me. Even more inspiring have been the many women and men who have lived these in their daily lives, effecting positive change at work, in their communities and in the wider world. So great that everyone can now hear their stories!” was the comment of Wendi Momen ebbf chair.
ABOUT EBBF’s #DISCOVERINGHOW PODCAST
You can now find on iTunes ( https://itunes.apple.com/es/podcast/ethical-business-building-future-discoveringhow-ebbfs/id1372178756 ) and Podbean ( https://ebbf.podbean.com ) the first 15 episodes of ebbf’s new podcast.
ebbf is a Baha’i-inspired global learning community that accompanies mindful individuals and groups to transform business and the economy. It achieves this through over 300 annual local, online and international events and seven tools that help people explore how the application of ebbf’s seven core values can and will help ethical business build a more prosperous, just and sustainable future.
Sometimes dreams come true and we wanted to share how a person made one dream happen: Jahan Tavangar and “coffee for water”, who will be enriching the ebbf “make it meaningful” annual conference with a track assisting participants wanting to put their passion, talent and values into creating successful social enterprises.
ebbf is pleased to announce the creation of its new Dean of Education position which long term ebbf member Nabil Elias has accepted to take on.
With this nomination ebbf hopes to explore more deeply new learning frameworks that can test the impact and best practices of the application of its seven core values in organizations that aim to contribute to a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization.
Nabil Elias has a lifelong experience in the area of education, he is Faculty Emeritus at the Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to his retirement, he taught in MBA and Master of Accountancy programs and was director of MBA programs at UNC Charlotte and University of Manitoba. He held positions as visiting professor at INSEAD (France), Thunderbird (USA), HEC (France), ESCP (France), Laval University (Quebec) and taught MBA classes at Monterrey Tech EGADE (Mexico), and UNC Charlotte’s MBA in Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Nabil commented “I look forward to working with the ebbf community and beyond to explore dimensions of knowledge, education and learning aimed to assist individuals and companies to transition towards a new paradigm of work, business, and organizations. Capturing and sharing the learning of startups and organizations that have embarked on holistic transformation consistent with the ebbf’s seven core values is only one of the many ways to contribute to knowledge and learning to enhance ebbf’s mission of creating a more prosperous, just and sustainable civilization. I warmly welcome any ideas or suggestions towards this end.”
Nabil will start to identify key topics and individuals to engage with, in order to start exploring the kinds of materials that will be most useful to create new learning frameworks, assisting the transition of companies and people towards a new paradigm of work.
CURRENT EBBF KNOWLEDGE & CONTENT
We asked a few ebbf members from around the world to share some of the diverse ways in which they used the ebbf community to progress their impact, overcome barriers and co-create meaningful projects and transform their organizations.
Here is what we learnt: