Vanishing Point

RAPPORT // The Louvre is Proof of Global Shared Humanity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Mar 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

Earlier this month, my son and I met in Paris, France for a quick vacation. We had been before, but always on short layovers. This trip was different. It was our chance to delve into the beautiful historic city. Our expectations were simple: see the major sights, enjoy the diversity of food, and walk everywhere. Included on the agenda was the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Du Quai Branly and of course, the Louvre. It was fortuitous that the book I chose to read on this trip was Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now, The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Pinker’s overarching thesis is that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise because past intellectual movements emphasized reason and science.

 

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What is the Corporate Impact of a Globally Shared Humanity?

Posted by John Chase

Mar 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Hyperconnectivity has erased the limitations posed by geographic distance. The modern world is a tightly interwoven global web of relationships and orders of impact. For businesses, the consequences of the free-flow of information and tightening networks are two-fold. First, in any given marketplace, supply chains, environmental footprints, and cultural profiles, we see the presence (or at least the influence) of decisions and belief systems that may have originated somewhere on the other side of the planet. The second impact – and the one we will focus on here – is the rising importance of human-level connection and our globally shared humanity.

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Trading Trust in NGOs for Trust in People

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Mar 14, 2018 10:43:54 AM

Over the past three years, the trust of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) has declined. In 2017, the Edelman Trust Barometer unveiled that only 53% of respondents showed trust in NGOs, a notable decline from a peak of 66% trust in 2014.1 NGOs were not alone in this decline; levels of trust fell across all four institutions – NGOs, businesses, media, and government. Perhaps that is because, despite the reductions in perceived credibility, many companies continue to align themselves with NGOs because they are established organizations with clear processes, head-counts, rules, and regulations.

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Creative Approaches to a Stronger Cybersecurity Workforce

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Mar 7, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Current approaches to cybersecurity are not delivering strong results. Many organizations continue to view cybersecurity as a cost rather than a strategic and necessary investment to mitigate risk. Despite rising levels of data breaches, the potential loss of millions of dollars and critical damage to brand reputation, many business leaders have either not opted in or been able to allocate the right resources at the right levels. [i]

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RAPPORT // Is There a Better Alternative to the Trump Infrastructure Plan?

Posted by Deb Westphal

Feb 28, 2018 8:40:00 AM

Welcome to Rapport. As the name implies, this blog is a conversation. Once every month, we will explore foundational shifts and open discussion about current issues and trends. I will introduce perspectives grown from years of work with the founder of our eponymous firm, executive experience, global adventures, and personal relationships with some of the greatest thinkers and leaders of our era. My hope is that you will find these posts interesting, empathetic, and worth discussing.

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Why Corporate Training is the Future of Higher Education

Posted by Phil Cunningham

Feb 21, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Take this short quiz. When you finish, consider this – if you knew the answers, when was the last time that knowledge increased your output at work or earned you a raise?

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Your Organization's Future Operating Environment

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Feb 15, 2018 10:55:00 AM

Toffler Associates recently conducted a study that surveyed global executives and found six major forces that are influencing industry's future operating environment. They provide insight into what is causing change in your environment, for your organization, and what your organization needs to understand and plan for. The factoid examples represent developments that will impact and shape the future we will come to know.

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The Social Impact of Demassification and Desynchronization

Posted by Aaron Schulman

Feb 7, 2018 7:56:00 AM

As a whole, modern society is more multifaceted, divisive, connected, and vocal than ever before in history. Two major forces enable this current reality – a rapid rate of change and massive personalization of products and services. The confluence of these two factors is evidence of the Knowledge Era.  Change is happening constantly, yet governments, industries, companies, and people embrace (and adapt to) change at varying rates.

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RAPPORT // Looking at Davos and BlackRock - What Active Global Citizenship Means for Humanity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Jan 31, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Welcome to Rapport a special blog series within Vanishing Point. As the name implies, this blog is a conversation. Once every month, we will explore foundational shifts and open discussion about current issues and trends. I will introduce perspectives grown from years of work with the founder of our eponymous firm, executive experience, global adventures, and personal relationships with some of the greatest thinkers and leaders of our era. My hope is that you will find these posts interesting, empathetic, and worth discussing.

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Create a FutureProof® Plan for the Cryptocurrency-Driven Economy

Posted by Masseh Tahiry

Jan 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Our financial system is under tremendous pressure, putting global economies at the kind of inflection point where watershed moments and risks arise. As we look at the future of money, we see a virtual system in which economic connections are frictionless, human-to-human, disintermediated and entirely cashless. 

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