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RAPPORT // Is a State of Flow the Answer to the World's Biggest Problems?

Posted by Deb Westphal

May 8, 2019 9:03:16 AM

Earlier this week, an article from Packaging Digest came across my news feed and immediately caught my attention. The report, Nestlé Clarifies its Sustainable Packaging Vision, highlights the company's ambitious vision to make 100% of its product packaging to be reusable or recyclable by 2025.[1] While this public goal is exciting on its own, what is really compelling is the increasing number of such announcements and articles. We're seeing more and more reporting on actions taken, progress made, and ambitions pursued and achieved to address climate change and global sustainability.

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RAPPORT //Notre Dame and M87 Sit at the Axis of Knowledge and Time

Posted by Deb Westphal

Apr 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM

 

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”

-Isaac Asimov

 

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RAPPORT // The Surprise of Discovering True Leadership on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by Deb Westphal

Apr 10, 2019 8:59:00 AM

 

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”

– Ronald Reagan, former U.S. President

 

The early hours of February 13th marked an important personal milestone. I had made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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RAPPORT // Greta Thunberg is Saving the World with Courage and Connectivity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Mar 21, 2019 8:58:00 AM

One day before #schoolstrike, the biggest day of global action focused on climate change, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. In August 2018, she sat every day for three weeks outside the Swedish parliament in an independent protest. By January, she stood courageously before world leaders at Davos 2019 with a call to “hold no bars.” The day of #schoolstrike, an estimated 1.4 million inspired young people in 2,233 towns and cities across 128 countries stepped out of schools and into the streets to add their voices to hers.

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The March for Our Lives is the Movement of Our Lifetime

Posted by Maria Bothwell

Apr 4, 2018 1:15:00 PM

 

The late 1960’s was a pivotal era of social activism. In 1966, Time Magazine named the “Generation Under 25” as its Person of the Year. By 1968, college-aged American youth were acting as “fledgling revolutionaries,” opting for action over talk. In universities and on the streets of major cities like New York, the marches, riots, and protests were widespread – and justified. Most of the activists were seniors in high school when John Kennedy was shot to death. When those same young adults reached their senior year of college, James Earl Ray murdered Martin Luther King. The Vietnam War took their friends and lingered in their minds as a very possible part of their own future.

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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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Why Crowdsourcing May Be the World's Greatest Shared Asset

Posted by Toffler Associates

Jan 18, 2017 9:29:02 AM

Consider Wikipedia, Kickstarter, 99 Designs. All are crowdsourcing platforms. All create value by using connectivity and a central platform to aggregate and assess information, ideas, funds, and other resources from a massive bank of contributors.

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Empowering the Global Workforce One Individual at a Time

Posted by Toffler Associates

Nov 16, 2016 8:38:18 AM

I work with an organization whose executives struggle daily to advance a mission, achieve meaningful results that yield growth, and align its people around a shared vision. They are failing. Every day. They’re not unusual.

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What is the Right Education for the Emerging Global Workforce?

Posted by Toffler Associates

Oct 5, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Standardized educational models in the United States have always reflected our current society and its workforce needs. So why is the majority of our school-aged demographic still engaged in a Second Wave style institution if we now live in a more global, fluid world?

 

In the early days of our country, the educational model consisted of a one-room schoolhouse that focused on teaching basic skills and ensuring students were done in time to help their families work in the fields and at home. In the 1800’s, the educational model evolved slightly to meet the needs of the Industrial Age. And since then, little has changed. This factory model of education, complete with bells that ring to indicate “shift” change, is still the predominant model for our public education system.

 

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On a Mission to Create Shared Citizenship in the Knowledge Age

Posted by Nina Martire

Sep 14, 2016 11:01:46 AM

We are all doing business together in the Knowledge Age. We have the ability and the drive to connect. As business leaders, we have a voice that resonates across boundaries of department, industry, region, even time. And so does every member of our workforce.

 

When we talk about shared citizenship in this Knowledge Age, it’s easy to go directly to ideas like social responsibility or ecological impact. And while it is crucial for organizations to pay attention to their impact on those wide reaching topics, it is just as imperative to turn our focus inward to the citizens themselves. These citizens – the members of your workforce – may sit in your office environment every day. They may work with you over virtual networks. They may be full-time or contract. It really doesn’t matter how they are a part of your team. What matters is that they are global citizens, hyperconnected to the world through any number of digital channels, and they are the best representatives of your brand.

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