Behavioral economist Dan Ariely on the relationship between creativity and dishonesty | Brain Pickings

Organizations that are both social and analytical will be able to counteract our all-too-human tendency to make gut decisions using mental gymnastics to justify what we really want. Here’s some fascinating research.

Few companies are born with a broad-based commitment to sustainability. To develop one, companies need leadership commitment, an ability to engage with multiple stakeholders along the value chain, widespread employee engagement and disciplined mechanisms for execution.

Global consumer products company uses open innovation to tackle environmental concerns

From a  Q and A with Gail Martino, manager of emerging and disruptive innovation at Unilever’s open innovation group. Her group recently launched an open innovation platform, which has received more than 300 submissions since its launch in late March from a diverse range of suppliers (new and existing), businesses and individuals.

Q. The majority of “challenges and wants” posted on the platform involve sustainability issues like packaging, water or nutrition. What’s behind this? Are sustainability challenges particularly suited to collaboration, or are you running out of ideas?

A. The Unilever corporate mission has become well known by our partners and is genuinely supported by our employees. Our Sustainable Living Plan is central to our corporate values, but it’s also part of an ambitious growth model. We clearly understand that one entity, no matter how varied and innovative, is unable to solve some of these global challenges alone.

Networks and complexity. Organizations and societies evolved from tribes to institutions to markets to networks, each stage triggered by major societal changes in communications. The written word enabled institutions, the printed word fostered regional and global markets, and the digital word is empowering worldwide networks.

Networks and complexity. Organizations and societies evolved from tribes to institutions to markets to networks, each stage triggered by major societal changes in communications. The written word enabled institutions, the printed word fostered regional and global markets, and the digital word is empowering worldwide networks.