Moving towards more humanity in organisations with no rules and less bureaucracy

Just a regular shortcut through the rice fields of Canggu. Photo credit @djsgoto

Everyone who has been to Bali knows what Bali traffic is like: it is complete madness.

Motorbikes everywhere, zigzagging through traffic, going on pavements, at speed and loaded with up to 6 dogs, live chickens, plastic bags with gold fish, and people. Motorbikes are like moving vans with full size windows or couches tied to the back. They are taxis and family movers with a couple of adults, a baby, a toddler, three bags of shopping and a week’s laundry. They are even shops with toys piled up to about 2 meters high in inexplicable ways. Pushbikes fitted out with…

Not quite. The Challenge of Fulfilling the Promise of Big Data for Social and Environmental Change

Photo by Alexander Sinn

Look at us go. We know more about what is happening in our world than ever. With advances in cognitive computing, AI and machine learning; the sophistication of data processing methods; and emerging technologies like cloud computing, space technology and virtual reality, we have access to data about the biggest challenges and risks facing our world today (1). Climate data about wind, sea levels and temperatures around the world; social data about poverty, income and gender inequality, access to education, and human rights performance of countries (2).

And data availability will only grow. According to IBM, 90 percent of existing…

Governments started to do it, investors increasingly care about it, employees are looking for it — so are you doing it yet?

Image: Riccardo Annandale

You know it, there is more to prosperity than the cold numbers of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and economic statistics. By adopting wellbeing frameworks like the New Zealand’s Treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF), governments increasingly show they know it too. A framework like the LSF goes beyond GDP as a nation’s measure of success. Instead it prompts thinking about policy impacts across four capitals (Natural, Human, Social and Financial & Physical) and focuses on achieving higher living standards to support intergenerational wellbeing. It looks at 12 domains of wellbeing, including cultural identity, environment, social connections, time use and subjective wellbeing.

We all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it — Maya Angelou

Photo by Jonathan H. Lee from Subtledream Photography

“During our first company get-together post-quarantine,” client-turned-friend Tim told me, “our CEO said that it was our responsibility to get enrolments back up.” He had just returned to his physical workplace, a large college in Australia where Tim works as a teacher. His excitement about reconnecting with colleagues and students was quickly quenched by the ‘welcome back’ speech of the CEO. “She also told us we should keep using technology platforms like Zoom to connect with our colleagues instead of face-to-face catch ups to minimise distractions and maximise our productivity.” Tim sounded deflated and disengaged, and understandably so. He went…

Puck Algera, PhD

Humanising organisations, social impact, wellbeing, leadership. Researcher, sustainability strategist, C-suite mentor, closet nerd. Kin Strategy.

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