The Radical Redesigning of Business for Resilience | The Nature of Business

We have been, and still are, in the grips of a flawed view of reality – a flawed paradigm, a flawed world view –and it pervades our culture putting us on biological collision course with collapse. It is the paradigm that is reflected in our culture’s infatuation with stuff and our willful ignorance of nature.

Lessons from Nature:: Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation

Most people in business subscribe to an outdated world view, a perception of reality inadequate for dealing with the volatile and globally interconnected business world.  What is required for the health and vitality of our businesses and economies is a radical shift in our perceptions, our thinking and our business behaviour.  We are witnessing a change in business paradigm from one suited for the industrial era to one suited for the interconnected era [Digital Age].

At the core of this paradigm shift is a perception shift from ‘seperatedness’ to ‘interconnectedness’


via Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation « The Nature of Business.

You’ve Been Trumped! Director Anthony Baxter speaks about his new documentary

This may not constitute ‘suffering for your art’ in some countries but it does in UK. But it also poses some serious questions about abuse of power!

Well done Anthony, for standing up to this bullshitting, bulldozing, bully.

Shortly after the bulldozers moved in to destroy the Menie Estate dunes, we discovered Mr Trump’s workers had cut off the water supply to 86-year-old Molly Forbes – Michael’s elderly mother – for nearly a week, and so my Producer Richard Phinney and I went to interview Mr Trump’s chief greenkeeper who also doubled as head of building works.

After the interview, Richard and I were both suddenly arrested on the property of another local resident – Susan Munro. We were then driven miles to Aberdeen, banged up in separate prison cells for several hours and stripped of our possessions. DNA, fingerprints and photos were all taken and camera equipment and footage impounded. We were both charged with ‘a breach of the peace’ a criminal offence which you can go to jail for in Scotland.

He’d be as well sticking a rug on his arse and talking out of that!

Machines and technology are but grains of sand…

…when viewed alongside Complex [Adaptive] Systems.

Thankfully many people are now showing an increasing interest in understanding just what complexity is all about.

Randomness and robustness are words that I have become familiar with and, increasingly, with the term…


Panarchy diagram

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Sustainability and the Supply Chain

Prof Richard Wilding from Cranfield School of Management, delivers a well timed reminder of the type of considerations that Companies NEED to weigh up in this modernity. The relentless pursuit of profit, without consideration for impact upon other, interdependent, domains within our Global ecosystem has been the norm.

But at last the message is being adopted by some of the largest global corporations and, through their own supply chains, they are ensuring that their “brand credentials” match their customer aspirations.

Greenwashing – companies that claim “green credentials” to aid sales – should be as unacceptable as use of child labour or other activities that exploit valuable resources for profit.

It is very interesting that Prof Wilding talks about biodiversity at a really personal level and “builds” to Corporate level. I can’t help but draw the comparison with Fractals  – the work of Benoit Mandelbrot identifying the recurrence of, apparently random, irregular patterns in nature – and Power Law distributions – a power law is a relationship in which one quantity A is proportional to another B taken to some power n. Power laws emerge naturally in systems that are decidedly not in equilibrium e.g. the Earth’s crust or the Internet, which evolve perpetually and never settle into an unchanging state.


Sustainability: recognising ecosystem interdependence

Prof Wilding refers to a recent TEEB report that I highlighted in a blog item, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, in November. A copy of the report can be downloaded from there.