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Why We Need Agile Servant Leaders

Do world leaders have the big picture and a good understanding of the world we live in? A Q&A with Gilbert Probst from the World Economic Forum on his new book, “Tackling Complexity.”

Sustainability vs Resilience: Don’t Give Up Yet

“Goodbye sustainability, hello resilience,” recently wrote Andrew Zolli, co-author with Ann Marie Healy of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. Resilience, as defined in their book, is “the capacity of a system, enterprise, or a person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances” – an ideal attribute of any system especially in the face of unexpected events, such as the recent natural disasters, or more subtle disturbances that have systemic consequences. (more…)

The Admit of Defeat in Sustainable Development

Since the end of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, the general sentiment on the outcome has not been very positive, to say the least. It has been described as anything from “disappointing” to “a failure of epic proportions.” If there is any optimism to be offered, it is in the voluntary actions taken by civil society and businesses. But an outlook of a collective, global agenda towards sustainable development largely looks grim. Is global sustainable development even possible?

Can Systems Thinking Actually Solve Sustainability Challenges? Part 2, the Solution

This is the second part in a two-part series on the role of systems thinking in business solutions for sustainable development. Here is part 1. What solution? The Rio+20 Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum, which ended on the 18th of June, provided us with a myriad of sessions that showcased the private sector’s best sustainability solutions. In search for the solution that I had promised after Part 1, The Diagnosis, I attended many of them and also interviewed leaders of corporations, NGOs and the UN – all in hopes of finding the solution.

Can Systems Thinking Actually Solve Sustainability Challenges? Part 1, the Diagnosis

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This is the first part in a two-part series on the role of systems thinking in business solutions for sustainable development. Here is part 2. For most of us, it is rare to go through a single day without hearing the words “sustainability” or “green” applied to anything from Apple products to Zinfandels. The widespread use and the trendiness of these terms by businesses have evolved them into almost catch-all phrases that seem applicable to any sector. Nevertheless, the underlying ideas and needs are common.