CSR Ideas


Imagine you learn about a job opening that you feel is almost a dream come true. The type of job that is something you wanted for a long time. Then at the interview you find that you are being asked so many question that really do not relate to your extensive experience and long list of education qualifications. Most of the questions tend to be about your capacity as a collaborator. Now, this may be in the distant future for some, but I’m leaning towards a potential scenario where collaboration will soon be the skill that an employer wants to see before they check anything else a candidate has to offer. There are many reasons for it; one simple factor is that collaboration is complex and indicates the dawn of a new era; workers in a new scenario where value creation is a not the sole act of a qualified genius. This week’s selection includes pieces that in my view confirm this clearly; starting with the first article by an education policy specialist, Tony Donohoe, for Irish newspaper Independent where collaboration is identified as one of the three factors defining the future of the world of work.



Collaboration and love of learning key skills in changing world of work

What will jobs look like in the next decade and what skills will be in greatest demand? The truth is we don’t know. Just over 10 years ago, Facebook didn’t exist. Ten years earlier, we didn’t have the web. The future is highly uncertain, constantly changing and ultimately unknowable. However, organisations such as the UK Commission for Skills (see panel) outline trends, disruptions and scenarios that provide clues to help us to develop a plausible picture of the future world of work. Interpreting these trends also helps us to define some of the skills and attributes that may be in demand. We have narrowed down the list to just three: an appetite for continuous learning, individual responsibility and the ability to collaborate…READ ON


Does Your Team Suffer From ‘Connectile Dysfunction’?

start upsAccording to recent research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, based on data from more than 2,000 companies, 75% of venture-backed startups fail. Of course, there are different ways to define failure, but losing all the money you’ve put in – or losing your dream – certainly qualifies. Some might use shorter-term benchmarks, like achieving sales and revenue targets within a given timeframe, in which case an even higher percentage of funded startups would probably wind up sporting a big red F…READ ON


The Urgency for Academic-Business Collaboration: Establishing a Global Food System Roadmap

food sustainability can be solved through collaboration...

food sustainability can be solved through collaboration…

Universities, colleges, technical schools, and research laboratories have vital roles to play in improving the ‘food and agriculture system’. However, it is not reasonable to expect that any single institution will have all the necessary expertise and resources required to meet these emerging challenges. Rather, each academic/research institution must recognize its role and responsibility in the complex system if they are to contribute to creating innovative solutions for global food and nutrition security. For example, universities that focus on research, education, and outreach related to food production likely also have strengths in agriculture economics, and agriculture policy programs; but they may be less strong in food safety and nutrition, or in public health….READ ON


Innovation and Collaboration Cross Borders

cross borderGEW hosts from more than 140 countries collaborate closely with one another each March at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, but that isn’t the only time they connect. Regional meetups like the recent one in Athens bring together smaller groups and individual host representatives travel long distances to form partnerships, share experiences and best practices, apply for joint projects and facilitate business connections. Over the past several months, there have been a number of examples of that individual, country-to-country collaboration…READ ON


Collaboration and education key to fighting cybercrime

cyberWith the threat landscape constantly shifting and evolving, the fight against cybercrime is never truly over. Organisations are therefore under pressure to stay updated with the latest online threats and must work incessantly to mitigate the risk they pose to their business. To find out what areas of defence companies need to be prioritising amid the current threat landscape, we spoke to Malwarebytes’ Malware Intelligence Analyst, Chris Boyd…READ ON


Local collaboration and innovation

Businesses can innovate by collaborating with partners in different industries, or with researchers locally or internationally. Collaboration can give businesses an advantage in the market by providing access to the latest research, technology, or experts in the field. By forming partnerships, business owners get knowledge from outside of their own experience, with the potential to grow. Read on to find out more about local and international collaboration, where to find more information and what collaboration can do for your business…READ ON


Cultivating Collaboration: Plantory Grows Into New Space for Budding Nonprofits

Some of Lexington’s nonprofit agencies now have a lot more space to grow ideas, work together and share experiences, all while making their money stretch just a bit further. The Plantory, Lexington’s nonprofit center for incubation, co-working and cross-sector collaboration, is expanding from its previous offices at 560 E. Third St., where it housed about 15 to 20 full-time members and countless part-timers…READ ON


7 Reasons Collaboration Breaks Down

Great ideas come in halves, these are the words I hear often from my LGL en Español partner, Kay Valenzuela. I believe it. Work is enhanced by true collaboration. One of the best parts of my entrepreneurial journey has been the amazing collaborations, in writing, in business, in shared passions. I’ve got four deep collaborations in process now, including writing a children’s picture book with Alli Polin and the launch of a Parent’s Guide to Leadership (a free ebook downloadable from the sidebar.) I’ve also had a few false starts. Here are my lessons learned. I look forward to hearing yours…READ ON


Nigeria: Unicef Advocates Collaboration for Improved Girls’ Life

A specialist on girls’ education has observed that a joint and collaborative undertaking by the federal government, the Department for International Development (DfID) and UNICEF initiative has a broad goal of contributing to the improvement of quality life of girls and women in Nigeria. The specialist, Hajiya Mairama Dikwa, hinged her observation on the implementation of two phases of Girls Education Project (GEP) of UNICEF between 2005 – 2008 in six states of Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Niger and Sokoto…READ ON


…and now for something completely different…


Everyone Needs to Be a Futurist

futuristAs the economic climate changes and competition grows, today’s organizations are being consistently challenged to focus on meeting short-term objectives, such as quarterly numbers, while fundamentally transforming the way they do business. While most of us work on the day-to-day operational details and focus on hitting the metrics, we often assume that there must be someone in the company that is thinking about the future. Whether we assume it’s the board, senior executives or perhaps the corporate strategy team, we somewhat believe that somewhere above our level, both the foresight and plans exist to stave disruption, capitalize on new opportunities and figure out exactly how the company needs to change to either survive or achieve the next paradigm of growth…READ ON

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