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Coworking

This weekend I attended what is said to be the first European conference on Coworking, Coworking Europe 2010 in Brussels. There were presentations from the official institutional side as well as from practitioners and pioneers in the field of future of work. The EU survey Flash Euro Parameter 2010 stated that the number one reason for Europeans to become an entrepreneur is independence. Next comes flexibility in time and place and money only on 3rd place. But, – in our globalized economy it’s a problem that only 34% of Europeans wants to become self-employed (compared to 55% in US). Co- and interdisciplinary thinking and supporting a-typical work here said to be an important tool to meet pressing challenges.

FLEXICURITY = flexibility + security
The participants were mostly and mainly entrepreneurs and people from the creative class. We are familiar to the advantages of coworking, all ready thinking, acting and working across sectors and breaking traditional conventions of work life. While coworking take many forms and styles and means different things to different coworkers, words as openness, sustainability, community, flexibility and security can describe the coworking communities arising around the globe. (p.t ca 240 in the United States and 130 in Europe). The economic crisis, social instability and the over sized big corporate world where individuals are degenerated to pieces in a production machine has led to a rise of alternative work forms and patterns among pioneers. In earlier times people valued products and services. Then it was information. Now is it the link, the relationship we value and need. Social capital. And this is the strength of the coworking scene. Big corporations are off course all ready picking up on this trend experimenting with established work norms. Lets see how we can utilize the best of two worlds. I think we will se a whole lot of new types of organizations in the time to come. There will be hybrid organisations serving more needs and allowing for individual adjustments. For those daring to try I think the future of work gives amazing opportunities.

Culture of Economics

Conference today at Radialsystem Berlin on “Culture of Economics – Homo Oeconomicus” with key-note speakers as Prof. Dr. Thomas Pogge (Yale University), Prof. Brigitte Young (Wilhelms-Universität) and Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Brodbeck (FH Würzburg).

Kulturen des Wirtschaftens, Blickwechsel: Wirtschaft wider Willen?

see you there!

Kontekstens betydning for sosial innovasjon

Forrige uke var 40 nysgjerrige professorer, offentlig ansatte og iverksettere fra Malmø og København her i Berlin for å undersøke sosialt entreprenørskap og det urbane rom som kilde til innovasjon og sosial endring.

Jeg hadde gleden av spennende diskusjoner med flere av disse og besøket tydeligjorde nok en gang for meg den avgjørende rolle konteksten spiller når vi snakker om sosial innovasjon. Innovasjon skapes og blomstrer i det miljøet det oppstår. Når akademia søker modeller for sosialt entreprenørskap Continue reading

Hunger and/for education…

During my jog yesterday I listened to an inspiring pod-cast interview with Madhu Sridhar on the topic of the correlation between hunger and (lack of) education. Sridhar is the president of Stanford’s Tech Award winner 2009 Akshay Patra. Akshay Patra is a social innovation enterprise working to reduce hunger in India, – which, according to the Global Hunger Index is nr 66 out of 88 countries listed….

Stanford´s Tech Award honours entrepreneurs who use technology to spark social change. Akshay Patra got the prize for their effort to utilize technology to improve the quality of food served school children all over India. Madhu Sridhar argues that due to the enterprises innovative way of preparing (“gravity-flow-kitchen”) and delivering the meals it only cost 28 dollar to feed a child for an entire academic year! Due to the size and economy of the country a business model like this obviously need to be scalable and you need to be able to produce at a low price. Akshay Patra´s take on the challenge is impressive and I was pleased to hear that they buy all the ingredients from locale markets, which is of course helping the local economy, especially in rural areas.