Reconnecting – an interview with John Thackara

The following is an interview with John Thackara about his last book “How to Thrive in the Next Economy”, conducted by Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Jonny Gordon-Farleigh: Your new book, How to Thrive in the Next Economy, explores practical innovations in sustainability across the world. What stories would you pick out as the most instructive for the scale of change we need …

Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed

By Richard Bartlett Platform cooperativism is the radical idea that the internet would do more good if its major properties were democratically owned and governed. The second Platform Cooperativism conference took place last week in NYC, and to coincide with the event, Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider launched a new collection of essays on the topic, called Ours To Hack …

McKinsey advice on transformation process

Cross-posted from McKinsey Companies should bear in mind four principles during the target-setting part of the transformation process. In our work with companies over the past six years, we’ve learned four key lessons about the target-setting process. 1. There’s always more money on the table than you think We recently looked back at 15 companies we’ve worked with, comparing actual …

Trump’s promises and the real deal

By Les Leopold Over the next two years 1,400 Carrier air conditioner workers will see their decent paying jobs migrate to Mexico. This highly profitable Indiana facility, represented by the United Steel Workers, will make even more money south of the border where workers earn less in one day than the Indiana employees make in one hour, according the New …

Navigating innovation in the public sector

Cross-posted from Workz.dk By Kit Lykketoft | Oct 31st, 2016 | Culture and behaviour| Customer focus and service design| Gamification| Innovation and strategy development Innovative approaches in the public sector are growing in numbers. But when is service-design the right choice and how does that differ from positive deviance? How can we use open data and what is behavioural insights? …

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Jason Hickel Cross-posted from The Guardian, 5 Nov 2016 Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our …

Three state initiatives that could bolster democracy

Whatever the overall outcome of this year’s elections, we should applaud those who have put pro-democracy measures on the ballot in the states and communities where they live. (Photo: Erik (HASH) Hersman/flickr/cc) On November 8th citizens in 35 states vote on 163 ballot initiatives. They cover a wide range of subjects (e.g. marijuana, minimum wage, taxes, gun control). To my …

Green cities club expands

Cross-posted from The Guardian.  Birmingham joins San Francisco and Oslo in a global green cities club: City famous for its industrial heritage joins network of ‘biophilic’ cities celebrated for their open spaces and links to nature. Birmingham city centre ‘I’m pleasantly surprised – Birmingham is a remarkably green city,’ said Biophilic Cities network director Tim Beatley. The city of Birmingham is renowned …