Ideas on Finance, Happiness and Sustainability

2. gen, 2018
www.corriere.it

Siamo stati felici nel 2017? E come vorremmo esserlo nel 2018? La felicità è la chiave di ogni oroscopo o augurio che leggeremo e riceveremo in questi giorni. Ma chiedersi se siamo felici e come vorremmo esserlo in futuro non è domanda semplice. La felicità è una questione complessa e il guaio è che, a forza di usarla per indicare tutto, l’abbiamo svuotata di significato: la parola tanto preziosa nella filosofia — eudaimonia — è divenuta generica, imprendibile, addirittura banale. Daniel Kahneman, premio Nobel dell’Economia 2002, è arrivato a definirla una «parola inutile»: «Tutti ne parlano, ma la prima trappola in cui cadiamo è la riluttanza ad ammetterne la complessità: la parola felicità non è più utile perché la applichiamo in troppi campi». E tutto questo proprio mentre l’ Economist — il settimanale economico inglese — ha definito il 2018 l’anno in cui la felicità diventerà un indicatore importante tanto quanto quelli «classici» economici.

23. dic, 2017

"At this time of year people often post book recommendations for holiday reading. Instead I’d like to share some of my favorite TED talks, including this one which seems particularly fitting,

Enjoy a good break with friends and family over the holidays!"

 

1) the importance of not doing too much (http://bit.ly/2vFprfH),

Do you sometimes have your most creative ideas while folding laundry, washing dishes or doing nothing in particular? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems. Learn to love being bored as Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between spacing out and creativity.

2)  Dan Pink (http://bit.ly/1j70PAP),famous Autonomy Mastery and Purpose theory to motivate people

3) Margaret Heffernan (http://bit.ly/1J2W5uW) famous No Stars, One Standard : The Best imaginable (Blue Sky),Hierarchy out just helping 

Organizations are often run according to "the superchicken model," where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn't what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: "Companies don't have ideas. Only people do."

NOW WE NEED EVERYBODY

4) Dan Ariely (http://bit.ly/1eT3mgO) 

 What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

 Meaning, Creation, Challenge, Ownership, Identity, Pride

 

16. dic, 2017
www.un.org

The message is simple: those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future.
That means much greater ambition by governments, civil society, the private sector — and the world of finance.
Finance could be, should be and will be the decisive factor — the difference between winning and losing the war.
Finance in its very nature is forward-looking.
We must make sure that it works not only for profit but for the future of people and the planet.
Finance is not scarce.
Today’s global financial system is awash with funds.
Tens of trillions of dollars are earning low or even negative interest rates.
But, the opportunities for productive and profitable, low-carbon, climate-resilient investment are vast.

16. dic, 2017