Understanding Mega variables with dynamic stats: Gap Finder

Honduras tries Mega in dealing with its cities: the "charter cities" approach

A new approach to create positive social impact is to think in terms of cities as business ecosystems able to protect and promote entrepreneurship.

C.K. Prahalad (1941-2010) - Strategic thinker, business consultant and visionary

After a sudden and brief illness, C.K. Prahalad died at 69.

For those of us that followed and applied several of his outstanding contributions to the development of business, organizations and communities, Prahalad was one among a very small group of great innovative thinkers that forged new paths raising our field above the mediocrity of conventional wisdom. He was in the class of Peter Drucker and Roger Kaufman.

His body of work is impressive by its reach, diversity and practical impact. Prahalad focused on practical applications of strategic thinking -from his vision of organizations as part of larger ecosystems to his many penetrating insights - doing well by doing good, fighting poverty through entrepreneurship, co-creating unique value with customers, competing for the future, seeking fortunes at the bottom of the pyramid- that opened minds to new realities and ideas.

His latter work took a path very close to ours: his last magnificent book, The new age of innovation: driving co-created value through global networks (2008) focused on the critical role of 21st century customers in co-creating value by focusing strategy in redefining the customer experience.

Is aid killing Africa?

Muhammad Yunus on poverty

Wal-Mart Sustainability Overview

Entrepreneurial culture: Silicon Valley

Performance culture concept is at the front and center of entrepreneurial ecosystems such as Silicon Valley

Let's look back at the 110-years of Silicon Valey history.

The power of the poor: the ideas and work of Hernando de Soto

Back in 1979, Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto started a silent but powerful research project on poverty in Lima and the largest cities of the development world.

He found out that 2 thirds of the world population lives not only in poverty, but -and because of- without legal identity and property rigths, in what he called the "paralegal economy".

De Soto -author of "The mistery of Capital" and "The other path" -two path-breaking books on developing BOP population's standards of living wne further and his Foundation started to help actively the poor to gain access to social capital: property rights, microfinance, recognition and legal protection for entrepreneurial activities and commerce with astonishing results.

How can we apply De Soto's ideas to our PII ecosystems?

Globalization and emotions

Insight from Peter Drucker on globalization

Harvard and Sorbonne professor and diplomatic Dominique Moisi explains what he calls The Geopolitics of Emotions:

1. Emotions and world politics

2. Humiliation, hope and fear

Social networks: visions on the future of e-commerce

As conventional commerce plummeted at the onset of the current recession, Amazon and other e-Tailers experienced a surge in sales and stock price, as 20% og global retail moved online.

Let' s listen to two gurus -and businessmen- of the Web 2.0 era comment on their visions of the shape global commerce and for-profit enterprise will take:

Chris Anderson on "how to form the long tail":

Anderson on "free" as the future price for the e-economy

Cosmic Zoom (National Film Board, Canada, 1968)

Corporate Global Citizenship

Mega planning -in the form of corporate global citizenship- has become part of the agenda of Davus 2008 Global Forum.

Michael Porter, global firms as Pepsico and Cisco and the PMs of Grean Britain and Jordan discuss what CGC means for their societal performance:

Downturns' paradox: strategy comes first

Michael Porter offers some interesting lessons on how companies must deal with economic downturns.

Sustainability: an open debate

One of the most compelling challenges affecting 21st century business and societies is finding a balance between growth and eliminating poverty and sustainable use of natural resources and good practices.

Milton Friedman -back in the 1960s- describing how in a global economy, most products and services are produced and delivered through a combination of many international ecosystems:

The alternatives for some sustainibility advocates are as follows:

There are as well, skeptics, such as Bjorn Lomborg, who considers some of the prophecies about environmental challenges are overhyped:



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