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The Australia and New Zealand Chapter (ANZ) of the Humanistic Management Network held our July 2015 workshop co-hosted with the Leadership Lab at the University of Adelaide in South Australia on the 1st of July 2015.

How can we improve our working lives by enhancing our social spaces?  The idea of the 'third place' has caught the imagination of numerous commentators, researchers and managers over the last few decades.  The concept emerged in 1982 when the importance of stress free spaces was realised as providing a valuable place for relief from the pressures of work and home (the two other places).  Social spaces, away from the dominant life paradigms (work and home), can provide a convivial environment which can enhance social relations, create a supportive community and help build personal resilience as tensions at work and home wax and wane.

We welcomed our guest for July, Dr Peter Sandiford from the University of Adelaide Business School who will shared his research, perspectives and musings about the Third Space and its potential contribution to enriching organisational well-being.  Peter has extensively researched the use and value of social space in community and society from a number of perspectives and you can download the workshop summary below.

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Download this file (July_2015_Workshop_Adelaide_The_Third_Place.pdf)July_2015_Workshop_Adelaide_The_Third_Place.pdf[Summary of the July 2015 Workshop titled: The Third Place]307 kB
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We have compiled a paper containing a collection of eleven short Impact Investing scenario cases. The papers are researched and written by the participants of our Master's Level course on Impact Investing which took place in the Contextual Studies at the University of St. Gallen in the Spring Semester of 2015.

Investments aiming to generate a positive social and / or environmental impact as well as some financial return have become known as impact investments over recent years and have gained substantial momentum in both the finance and social entrepreneurship community.

In this course participants researched a suitable investment opportunity for an impact investor and then developed a structure for a fictitious investment. This investment structure was presented at length during the course and student teams also delivered short papers on their investment proposal which are compiled in this document.

You can download the paper under this link

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This contribution to the magazine of London based Philanthropy Impact is focused on addressing poverty and inequality through business.

It opens with one of the cornerstones in the debate on distributional justice, that the moral development of a society can be measured by how it treats its weakest members thus arguing that poverty and inequality are indeed defining challenges of humanity. On these grounds the article continues outlining the hallmarks of a human centered management paradigm embracing the positive power of business to address poverty and inequality.

It concludes that it is an enormous privilege that we are given the opportunity to rid the world of extreme poverty and allow for everyone to live in dignity as a member of our global community. Let's make sure not to waste it.

To read the article please follow this link

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If your area of research or practice touches the emerging field of social ventures that leverage unconventional types of leadership, governance, and ownership, we are cordially inviting you to join your fellow academics and practitioners for this online social lab experience.

Governance Lab is a virtual social lab experience for academics and practitioners interested in mapping and navigating the emerging field of social ventures that leverage unconventional types of leadership, governance, and ownership. The purpose of this lab is to identify important research questions and generate valuable insights for practitioners, as well as to ignite new scholar-practitioner collaborations.

The insights that emerge from this social lab experience will seed an in-person professional development workshop (PDW) in Vancouver on August 9th as part of the annual conference of the Academy of Management (AOM) - world's largest and most reputable association of management scholars.

Participants in the PDW will prototype actionable projects to advance scholar-practitioner collaboration and make tangible impact on both theory and practice in the related fields. It is expected that many people will participate in both the virtual Governance Lab and the PDW, although it is fine for people to only join one or the other.

More information and registration details can be found here.

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Soka University was founded in 1971 on the principles of a humanistic education and innovative approaches to learning.

One of the characteristics that distinguish Soka University is that it has been promoting international exchanges since its inception and now has one of the most active exchange programs in Japan. The university campus is located in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo.

For the fourth time since 2010 the Humanistic Management Center has the great pleasure to engage with a student and faculty delegation from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan during a workshop in August 2015.

To find out more about this event please follow the link

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This evening event hosted by the Rotary Club Stuttgart International is titled: Innovation Drives Sustainability: Impulses for Responsible Impact.

Innovation and Business Ethics are the dominant components to progress towards a sustainable society. In this sense some of the global challenges we face can become drivers for innovation. Leaders in all kinds of organizations play a significant role as their decisions impact the world we live; they make change happen.

To find out more about this event please follow the link

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At the shores of Lake Constance lies beautifully Lilienberg Unternehmerforum, a conferencing facility most suited for dialogue and reflection. Ethics First, the executive education joint venture of the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen and the Humanistic Management Center, is inviting to an afternoon event looking at the value of values for the SME sector in the region.

The region around Lake Constance and the bordering eastern part of Switzerland, western part of Austria and southern part of Germany have a long standing history of delivering entrepreneurial success stories. Simultaneously though these are challenging times for SMEs. They are on one hand hailed for being the backbone of our prosperity, but on the other hand face an ever more competitive environment, lower margins, difficulties in attracting and retaining the next generation of talented managers and market dynamics that reward short-termism over sustainable business practices.

To find out more about this event please follow the link

 

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The Australia and New Zealand Chapter (ANZ) of the Humanistic Management Network held our May 2015 workshop co-hosted with the Leadership Lab at the University of Adelaide in South Australia on the 7th of May 2015.

If you see a committee forming do you back away quietly or rush to the fore to be counted in for a say? We have committees for just about everything, most designed to bring in diverse opinions and generate informed discussion to matters that have collective impact. Why then are committees so often dysfunctional, or impotent or at worse acrimonious?

At the next HMN-LL event we explore committees and ask if playing hard and playing fair are mutually exclusive or if it is personal politics and hidden agendas that control who wins? We look at this issue through the lens of sports associations and ask why is it that often committees with recreational agendas have deep political problems and poor collective engagement. From our discussions and experiences with these groups we ask, what can we learn from this which can help our committees in business and community organisations?

In May we have the pleasure of welcoming the insights from the wonderful Dr Meera Verma, who has battled diverse committees, boards and executive panels for many years. An astute business woman, Meera was the winner of Zaffyre International Private & Corporate Sector Award in the 2006 Telstra Business Womens' Awards. In 2007 she won the Bioinnovation SA leadership award.

You can find the full invitation here.

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Download this file (May_event summary_ 2015.pdf)May_event summary_ 2015.pdf[Summary of the May 2015 Workshop titled: Committees that play hard]307 kB
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This two day event marks the closing block of the first time this course has been offered at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

The theme of Impact Investing has gained substantial momentum in both, finance and social entrepreneurship communities over recent years. In addition student demand for course offers as well as supervision of theses on Impact Investing has risen steeply. For the two day closing session of this course we have organized a conference focused on the exchange with Impact Investing practitioners taking place in Zurich and St. Gallen. We will welcome speakers from the Values Based Investing offer of UBS, LGT's Venture Philantropy arm as well as Impact Investing Latin America, (IILA) from Sao Paulo, Brazil. We are much looking forward to discuss and reflect on our speakers' work as well as the work and outcomes of this course which was already succesfully held at the Global Ethic Institute in Tübingen, Germany in 2014.

For more information on the event please follow this link

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mong the many false dichotomies fostered by the continuing debates surrounding higher education, one that I find especially disconcerting is that which pits the professional against the personal. While it is expressed in a variety of ways, it boils down to this: Either you believe the purpose of going to college is to be able to secure a (preferably high-paying) job, or you think there is something more intrinsically valuable to be gained from the years spent earning a degree. My question is: When did these become mutually exclusive? 

To Read more about this article click the below link:

Read more: To Help Students Succeed Professionally and Personally, Teach the Art of Being Human

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