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Valuable Contacts

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Linked in and Twitter are great ways to expand our professional network and to get in contact with other people. Our hopes, expectations and acts towards these ‘chosen or acquired’ people turn them into ‘valuable contacts’, in our pursuit of personal or business gain: job offers, contracts, preferred positions. In a way, we reduce, a whole person to a ‘valuable contact’. Read More

Wonder…

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This is a small exercise: during the day, take a moment, pause and ask yourself: ‘What struck me, what surprised me?’ ‘What has been new or different to what I expected or to what I (always) thought?’

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Diversity or the ‘problematic’ other.

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Today’s challenges in society bring about new thinking and ways of working: e.g. ‘Shared Value‘ (Porter and Kramer; 2011) or CSR 2.0 (Visser, 2010).

In these innovative approaches, we are faced with at least two big challenges: First, how to cope with uncertainty and novelty, as discussed in our last blog (Oct 2,’12). Second, we must learn to truly see and accept the other as yet diverse partners, thus overcoming a deep and commonly held perspective of the ‘problematic’ other.  Read More

Novelty, uncertainty & the ‘problematic’ other.

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Today’s challenges in society bring about new thinking and ways of working: ‘Shared Value‘ (Porter and Kramer; 2011) or CSR 2.0 (Visser; 2010); business and NGO’s join forces (e.g. Unilever and Save the Children partnership); blurring boundaries between the private and the public sector; social entrepreneurship. 

In all these innovative approaches, those involved are faced with at least two big challenges: new cooperations, organisations and persons will have to learn to cope with uncertainty and novelty. Secondly, they must learn to truly see and accept the other as equal partners yet diverse, thus overcoming a deeply and commonly held perspective of the ‘problematic’ other.

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Summer School Economy of Communion

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Last week I visited the First European Summer School of the Economy of Communion (EoC), from 11-15 September, near Lisbon, Portugal.

A great event gathering about 20 different countries and nationalities of young and not so young people, driven to bring about positive change to the current economic reality. Theme of the programme was: “Towards a Bridging Economy”.

Enjoy the Facebook impression!

 

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