Archive | April, 2012

Preparing for Rio+20 – the full edition

28 Apr

Over the past few weeks Groupe Intellex has devoted space to raise awareness of and prepare delegates for the forthcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development taking place in June.

We have now brought these editorials together in a single edition to make it easier for readers to navigate and comment on the series.  Some of these have appeared in previous posts but together they add up to a fairly weighty reading list that delegates might turn to in the 6 weeks remaining before the mechanisms of global diplomacy and lobbyists for corporate interests seek consensus and commitments that might flourish more effectively than those made in 1992.

Our focus kicked off with Marit Hendriks’ piece on ‘Sharing Experiences‘ and the need to learn from others without being tempted to ‘reinvent the wheel’.

This was followed by another essay on ‘the end game for the next generation‘ – an editorial that has been widely shared around the world.

Distracted by racing cars cavorting in the Middle East the short piece ‘What, on Earth Day?‘  made us think more about the silo mentality that compartmentalises discussions that are, or should be, interconnected.

The publication of the Royal Society’s report ‘People and the Planet’ gave us opportunity to start the ‘Ready for Rio‘ series and then the Ellen MacArthur Foundation weighed in with a brilliant exploration of ‘The circular economy‘ – by far the most widely read of our trilogy to date.

Finally – not least because you now have more than enough homework before Rio+20 – we reflected on a more spiritual view – taking the thoughts of Dr Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury – and suggesting amongst other things that our fixation on growth, markets and the commoditisation of everything was somewhat ‘eccentric’.

Groupe Intellex will, in the next few weeks, seek out and publish the news and views of others (your inputs are welcome) and will then report on the outcomes of Rio+20 and the prospects for further progress toward sustainable development.

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Getting Ready for Rio – part 2

27 Apr

If the Royal Society report (see last post) mapped out the scale of the problem to balancing consumption inequalities then part of the answer comes from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report ‘Towards the Circular Economy’.

Required reading we think for all going to RIO+20 in June.

Full story here.

Getting ready for Rio

26 Apr

The Royal Society (London UK) today published a major report – ‘People and the planet’ – a good read ahead of the UN Summit in June.

All 10 recommendations would be more easily translated into practical policy if there was intensive investment in digital infrastructure.

Full story here.

Global Entrepreneurship and the UK’s Digital Deficit

26 Apr

GEDI – an index assessing entrepreneurship and development around the world – places the UK in 14th place and behind many Scandinavian countries.

In a separate analysis it is clear that 9 out the top 13 leading countries have a vastly better digital infrastructure than the UK.

There are many factors that bear on the overall assessments but it is becoming clear that for the UK to address its economic deficit there is a pre-enabling requirement to deal with the digital deficit.

Full story here.

Groupe Intellex – writing business futures

25 Apr

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Welcome to the Groupe Intellex blog.

Our projects include Networking, the Environment and New Media but what binds these together – and gets us out of bed in the morning – is the scope for innovation.

We live to make a difference – and our writing has that single-minded focus.

We are in the business of communicating fresh perspectives – and this new site will provide you, dear reader, with an opportunity to respond to our publications.

The Groupe Intellex portfolio has, for many years, provided popular downloads but never any online opportunity to question or debate our perspectives.

We will also be delighted to host correspondents on any of our themes – provided, of course, that they live up to the standards implied in our title – Groupe with ‘e’ for that predominantly European perspective and Intellex with an ‘x’ for that hint of technological enthusiasm – but above all we are about innovation and making a difference.

So welcome to our blogsite and let the fun begin.

David

Editor, Groupe Intellex

Up-Coming:  RIO+20, ‘Dealing with the Digital Deficit’ and ‘The demise of broadcasting’