This week’s offerings include education, luxury, competitive advantage of nations, and the tragedy of the commons. But also sustainability, political economy, ethics, regulation. Oh well, just read on!
Responsible Jewellery Council’s Code of Practice (PDF) is inviting comments from all stakeholders. If you have ever bought, worn or ogled at jewellery – or if you are concerned about conflict diamonds, reckless mining of precious metals and endangered resources such as corals – you should take a look and contribute. Open till September the 10th, 2012.
First movers can lose their advantage to unforeseeable factors. This story about India’s BPO and call centre industry losing its edge to Philippines. Why? Their natural accent.
And in a week that sees increasing strife and breakdown of trust between industry, regulators, legislators and the citizenry, read this brief refresher on Elinor Ostrom’s 8 principles for managing a commons. The Nobel laureate passed away on June the 12th, 2012.
This week’s interesting reads leaning towards culture and the web:
University of Bristol research finds that professionals do not realise their vulnerability online, that principles of professionalism apply to social networks, and that most do not understand privacy guidelines. Now there’s a surprise!
And on the subject of motivation and use of praise as a tool, Carol Dweck’s research finds praise may make a student avoid challenge. In other words, praise may have a significant cost to self-esteem and motivation. Fascinating read.
Finally in the week of Facebook’s IPO, read Doc Searls’s post questioning much including the advertising-will-make-us-free (excuse the pun!) model being funded all over the planet. If you have never heard of him, I’d suggest you get a clue and read The Cluetrain Manifesto. He is one of those who wrote the book. Literally and figuratively.