• Designing In Trust.
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    In an age of radical openness, it’s becoming more difficult to keep anything a secret. Open source platforms and collaborative working models are building alliances that require trust, amplifying the ability to impact—across government, enterprise and our own everyday decision making. The need to be effective at solving what are increasingly complex problems is forcing a new, preemptive transparency among government and corporations, and a backlash against…

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  • We The Economy.
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    An ambitious new project was launched last week, the result of 20 award-winning directors like John Chu, Adrian Grenier and Catherine Hardwicke, teaming up with 10 highly credentialed economists to create 20 short films that each explain a fundamental aspect of the economy in 5-8 min.  Designed to increase our society’s overall understanding of how the economy works (sans flagrant political POV), the series is called WeTheEconomy.  We were invited to play a…

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  • Businesses Are Being Driven To Become Social Capitalists.
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    We’re seeing the formation of entirely new business models, as well as bold new platforms that negate or disintermediate traditional structures altogether, from Wikipedia to Airbnb and Lyft Rides, to Kickstarter and Bitcoin. What does this all mean and what’s coming next? The rise of a human era that places value on a life meaningfully lived based on sharing, trust and collaboration vs ownership, control and accumulation. As we move to a “stakeholder”…

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  • The Rapid Rise of The Socially Conscious Citizen.
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    According to a recent Havas “Meaningful Brands” survey, US consumers said they wouldn’t care if 92% of brands disappeared and only 9% of brands positively impact our lives — and these beliefs are, surprisingly, far more dramatic than the global average. For business to thrive it’s imperative to drive bottom line success by committing to stakeholder wellbeing. The rapid rise of the socially conscious citizen is shaping and evolving…

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  • Moving From a Culture of Extraction to Contribution.
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    As we state in THEBIGSHIFT microsite, “probably the biggest shift of all that we’ve observed is the rising consciousness that we are not simply moving from an analog world to a digital one, but instead are seeing the diminishing returns of a culture and economy rooted in extraction, as compared to the thrust and velocity generated by innovators who choose to approach it all with a sense of contribution. As this excerpt from an article last week in the NY Times…

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