“You can`t escape …

… in India, you are forced to deal with it!” says Lakshmi Pratury in our conversation about India. She gives some very helpful and interesting insights on how to deal with India and how India can continue to grow.

From what I have experienced during the last year – I feel there is a lot of truth in her words.

Lakshmi is host and curator of the INKtalks.

Parts of this interview will be published in the next issue of we-magazine: we_India!

The Global Citizen

Dennis Snower is President of the Institute for World Economy in Kiel. He is founder of the Global Economic Symposium which he describes as follows: “The GES is about creating a neutral open space in which we can understand that we are a global community; in which we are prepared to take on global responsibilities and understand that as the world has become interconnected and globalized, we have become interdependent in various important ways. Because we are creating global problems like climate change, like the financial crisis, that no country can address on its own. So these problems are orphan problems that remain unaddressed even by many international organizations which are arenas for pushing national interests. The GES grew out of the realization that we must come together as a global community – that we are increasingly a global economy, but not a global society. Every one of us living on this planet has many identities. We have an identity within our family, an identity within larger social groups. Now, perhaps for the first time in human history it’s vital for our very survival as a species that we also forge a global identity. The GES is an attempt to establish such a global identity.”

The conference will take place early October 2011 in Kiel. This years topic is “New Forces in Global Governance!”. I am currently working on a magazine which will be published for the GES covering various fields in politics. economy, society and education in which these “New Forces” became really strong.

Leadership In A Flat Organization

JP Rangaswami is an outspoken advocate of open source and using emerging and disruptive technologies to improve information sharing, education and collaboration. I first heard him talk when he was Chief Scientist at British Telecom, a position he now is holding at salesforce.com. What I truely like best about JP is his engagement in education: He is currently chairman of School of Everything which brings teachers and students together in a disruptive way.

In our conversation last week we were talking about leadership and the impact the Internet has on various leadership models. I’ve cut the video into 6 parts, you can either click on the links or simply use the player below;-)

JP_Rangaswami01 – Introducing himself

JP_Rangaswami02 – Designing for Loss of Control
JP_Rangaswami03 – The Matrix Organigram
JP_Rangaswami04 – Team Incentives
JP_Rangaswami05 – Role Based Leadership
JP_Rangaswami06 – The Cultural Shift

Here is the interview in full length (42 min.)

Collective intelligence? Not fully achieved yet …

Peter Kruse, CEO of nextpractice, has been dealing with networks for most of his life. The interesting thing about him is the fact, that he is NOT an IT-guy. His started his career as a hard core scientist, working as an experimental psychologist at the border of neurophysiologie. His big question was: How does the brain makes chaos in order to make order?

Later in his business career Kruse became successful in transferring the concept of how the brain is functioning into (business and social) networks. His latest work is strongly related to the Internet …

Interview with Prof. Peter Kruse

In our SCOPE interview series Lutz Berger and I had the opportunity to talk to Prof. Peter Kruse, nextpractice, in Bremen. Peter Kruse worked for over 15 years at several German universities in the field of brain research. His main topics have been the processing of complexity and the autonomous order formation in intelligent networks.

The main emphasis of his practical work as a business consultant is the application of self-organisation concepts to change processes. Peter Kruse works for various companies and institutions, e.g. in retail, financial services, media, industry and politics. Many of the top 100 German companies are among his clients.

Our interview topic was: learning and working in times of constant change. The interview is in german!