Call for Participation – OECD and GOLDEN Exploring Ways to Cooperate

In an internal workshop at the OECD headquarters in Paris at the end of September the potential for cooperative actions between OECD and GOLDEN was discussed. Ultimately three areas were identified where GOLDEN expertise could be particularly useful:

1. Building Resiliency Through Greater Adaptability To Long-Term Challenges

This project aims to explore how communities can best tackle long-term challenges like the transition to a green economy and the emergence of demographic changes. The overall goal will be to provide recommendations on how flexibility of local policies can be enhanced to enable collaboration of the local actors to build resilience in different economic and geographical contexts.

Areas to be addressed in this project will be the adaptability of local employment and training systems to build resilience, the development of sector specific responses to long term labor market challenges and local strategies to reinforce productivity in “shrinking” areas.

The project could offer opportunities to run pilot studies in the logic of GOLDEN’s field experimental designs with rigorous randomized controlled trials to test the relative effectiveness of different learning approaches to the problem of raising the resilience skills of individuals, especially in relation to the transition towards sustainable organizations and (local) economies.

2. Project proposals in the context of environmental sustainability in 2017

The preparation process for projects in the area of Environmental Sustainability directly funded by OECD for 2017 has started. This offers the opportunity to develop project suggestions in the environmental context. Project proposals from the GOLDEN group focusing on specific aspects of innovation can be discussed with the Environment Directorate or the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.  Since a substantial amount of experience in the energy sector is represented in GOLDEN through prior projects, suggestions could be focused in that area. Ideas focusing on other areas of environmental sustainability are of course more than welcome.

3. Research support for the OECD guidelines group

The OECD guidelines group has the specific task to develop sustainability standards and recommendations in cooperation with governments and businesses (e.g. Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises).  Research in this context could focus on how the introduction of standards can stimulate and initiate a learning process that would turn into experimentation and innovation in organizations geared towards sustainable business and enterprise models.

We invite all members of the GOLDEN network to send expressions of interest for the participation in the development of projects in any of the three areas above to Frank Brueck. We will organize meetings for each of the three potential project areas in the coming weeks.

GOLDEN Cooperating with UNEP

UNEP has invited GOLDEN to develop a position paper aimed at positioning its Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Network (RECP net) within the new 2030 Development Agenda recently launched by the UN. An introductory presentation of the pillars of the 2030 development Agenda was given by GOLDEN at the yearly RECPnet meeting in Davos. That was also the occasion to start interviewing a sample of RECPnet members to hear what their position on the SDGs is and how they envisage future challenges deriving from the 2030 Agenda. A further focus of this work will be to explain the opportunities for cooperation with all kinds of stakeholders provided by the new agenda. This includes an assessment on which goals have the most immediate effects for the private sector. Ultimately the paper should help to position the RECP network members within the new agenda and to allow an alignment of the RECP net activities with the SDGs, COP21 and other global multi-stakeholder processes.

GOLDEN’s contribution in this project is lead by Nicoletta Ferro. For any questions in this context please contact her directly at Nicoletta Ferro.

 - 11/11/2015

Major Grant Proposal at WU Vienna

A proposal for a major grant, provided by the Austrian Science foundation FWF (8 million Euro) was submitted, by Günter Stahl (WU Vienna) as the principal investigator. The proposed research program would bring together an interdisciplinary network of scholars to investigate what drives and hinders the transition to more sustainable and responsible patterns of managerial decision-making and behavior and, concomitantly, the evolution towards more sustainable business models, corporate practices and ways of organizing in multinational corporations. Researchers connected with GOLDEN contributed to the development of the proposal by leveraging some of the GOLDEN ideas on studying organisational evolution towards sustainability through field and lab experiments at the individual and organisational levels, and will lead one of the nine subprojects (entitled: “Integrating sustainability in strategic decision-making and core business processes”), if funds will be provided.

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GOLDEN cooperating with the World Bank Initiative Connect4Climate

Launched by the World Bank Connect4Climate (C4C) is a global community that takes on climate change by promoting solutions and empowering people to act.

The Connect4Climate  community connects more than 200 partners around the world including civil society groups, media networks, international organizations, academic institutions, youth groups, and the private sector.

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Review GOLDEN at the Milan Expo

Earlier this year, on the 1st and 2nd of September, Bocconi and GOLDEN collaborated with the Sustainability School of The Interdisciplinary Center, Hertzliya (Israel), on an event that took place at Milano’s EXPO15. The two-day event included presentations from both schools’ faculty on matters that concern sustainability such as climate change, energy needs, and equitable growth, as well as issues related to sustainable enterprise models. The event also hosted company representatives from Enel, Acea, and Orange Fiber, who kindly discussed sustainability-related matters in their company. Additional activities included presentations of IDC’s students’ sustainability projects, as well as a world café afternoon that enabled a discussion among faculty and students on various questions of sustainability.

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Report from the GOLDEN related track at EGOS 2015

It was the third time in a row that the annual EGOS colloquium hosted a GOLDEN related track on organizational innovation towards sustainable enterprise models. Beside having many interesting paper presentations which investigated the sustainability challenge from individual-, organizational- und system level perspectives, we organized a joint panel with another track (focusing on responsible leadership) for the first time. Given the themes of the two tracks, the panel discussed the role of corporate leaders in driving sustainable development in corporations and society. Following the extraordinary positive feedback from the audience on this format, we will try to organize a similar session again in our track at next year’s EGOS.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s conference July 7-9 2016 in Naples, Italy. We kindly invite short paper submissions to our track on “Innovating towards sustainable organizations – the role of power, resistance and social context” (submission system will open in late summer/early fall 2015).

For more information please contact Kerstin Neumann.

2nd International Workshop on the Sharing Economy

ESCP-Europe hosts this event in January 2016 addressing the question: How does the sharing economy disrupt individual behaviors, industries and public regulation?

Airbnb, Kickstarter, Uber, Fab Labs, The Food Assembly, etc.: the rise of these collaborative initiatives no doubt constitutes one of the most striking revolutions of the present day. However, despite the rise of the “sharing economy”, no consensus about its definition yet exists. It pertains to a broad set of industries, including collaborative finance (crowdfunding), collaborative production (3D printing, FabLabs, DIY, etc.) collaborative education (e.g. open education and open knowledge) and finally collaborative consumption.

Throughout this workshop, the impact of the sharing economy will be discussed on various dimensions.

The call for the submission of extended paper abstracts ends on October 30th, 2015. Find more information at the conference homepage:

Joint Academic Session at the Israeli Pavilion @EXPO2015

As part of the Israeli Pavilion at the EXPO2015 World Exhibition on the theme of Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya will hold a two-day conference in the fields of Sustainability, Education and Entrepreneurship. On September 1st, 2015 a joint academic session on “The Transition towards Sustainable Model of the Enterprise” will be held. This session will be led by GOLDEN in partnership with the CRIOS research center at Bocconi University and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

Please register for the session here

For more information on this event, contact Lilach Trabelsi

 - 07/15/2015

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