Category Archives: global change

U.LAB 2015: Participate in a personal & collective growth process

The course and videos are still online – it’s free

What – The image below is depicting the learning process during the weeks. It might look a bit complex for the beginner. The title of this free online course says it all: Transforming business, society and self. Scroll down to the process graphics of Theory U.

Why – It is all about learning how to create a space for the transformational processes that we urgently need – and on all levels – personally, locally and globally.

How – Recommendation to attend the U.LAB MOOC (free) – the videos of the first course are still accessible here: presencing.com/ulab/overview — 28.000 people enrolled to participate in the online learning space, local hubs are now emerging globally, the journey continues, the actions unfold in many cities …
Missed the course? There will be a next time to attend.

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Theory U (Presencing Institute, Otto Scharmer)

Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. Since it emerged around 2006, Theory U has come to be understood in three primary ways: first as a framework; second, as a method for leading profound change; and third, as a way of being – connecting to the more authentic of higher aspects of our self. …” (presencing.com/theoryu) Theory U Read more here: presencing.com/theoryu

Does the U process fit for you? You need a fast evaluation right now?

No clue about the approach? If you google there are a lot of video talks of Otto Scharmer out there, but often they are lengthy. Please invest just that ten minutes and watch this one to get a good idea what it is all about.

. Get more info about methods for the change process on this related page:

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When will the stealth mode of Social Foresight Network end?

Currently I am working on a lot of structures and contents in the background. Ok, one can fill a blog or wiki incrementally, but this has some downsides. E.g. visitors being “not impressed” if there is not much and not fresh content – they literally will forget the blog very fast in our times of short attention span. My idea is to have a kind of “big bang” at the beginning, so that people come back with a legitimate expectation of a real benefit of this site. Trivial, isn’t it? – But the time to end the “hiding”, the stealth status is near …

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Currently … DeGrowth Conference 2014 – Leipzig
I am writing these lines being on my way to the DeGrowth Conference 2014. I expect a lot of diversity their – in approaches, values and opinions. If there is not intense debate, even on the edge of conflict, then it makes not much sense to have such a conference (with elements of an unconference). 2.500 people attending – that is a bit paradox for a degrowth approach –  but how to handle it? The organisers actually did set this limit of 2.500 – else it would be even bigger.

Update: First livestream from the opening day

The Top 10 Ways People Are Changing the Economy

Top list to understand, what is going on in the “really new economy”.

INNOVATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

There is a crisis out there, but also a lot of people that are thinking of new ways to change the economy for the good and that are implementing them.

Here is a list of 10 trends you may be considering…. we are also mapping them in this maps: Planet for Change so if you want to complete the list or upload other examples…  Just join the movement!

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10. Impact Investing:

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Impact investors actively seek to place capital in businesses and funds that can harness the positive power of enterprise.

The Global Impact investment network  is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.

9. Collaborative Consumption:

A new  class of economic arrangements is arising… on  in which participants share…

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Annual fail – The Davos top down approach (World Economic Forum)

Keep course – make irrelevant concessions

Primarily the WEF is kind of apparatchik gathering, though there are some really great minds in between all this groupthink. I have made a test and followed the livestream of some panel discussion. This is a good exercise in ethnographical analysis of “collective rituals of self-affirmation”. There is a very clear agenda – and one easily can sense the invisible “red line”, when attending a “discussion” via livestream. Ethnographically it is a cult with totems and taboos. If the panel allows for some questions from the audience, then you have a litmus test of power. The function of the whole thing becomes crystal clear: Commanding the rules of interpretation, selective perception of reality, setting the parole.

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Ethnographically a cult of totems and taboos

Example by accident: A panel about obesity as a growing problem. Any average informed person knows that the fast food industry is a relevant topic in the debate about the issue (super-size food, seductive advertising, questionable additives etc.). When someone from the audience asks for the responsibility of politics and corporates then the panel’s/moderator’s function is to bring the debate back onto the “right track”, e.g. self-responsibility. Other strategy: Ignore the question … So, this is all quite usual and nothing new. But it should surprise us in the year 2013, where the relevant people listening to such a livestream are on a better level of information so that they will perceive a “guided discussion” like this utterly ridiculous.

So, what about a real World Change Forum instead?

But isn’t there a lot of “critical issues” talked about – e.g. climate change? Sure, it is, but it is not mapping to actions, resolutions – so in the end it still is an annual PR show for the status quo. The planet cannot afford a political-economical elite like this and it cannot afford an event like this. The leaders are actually inactive, when contrasted with the decisions they should take to solve the global mess. What we need instead is a powerful meeting of changemakers – but no, not the kind of “World Social Forum”, which is stuck in rituals and logic of  political camps, counter-lobbyism, it even has been criticised as a “NGO fair“. Please, couldn’t we have a glocal multi-sectoral forum, mixing social change agents and tech innovations, new models of governance, best practices in resilient lifestyle from all continents? A World Change Forum!

Appendix

The global-leadership industry needs re-engineering – economist.com

Davos Man (“stateless elites”, Lawrence Summers etc.) – Wikipedia

Jim Harris: Davos: Talking Champagne on a Sinking Titanic – huffingtonpost.ca