The Value Web is helping CottonConnect and the C&A Foundation re-think the organic cotton supply chain in India. Production is dropping and the livelihoods of organic cotton growers is at risk while non-organic, so-called ‘conventional’ cotton (using genetically-modified seeds and artificial fertilizers and pesticides) is increasingly dominating the market while undermining the well-being of farmers and their families as well as the productivity and health of the soil. We spent two days in Indore in central India working with 170 people from across the supply chain – farmers, farmers organizations, ginners, spinners, manufacturers, retailers, government officials and NGOs – to build achievable strategies for the development and distribution of effective organic seeds, for reducing contamination from non-organic cotton, to improving agricultural practice and dramatically improving the coordination of a remarkably fragmented industry to both increase supply and improve the livelihoods of farmers.
At-risk youth are often drawn into gangs because ‘legit’ options are few and far between. Skyway, based in the London borough of Hackney, works with young people to help keep them out of trouble. One under-used option is entrepreneurship. So more
Patrick Frick from The Value Web and member of the INDEX: Jury moderated a session organized by the World Economic Forum that explored what design and innovation can do for policy, particularly in stimulating smart growth. There are three understandings of design more
The Value Web responded with lightening speed to a request by Rokk3rLabs and the Knight Foundation to co-design and deliver a session that would get Miami's startup community working together with clear commitments to grow and strengthen in 2013. We designed more
The UN Millennium Development Goals have only been partly achieved and the time has come to lay out new global targets for sustainable development. The UN’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons has been soliciting inputs form around the world and, more
The World Economic Forum just published an insightful article by Patrick Frick (and Alicia Bramlett and many others from The Value Web) about our adventure with the Forum over the years and how process design can help changing the future of more
UNICEF is working to bring vaccines to the 20% of the world’s children who today lack them. Last November, a Value Web team designed and facilitated a three-day DesignShop in New York to build a technical consensus around changes to more
The Value Web was very proud to have the Intervening in Complex Systems report published by the World Economic Forum at Davos this year. The report was a culmination of a yearlong collaboration with the WEF's Young Global Leaders community more
Alicia Bramlett and Aaron Williamson provided live graphic facilitation at the Banff Forum on Canada’s Innovation and Productivity Challenge in Collingwood, Canada. A diverse group of participants from the business, government, academic and not-for-profit sectors, the Banff Forum engaged members more
Alicia Bramlett and Aaron Williamson are attending the Banff Forum on Canada's Innovation and Productivity Challenge in Collingwood, Canada. Bringing together a diverse group of participants from the business, government, academic and not-for-profit sectors, the Banff Forum engages members in more
"Innovation occurs when problems and potential solutions are reframed, reimagined or recombined in new ways to achieve a transformational product, process or service. Innovation in the social context not only generates new ground-breaking products but restructures and re-organizes social systems more
Last week the Value Web team was in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico supporting the Young Global Leader’s Annual Meeting. Around 250 YGLs were there, spread out from the pool to the restaurant to the window-less conference room. Our challenges were many. I’d more
Bioversity is an international research institute focused on using agricultural biodiversity to improve people's lives. Bioversity works in three broad areas: sustainable agriculture, nutrition and conservation. It is part of the CGIAR consortium of research institutes, which is itself undergoing more
This past weekend (25-26 February, 2012), four members of The Value Web supported the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference (#SECON12), one of the world’s leading forums to engage in dialogue, debate, and expression around social enterprise. Over time, the Conference has more
The week of February 6, Transmission launched its inaugural Innovation Camp in Victoria, BC. The program, which sandwiched the two and a half day Transmission: Global Summit, brought four young ventures working at the intersection of creative content and technology more
The Value Web has co-designed the Investors Heatmap session in Davos for years. Each year we've ramped up the complexity of the tasks and this year was no exception. We decided to add the gaming component of poker this year. more
On Monday (and over the past few months), members of the Value Web had the privilege of supporting the first gathering of the Global Shapers Community in Davos. Two days before the start of the official programme at Davos, 70 more
Last 29th of November The Value Web supported with Graphic Facilitation the UN Global Compact LEAD Symposium: Unlocking Consumer Demand to Drive Sustainability throughout the Value-Chain. The session focused on understanding how the consumer trends are changing and how much they more
The 7th Annual YGL Meeting attracted more than 350 YGLs to Dalian, China and The Value Web was there to facilitate them. They had their own room-- wing, really-- of the Congress Center, so for the better part of 5 more
The Value Web just returned from the 3rd future symposium of the Generali Zukunftsfonds in Cologne, Germany, which is the non-profit division of Generali Insurance. Their aim is to counteract the growing overageing society by supporting projects that activate the more
The Earth Security Initiative (ESI) aims to reposition the conservation of species and ecosystems as a major security issue. This is in addition to the importance of conservation for intrinsic or economic reasons. The understanding of our dependence on natural systems and the more
The Caritas Internationalis General Assembly in Rome, Italy, had the objective of discussing and agreeing on the strategic framework for years 2011-2015. During the conference The Value Web supported the discussions and the decisions with a big and impactful visualization that summarized more
Development is effective when the broadest-possible group of stakeholders develop a shared vision about the future they want to create. So development workers depend on their skills in building collaboration and alignment to people who may not share points-of-view, languages, more
As part of its effort to re-focus its activity from shipping and delivering food in emergencies to enabling countries and affected populations to better manage and prevent food crises, the UN’s World Food Programme is centralzing the management of various more
This year’s overall theme of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos was “Shared Norms for the New Reality”. While we have been co-designing events with the World Economic Forum for the Young Global Leaders for many more
Transmission Global Summit, Victoria, Canada.
How do you distill 49 roundtable conversations among 150 participants into a red thread and a synthesis model? Listen, make connections and don’t assume the answer beforehand.
Five members of The Value Web just came back from the Transmission Global Summit in Victoria, Canada where we supported a conference with key leaders in the digital media & arts industry. The conversations were structured around three general themes: protecting intellectual property rights versus connecting and opening up (protection/connection), balancing entrepreneurial spirit and ideation with corporate ability to realize commercial (inspiration/realization) and exploring global business opportunities while staying focused on local markets (globalization/localization).
We used a process that we are calling “harvesting & curation,” which is aimed at extracting insights from conversations, discussions and plenary speeches in order to identify the underlying red thread – or threads...more
Victoria, British Columbia. Participants of the Transmission Global Summit were deeply immersed in their second roundtable discussion, culling together their ideas as to the characteristics of entrepreneurs, corporations and regional clusters within the creative industries that would enable them to thrive. They had been working for about 30 minutes when I began stopping by each group, dropping off a box of assorted odds and ends one may find in the closet of an elementary school art class: cardboard, straws, felt, string, rubber bands, balloons, pipe cleaners, tin foil, etc.
"Continue your conversation," I instructed, "but as you do, use these materials to build a representational 3D model that exemplifies the distinguishing characteristics, qualities, structures and capabilities you have been identifying in your conversation thus far." more
Having participated in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum for 11 years, we could feel the winds of change blowing through the corridors of the newly expanded congress center in Davos. Often attacked for hosting a party for more
At the Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action Conference this year, a cross-sector community represented by nearly 500 people from each continent gathered to connect, learn, and reflect in regards to the session theme: “Fueling New Cycles of Success.” We more
How long does ‘now’ last? If ‘now’ lasts a moment or a week or a quarter, what does this mean for our world? What if ‘now’ lasted years, decades, or centuries? That is what the Long Now is all about. At more
Patrick Frick from The Value Web gave recently a talk at TEDxMunich where he highlighted the fact that humanity keeps on failing to take much needed collective action with regards to systemic challenges. Based on the MG Taylor Rate of more
Members of The Value Web recently returned from Dubai where we were working with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). We worked with GAIN to co-design their annual Business Alliance Global Forum, an event that brings together global and more
I (Sita) spent this past week working with an organization that focuses on public health and eduaction - and wanted to share a few things that are on my mind coming out of this event. Above you can see a portion more