Ecosystems are the royal path to Sustainability

Ecosystems in nature are communities of living organisms, interacting with each other within a given environment.  These collaborative biological networks tend to evolve into symbiotic relationships enabling each organism to develop a sustainable place within the ecosystem.

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Did you use Bitcoin to buy your Christmas presents this year?

During a dinner party over the holidays one of our guests asked the question:  “Did anyone use Bitcoin to buy Christmas presents this year?”

Most of the people at the table thought it was a silly question but the more we discussed the digital currency, the more we discovered how interesting it was.  Everyone had heard of Bitcoin but no one really knew much about it, and no one in our group had ever owned any Bitcoin or ever made any transactions with it.

What is Bitcoin, where did it come from and where is it going?

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Humanist Values Trump All Others

Humanist values are universal and trump all others as an overriding principal of conduct in business relations.

As a strategic alliance expert who makes his living designing and optimizing international ecosystems, I often come across the issue of “cultural differences.”  How do we achieve maximum efficiency and optimal team work across vast areas of beliefs, education, behaviors and organizational structures? [Read more…]

Is the apprenticeship model still relevant?

Apprenticeship is a model of training passed down from one generation to the next.  The explicit goal is to pass along a specific competency, a basic set of skills, in a structured manner.  Most of the training is on-the-job working/learning within the framework of a formal agreement.

Is the apprenticeship model still relevant? [Read more…]

Big Data is a Big Deal

Big data is more than just the latest IT trend, more than just a consultant buzz word, more than another technology improvement.  Big data is a big deal.  [Read more…]

Governance as a Service

Governance as a Service is a concept which is catching on quickly in the corporate world as a separate process from the traditional leadership and decision-making processes. [Read more…]

Smart Cities and Ecosystems

What if cities could talk?  What would they say about the way energy is managed?  Water?  Parking?  Traffic?  Public transportation?  What would the city tell us about its health care systems?  Educational institutions?  Municipal government?

What would the city tell us about its infrastructure?  Buildings?  Roads?  Bridges?  Electrical Grids?  Sewage systems?  Pollution?  Public safety? Parks? Connectivity and communications?

What about soft indicators such as human urban dweller well-being?  Quality of life?  Tolerance?  Diversity?  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

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Strategic alliances and open innovation

Strategic alliances and open innovation are topics of growing interest.  Innovation has always been a top concern for high performing organizations.  Innovation is often considered as the royal path to growth.  Open innovation is the wave of the future for all organizations, large and small, public and private enterprises.

What is open innovation and how does it link to strategic alliance development?

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Strategic alliances and open versus closed systems

Strategic alliances and open systems can teach us much concerning the new ways of working.  As a strategic alliance professional and a business consultant, opening up closed systems for clients and assisting organizations to embrace ecosystem development is a core competency.

What is an open system and why does it matter? [Read more…]

Strategic alliances and international treaties

Are all international treaties a form of strategic alliances?

The short answer is:  yes, they are.  Strategic alliances take many forms in politics, business agreements and in social relations.  One of these forms of strategic alliances which we all recognize from history are treaties between nations. [Read more…]