Organisations for change

Authors: Ana Simar from Happytivity & Laura Durán Gil from Positive.Lighting.

How do organisations adapt to the current world needs?

What role do organisations play within global transformations?

Which practices can be implemented by companies to contribute to humanity’s well being?

 

Are decision-makers ready to actively participate in the generation of change?

 

These questions challenge every person in a company’s managing or leading position. Although there are some answers to these questions, there is still much to explore, learn, and propose regarding the particular needs of each sector, territory, company, and individual.

 

An organisation can actively encourage transformation and generate a positive impact by incubating ideas and performing actions that are beneficial for many people and the environment. To get this done, a learning process should happen at the individual level as well as at an organisational level. Therefore, integrating a systemic vision of life is crucial to fostering change.

 

What happens to the environment and resources when we exploit them without considering their renewability and sustainability?

 

What happens to the human being when fragmented to respond to performance expectations?

 

Current organisational structures and value systems perpetuate particular dynamics that no longer work for global needs. The industry is not fit-made to man or nature. Therefore, re-structuring, re-designing, and co-creating are those actions that can enable the change we want to achieve.

 

Our technical skills have adapted and will continue to adjust according to our professional environment change. Hard skills are adapted, and soft skills such as resilience, empathy, creativity, listening, and teamwork, among others, must also adjust and be cultivated to move forward without breaking down humanity. We can’t forget that there should always be a concern for the human behind everything we do. After all, any project we undertake should attempt to improve our quality of life and our environment, even projects we do for the most selfish reasons. Logically, how we undertake things is fundamental to guarantee the coherence between our thinking, desires, actions, and the ideas we decide to materialise.

 

Innovation, together with the processes that enable it, has manifested throughout history as an essential resource to surpass our conceived limits and constantly renew our created universe. It emerges from an attitude of openness that strengthens our observation ability within a diverse world.

 

The attitude of constantly following new trends has made us victims of chaotic rhythms. Highlighting the need to manage our ideas with a method, delicacy, and coherence can enable us to address complex issues. For example, creative participatory methods have gained strength since the 70s, becoming a global movement that generates inclusion and enhances communities engagement with results-oriented projects. This kind of method generates conscious adaptive responses to our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world (VUCA).

 

Practices leading innovation, seen from a participatory and inclusive perspective, have the great potential to encourage and nurture reflection on how to reconcile the technological, material, and practical requirements from the business world with the social needs of current organisations.

 

Within all this panorama, organisations have a prominent role in harmonising both worlds: the industrial world and the human dynamics at an individual and collective level. Industries supporting good quality performance, wealth increase, and functionality; and the human condition of people supporting all of the above with their skills, rhythms and life, for shared benefits.

 

Happytivity takes on innovation, design, and creativity to move towards more humane organisations.

 

Using a combination of several perspectives and methods as Participatory Design, Design Thinking, Creative Problem Solving (CPS), the system’s view of life, and Cradle to Cradle; Happytivity puts theory into practice by generating a profound change in the way of experiencing the working environment, fostering positive impact on our living system.

 

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