The Value Web at Oxford on Climate's issues

The Value Web at Oxford on Climate’s issues

August 19, 2014  |  Climate Change  |  No Comments

Countries are aiming to agree an ambitious climate deal by 2015, though success is far from assured. At the same time, there has been a surge of mitigation and adaptation actions at the sub- and non-state levels, as cities, regions, companies, and other groups forge ahead. These actions, many of which link to each other and to states and international organisations in dynamic action-oriented coalitions, have enormous potential to supplement and help catalyze the next climate agreement. A growing number of observers, countries, and organisations have called for more comprehensive support for, engagement, with and tracking of these “bottom up” actions, coalitions, and initiatives. On July 24-25, 2014, The Value Web has been invited by the Blavatnik School of Government and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to design and facilitate 38 individuals from intergovernmental organisations, governments, civil society, the private sector, and academia to bring this conversation to a greater degree of specificity.

Pyramid of Impact model

Pyramid of Impact model

06/02/2014  |  No Comments

Serendipity is always a welcomed element in any endeavor. But, generating measurable impact from multi-sector/multi-stakeholder collaboration in transformational projects for a more sustainable and equitable world should not be left to chance. Therefore, members of The Value Web have been experimenting more

Re-thinking an organic cotton supply chain in India

Re-thinking an organic cotton supply chain in India

03/23/2014  |  No Comments

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 more

Incubating an Incubator for At-Risk Youth

Incubating an Incubator for At-Risk Youth

12/02/2013  |  No Comments

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

We are all ethical hackers!

We are all ethical hackers!

09/27/2013  |  No Comments

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

RokkMiami - Coalescing the Tech StartUp Community in Miami

RokkMiami – Coalescing the Tech StartUp Community in Miami

05/18/2013  |  No Comments

  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

Animating the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Debate

Animating the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Debate

03/28/2013  |  No Comments

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 magic of good process design

The magic of good process design

03/25/2013  |  No Comments

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

The Value Web & UNICEF

The Value Web & UNICEF

02/18/2013  |  1 Comment

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

Complex Systems

Complex Systems

02/07/2013  |  No Comments

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

Banff Forum XI

Banff Forum XI

09/24/2012  |  1 Comment

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

The Value Web at Banff Forum XI

The Value Web at Banff Forum XI

09/21/2012  |  1 Comment

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

Congratulations to Circle of Blue, Rockefeller Innovation Award Winner

Congratulations to Circle of Blue, Rockefeller Innovation Award Winner

07/02/2012  |  No Comments

"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

El Nacho and the power of fun, serendipity and location in design

El Nacho and the power of fun, serendipity and location in design

05/02/2012  |  No Comments

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 Strategic Alignment DesignShop

Bioversity Strategic Alignment DesignShop

03/05/2012  |  1 Comment

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

Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2012

Harvard Social Enterprise Conference 2012

03/01/2012  |  No Comments

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

Transmission: Global Summit 2012 Innovation Camp

Transmission: Global Summit 2012 Innovation Camp

02/21/2012  |  No Comments

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

Gaming with investors and The Value Web in Davos

Gaming with investors and The Value Web in Davos

02/09/2012  |  No Comments

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

Global Shapers in Davos 2012

Global Shapers in Davos 2012

01/24/2012  |  No Comments

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

UN Global Compact LEAD Symposium

UN Global Compact LEAD Symposium

12/02/2011  |  No Comments

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 Value Web and the YGLs: Together again in China!

The Value Web and the YGLs: Together again in China!

10/18/2011  |  No Comments

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

Generali Zukunftsfonds

Generali Zukunftsfonds

07/13/2011  |  1 Comment

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

Earth Security Initiative Scientific Meeting

Earth Security Initiative Scientific Meeting

06/16/2011  |  2 Comments

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

Caritas Internationalis General Assembly

Caritas Internationalis General Assembly

06/16/2011  |  1 Comment

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

Teaching Facilitation and Design to Development Workers

Teaching Facilitation and Design to Development Workers

05/26/2011  |  No Comments

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

From Food Aid to Food Assistance

From Food Aid to Food Assistance

05/08/2011  |  No Comments

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

New Reality

New Reality

03/03/2011  |  2 Comments

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

Harvesting @ the Transmission 2011 Global Summit

Harvesting @ the Transmission 2011 Global Summit

02/28/2011  |  3 Comments

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...

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Pipe cleaners, tin foil and new possibilities

Pipe cleaners, tin foil and new possibilities

02/20/2011  |  1 Comment

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

Annual Meeting in Davos, 2011

Annual Meeting in Davos, 2011

02/02/2011  |  No Comments

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

Systems Thinking in Action

Systems Thinking in Action

11/13/2010  |  5 Comments

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

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Facilitating the Long Now of Finance

11/06/2010  |  No Comments

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

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Patrick Frick talk at TEDx Munich

08/23/2010  |  2 Comments

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

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GAIN Business Alliance Global Forum

06/30/2010  |  1 Comment

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

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Aligning Around Intent…

11/20/2009  |  1 Comment

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