The Paralympic Games have been a great success that probably went even beyond expectations. I think people love these games because of the strong emotions we all feel watching the athletes compete: it’s something good and positive for our minds that goes straight to our hearts. How did they make it to win? One of the most representative athletes, Alex Zanardi - ex-F1 and Indy Car champion - didn’t think about what others were doing, he challenged the conventional thinking with sacrifices, with passion and with plenty of courage. In essence he pursued with tenacity his instinct and his passion: he was right and he won. What a great reward! But also what a great gift for all of us: what an inspiring example to follow as individuals, companies, communities, society. Thank you Alex! Thank you to All the Paralympic Athletes!
My heartily wishes to see the end in 2012 of this kind of fake prosperity sustained by the “business as usual” paradigm. This year I wish a new awareness will spread and grow in every country: the mere pursuit of profits has created only devastating effects for individuals, societies, businesses, global and local environments. In 2012 I wish more and more businesses around the world will embrace this secular cultural change, this phenomenal paradigm shift and will start to build a complete different kind of prosperity. I mean a prosperity where individual fulfillment, trust, empathy, human relations are the priorities over economic returns, incomes, shareholders value, stock exchange rules. In 2012 I wish more and more people around the world will be starting to ask the question: if this model of prosperity as we know it can’t provide food to 20% of the world's population (1.5 billion), if 5 million children are dying each year from malnutrition, if 11 million of children are dying every year from preventable diseases, if over a billion people have no safe water to drink, what kind of good can we possibly expect for the future? How to change and how to start writing a new page in our history? My humble suggestion is that our heart is the perfect starting place. We have to help each other to become more aware of the immense power each one of us has in rethinking the world starting from the smallest things and decisions in our daily life. When this will begin to happen, it will really be a good year to remember. This is my best wish in 2012.
BETTERNESS: Economics for Humans
The latest book by Umair Haque AVAILABLE HERE for download on PDF - Kindle - iBooks
"Betterness: Economics for Humans" is the latest book of my favorite author Umair Haque. Business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returns: though we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere. I'd like to share a quick overview of the content which you find on the link above: 1. Introduction: The Not-So-Dismal Science? 2. The Capitalist’s Paradox 3. Eudaimonia: A Better Path to Prosperity 4. Poiesis: A Better Source of Advantage 5. Arête: A Better Organization 6. Kairos: Toward a Better Paradigm Lets enjoy the reading and ACT together starting to change our own life to make the world a better place.
I was thinking about the printing industry and the huge market which has developed and grown around it during the last century. I mean the printing production companies (packaging, sheet and web fed), the publishers (of any kind), the paper suppliers, the suppliers of chemical products (inks and all the rest), of consumables, of heavy machineries, the technology providers, the software providers, the providers of the many many existing services, the creative agencies and so on. It’s a whole world. The new way of publishing, experiencing and consuming valuable content distributed online - not on paper - has open the debate whether the printing industry and the printed paper will survive this secular shift within the business. It’s not hard to guess that the forecasts aren’t optimistic. However I’d like to add my two cents to the debate. I do believe that we will still continue to print on paper (digitally, sheet or web fed) variable data, commercial and advertising content, packaging, labels, flyers, calendars, etc. I have no doubt about that. Is it going to be the paper as we know it since centuries or is it going to be a different kind of paper ...? I don’t know. Just have a look to the embedded video to better understand my point. Who will survive this massive cultural shift? I think those companies that will transform the market and those that will transform themselves to adapt to the new market. To me the real value of the debate isn’t whether the printed paper will survive, but rather the fact that many existing companies will close down their business well before the pulpwood paper will eventually disappear. To avoid the (personal and social) disaster of shutting a business down because it wasn’t spent any effort trying to identify a good strategy, I’d suggest to think about that: “the freedom we enjoy and we live implies that in each and every decision we make (in our professional and personal life) there is always a new begin”. Within this spirit, innovation becomes a natural outcome of the new begin that exists in every decision we take. I believe those entrepreneurs that have chosen “not to decide to be safe” should rediscover their courage because after all, what we’ll find tomorrow after this big secular shift will be exactly what we have built today. This crisis it’s a blessing if we manage to rethink, to reimagine and to reinvent our world. The beauty is that each one of us has really the power to make that change: people just need to be aware of this incredible power.