Nicole Palkovsky

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Technology at Its Tipping Point: A Design Manifesto for Humanity
Technology at Its Tipping Point: A Design Manifesto for Humanity

Product, Service & Design Innovation / Today, we are at a confluence of three global tipping points. - 1 year ago

Can Blockchain Really Answer All of Our Transparency Challenges?
Can Blockchain Really Answer All of Our Transparency Challenges?

Marketing and Comms / For some, blockchain is the disruptive technology that promises to solve transparency problems by creating one version of the truth; for others, it is all hype with no great real-world application other than cryptocurrency. I attended an SB’18 Vancouver workshop on “How Blockchain Technology Can Power Superior Supply Chain Innovation and Understanding” to move closer to understanding blockchain and its applications. - 1 year ago

When Will We Truly Begin Designing for Circularity?
When Will We Truly Begin Designing for Circularity?

The Next Economy / If I took one thing away from the Circular Economy sessions at SB’18 Vancouver, it was the need to design for the end of a product’s first life. Note I said, “first life,” because ideally it will be endlessly recycled. That said, as new products come online, designers need to be asking, what materials are we using? Can the product itself be reused like the very cool fashion pieces curated by Beyond Retro (a Bank & Vogue LTD company), or will it be recycled and recreated like Brambles’ packaging solutions? - 1 year ago

Growing the Next Generation of Change Agents to Tackle Today’s ‘Wicked’ Problems
Growing the Next Generation of Change Agents to Tackle Today’s ‘Wicked’ Problems

Leadership / The world is complex and interconnected. When we pull one lever in a system, it ripples throughout. Pull the right levers and you can solve some of the most complex problems, pull the wrong one and it can be disastrous. This is why it is critical to take a systems approach when solving complex, or what Sally Uren, CEO at Forum of the Future, calls “wicked” problems. - 1 year ago

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3 Reasons Sustainability Isn’t Seen as a Priority, and a Host of Tools to Overcome Them
3 Reasons Sustainability Isn’t Seen as a Priority, and a Host of Tools to Overcome Them

Marketing and Comms / The two biggest disrupting forces transforming the market today are technology and sustainability, yet many marketers still don’t see sustainability as a priority. Sustainability has a business problem that needs to be addressed. Research by Ricardo Caceres, former Global Marketing Director of Sustainability at The Coca-Cola Company; and Omar Rodriguez-Vila, Professor at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, identified three core reasons: - 2 years ago

Clif Bar, Kohler, Pixar, Timberland Share the 'Secret Sauce' of Employee Engagement
Clif Bar, Kohler, Pixar, Timberland Share the 'Secret Sauce' of Employee Engagement

Organizational Change / “If you want to get people engaged, inspire them - don’t require them ... The most lasting changes people make are the ones they make themselves.” — Daniel Alvarez, Pixar Animation Studios Research increasingly shows that purpose-driven employees are more productive and more deeply engaged, as well as more satisfied at work. - 3 years ago

How Ford, MillerCoors, Hershey Are Helping Suppliers Innovate for Sustainability
How Ford, MillerCoors, Hershey Are Helping Suppliers Innovate for Sustainability

Collaboration / In this Tuesday afternoon panel, representatives from Ford, MillerCoors and Hershey described how their companies are leveraging a variety of partnerships to innovate for sustainability across their global supply chains. In 2014, Ford launched its innovative Partnership for a Cleaner Environment (PACE) program, which focuses on collaborating with suppliers to reach the company’s aggressive environmental targets. - 3 years ago

What Underlies the Success of the World's First Billion-Dollar Sustainable Brands
What Underlies the Success of the World's First Billion-Dollar Sustainable Brands

Product, Service & Design Innovation / What do Organic Valley, Target, REI and Toyota have in common? They are what Freya WIlliams describes as “Green Giants,” companies that have turned sustainability into billion-dollar businesses, and they are not alone. - 3 years ago

The Secret Sauce: Why Sustainability Stories Spread, or Don't
The Secret Sauce: Why Sustainability Stories Spread, or Don't

Marketing and Comms / Language is a virus: Get it wrong and it can kill your venture. Get it right, and it inspires others and spreads like fire. In sustainability, where we are still working to attract new audiences, this can be the difference between engagement and alienation. So how do we get it right? According to Betsy Henning, CEO & Founder of AHA, an award-winning creative marketing communications firm based in Portland, Oregon, there are seven deadly sins of sustainability communications to avoid: - 3 years ago

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