World Economic Forum:: digital information structure and risk resilience

More critical thinking from WEF. Instead of existing “apart from” digital networks, the “semantic web” is as much apart of us as we are of it! I don’t expect universal agreement but how truly independent are we? How much of what we rely upon, as individuals and businesses, could we do without if we don’t have access to cash to buy food, communications and global logistics?

Understanding and embracing INTERDEPENDENCE would be a good start. After all that is what makes the difference between successful and resilient complex systems and those that are inter-connected but fragile due to ineffective [ambiguous] communications: collaboration not competition. Read more of this post

Oops! Solving global problems in complex systems « Sustainable Development in Government

Personally, I feel that “Oops SORRY!” is the very least we should expect from financial and political “leaders” whose lust for power and wealth has seen unstinting support for the “economic domain” and blinded them to the impact upon other, interdependent, domains.

Over the past 40 years our collective problem-solving didn’t actually solve the problems. Albert Einstein’s classic warning applies; how to be sure that we aren’t still trying to solve today’s problems with the same kinds of thinking which causes them? Adam Smith also warned, “When we are in the middle of a paradigm, it is hard to imagine any other paradigm.” With the benefit of 40 years experience since Stockholm we can add, “When we are in the middle of a gradual international problem-solving process, it is hard to imagine other paradigms.”

How to rapidly imagine, design and implement other paradigms? A starting point for this large challenge could be the smallest possible response, to say “Oops!”.  “Oops!” may not sound like much but this acknowledgement of society’s collective failures could be powerful in shifting the dialogue and creating space for new thinking. As an acronym, OOPS! could provide the international community with an informal ‘Out Of Paradigm Space’ to discuss options that haven’t been considered simply because they didn’t fit in the prevailing shared mental models or institutional architectures. OOPS! would ask, “what are we missing here?”…

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Verdantix Forecasts Rapid Expansion of Global Sustainable Business Market

I can’t get enough of positive stories about firms wakening up to the need for and benefits of Strategies for Sustainability:

Over the next two years, the global sustainable business market will reach a tipping point, triggering rapid market expansion, according to new research from Verdantix.

After analyzing spending patterns of more than 2,500 global firms, Verdantix found that growth rates of investment in sustainable business programs will be between 50 percent and 100 percent higher in 2013 than in 2011. As a result, total spend on sustainable business programs by $1bn revenues firms in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US markets alone will hit $60 billion in 2013.

via Verdantix Forecasts Rapid Expansion of Global Sustainable Business Market | 2Sustain.