1. Business at the Speed of Now

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    According to consultant John M. Bernard, author of Business at the Speed of Now, business has moved from the era of mass production to the era of mass customization. While the former relies on centralized control and knowledge specialization, Bernard writes, mass customization relies on decentralized, autonomous action. Standardized offerings...
  2. Are you a Change Maker?

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    This was my question to young, aspiring entrepeneurs attending the Maastricht Week of Entrepeneurship (#meweek12). The theme of this week was Changemakers, so I wanted to have them reflect on whether they actually felt themselves to be changemakers. After my opening question, about half of the participants raised their hands....
  3. Finding our way

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    This is the opening of the book “Finding our way – Leadership for an uncertain time” by Margaret Wheatly, one of the most innovative and influential organizational thinkers of our time. She has shown how breakthroughs in chaos theory and quantum physics can enable organizations to function as responsive, self-organizing...
  4. Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition

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    Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme—but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity...
  5. Generation Y drives positive change in Taiwan

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    The recently released report “2011 Taiwan Social Observations and Value Orientation” commissioned by the Chinese 21st Century Think Tank Institute shows that Taiwan’s Generation Y (those born between 1981 and 1990) are pushing the envelope in terms of being innovative, fulfilling their dreams and doing their part to promote social...