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Written by #ebbfmember Natasha Naderi

Organizational pioneers from all parts of the world are building new kinds of organizations — more soulful workplaces, that unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of everyone, allowing for emergence of innovations at the edges of the organization.

I’m one of the crazy ones who left the security of my position in a traditional organization 1.5 years ago, in order to help build new ones. Shortly after beginning my adventure, I was tightly locked down in Beijing, China as the global pandemic began. Very quickly, the whole world joined us and we were all confined to the corners of our homes. …

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Photo by Tanushree Rao from Timoer-Leste on Unsplash

Written by #ebbfmember Oscar Zuluaga

The Context:

I was in a humanitarian mission in East Timor; I arrived in October 2001 and left in June 2003.
“Timor-Leste, a country in Southeast Asia that occupies part of the island of Timor, is surrounded by coral reefs full of marine life. Monuments in the capital, Dili, recount the country’s struggles for independence from Portugal in 1975 and, later, from Indonesia in May 20–2002.

The most widely spoken language in Timor-Leste was Indonesian at the time of the Indonesian occupation, and today is Tetum (most widely spoken in the capital). …

As part of the ebbf pause series: Interviews about Inclusion, Samantha Fowlds sends this interview:

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Featuring: Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Affairs Canada.

“The Gender -Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) analytical process resonates with me a lot when we talk about inclusion because it’s about meaningfully bringing in diverse voices and experiences. …

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Written By Sara DeHoff

With all the different crises we are facing right now — the global pandemic, racial injustice, climate change, just to name a few — it’s becoming clear that our best solutions come when we work together to look at the situation from all angles.
So how do we get better at this?
Consultation is a tool that allows a team to do just that.

An effective form of group decision-making, consultation strives to understand the reality of a given situation and welcomes all points of view. Once a view is stated, it no longer belongs to the individual who voiced it, but rather to the group as a whole. After hearing all the different perspectives on the problem, the group can then synthesize the different views and decide on a course of action. Once a decision is made, everyone supports it. …

During a recent ebbf webinar conversation, #ebbfmember Rhonda Gossen share her personal experience in the evolution elements she has observed and hopes humanitarian organizations will embrace to adapt to new global realities of this age.

ebbf core values link to the global humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, service and sustainability. As a learning community, ebbf also shares that quality with the humanitarian sector which is constantly learning and adapting to new ways of working.

The Pandemic has become the crisis within crisis for humanitarian aid organizations in 2020.

It has accelerated the need for change in the humanitarian sector that has been on the agenda for some time especially on how to adapt emergency response to protracted crises. We are seeing longer, larger and more costly humanitarian situations driving a need to adapt emergency approaches to longer term solutions to assist the most vulnerable. At the same time the conversation on the critical need to tackle root causes of conflict, displacement, poverty and inequality has also heightened. The UN Secretary General has continuously advocated for tackling root causes of conflict and increased effort on conflict prevention to solve global problems. …

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In this #ebbfinterview Kami and Perry share how they connected their experience on the soccer fields as adolescents to a professional passion using science to help young players fulfill their potential on and off the pitch.

#ebbfmember Kami Lamakan always believed that he learnt many important life skills on the football pitches of Torquay in the 1980s. Over 30 years later, a chance encounter with Dr. …

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Mari Stenman, Siiri Naukkarinen and Mika Korhonen part of the team at Discovery Street

The name of the company that #ebbfmember Mika Korhonen co-founded with a few friends is both intriguing and a hint at the kind of radical new thinking typical of this firm: Discovery Street.

We sat (virtually) with Mika and two colleagues Mari Stenman and Siiri Naukkarinen to understand how they translated their mission to bring together values-based business and the needs of society into their mindset and their actions.

We started by asking Mika Korhonen how the whole idea started:

Mika Korhonen: “In the beginning there were just two of us who had resigned from our corporate positions and jumped totally off the grid, not knowing what to do next, but had all those crazy-to-others-and-normal-to-us ideas on how business should be run and on the role of business in society. …

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Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

After the Pandemic: Which Future?

By Arthur Dahl

We are at a tipping point, where the future could go in any of the three directions of GTI’s scenarios: the basic continuity of Conventional Worlds, the descent of Barbarization, or the progression of Great Transitions. Powerful forces are mobilizing enormous financial resources to return to business-as-usual for the benefit of the rich and powerful, planting the seeds of the next crisis in the process. …

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Ideas from an ebbf Meaningful Fridays discussion

ebbf is passionate about #genderequality (one of ebbf’s core values) and we keep seeking for new angles to keep the exploration fresh and reach the final goal we all aim for: justice. We therefore decided to open a meaningful conversation with this new perspective highlighting all that men are losing out on when equality is not reached.

When you look at the gender inequality and the current imbalance, it is unfortunately very easy to come up with a list, and a long one at that, of points that women are deprived of even today: pay gap, discrimination, double burden and expectations at work and in the households, their additional role of educators. …

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image: @minervapaniagua02 (Twenty20 by Envato)

By Gary Reusche

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“To listen well is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation.” Chinese proverb

We live in a world of constant change. Ray Kurzweil, in his 1971 book The Law of Accelerating Returns, showed that technological change was exponential. More recently, Kai-Fu Lee wrote in 2019 about artificial intelligence (AI):

“Appreciating the momentous social and economic turbulence that is on our horizon should humble us. It should also turn our competitive instincts into a search for cooperative solutions to the common challenges that we all face as human beings, people whose fates are inextricably intertwined across all economic classes and national borders.” …



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