Religion and the secularisation of Europe

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According to the latest British census, the country is increasingly leaning into secularisation as more of its people are professing a lack of religion. As stated by The Economist’s report of the said census, “just over a quarter of people in England and Wales say they have no religion, up from 14.8% a decade earlier”, while “the proportion …

Philanthrocapitalism

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In my article on social entrepreneurship, I noted how the current boom of non-profit organizations has made social work open to participation of almost anyone. Similarly, corporate organizations and businesses are increasingly leaning toward social responsibility and community engagement efforts. With all these news of new trends and theories about social entrepreneurship and the boom of corporate social responsibility …

Performance-based pay and employee monitoring

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One of the long-enduring dilemmas that has been pestering managers all over the world is the question how to determine workers’ salaries. Over the years, numerous schemes have been developed in an effort to find the best solution to this conundrum. Today, one of the most common methods internationally, is basing the payment on the worker’s performance, in one …

Organising your organisation

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Indonesia’s national emblem is called Garuda Pancasila. It pictures the mythical bird Garuda with a shield on its chest and gripping a claw with its legs. The scrool reads: Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, meaning “Unity in diversity”. Interestingly, the current official motto of the European Union is “United in diversity” and previously it was “Unity in diversity”. According to …

On saving Eurozone: Unanimity is the key

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As of the first quarter of 2013, Britain has started recovering from the economic collapse. With the growth in housing market and consumer spending, a flicker of hope emerges. But after the international bailout negotiations in Cyprus this March, negotiations that attest an economic demise, the crisis in Eurozone has been – again – the talk of the …

Measuring development

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Development is such a big, abstract concept. Approaching it from different angles, there are numerous ways to define and characterize development. In fact, we can even create different typologies of development and enumerate different types of development under the continuum. In addition to these variations, even the scope of development varies. For example, the term may refer to personal …

Mapping the world through learning communities

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Last year, New York Times bestselling author and vlogger (video blogger) John Green delivered an address entitled The Paper Town Academy at a TEDx event in Indianapolis. Green takes off from the practice of cartography and uses it as a metaphor to say that “The manner in which we map the world changes the world. The world is …

Listen or die – market research

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My investment company, Moxie AS, prioritises companies that show a high level of innovation and research. The reason why is that we in the organisation believe that research is an important aspect of every business endeavour, and should therefore not be taken lightly on. As you may well know, there are different phases and types of research necessary for …

Is innovation dead?

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Innovation is a constant subject of my blog entries and articles. In fact, innovation is a constant subject of everyday conversations in the sphere of business. However, an increasing number of economists and technology experts and enthusiasts are developing the idea that innovation might be dying. In the latest print edition of The Economist, the internationally-recognized business publication ran …

Is crowdfunding a viable idea for your business?

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In my article about the wisdom of the crowd, http://www.knutnylaende.com/the-promises-and-perils-of-collective- wisdom/, I wrote about this generation’s high regard for collective wisdom and action. This, however, exists not only in the realm of discussions and market research, but in important finance practices as well. This is why following the proliferation of collective trends such as crowdsourcing came the rise …