Archive for the ‘Diversity’ Category

22
Jun

Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
On June 7th, Bill Gates addressed Harvard students with an eloquent and well prepared speech on their graduation ceremony. But it was not just another speech. Referencing Marshall’s speech 60 years ago when talking about the great challenges they faced in implementing the Marshall Plan, this was intended to be a speech with just the same impact.
I truly encourage you to watch the video or read the transcript . It’s not sophisticated but rather simple and down to earth. But it is simple ideas which address complex issues those that work best. From developing a more creative capitalism which helps better address the world’s inequities, to committing ourselves and our best minds to dedicating our time and effort to solving our biggest problems, I include some excerpts of the speech, hoping they will motivate you to see/read it all.
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“…I had just come from an event where we were introducing version 13 of some piece of software, and we had people jumping and shouting with excitement. I love getting people excited about software—but why can’t we generate even more excitement for saving lives?
You can’t get people excited unless you can help them see and feel the impact.
…To turn caring into action, we need to see a problem, see a solution, and see the impact. But complexity blocks all three steps.
The defining and ongoing innovations of this age—biotechnology, the computer, the Internet—give us a chance we’ve never had before to end extreme poverty and end death from preventable disease.
You know more about the world’s inequities than the classes that came before. In your years here, I hope you’ve had a chance to think about how—in this age of accelerating technology—we can finally take on these inequities, and we can solve them.
We can make market forces work better for the poor if we can develop a more creative capitalism—if we can stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or at least make a living, serving people who are suffering from the worst inequities. We also can press governments around the world to spend taxpayer money in ways that better reflect the values of the people who pay the taxes.
If we can find approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits for business and votes for politicians, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce inequity in the world.
Let me make a request of the deans and the professors—the intellectual leaders here at Harvard: As you hire new faculty, award tenure, review curriculum, and determine degree requirements, please ask yourselves:
Should our best minds be dedicated to solving our biggest problems?
Should Harvard encourage its faculty to take on the world’s worst inequities? Should Harvard students learn about the depth of global poverty… the prevalence of world hunger… the scarcity of clean water …the girls kept out of school… the children who die from diseases we can cure?
Should the world’s most privileged people learn about the lives of the world’s least privileged?”

28
May

Max Oliva, Director Asociado, Social Impact Management
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El talento y la responsabilidad corporativa ha sido el tema de la V Tribuna de PwC & IE, la cual ha tenido lugar el día de hoy (28 de Mayo) y en la cual han participado como invitados:
• Carlos Viladrich; Director Recursos Humanos ADECCO España; Adecco Human Capital Solutions Director
• Fernando Muñoz Berzosa, Subdirector General de Gestión de RR.HH BANESTO
• Miguel García Mosquera; Director de Compensación, Selección y Formación INDITEX
• Coral González; Directora de Recursos Humanos. SANITAS
• Alberto Durán; Presidente de la Fundación ONCE
• Mario Lara; Socio Responsable de Human Capital PwC
Y como Moderadores:
• Profesor Joaquín Garralda; Director del Centro PwC – IE de Responsabilidad Corporativa
• D. Enrique Fernández Miranda; Director de la Fundación PwC
Algunas de las intervenciones se resumen en las siguientes líneas, mismas que serán publicadas en Expansión en breve.
La retención tiene que ser con compromiso para que sea productivo. Lo que buscamos es no solo un compromiso racional, sino emocional que muchas veces es la clave en la retención de las personas.
Coral González de Sanitas, mencionó que la Responsabilidad Corporativa es una ventaja competitiva a la hora de atraer talento. El tener la capacidad de atraer y retener talento en mercados tan competidos como Madrid y Barcelona es vital. El primer paso está relacionado con la imagen de la compañía; posteriormente, los elementos de conciliación juegan un papel muy a favor.
Para incrementar la retención, contamos con programas de voluntarios y de diversidad, mismos que hacen que el empleado descubra que su empresa tiene un compromiso que va más allá de generar beneficios.
Miguel García de Inditex por su parte comentó: “en nuestro caso, atraemos al talento por el orgullo de pertenecer a una empresa multinacional española. El grado de reconocimiento de Inditex fuera de España es apabullante. Es aquí que el talento con alto potencial pone atención en nuestra responsabilidad corporativa, prestando por ejemplo, especial atención a como tratamos a nuestros proveedores y usando ésta como razón fundamental para ir a nuestras convocatorias, y no por nuestros resultados financieros, beneficios, o nuestras más de 3,000 tiendas en el mundo.”

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3
May

Max Oliva, Director Asociado, Social Impact Management
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Dirigido por Joaquín Garralda, Director del Centro PwC & IE en Responsabilidad Corporativa y organizado por la Fundación Santander, el foro de economía y sostenibilidad tendrá lugar en el Instituto de Empresa entre los días 7 y 8 de mayo, comprendiendo conferencias y debates de varios expertos en la sostenibilidad de las empresas.
Qué facetas y retos tiene el proceso de alcanzar el reconocimiento de ser un líder responsable? Con la pretensión de aportar criterios fundamentales para este nuevo paradigma y, al tiempo, exponer ejemplos prácticos de cómo las empresas ayudan – y se benefician – en este proceso. Durante dos sesiones en días consecutivos, destacados expertos, tanto en el mundo académico como empresarial, expondrán sus opiniones y experiencias sobre los factores dinámicos del contexto en el que se desarrolla la condición de líder responsable.
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El primer día hará énfasis en aspectos conceptuales, destacándose la visión económica y de la comunicación, piezas claves del proceso. En el segundo día las intervenciones se centrarán sobre experiencias de las empresas desde distintas perspectivas, partiendo de la visión de una red supranacional de empresas preocupadas por la sostenibilidad, ejemplos de empresas grandes que aportan experiencias relevantes en la atracción y retención del talento, así como ejemplos de PYME, en las que los valores del empresario y la motivación emprendedora por proyectos sociales son la base de su comportamiento.
La gestión de los intangibles, y en especial la reputación, es una de las preocupaciones prioritarias de los gestores empresariales. Lograr las ventajas esperadas, no sólo depende de la racionalidad del motivo y de la eficacia de comunicarlo, sino que se debe tener en cuenta a las personas – en su multiplicidad de papeles – para dar coherencia y consistencia a las medidas de reputación.
Programa
Lugar: Instituto de Empresa (Aula Magna), María de Molina 11, 28006 Madrid.
Fecha: 7 y 8 de Mayo
Información y Reserva: ancir.salazar@ie.edu

27
Mar

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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The Skoll World Forum is taking place today and until this Thursday. I have surfed through the Social Edge website all morning and sadly have not had access to the conferences live, as it was possible last year. Perhaps they will be uploaded later on. In the mean time, there are a couple of blogs available, which are covering the event from their own perspective. Some of the speakers are:
• Jeff Skoll, founder and Chairman, Skoll Foundation and Participant Productions
• Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Grameen Bank founder and microfinance pioneer
• Peter Gabriel, musician, activist, cofounder and Chair of WITNESS
• Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director, Google.org, founder and former Director of the Seva Foundation
• Bill Drayton, CEO and Chair, Ashoka
• Jeroo Billimoria, founder, Aflatoun / Child Savings International, who was this past November at the Social Responsibility Day at IE
Free the Children – 2007 Skoll Awardee
The 2007 Skoll Awardees will be presented at this event and include among others, Free The Children, NGO which recognizes the potential of young people to create positive social change. It works with schools throughout North America to educate and empower youths to act locally and globally as agents of change for their peers around the world. More than 500,000 students have joined the organization’s Youth in Action groups in 1,000 schools across the U.S. and Canada. They have shipped $11 million in essential medical supplies and have provided health care projects benefiting more than 505,000 people.
My deepest congratulations to Craig and Marc Kielburger, with whom i had the opportunity to work with back in 1999, at the State of the World Forum.
Have a look at the 2007 Skoll Awardees.

9
Mar

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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If there where any place where I would like to be today instead of “not yet so sunny Madrid”, it would either be at a paradisiacal beach in the Mayan Riviera or, last but not least, at the TED 2007 conference in Monterey.
Jeff Skoll, Bill Clinton, News photographer James Nachtwey, Biologist E.O. Wilson, Tracy Chapman, Richard Branson, Hans Rosling and many others are taking part in these conversations.
Several bloggers are following the event and you can also visit Teds Blog to get a glimpse of the conversations that are taking place as we speak. These will be uploaded on their site at Ted Talks, space of which we have previously spoken on this blog. You can still see some remarkable speakers there and be patient for the upload of this year’s conferences.

7
Mar

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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How about a real space that fosters social innovation? A space where social entrepreneurship can be breathed on every corner. This has been The Hub in London experience. Their core product is flexible membership of inspirational and highly resourced habitats in the world’s major cities for social innovators to work, meet, learn, connect and realise progressive ideas. It is now present in London, Bristol, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and Cairo. But the conversation is ongoing and advanced in the Netherlands, Mumbai, Berlin, Belgium, Halifax, Mexico and has several synergies with the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, which is a “convergence facility” for the social mission community, The Melting Pot in Edinburgh and others.
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The market need is expressed by social innovators whose ability to thrive requires access to highly resourced, flexible and safe spaces within which to scale up, change gear, take risks and make mistakes. Over time, social innovators need access to a range of just-in-time resources and market-facing opportunities to thrive: knowledge, capital and networks. The Hub provides channels to such resources and opportunities, without crushing the innovators initial spark and ingenuity.
We are engaging on a couple of action led conversations, one of which includes the openning of a hub like space in Madrid. If you want to be part of this conversation contact me.
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23
Feb

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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You’ve got things to do. People to meet. Ideas to realise. Events to host. A business to run. So what’s the deal? You need the flexibility to scale up, wind down, change gear, move on. You need a space you can call your own. You need a safe space, professional space, dynamic space. That is, A Space for Social Innovation.
Next week I’ll be at The Hub in London and Briston, attending “The Art of Hosting Spaces for Social Innovation”. What? An international seminar and inquiry exploring the art of crafting and hosting spaces that incubate imaginative initiatives for a radically better world. Why? A new model and pattern is emerging in physical and virtual spaces that support pioneering social initiatives. These habitats create the conditions for collaboration, serendipity and emergence such that value is created far in excess of the sum of their parts.
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The objective is to build a network of inspirational habitats in major world cities for social innovators to work, meet, learn, connect and realise progressive ideas. The Hub is a place for making things happen. All the tools and trimmings needed to cultivate an idea, launch a project, host a meeting and run a business.
Over time, social innovators need access to a range of just-in-time resources and market-facing opportunities to thrive: knowledge, capital and networks. The Hub provides channels to such resources and opportunities, without crushing the innovators initial spark and ingenuity.
Well, these and many other conversations will take place next week. Hope to be able to post on a daly basis, in order to start the conversation of The Hub Madrid. Up to now The Hub in Madrid is what I have in mind as providing this social innovation stretch, a space where MBA alumni and others can start their social enterprises, meet, interact and learn from practitioners in the community and abroad. At the same time, these practitioners certainly will be enriched by the business perspective of value creation that IE MBAs can offer. Bluntly speaking, it is a great model which makes perfect sense on my mind. I’m certain that my perception will still change 180 or 360 degrees next week, hopefully bringing it closer to the right direction.
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31
Jan

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Davos is over, some thoughts remain and most importantly, a call to action. I briefly go into some of the problems in the Davos’ agenda shared by Tony Blair:
• World Trade
• Climate Change
• Africa

Businesses must engage in these conversations not only for a moral cause but for a strategic interest, which goes way beyond corporate responsibility.
“Once we work out what is at stake, we need a multilaterism which translates the will into action, since it requires sustaining the global purpose, requiring global instruments of effective multilateral action.”
Several thoughts on interdependency and intervention capabilities within existing institutions and perhaps new ones were addressed. As an example, a UN without Germany, Japan, Brazil and India as permanent members will not only loose legitimacy but it will also inhibit action; the need of giving greater power to the UN Secretary General; merging the IMF and the World Bank; the G8 metamorphosis to the G8+5, to name a few.
But most interestingly, the Concept of Nation-Building (that is, the capacity for effective self government within a country) as it still being in its infancy was brought to the table. It is when seeing issues like corruption play such a pivotal role in the Africa conversation for example, that nation-building is core in order to bring change about.
Proper infrastructure of governments; functioning commercial and legal systems; health and education ministries; economic authorities; and police and military which perform the tasks they should under proper rules of governance, which are a given in many developed countries, are still a must in other countries. These are the life blood of true progress for nations struggling to be nations.
These, acording to Blair, are the new skills the international community must develop. To some like The Guardian or the Herald Tribune, it seemed as though he was looking for a job. But what’s wrong with politicians like Blair, Clinton or Gore focusing on the global agenda?

25
Jan

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Want an insiders view of Davos? Visit Loic Lemeurs’ blog. Interviews to participants like Mel Young, from Homeless Football World Cup, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, photographer and environment Activist and many others…
Much better, read Loic and many others at the official forumblog.
Other blogs include:
The Davos’ conversation.
The FT in Davos Blog.
The WSJ in Davos.
How’s your french? Try Le Monde.
The BBC in Davos.

24
Jan

Max Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
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Don’t miss the chance that technology has brought in enabling you to follow conversations which make a difference. How about sharing the table and most importantly, the conversation on The Shifting Power Equation with E. Neville Isdell, Angela Merkel, Sunil Bharti Mittal, and Eric Schmidt…
Here are some conversations which might also interest you:
Climate Change: A Call to Action with Montek S. Ahluwalia, John McCain, Zhang Xiaoqiang, and Martin Wolf
Billions in Development Aid: What Are the Results? with William Easterly, Jakaya M. Kikwete and Maria Ramos
Sustainable Energy Consumption: Does Anyone Care? with Fatih Birol, Emanuel Höhener, C. S. Kiang and Christine Maier
A Business Manifesto for Globalization with Lord Browne of Madingley, Patrick Cescau, Ian E. L. Davis, James Dimon, Carlos Ghosn, James J. Schiro and Joseph E. Stiglitz
Scaling Innovation in Foreign Aid with William Easterly, William H. Gates III, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Paul D. Wolfowitz and Fareed Zakaria
A Conversation with the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón-Hinojosa (this is of personal nature, forgive my partiality on internal affairs…)
Delivering on the Promise of Africa with Tony Blair, Bono, William H. Gates III, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Thabo Mbeki, Kumi Naidoo and Sadako Ogata
Frozen Trade Talks and the Need for Progress with Pascal Lamy, Doris Leuthard, Peter Mandelson, and Susan Schwab
Don’t miss the opportunity. I have as many of you a quite busy agenda. Despite of this, I would have gone to Davos if invited, perhaps next year… but for this year, missing these conversations which help build speakers and attendants’ accountability certainly has a stake at setting this years global agenda.
Join the conversations here.

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