Digital action = Climate action: 8 ideas to accelerate the twin transition

“It is clearer than ever that we urgently need to take bold actions to counter the global existential threat of climate change and to promote a green economic recovery!

Together, Europe has set an ambitious target of reducing our emissions by 55% compared to 1990 levels. If we are serious about reaching that goal, we governments, businesses and citizens need to think digital.”

Eight ideas on acceleration of the twin transition:

  1. Set ambitious key performance indicators for the twin transition
  2. Promote data cooperation on sustainability
  3. Boost infrastructure & connectivity
  4. Develop international standards for measuring digital enablement and carbon footprint
  5. Increase access to funding for research, development and innovation spending in green technologies
  6. Launch a continent-wide drive for green tech skills
  7. Strengthen the link between digital and green policies
  8. Create sector-specific action plans to facilitate uptake of digital across Europe’s most energy intensive sectors

“Natural disasters and resource scarcity, like limited access to clean water and agricultural land, will lead to security risks and unrest. These challenges are not national but international by nature. It is our common responsibility towards future generations to do what it takes to protect the environment. It is also our common duty to create a strong and competitive European economy, where people have the means to develop and put into practice innovative solutions that we need.”

Got interested? Read the full post from Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl here .

Much more details on the eight ideas can be read in the report DIGITALEUROPE – download a copy here.

How to Adapt and Flow

At age 26, Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality and grew the company into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the United States.

Learn the valuable insights that have allowed him to flourish while shifting roles and accommodating to cultural change. Hey, and this time you can relax and lean back when watching the 45 minutes video here! 🙂

Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile: What is the difference?

Here is a really good write up the upper mentioned “buzz words”. Constantly they are used – not always ‘correctly’ …

Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Agile can be combined as shown in the picture above:

  • Empathize, Define and Ideate through Design Thinking
  • Turn ideas into Business models following the lean startup
  • Build and deliver the product incrementally and faster through Agile processes.

Read the complete original story here.

The Taxonomy of the Lean Startup Pivot

A break down of the many styles of pivots that can take place when running new business experiments.

It’s important to understand which direction you might be going as you generate evidence to validate or invalidate your new business ideas. Keep reading here.

Why Lean is the new way to build successful products

The way companies build successful products has fundamentally changed. New technologies like smartphones, social network or cloud computing have enabled tech-giants like Apple, Google or Amazon to become the most valuable companies in about 20 years. Development method change over time, like:

* Waterfall (1970s) – and still more than 90% seem to use (successfully if the method is the right choice!)
* Agile (1990s) – which brings in at least an iteration when “doing” the product
* Design Thinking (2000s) – which is a more human centered approach
* Lean Innovation (Startup-2000s) – which encourages to learn/fail fast in order to pivot (or stop) early enough

In my opinion lean and design thinking simply belong together to make the most out of it:

* Focus on business models (not only on products)
* Engage customers continuosly
* Combine the methods of design thinking, lean, and agile (they do belong together!)

Read the full article of Stefan Link here.

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Some days ago Harvard Business Review has published a video on the impact and importance of Lean-Up. New ventures are searching for a business model, not executing one. Download a customizable version of this video slide deck here (login/registration required). For more, read Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything.” It’s a well spent “less than 10 minutes” – Follow this link to the watch video.