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[box] In early 2013 we introduced a weekly series-within-a-series, “#Resources for #Resilience,” with thought leader and strategist Jennifer Sertl, who served up incisive curated lists of topical links mined from her substantive, expansive social technology practice. These resources span geographic and disciplinary bounds to identify sources of guidance and resilience that promise to be of use as we grow in our personal and community behaviors, seeking creative and professional evolution.
Today, the links explore economies of inclusion — investigating the shifting, collective currencies now so actively (and some would say, necessarily) at play on a planet that is “full,” as our introductory talk from Paul Gildig warns. We’ve all seen both the legal and cultural ripples early collaborative consumption giants like AirBnB have caused, but this is only the beginning – how these leaders, organizations, and trends can scale (and gain essential attention) is the focus of our #resource list below. I’ve fleshed out the links Jenn provided us with short texts on or from each, in an effort to provide our audience with more of a window into some of these terminologies — which may be at first glance unfamiliar but which find essential, exceedingly useful application for the “accidental entrepreneur” the creative practitioner finds him or herself. 
As this post goes live Jenn is once again serving as Social Media Ambassador at the United Nations’ Social Innovation Summit, an event self-described as “represent[ing] a global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers. Those who are playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business come together to investigate solutions and catalyze inspired partnerships that are disrupting history….bring[ing] together those hungry not just to talk about the next big thing, but to build it.”
Indeed. A series like this, and a platform like this, seeks to put these practices into action — sharing our lessons and resources in a manner that serves the common good, seeing all our time and energy as valuable. If we, and Jenn, and the speakers and authors here can help level your #resilience up, we’ve all benefitted from your energies and resources being used for something greater and more evolved. Here’s to that. ONWARD!
Note: For more about Jennifer and this series, you can begin with the series introduction here. [/box]

[articlequote]Leaders with generous hearts are gaining momentum and scaling with ever increasing business savvy and design for scale capability. However, these stories are not yet mainstream enough to be at the tipping point of real positive disruption.”
“There is not yet enough peer pressure against ponzi schemes and multi-level marketing businesses that sell low self esteem products to people who already cannot afford more gimmicks. Changing the channel market of how someone sells doesn’t shift the mindset or the intent of the seller. I won’t feel satisfied until each person that creates an economic exchange realizes that it is life for life being traded.”
“From the great disruption toward the great distribution .”
Jennifer [/articlequote]
1)  The Prosperity Index (downloadable full data review pdf here) The Legatum Prosperity Index™ offers a unique insight into how prosperity is forming and changing across the world. Traditionally, a nation’s prosperity has been based solely on macroeconomic indicators such as a country’s income, represented either by GDP or by average income per person (GDP per capita). However, most people would agree that prosperity is more than just the accumulation of material wealth, it is also the joy of everyday life and the prospect of being able to build an even better life in the future. The Prosperity Index is distinctive in that it is the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.
2) The Attention Economy, (Michael H. Goldhaber) If the Web and the Net can be viewed as spaces in which we will increasingly live our lives, the economic laws we will live under have to be natural to this new space. These laws turn out to be quite different from what the old economics teaches, or what rubrics such as “the information age” suggest. What counts most is what is most scarce now, namely attention. The attention economy brings with it its own kind of wealth, its own class divisions – stars vs. fans – and its own forms of property, all of which make it incompatible with the industrial-money-market based economy it bids fair to replace. Success will come to those who best accommodate to this new reality.
3) Social Innovation: Where will the “Household Names” in Social Enterprise come from? (David Wilcox, founder of ReachScale). Focusing on solutions to challenges where benefits are shared seems a potential win-win, but who will prime the pump to support sector development?
4) Collaborative Consumption: Collaborative Economy is Big Business
According to MIT Sloan Expert Jaime Contreras, the collaborative economy is far more than just a rapidly growing, nouveau approach to business; it could actually turn out to be a billion-dollar cash cow. A 110-billion-dollar cash cow, to be exact. From MITS:
“Today the sharing economy — the peer-to-peer exchange of goods and services — is being called next big trend in social commerce, and represents what some analysts say is a potential $110 billion market. Internet technology and access to information allow us to share our belongings with others more easily than ever before and wring value out of stuff we already own. That, coupled with many people’s desire to lead greener, less consumptive lives, is driving this trend.”
5) Four Scenarios of Collaborative Economy, from Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens), Founder – Foundation for Peer2Peer Alternatives

6) Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy (online/pdf available)
David Bollier explains the usefulness of this extensive document (original review here):
“For anyone scratching their head about how to understand the deeper social and economic dynamics of online networks, a terrific new report has been released by Michel Bauwens called Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy. Michel, who directs the Foundation for Peer to Peer Alternatives and works with me at the Commons Strategies Group, is a leading thinker and curator of developments in the emerging P2P economy.”
“The report was prepared for Orange Labs, a division of the French telecom company, as a comprehensive survey and analysis of new forms of collaborative production on the Internet. The report is a massive 346 pages (downloadable as a pdf file under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license) and contains 543 footnotes. But it is entirely clear and accessible to non-techies. Unlike so many popular books on this subject that are either larded with colorful hyperbole and overly long anecdotes, or arcane technical detail, the Bauwens report cuts to the chase, giving tightly focuses analyses of the key principles of online cooperation. The report is meaty, informative, comprehensive and well-documented.”
“From a commons perspective, the most interesting discussions are in Chapter Two and Three – “Discovering the User as a Value Creator and the Emergence of a User-Centric Ecosystem,” and “Infrastructures for ‘Sourcing the Crowd’ and Mutualizing Idle Resources.” This topics have been covered by other authors, of course, but the virtue of the Bauwens report is its admirable succinctness and overview in assessing these developments. The report amounts to a sampler of the “best of” such analysts as Clay Shirky, Yochai Benkler, Chris Anderson, Eric von Hippel, Henry Chesbrough, John Wilbanks and many other pioneering thinkers of the digital world.”
“The report gives extensive accounts, for example, about the nature of crowdsourcing, peer production, “personal manufacturing,” co-working and hackerspaces, distributed currencies and fab labs, among many other cooperative forms of production and value-sharing. A final chapter on open business models offers a typology of open source software and hardware business models, illustrating them with specific examples that are likely to surge forward in the future.”
7) The Gift Shift by Timothy Rayner (@timrayner01)

8) How Much Is Enough? Working 9 to 12:  A historian and his philosopher son make a case for the shorter hours Keynes predicted.
9) The Future of Money, a deep dive with Michelle Zappa

10) Financial Contagion : How Financial Crises Spread Like Disease.
Efraim Benmelech on Financial Contagion
Four Crisis Triggers Multinational Companies Can Avoid with strategy+business magazine
[box]Jennifer Sertl is an internationally respected author and keynote speaker as well as the president and founder of Agility3R, a training and development company dedicated to strengthen strategic and critical thinking skills. As a thought leader in the emerging field of corporate consciousness she uses neuroscience and existential philosophy to inspire leaders. Jennifer’s book Strategy, Leadership and the Soul, published by Triarchy Press in the UK provides an innovation model that integrates personal development and business strategy.

Recently she was a speaker at the Asian Banker Summit in Bangkok, Thailand and at Sibos in Osaka, Japan discussing leadership, globalization and innovation.

Jennifer runs a business simulation strategy game called Interplay™ that facilitates awareness and personal accountability focused upon quantifying intangible assets and human capital. Caring very deeply about the intersection between human values and technology, she is a strategic advisor to Washington, DC’s think tank Center for Policy and Emerging Technology (C-PET). She was also included in documentary Well-Being In the Digital Age produced by @RDigitaLIFE.
For more #resilient resources and links, follow Jenn on twitter, @JenniferSertl[/box]

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