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Transformation: a conscious expedition.

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In April I had the opportunity to meet Saskia and speak with her about her innovative project..

Expeditie Hoogbewust

‘Expedition Highly Conscious’: an intriguing blogging documentary by Saskia op de Weegh, 

 

Click here for the original documentary in Dutch.

What follows is a summary translated in English with some elaboration.

 

” Enhanced or higher consciousness is about paying attention to your inner life, learning to discern your way to go”, according to Jeroen van Lawick.

 

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Sustain-ability: working on relationships.

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This afternoon’s lunch with good friends: we come to speak about sustainability. Someone argues it is about technical solutions or energy efficiency. Another one gets tired of it..already an obsolete concept. Nr Three recalls it is no more than business continuity; a money-maker or another business trend. “I thought it is about the environment”, says Nr Four.

Then their eyes turn to me: What do I say ? …Relational

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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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