sábado, abril 30, 2016

Interview with Patrick Villalonga, "The Road to the Mastery" founder and director


Who is Patricio Villalonga?
( For Spanish Version Click Here )

Patricio holds an Economics Degree and an extensive training in management. He developed an important career in companies like Grupo Macri, Indupa and Shoeller & Cabelma.

He was trained in different schools of leadership and coaching with recognized specialists like Fredy Kofman and Julio Olalla. Since 1998, he develops his own both organizational and personal programs and workshops .
He was director and partner of Leading Learning Communities with Fredy Kofman and directed the ITBA (Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires) Center for Organizational Learning. He taught courses and workshops in Argentina, United States, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Puerto Rico, and was hired by companies such as Microsoft, Bank Boston, Aguas Argentinas, Telefonica de Argentina, Philips, Visa, Procter Gamble, Clarin, Coca Cola and McDonald's.

For four years he taught "Conscious Evolution" and "Spirituality Daily" personal programs with an annual duration, aimed at facilitating participants in growth.

In late 2005 he decided to withdraw from the activity for some years to deepen his learning and self-knowledge. This space of intense internal activity allowed him to return to teaching with new and overcoming proposals as "THE MASTER OF LEADERSHIP" and "THE ROAD TO MASTERY" two innovative programs that converge their extensive training and extensive international experience in the personal and organizational learning.

Florencia: Hi Patricio, how are you? Thank you so much for this interview. I found it very important to show what you do about what you call The Mastery of Being. Can you tell us what you call the dimension of Being?

PV: The internal transcendent dimension is the dimension of being. As I come from the coaching and leadership world, when one analyze and deepen the leadership you realize that it is part of our collective ignorance, and you do not need more to see the world to realize that our leadership theories are not working. This is almost an empirical evidence because really, when you look at the great masters, such as Budha, when he became enlightened and expressed the four great truths, he said: the first truth in life is suffering, as it is what we are living and the second true that the cause of suffering is ignorance. If we analyze today's culture in the world, except for individual exceptions, we are collectively profoundly ignorant of who we are, what is our purpose, what is the dimension of being. We are not human beings yet, we do not win the title, we are human personalities who are still separated from the dimension of being and obviously, what comes in this new era is to integrate with the human being that is still not happening.
So, that inner dimension that is the axis of life, is neither in the definition of education, or the definition of success, it is not only in the business or professional life, it is not in our personal lives. That is, we have a single integrated life; Personal-Professional. We are identified with a certain level of consciousness where we have separated ourselves from what we are, which is the source of love, wisdom, joy, power, peace, fulfillment and more. We're not connecting with her and this disconnection from what is coming is a profound dissatisfaction of those human beings who does not know well themselves, that do not feel identified, but believes that will solve it out. It is no coincidence that companies, for example, still continue putting the issue as primary endpoint results, but beyond that then we can say no, yes, there are other things more,  what you want. But you go to a company and the reality is that you say, look, you have got to get these results because if not we are all out of the company, and that it is logic, it is not bad. It is simply another indicator of how lost we are. Because when the results are the primary variable, it is impossible to separate it from stress, anxiety, worry, because it is the same internal ignorance. Those states of discomfort simply reflect our estrangement of how are we trying to resolve them through the result out of turn, and this logic already exceeds organizations, it does nothing but encourage such ignorance and scarcity.
So, it is very paradoxical, but it is very interesting too; when one has to analyze all this, seems obvious, but when companies seek results as primary endpoint, what is what we are really looking for ?: what we are looking for is welfare and abundance , but what are we looking for ?.

Florencia: Sure, we all like to live well and have plenty, be happy.

PV: So here comes the interesting part to activate the  Being dimension, because the being dimension is not only that inexhaustible source of all good, but also intelligent eyes, wise eyes to see what it is happening. And the question is: what are we creating as we pursue those results in business?; Suffering and shortages !. It is also important to observe people working within those companies.
For example, in one of which I was working for, suddenly they where being very well, but began selling its shares in the public market. From there it was very paradoxical what happened, because it was a very profitable company, but did not give the expected results and as began trading publicly, the new shareholders were totally dissatisfied and then you get to the madness of profitable companies undergoing crises because they do not give all the results that were promised to the new shareholders, what a madness !, and from there the company decides to go down bonus to 50% to all managers, directors, but it was crazy to people because the company was doing well, it was very profitable, do you understand ?.

Florencia: Yes, absolutely. It was the ambition in the service of the company.

PV: the interesting thing was to hear the comments of those who were reduced bonuses, and the comment of a manager for example was: well, so far it was worth to rough  during the year because I won my bonus, but now that you put it down 50% i do not know if worth's it. What he says is not only the madness of the collective companies, but also the people who work in companies that are willing to rough it, stressed, worried, anxious, but if you get this bonus weekend, it justifies year, then you've damaged your cells, generated diseases, increased aging, polluting the planet, because it was justified by the end result. This logic, which is not only the shareholders but also employees, is the same that operates outside organizations, because that is the consciousness we have collectively.

Florencia: Absolutely.

PV: This of not being aware of what I'm giving to myself all the time, with the total collective ignorance about how the internal states of such low vibration we hold in all cities everywhere, not only damage cells, but they also pollute the planet, and this is already scientific !. And we also know that the illusion of materialism is not so much accumulate material goods, but is the illusion that we are physical beings and therefore we believe that these internal energy states, do not leave the environment. We are energy beings with a physical body, which is also energy. And as the physical body is not able to "lock" our internal states, our contribution to society is the quality of our internal states. Therefore every city, every country and therefore the planet has a collective consciousness that is built with the energy contribution of each one of us, that with the illusion to seek a result, no matter what happens on the inside, i'm doing a mess with me, I'm making a mess with the planet and create as we have seen, the opposite of our intentions and desires; dissatisfaction and scarcity. This energy variable where people do not have the power to intervene in their internal world, to bring wealth inside, forced to "enrich their outer world", activating the illusory and endless search for more results, is never going to be enough, because it is not true that the external, cause your pain or your welfare. So this new logic of perceiving life and business involves new skills once you see it.
And the only thing that can give an effective response to the problem of human being profound shortage, (and profound shortage that has nothing to do with whether you have or you do not have money) is the disconnection with the natural abundance of our real Self , whose first manifestation is your inner being. The only cause of the shortage is our separation consciousness with the transcendental and spiritual dimension of Being. So, look how interesting it is. Don´t you think so?, because for the first time you begin to see the hidden link (to the current collective consciousness) connecting the spiritual with economics. The following sentence makes it very exposed, "when I am not enough, what I have is not enough." And in that equation, it joins what was separate, which is the economy with spirituality. It is not just a problem of the economy, but also of spirituality just as we have understood so far, because we have so many beliefs that say they are spiritual but are not spiritual, for example, to join spirituality with poverty. And it seems that poverty is a virtue when it is not a virtue; wealth is a virtue!. In the new world the idea is that everyone has access to internal and external abundance. And the external abundance arises naturally when everyone has the courage to bring to the world their unique gifts and talents and make them serve others. External abundance does not mean that you have millions, it means that you earn but you have enough to live as you wish. Internal and external abundance means that what I am and what I have is enough. It is not possible this kind of internal-external abundance without deep love for oneself without the ability to extend this love to others after abundance is possible. To Love oneself is one of the most powerful ways to activate the dimension of Being in life and in business, which is the only real source of wealth keys.

Individually and collectively we have forgotten who we are, we do not remember the truth, that is why we said: "the truth will set you free" because we do not know. But we do not know that we do not know. And it is very common, for example, if the computer crashes or someone tells me something "inappropriate" I get angry and think I have very good arguments to get angry, to say things, to have a bad time to be "offended" or what you want. And why do I do so? Because I think I have good and substantial reasons ... to feel bad  !.
What is interesting is that we are all very ignorant and it is not "bad", it is where we are collectively as a developmental stage. Ignorance is simply disconnect with the Self, it is not bad, it is inevitable when we are disconnected from the transcendent dimension.
But the interesting thing is knowing that we have thousands of arguments per day for things that happen "out there" to have a bad time "inside." Therefore you would have a "serious" problem !.
If the quality of my internal states is what I give myself and what I give to the planet, and I live life that way, believing that "what happens" is what "happens to me," I have no power over my internal states, the only thing left is to "intervene" in the external world to receive "good" stimuli. IMPOSSIBLE!!!.

I have no chance of success because things will continue happening. There are going to keep falling computers, someone will be late, you will be locked in a traffic jam, you're going to say things you do not like, you will go threw events you would never have chosen, etc,
The usual state in our culture is a state of absence of power, wisdom, love, wealth, happiness, peace.
Not outwardly causing the inner, but in reverse. It is not the war that takes us away from peace, but the state of internal conflict of the human being as the only cause of external wars. They are external events that cause our discomfort, but it is our accumulated events in the past within us that calls and attracts new external events to manifest discomfort. Events are new, but the emotions we feel are old.
We have many collective emotional illusions from which we hold many beliefs very damaging to our internal states that are caused by external factors. These states with such low vibration, so far from being a real wealth, make us sick, obstruct all our possibilities in life and also pollute our societies and the planet of negativity.

Florencia: You said that it is not outside what causes the inner ¿right ?, that we generate our own states, but recently I went to an IDEA ( Institute for Argentine Enterprise Development) meeting where Jacob Morgan was talking about The Future of Work and saying that organizations are not properly designed to allow management done in an evolutionary manner, such as you mentioned it, allowing it to let beings produce, make profits, assets, etc, and well, as you mentioned, he had a company that had become his public actions and did not earn much. I remember I was invited to a talk to a leadership course degree that wants to replicate the organizational development center at MIT in the ITBA and I talked with people that worked in a bank that were super alienated and although ... yes, you can ensure that they achieve some mastery of Being and everything, there is a concrete reality that causes people to be alienated.

PV: "The concrete reality" doesn´t exists, it is an internal state. How a person lives it has little to do with what happens out there and everything to do with what happens in here. We live alienated and stressed because that is the state of ignorance, that is suffering. Suffering is resistance. When you listen to a guy like Eckhart Tolle, who is a recognized teacher everywhere, he says: to make action really beneficial and powerful, we must be set free from resistance and therefore stress-free, free from worry .
The challenge is to recognize and lovingly conquer our human part that is resistance because it is ignorance, it is the part of us that do not know the truth.
We really need profound teachings, not cosmetic ones as leadership, that allow us to access that source of no internal resistance in order to, for example: if I'm working with a team and see that we are all stressed, to say then; "ok boys we stop, we can not leave anything good in the internal state in which we are !, let´s make a few conscious breaths, emotional wisdom techniques, let´s transmute stress, and re connect it with welfare, and only then we can continue to work. And when a team gets out of internal states of stress, tension and concern, not only unlock inside which is obstructing the natural well-being, but also unlock from the outside any lock out to abundance of the business in question.

In the case of a company in which one all are stressed and in conflict with investors, we did several exercises "to clean" the internal negativity, the aggression they had, we accessed to a deeper well being, and that week the most troubled investors began to call alone to solve conflicts.
In the "new world" that is coming, the deeper spiritual truths will be powerful practices to live and work happily and abundantly daily. These practices remind us that our first job is tidying our inner world (the passage of discomfort welfare) and only from these natural states of being, we launch us to powerful and beneficial actions for all the people involved (over evil-achieving to the well-achieve).

I will tell you another impressive case. The president of a company with which one I worked with, could apply, in a super contentious meeting with an outraged and very angry investor, many of the things we're talking about. Both the president and the investor came very negatively charged by the recent past of much conflict between their interests. And there was a new meeting. Before that meeting, the president was able to work and get rid of much of the accumulated negativity and began to see the importance of unlocking-emotionally low vibration frequencies to access to the natural well-being and to consider seriously not only their interests, but also the interests of all the people involved.
The meeting began very tense, as an extension of the recent past, with the investor threatening to new and more radical lawsuits. Each held his position of defense and attack, threats, etc. At one point, the president (my client) "agreed" and started bringing a whole new energy.
He left the defense and the attack attitude, stopped dealing "only" his interests and began to consider "seriously" to the investor's interests with proposals that aimed to help, when until a few moments it was just the opposite. It was such a shock to the investor to see the genuine and beneficial president's position, that a silence came first and automatically changed the energy in a so strong manner that all went into that frequency of the common good. The meeting ended up with an unthinkable hug with the investor decision to increase their investment in the business. WONDERFUL!!!

Working from welfare states and taking into account the common good of everybody involved is completely spiritual, but not the theoretical spirituality, but real spiritual principles put into concrete practice.

When business is done from the welfare and the common good, it frees natural laws cooperation that start to play for and to support the business. Although that seems like science fiction today, I can assure you that it is "Pure Power". What needs to change is the fuel energy with which we work; from stress and conflict to welfare and peace. The madness is to believe that a troubled guy is a committed guy. A concerned guy is a problem for himself, for society and for the planet !.

Florencia: It is the mindset that governs general organizations.

PV: But what happens is that we can not say that "this" is just an organizational phenomenon, because all this logic is also seen in families and in all areas of life, because as it is within us, we carry it wherever we go. It is very obvious that we are reaching the limits of our culture, because the boundaries we are living in have nothing to do with what happens in some specific field, that is a limit of a collective way of being that is doing us so bad that we are self-destructing.
What are coming are new paradigms that transcend organizations, but also include a new generation of entrepreneurs / employees that I call ; "Master leaders". When I see my mission from an organizational point of view, I define it as the contribution to a new generation of master-leaders, who may have the ability to develop a sustainable progress from the conscious evolution point of view, releasing their best for the benefit of everybody. And it really is. What comes is something that is very beneficial and very powerful, individually and collectively. It's something completely out of the known. Even those who teach and believe they know and do not know they do not know. This is a culture where one-eyed teach blind and where people that is not healed yet, want to heal others.

Florencia: Yeah, that's what's happening in business schools, they are teaching anything and recycling the same model. What you say reminds me a lot Maturana's philosophy of collaboration, and Mintzberg term of communitiship. When he speaks about communitiship, talking about the ability to generate tribes of people who contribute to the common good and generate a better collective energy or better than the one that is individually generated.

PV: The leader is not the best individual, but the one that makes the greatest contribution to the whole. Then the new master leader is representative of the whole, beyond that if he is working on something particular, is someone who is working with the whole as axis to see what decision makes. It is not only if he benefits or do not benefit my area, but how am i contributing to the entirety and in that contribution are also internal states. There is a deep good in that.

Florencia: Analyzing the new economic political scene. When I look beyond the political affinities, I observe leaders. What I see is the ability to interrelate people that president Macri has. What it's next has to do with the ability to generate a collective energy that contributes to the common good and therefore everything else. Having a better welfare state, the same transported to NGOs. How do you see it in your experience with companies to generate this, is it common?

PV: We need to know that the Earth is going through a collective evolutionary process and new paradigms of which ones we are going to rebuild our individual and collective lives from the inside out, in the light of a deeper connection with ourselves. So it's not just a matter of community, but is a matter of deep well individuation to go through all fears. For example, it is very important that people do not stay in jobs for fear, because we are there wasting impressive gifts, as everyone is in fear, few dare to follow his heart, then we have lost on the surface, but we need the gifts of all. Then in the new organizational awareness for example, may not be someone whose gifts and talents are not used for the good of all. It is not just a matter of community but of individuation. That the individual actually is encouraged to transcend their fears, bring the best of themselves, which is natural to him and that the whole of humanity begins to be an orchestra with all the musicians in it and tuned instruments.

Florencia: As Otto Scharmer says, to achieve a sound like a cathedral.

PV: It is a process of individuation and when you do so, it is from that deepest place that you really can connect with others, because otherwise you lose you in others. It requires a very deep work with yourself to go through the fear of survival and access internal and external natural abundance.
Our human hand, not divine, is very scarce. We are human and are beings, both form the Human Beings. The human part is really scarce, but it is not that it is bad, scarce is the absence of necessary abundance so that, at some point you get tired of going to find out in the world and disappointed with it you decide to go inside, go through your fears and pain and find your Self and bring it to the world. And you have to connect with your shortage, with your unhappiness with your ignorance, your concerns, your questions, your heartbreak, and go through them.

Florencia: What is the difference with coaching?

PV: coaching tools are what I call second-level teachings, more intellectual, more superficial, like axis to achieve a change of perspective to be more effective in the world. Taught among other things the "free will"; if I realize that between stimulus and response there is a space, that space is born "free will" then i can choose other options. The great forget of coaching is that there are actions that create, but the state of being of the one who makes them is important. So coaching in general lacks the necessary depth to produce real and beneficial transformation, which is only possible through access to inner transcendent dimension.
The second level includes affirmations and positive thinking ... If when i do affirmations of abundance I am in a state of scarcity, i will create scarcity, not abundance !. And if I change a negative thought by another positive, I am giving more power and feeding my negativity that now dominates me even more from the unconscious.
What is coming is a spiritual connection seriously, it is to connect with the transcendent dimension inside yourself and develop the ability to love ourselves. Today we are attacking ourselves.

Florencia: Is that why there is so much cancer?

PV: "Illness as a path" is a book I read, where you have a deeper look of disease and every illness has its logic. When it speaks about cancer, it says that there are cells with ambition who want to grow by others without consider the body that housed them. "Ambition" begin to grow without taking into account that there is a body, they are there, but that ambition grow, grow and end up killing one carrying them, committing suicide unconsciously. Then the authors of the book, come to a wonderful conclusion that: " it is not that society has cancer, it IS cancer". Because of that is the logic of separation with The Being Source, when that dissatisfaction inherent in the state of separation with the Being / Source, try to be filled out (impossible) it is asked so much to the progress that it ends up being self-destructive and it is unsustainable. But the problem is not out there, it is dissatisfaction and ignorance of wanting to solve it out. So we have to solve the central problem of unsustainable progress that is internal dissatisfaction, and that can only be dissolved with the presence of Being who you are. That is why we need lessons that go beyond leadership, it is required to enter a path to mastery in life, to access the wisdom of life, a deeper understanding of who you are, your life purpose, and bring your being to the world. Then, the flagship phrase of all this is "never go to the world in search of something, go within, find your being and take it to the world."

It was really a pleasure to share this talk with Patricio. For more information on the program "The Road to Mastery", call La Posada del Ser Address: Catamarca 2188, Martinez, Buenos Aires Telephone: 011 4836-3519.

martes, abril 19, 2016

A no confundir el mobbing con el move it en Argentina!

Estamos en una etapa de comoditizacion del factor trabajo, en la que la motivación de las personas desciende porque el trabajo se despersonaliza, las relaciones de trabajo también, dada la hiper velocidad que no incita a la reflexión, y donde parece que estuviéramos en la época del Taylor en la que el empleado solamente se limitaba a un trabajo mecánico, sin poder opinar, motivado solamente por el deseo de llegar a fin de mes con un sueldo estable y peleando en lo que cada vez mas se asemeja a una selva en donde el pez mas grande se come al mas pequeño, con herramientas como las denominadas mobbing que llevan al ser humano a su mas mínima expresión en el mejor de los casos.

Los impactos en la psicología del individuo son devastadores, sin hablar de los efectos que esto trae no solo para las familias que dependen de ellos, sino para la salud mental de las organizaciones.

Cuando vivi en España hace 9 años, se estaba pasando por uno de los momentos con menor tasa de natalidad en la historia, dado que muchas veces la mujer se ve sometida a tener que elegir entre ser madre y ser profesional, amenazando la ecología humana, algo que tiene un impacto importante en los indicadores de desarrollo humano.

En vez de ser la empresa un ámbito de la sociedad en la que podemos encontrar la realización personal a través del esfuerzo y la posibilidad de ser dueños de nuestro propio destino, se transforma en un medio de supervivencia donde indicadores como bajas por stress laboral deberían ser publicados para determinar los factores causantes de los mismos.

La empresa  se vuelve toxica y se convierte entonces en lo que Iñaqui Piñuel denomina un “campo de concentración vivenciando el acoso moral”  como resultado de un malestar social que no esta siendo correctamente gestionado por el departamento de recursos humanos.

Las estrategias utilizadas para someter a las víctimas al psicoterror son por ejemplo, asignar objetivos o proyectos con plazos que se saben inalcanzables o imposibles de realizar, con tareas que son manifiestamente inalcanzables en el tiempo, quitarle áreas de responsabilidad clave ofreciéndole tareas rutinarias, sin interés e incluso ningún trabajo que realizar. Extender por la empresa rumores maliciosos o  calumniosos que reducen su reputación, su imagen o profesionalidad, ignorar los éxitos profesionales o atribuirlos maliciosamente a otras personas o elementos ajenos a el, como son, la casualidad, la suerte, la situación de mercado, etc. Criticar continuamente su trabajo, sus ideas, sus propuestas, soluciones, etc. caricaturizándolas o parodiándolas, castigar duramente cualquier toma de decisión o iniciativa personal o iniciativa de su trabajo como una grave falta al deber de obediencia debido a la jerarquía, invadir la privacidad del acosado, invadiendo su correo, teléfono, revisando sus documentos.

Según el informe, las personas fueron elegidas como víctimas porque se resistieron a ser manipuladas por el acosador, a diferencia de otros compañeros que así lo hicieron, porque no se dejaron caer ante el servilismo y la sumisión, porque despertaron celos del acosador debido a una competencia laboral extraordinaria, por la envidia suscitada por las habilidades sociales de la víctima ( simpatía, don de gentes, ser querido y reconocido por los demás, mantener una actitud positiva), porque tiraron la manta en temas malentendidos como ocultos de manera ilegal o ilícita y ello desencadeno las represalias del acosador, por haber despertado los celos por una situación familiar feliz, que el acosador no poseía o había perdido o a la que hubo de renunciar por el trabajo.

El psicoterror así se configura como un indicador de que las cosas no marchan bien en la forma de organizar el trabajo, como asignar cargas de trabajo, seleccionar o promocionar a directivos clave o en los valores, la cultura y el estilo del management de la organización. 

Trabajar en estas organizaciones resulta nocivo para las personas. Los intentos persistentes de intimidar a la víctima y hacerla parecer cada vez mas estúpida y poco profesional no suelen ser inmediatamente evidentes dentro de la organización, y por ello son difíciles de identificar, por eso suele permanecer oculto o camuflado bajo otros formatos como incompatibilidad de caracteres, etc.

A las organizaciones les resulta habitualmente dificultoso reconocer la existencia del mobbing en su seno y se tiende a mirar hacia otro lado con una actitud de no querer el problema que resulta incomodo y disonante con la buena opinión que muchos dirigentes empresariales mantienen de si mismos y de la gestión de las organizaciones que dirigen.

El management o la habilidad de dirigir personas no es algo con lo que se nace, sino una destreza laboral que ha de estudiarse, aprenderse, y entrenarse. El ser nombrado jefe o directivo de un grupo de trabajadores no produce de manera milagrosa la repentina capacitación de este como conductor de personas.

El acoso en el trabajo debe ser prevenido y tratado por la organización como una amenaza real para la salud física y mental de los empleados. La organización mantiene una posición de garante, en la medida en que la posición de dominio del acosador suele estar apoyada y refrendada por la linea jerárquica de mando o consentida jerárquicamente.

Investigaciones llevadas a cabo sobre mobbing estiman que uno de cada cinco suicidios tienen como causa primaria una situación actual de acoso moral en el trabajo de la víctima, o bien las secuelas de acoso en el pasado que ha terminado por destruir la psicología de la víctima. El mobbing supone un problema importante, en primer lugar para la propia organización, que esta llamada a identificarlo y a poner los medios y los remedios para prevenirlo y evitarlo.

Algunos efectos de psicoterror sobre las víctimas:

a) Efectos cognitivos e hiperreaccion psíquica:

  • olvidos y perdidas de memoria
  • dificultades para concentrarse
  • decaimiento/depresión
  • apatía y falta de iniciativa
  • irritabilidad
  • inquietud nerviosismo, agitación
  • agresividad, ataques de ira
  • sentimientos de inseguridad
  • hipersensibilidad a los retrasos

b) Síntomas de stress físico producido por stress mantenido durante mucho tiempo:

  • dolores de espalda, dorsales y lumbares
  • dolores de cervicales ( nuca)
  • dolores musculares ( fibromialgia)

c) Trastornos del sueño

d) Cansancio y debilidad

La persona que es víctima de estas agresiones psicológicas no sabe normalmente lo que le ocurre, y desarrolla un fuerte sentimiento de perplejidad y  confusión que le van a hacer penetrar en una época oscura y tenebrosa de su vida. Es el principio del naufragio, dicen.

Hace muchísimos años leí en mi primer manual de marketing que redacto Kottler llamado Mercadotecnia, que cuando los empleados de la primera linea, es decir, los del área mas operativa de la empresa, no se veían felices, la responsabilidad era del jefe directo de la organización.

Entonces, en esta nueva etapa de la que tantos hablan, seria bueno empezar a cuestionarse, que esta haciendo, como  líder organizativo, no solo por el área del que es responsable, sino por usted para que el capital espiritual de su vida impacte en la de su negocio.

Es por eso que es responsabilidad del área de recursos humanos aplicar medidas tendientes a la salud mental dentro de las organizaciones para generar una organización saludable y por tanto mas eficiente, de manera que el mobbing no se transforme en una moda como el  interpretado por el león de la película Madagascar.


Notas

Para investigaciones sobre mobbing puedes visitar www.aliciakaufmann.com
( Articulo modificado en funcion del articulo escrito para Diarioresponsable el 29 de Junio del 2010).

jueves, abril 14, 2016

Se realizo el 1er. Diálogo público-privado por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible: Alineando las estrategias de negocios

El 26 de abril, se realizo el "1er Diálogo público-privado por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible: alineando las estrategias de negocios"en el Auditorio “Prof. Juan A. Arévalo”, 7mo piso, del Consejo Profesional de Ciencias Económicas de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires situado en la calle Viamonte 1549, a las 9:30 Hs. .

La aprobación de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, es el punto de partida para incorporar la perspectiva del Desarrollo Sostenible en nuestras sociedades. Mientras los gobiernos de todos los países afrontan el desafío de diseñar políticas públicas que ayuden a las sociedades a encaminarse hacia este nuevo enfoque, las empresas, entendidas como un actor fundamental de la vida económica y social, hacen lo propio, incorporando la sostenibilidad a la reflexión sobre sus estrategias de negocios. El sector privado, se suma así a la implementación de la Agenda 2030.

Para facilitar este proceso, la Red Argentina del Pacto Global con el apoyo del Sistema de las Naciones Unidas y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo, lanzo una serie de diálogos público-privado por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible con referentes del sector gubernamental, de la sociedad civil, de la cooperación internacional y del sector empresarial. Estos diálogos tienen como objetivo contribuir a la campaña del Pacto Global de Naciones Unidas de enraizar la agenda global en los contextos locales a fin de maximizar la contribución empresarial a la agenda 2030.

René Mauricio Valdés (Coordinador Residente del Sistema de Naciones Unidas en la Argentina), inauguro el evento junto a Susana Malcorra (Ministra de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto) y Néstor Abatidaga (CEO del Grupo Sancor Seguros).

Por Argentina, se conto con la participación de Gabriela Agosto (Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo Nacional de Coordinación de Políticas Sociales del Ministerio de Desarrollo Social de la Nación) y Cristina Calvo (Directora de Desarrollo Humano del Ministerio de Hacienda de la Nación); importantes referentes del sector privado como Axel Flugel (Gerente de Relaciones Externas de Unilever Cono Sur) y Betina Azugna (Gerente de Responsabilidad Social del Grupo Sancor Seguros) y Flavio Fuertes (Coordinador de la Red Argentina del Pacto Global), quiénes compartieron planes y estrategias que sus respectivas instituciones y organizaciones están desarrollando para adaptarse a la Agenda 2030:


También estuvieron presentes referentes internacionales como Andrea Pradilla (Directora del GRI para Latinoamérica) y Javier Cortés (Gerente Regional de las Redes de las Américas del Pacto Global de Naciones Unidas) quienes presentaron el SDG Compass y la Campaña de pioneros locales de los ODS respectivamente.

El 1er. Diálogo público-privado por los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible: Alineando las estrategias de negocios, coincide además con la celebración del 12vo aniversario de creación de la Red Argentina del Pacto Global,en abril de 2004. La actividad fue libre y gratuita.

Un ejemplar de “La dimensión social de la ciudadanía corporativa”, trabajo realizado por la Red Argentina para el Pacto Global fue entregado a los presentes.

ACERCA DE LA RED ARGENTINA DEL PACTO GLOBAL DE NACIONES UNIDAS
La Red Argentina del Pacto Global cuenta con 441 organizaciones empresariales, 86 ONGs, 42 Cámaras, 18 instituciones académicas, 8 organismos públicos, 3 gobiernos locales y 7 “otros”. A lo largo de estos 12 años de existencia de la red, se publicaron más de 1.110 Comunicaciones de Progreso dando transparencia al movimiento de la responsabilidad social en nuestro país. Más información en www.pactoglobal.org.ar y en www.facebook.com/PactoGlobalArgentina

ACERCA DEL PACTO GLOBAL DE NACIONES UNIDAS
Lanzado en 1999 por el Secretario General de Naciones Unidas, Kofi Annan, y puesto en marcha oficialmente en julio del año 2000, el Pacto Global aspira a contribuir a la emergencia "de valores y principios compartidos que den una cara humana al mercado global". Para esto, a través de la asociación de compañías, agencias de las Naciones Unidas, sindicatos, organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG’s) y otros actores, se aspira a construir un mercado global más inclusivo y más equitativo. Actualmente, participan del Pacto Global más de 12.000 organizaciones de todo el mundo, en su gran mayoría empresarias. El Pacto Global es una iniciativa voluntaria en donde las empresas se comprometen a alinear sus estrategias y operaciones con diez principios universalmente aceptados. Por su número de participantes, el Pacto Global es la iniciativa de ciudadanía corporativa más grande del mundo. 

Más información en www.unglobalcompact.org

viernes, abril 01, 2016

Nos tomamos 5 minutos y nos tomamos un te con Guillermo Casarotti creador de Inti Zen, Empresa B Argentina

We took a 5 minutes tea  with Guillermo Casarotti Inti Zen creator, an argentinian B Corp.
Guillermo Casarotti
Me encontre con Guillermo, creador de Inti Zen, una Empresa B  argentina en la EXPOEFI, dando una charla para un panel de emprendedores en el que comento como comenzo con su idea de tes hace unos años atras (2002), porque queria hacer algo por la gente.

I met William, creator of Inti Zen, an argentinian B Corporation in EXPOEFI, giving a talk to a panel of entrepreneurs in which i discussed how did he begin with his idea of ​​teas a few years back (2002), when he wanted to do something for people.

En su conferencia conto que mientras que leía un articulo, iban apareciendo en su cabeza varias piezas de un rompecabezas: desde la tendencia de la gente en el mundo a cuidar su salud y a sentirse bien hasta el auge del té premium en Europa y los Estados Unidos, sumada a la crisis Argentina del 2002 donde desaparecieron los productos importados. 

In his conference, he said that while reading an article, there were appearing in his head several pieces of a puzzle: from the tendency of people in the world to stay healthy and feel good until the rise of premium tea in Europe and the United States , added to the Argentina crisis of 2002 where imported products disappeared.

Asimismo, el creciente interés por lo latinoamericano en el mundo; la vuelta del hombre a conectarse con la naturaleza y la sabiduría universal y, fundamentalmente su búsqueda personal (crisis de los 40), algo con lo que me senti bastante identificada.

He also mentioned the growing interest in Latin America in the world; the return of man to connect with nature and universal wisdom and fundamentally personal search (40 crisis), something that I felt quite identified...

Cuenta que estaba sentado frente a Inés Berton, una de las 11 narices del mundo, compartiendo su visión de un negocio. Semanas más tarde renunciaba a su trabajo. No tenía ni oficina, ni producto, ni marca, ni empresa. Pero la idea era tan fuerte que lo empujó a dejar la "estabilidad" profesional. 

He told us that he was sitting in front of Inés Berton, one of 11 noses in the world, sharing his vision of a business and weeks later renounced his work. He had no office, no product or brand or company. But the idea was so strong that pushed him to leave his professional "stability".

Con su mujer Anne Sophie, contában a su alrededor que íban a construir una empresa de té de alta gama, la gente los creía locos, ya que en ese momento en Argentina no existía ese mercado. 

When with his wife Anne Sophie, they told to their people around that they were going to build a company of high-end tea, people believed he was crazy because at that time there was not that market in Argentine.

Te invitamos a escuchar nuestros un poco mas de 5 minutos de charla que Guillermo nos ha concedido:

We invite you to listen our a little bit more than 5 minutes of talk that Guillermo had given us:




Florencia: estamos con Guillermo Casarotti que tiene una empresa que se llama Inti Zen que tiene varias submarcas, como Chamana. Recien dio una charla sobre su experiencia como emprendedor y me gustaria que nos cuentes como surgio la necesidad de empezar con este negocio que tiene que ver con el te y como lo ligarias a tu proyecto de vida. ¿ Ves que evolucionaste como persona cuando empezaste a emprender?, porque trabajaste en muchas multinacionales antes, tenes experiencia habiendo hecho un master en Estados Unidos. Entonces, como vos bien decias, es muy distinto lo que uno aprende en los libros con respecto a lo que hace. 

Florence: we are with Guillermo Casarotti the owner of Inti Zen, that has several sub-brands, as Chamana. Recently he gave a talk about his experience as an entrepreneur and i would like you to tell us how the need arose to start with this business that has to do with you and how you link it with your life project. Do you see that you evolved as a person when you started up ?, because you worked in many multinationals and before you got experience having made a master in the United States. Then, as you were saying well, it is very different from what you learn in books with respect to what it is.

Guillermo: la experiencia de vida.

Guillermo: life experience.

Florencia: correcto.

Florence: correct.

Guillermo: "la verdad que uno puede aprender muchisimo en la universidad, hay que ir y todo eso, pero uno tiene que estar consciente de que el emprendedorismo no es como una guia donde uno tiene un libro que dice " como ser un emprendeddor exitoso. Creo que hay mercados, hay gente, entonces uno es mejor en tal cosa que en tal otra, entonces uno no puede guiarse exactamente por, " el lo hizo asi, entonces yo lo voy a hacer igual y va a ser igual de exitoso". Creo que cada uno tiene un aporte a la sociedad y creo que eso es lo importante. Yo vengo de familia de emprendedores y senti en su momento que tenia que trabajar en multinacionales, trabaje muchos años y me senti un emprendedor. Agarre un proyecto en una multinacional y lo decia y me adueñaba, ponia pasion y todo eso. Pero ¿que paso?. En un momento de la vida, cuando tenia 40 años, de repente alli fue que todo cambio, por crisis de Argentina, crisis mia. Entonces realmente surgio esta idea y de ahi me tire a emprender. La verdad que el camino fue como muy extraño, porque lo que queria era HACER ALGO POR LA GENTE. Entonces me decian, ¿algo por la gente?, pero va a ser un Te de Alta Gama, no tiene nada que ver!
Algo por la gente no es hacer arroz o pasta o no se que historia. Puede ser un te de alta gama, pero teniendo conciencia. Y despues con los años aprendi y fui entendiendo lo que queria decir. De repente me habia bajado esa idea, queria hacer algo por la gente, queria hacer algo, pero despues con los años entendi que por ahi queria hacer algo por la gente por la comunidad en la que estoy, por la gente que trabaja en Inti Zen, diferentes cosas. Ahi creo que los emprendedores, tenemos mucho para dar. Pero muchas veces uno dice, " no, solo las grandes empresas pueden hacer responsabilidad social y eso no es asi, la responsabilidad social la haces en tu casa cotidianamente, la haces con tus amigos. Estas todo el tiempo haciendo responsabilidad social. Responsabilidad Social es porsupuesto el medioambiente, la parte social, pero dentro de la empresa por ejemplo, quienes son tus proveedores, quienes son tus clientes, que haces con la gente que trabaja ahi, que haces con los vecinos. Desde cosas basicas hasta cosas mas complejas, que pueden ser cosas cotidianas simples, desde los papeles reciclados hasta cosas mas complejas. Nosotros tenemos un caso en el que durante años intente hacer un programa de economizar energia. Nos reuniamos y deciamos, bueno tenemos que economizar la energia en el mundo, los arboles, todas las charlas zen que podian haber y el gasto de energia crecia, crecia todos los meses, hasta que un dia se nos ocurrio algo. ¿Porque no , lo que economizamos en energia lo distribuimos entre nosotros?. Osea juntar lo social y lo ambiental. Magico! Mes siguiente, 50% de ahorro, 55%, 38%, todos los meses ahorrabamos un monton! y empezamos a repartir. La gente feliz, empezo a llevarlo a su casa porque sentian que el ahorro era real. Despues cuando la energia subio lo ahorramos en Watts. Entonces lo que ahorramos en Watts lo convertimos al precio, entonces vale tambien  no solo ahorro monetario, sino ahorro en Watts, fuimos convirtiendolo hasta lograr seguir economizando los Watts y todo eso.  Yo creo que cuando uno junta cosas, es la clave del exito. Los emprendedores a veces nos creemos que tenemos toda la razon y de repente como todo el mundo tenemos una vista parcial de las cosas. Yo creo que juntos hacemos mucho mas y cuando entendemos eso, que el aporte mio a la sociedad, que el aporte del otro, y que huntos podemos hacer algo mejor, es increible como el cambio se da. Hoy alguien me decia: no, pero yo siempre me peleo, pero lo importante es el foco, tener una meta en comun, estar bien entre nosotros. Siempre va a haber un roce porque siempre estamos en distintas cosas, pero los emprendedores tenemos esto de construir puentes. Porsupuesto mi puente no es exactamente igual al tuyo, pero puede ser buenisimo porque es un complemento, pero entonces hay que entender eso, que estamos construyendo algo mas grande y creo que eso te cambia toda la dinamica. "     

Guillermo: "the truth is that one can learn a lot in college, take a lot of classes and all that, but one has to be aware that entrepreneurship is not a guide where you have a book that says" how to be a successful entrepreneur". I think there are markets, there are people, then one is better in such a thing or in such another, then one can not be guided exactly saying, "he did so, then I'm going to do the same and will be equally successful." I think everyone has a contribution to society and I think that is important. I come from an entrepreneurs family and i felt at that time that I had to work in multinationals, i worked many years and I felt as an intrapreneur. I took a project working for a multinational and I was the owner of it, laid passion and all that. But what happened?. At a time of life, when he was 40 years, suddenly all changed, it was Argentina´s crisis, my life crisis. Then I really did this idea come here and that pull me to undertake. The fact is that the road was like very strange, because what I wanted was to do something for people. Then they said to me, something for people?, but it is a Prime Tea, it has nothing to do with it!
Something for the people is not to do rice or pasta or i do not know any other story. You can be a high-end tea, but being conscious. And then over the years I learned and I was understanding what he meant. Suddenly it had dropped me the idea, wanted to do something for the people, i wanted to do something, but then over the years understood that i wanted to do something for the people in the community in which I am, people working in Inti Zen , different things. There I think entrepreneurs have a lot to give. But many times you say, "no, only large companies can make social responsibility and that it is not, the social responsibility can be done at home every day, you do it with your friends. You are all the time doing social responsibility. Social responsibility is of course the environment, the society, but within the company for instance, who are your suppliers?, who are your customers?, you must do it with people who work there, you do with the neighbors. From basic things to more complex things that can be simple everyday, from recycled papers to more complex things. We have a case in which I tried to make a program to save energy for years. We met and we said, well we have to save energy in the world, trees, all zen talks that could have and spending power grew, grew every month, until one day we came up with something. Why not we economize on energy distributing it among us ?. That is, joining social and environmental. Magical! Next month, saving 50%, 55%, 38%, every month we saved a lot! and we began to spread it. People were happy, they begun to take it home because they felt the savings was real then. When energy went up we saved it up in Watts. So what we saved in Watts we converted it to price, then it is was not only monetary savings, but savings in Watts, we were converting it to continue economizing and achieve the Watts and all that. I think when you join things, it is the key to success. We, entrepreneurs sometimes believe that we have all the reason and suddenly everyone have a partial view of things. I believe that together we do a lot more and when we understand that, that is a contribution to society, the contribution of the other, and that together we can do it better, it is amazing how change is. Today someone told me: "no, but my partners always fight me", but the important thing is the focus, have a common goal, to be well between us. There will always be a fight because we're always in different things, but entrepreneurs have this thing that is to build bridges. Of course my bridge is not exactly like yours, but it can be great because it is a complement, but then you have to understand that, we are building something bigger and I think that it changes the whole dynamic. "



Guillermo es uruguayo, casado, con 4 hijos. Obtuvo el MBA con especialización en Marketing en Cornell University (92-94), y luego se desempeñó como Product Manager en Kraf Suchard  (94-96). Fue también Brand Manager de Lays, Frenchitas y Bun para Pepsico Snacks Argentina (97-98). Luego ocupó el cargo de Director de Marketing para Burger King Argentina y Chile (99-00), bajo su dirección la empresa ganó el Clio de Oro 2000 por el recordado cartel publicitario “Flechas” de hamburguesas en el Obelisco.  Por último, se desempeñó como Marketing Manager de Roundup para Monsanto Argentina (01-02), antes de lanzarse al mundo “entreprenuer” 
En el 2003 creó Inti Zen, junto a su mujer Anne Sophie Casarotti, quienes contaron el asesoramiento de Inés Berton, la reconocida Tea Blender Argentina, para crear los 8 blends de la marca. Hoy exporta a mas de 20 países y sus tés están en las góndolas del Corte Ingles, Harrods y Galeries Lafayette. 
En el 2006 recibió por  Inti Zen el premio de La Nación a la “Excelencia Exportadora” en la categoría “Diseño mas innovador”.  En el 2007 lanzo una nueva marca de infusiones Chamana a base de hierbas, por lo que fue elegido emprendedor Endeavor, junto a su socia Inés Berton. En el 2007, por su compromiso y dedicación en programas de RSE, Guillermo Casarotti fue elegido por la Fundación American Express y Endeavor en el programa “Líder para RSE”. Recientemente, en el 2009, es elegido como socio-lider empresario AVINA. Es miembro fundador de Nuevos Aires, una organización civil sin fines de lucro, con el objetivo de contribuir activamente al desarrollo sustentable económico, social y ambiental de la comunidad. Guillermo es miembro del Consejo de Administración de Sonepar South America, filial latinoamericana del grupo francés Sonepar.

Guillermo is Uruguayan, married with 4 children. He earned an MBA with specialization in Marketing from Cornell University (92-94), and then served as Product Manager at Kraft Suchard (94-96). He was also Brand Manager of Lays, Frenchitas and Bun for Pepsico Snacks Argentina (97-98). Then he held the position of Marketing Director for Burger King Argentina and Chile (99-00), under his leadership the company won the 2000 Gold Clio for the remembered by advertising poster "Arrow" hamburger at the Obelisk. Finally, he served as Marketing Manager for Monsanto Roundup Argentina (01-02), before launching  to the "entreprenuer" world.
In 2003 created Inti Zen, with his wife Anne Sophie Casarotti, who told the advice of Inés Berton, the renowned  Argentina´s Tea Blender, to create 8 brand blends. Now he exports to over 20 countries and teas are on the shelves of the English Court, Harrods and Lafayette Galleries.
In 2006 he received the "Export Excellence" prize of the Nation, for creating Inti Zen in the "Most Innovative Design" category. In 2007 he launched a new brand of herbal tea Chamana, so he was chosen Endeavor entrepreneur, with his partner Inés Berton. In 2007, for their commitment and dedication in CSR programs, Guillermo Casarotti was chosen by the American Express Foundation and Endeavor program as a "CSR leader". Recently, in 2009, he was chosen as an  AVINA leader  partner-entrepreneur. He is a founding member of Nuevos Aires, a civil non-profit organization, in order to actively contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainable development of the community. Guillermo is a member of the South America Board of Sonepar , Latin American subsidiary of the French group Sonepar.

lunes, marzo 28, 2016

Entrevista a uno de los principales pensadores y gurues en Sustentabilidad Sistemica.

Quién es Fritjof Capra?

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., es un científico, educador, activista y autor de varios bestsellers internacionales que conectan los cambios conceptuales en la ciencia con cambios más amplios en la visión del mundo y los valores en la sociedad.

Nacido en Viena es físico y teórico de sistemas. Capra primero se hizo popularmente conocido por su libro, El Tao de la Física, que explora las formas en que la física moderna estaba cambiando nuestra visión del mundo de  mecanicista hacia una holística y ecológica. Publicado en 1975, sigue estando en la impresión de más de 40 ediciones en todo el mundo y hace referencia a la estatua de Shiva en el patio de uno de los centros más grandes y respetados del mundo para la investigación científica: el CERN, el Centro de Investigación en Física de Partículas en Ginebra.

En los últimos 30 años, Capra ha participado en una exploración sistemática de cómo otras ciencias y la sociedad están marcando el comienzo de un cambio similar en la visión del mundo, o paradigmas, lo que lleva a una nueva visión de la realidad y una nueva comprensión de las implicaciones sociales de esta cultura en transformación.


Maria Florencia Segura: ¿Que piensas del diseño de las universidades? ¿Crees que están diseñadas como para ser mas socialmente responsables y lograr un cambio cultural hacia la sustentabilidad?

Fritjof: una sociedad sustentable necesita ser diseñada de forma tal que su forma de vida, los negocios, las economías, las tecnologías y las instituciones sociales no interfieran con la capacidad inherente de la naturaleza para sostener la vida. Para hacerlo, necesitamos entender los principios de la ecología que los ecosistemas han desarrollado para sostener la web de la vida. Este conocimiento ecológico es lo que yo llamo “alfabetización ecológica” El problema con enseñar conocimiento ecológico en nuestras universidades es que, mientras la ecología es inherentemente multidisciplinaria, nuestros departamentos académicos, journals, logros profesionales, etc, están diseñados sobre lineas disciplinarias estrechas. Superar esta fragmentación en el mundo académico y moverse de un pensamiento mecanicista a un pensamiento sistémico es un gran desafío.


Maria Florencia Segura: What do you think of universities design?  Do you think they are designed to be more socially responsible and bring about a cultural change towards sustainability?

Fritjof: a sustainable society needs to be designed in such a way that its ways of life, businesses, economies, technologies, and social institutions do not interfer with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life. To do so, we need to understand the principles of ecology that ecosystems have developed to sustain the web of life. This ecological knowledge is what I call “ecological literacy.” The problem with teaching ecological knowledge at our universities is that, while ecology is inherently multidisciplinary, our academic departments, journals, career tracks, etc., are designed along narrow disciplinary lines. To overcome this fragmentation in the academic world, and to move from mechanistic toward systemic thinking, is a major challenge.

Maria Florencia Segura: en tu curso hablas de una visión sistémica de los problemas que afronta la humanidad en varias dimensiones. ¿ Que piensas de las ultimas teorías que hablan de la conciencia y la espiritualidad aplicada al management?

Fritjof: a lo largo de estos pasados 40 años, he desarrollado una síntesis única de un único entendimiento sistemico de la vida que esta emergiendo actualmente en los lugares lideres de la ciencia. Publique varias versiones de esta síntesis, mientras ha ido evolucionando, durante años. La sintesis definitiva ha sido publicada por Cambridge University Press en el libro de texto The Systems View of Life, donde fui co autor junto a Pier Luigi Luisi. Actualmente estoy enseñando un curso online, basado en este libro, que consiste en 12 lecturas e incluye un foro de discusión online en el cual participo regularmente ( ver www.capracourse.net para mayores detalles).
El pensamiento sistemico nos hace conscientes del hecho de que los mayores problemas de nuestro tiempo- económicos, de gestión, energía, cambio climático, inequidad, ética- están todos interconectados y son interdependientes. Hay problemas sistemicos que necesitan de soluciones sistemicas. Mi curso la dara a los participantes herramientas conceptuales para entender la naturaleza de nuestros problemas sistemicos y reconocer las soluciones sistemicas que han sido desarrolladas por individuos y organizaciones de todo el mundo.
La relación entre la conciencia y la espiritualidad es una parte importante de nuestro libro y de nuestro curso. Para la aplicación a la gestión, creo que el desarrollo de una nueva ética ecológica es crucial.

Maria Florencia Segura: in your course you talk about a systemic vision regarding the actual problems that is facing humanity in various dimensions. What do you think of the latest theories that speak of consciousness and spirituality applied to management?


Fritjof: over the past forty years, I have developed a unique synthesis of a new systemic understanding of life that is now emerging at the forefront of science. I published various versions of this synthesis, as it evolved, over the years. The definitive synthesis is published by Cambridge University Press in the textbook The Systems View of Life, which I coauthored with Pier Luigi Luisi. I am now teaching an online course, based on this book, which consists of 12 lectures and includes an online discussion forum in which I participate regularly (see www.capracourse.net for further details). 
Systemic thinking makes us aware of the fact that the major problems of our time — economics, management, energy, climate change, inequality, ethics —are all interconnected and interdependent. They are systemic problems that require corresponding systemic solutions. My course will give participants the conceptual tools to understand the nature of our systemic problems and to recognize the systemic solutions that are already being developed by individuals and organizations around the world.
The relationship between consciousness and spirituality is an important part of our book and of my course. For the application to management, I believe that developing a new ecological ethics is crucial.

Maria Florencia Segura: en el libro The Hidden Connections mencionas que para sostener las condiciones de vida del sistema, los principios que subyascen nuestras instituciones deben ser consistentes con la organización general de la naturaleza y que para ello debemos diseñar comunidades ecológicamente sustentables y tecnologías como alternativa a la actual globalización económica. ¿ Tiene esto relación con las ecovillages o ecoaldeas?, ¿ Que otros ejemplos podrías darnos?

Fritjof: las ecoaldeas, que actualmente existen en muchos países alrededor del mundo, son importantes ejemplos de comunidades sustentables. Otros ejemplos podrían ser la cantidad de centros de investigacion e instituciones de aprendizaje de la sociedad civil global— el Schumacher College, el Rocky Mountain Institute, el International Forum on Globalization, la Grameen Foundation, el Transition Network, Via Campesina, Slow Food, para mencionar solo algunas.

Maria Florencia Segura: in the book The Hidden Connections you mention that to sustain the living conditions of the system, the principles behind our institutions should be consistent with nature´s general organization and that we must design ecologically sustainable communities and technologies as an alternative to the current economic globalization. Does it has relationship with ecovillages ?, What other examples could you give us?

Fritjof: ecovillages, which now exist in many countries around the world, are important examples of sustainable communities. Other examples would be the many research centers and institutions of learning of the global civil society — Schumacher College, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the International Forum on Globalization, the Grameen Foundation, the Transition NetworkVia CampesinaSlow Food, to mention just a few.

Maria Florencia Segura: hay muchos autores que hablan de la Responsabilidad Social Individual. ¿ Piensas que el termino Sustentabilidad se debe aplicar al plano individual antes que en cualquier otro plano? .

Fritjof: pienso que es muy importante entender que la sustentabilidad ecológica no es una propiedad individual, sino una propiedad de una completa red de relaciones. Esto siempre involucra toda una comunidad. Esta es la lección profunda que necesitamos aprender de la naturaleza. La forma de sostener la vida es construir y nutrir a la comunidad. Esta es la lección profunda que necesitamos aprender de la naturaleza. La forma en que sostenemos la vida es construir y nutrir a nuestras comunidades. Una comunidad humana sustentable interactúa con otras comunidades- humanas y no humanas- en formas que les permita vivir y desarrollarse de acuerdo a su naturaleza.

Maria Florencia Segura: there are many authors who speak about Individual Social Responsibility.¿ Do you think that the Sustainability term should be applied to an individual level before than on any other plane? .

Fritjof: i think it is very important to realize that ecological sustainability is not an individual property but a property of an entire web of relationships. It always involves a whole community. This is the profound lesson we need to learn from nature. The way to sustain life is to build and nurture community. A sustainable human community interacts with other communities — human and nonhuman — in  ways that enable them to live and develop according to their nature.

Maria Florencia Segura: ¿ Como ves la Sustentabilidad de aquí a 10 años?

Fritjof: los próximos 10 años serán críticos para hacer una transición hacia un futuro sustentable. Aunque la mayor cantidad de gobiernos alrededor del mundo todavía están arrastrando sus pies, la red internacional de Organizaciones No Gubernamentales y el mundo de los negocios han logrado recientemente algunos de los principales hitos hacia la creación de una sociedad sustentable. En el sector energético en particular, el aumento de la generación de energías renovables ha sido espectacular. Estas son señales muy esperanzadoras.

Maria Florencia Segura: How do you see Sustainability in 10 years?

Fritjof: the next ten years will be critical for making the transition toward a sustainable future. Although most governments around the world are still dragging their feet, the international network of NGOs and the business world have recently achieved some major milestones toward creating a sustainable society. In the energy sector, in particular, the rise of renewable energy generation has been spectacular. These are very hopeful signs.

Maria Florencia Segura: ¿ Que piensas de la unión de la ciencia y la espiritualidad en un solo concepto para la sustentabilidad con ejemplos como Francisco Varela y el Dalai Lama del Mind and Life Institute?

Fritjof: como mencione anteriormente, para crear comunidades sustentables, necesitamos no solo conocimiento ecológico, sino también la correspondiente ética, y es aquí donde veo el rol mas importante para las tradiciones espirituales. Esto, de hecho, es también el mayor énfasis de la Encíclica Laudato Si del Papa Francisco (ver mi análisis detallado de la encíclica en el blog www.fritjofcapra.net )

Maria Florencia Segura: What do you think about the union of science and spirituality in a single concept for sustainability with examples like Francisco Varela and the Dalai Lama of the Mind and Life Institute?

Fritjof: as I mentioned before, to create sustainable communities, we need not only ecological knowledge but also the corresponding ethics, and this is where I see a major role for spiritual traditions. This, by the way, is also the main emphasis of Papa Francisco’s new encyclical Laudato Sì (see my detailed analysis of the encyclical on my blog at www.fritjofcapra.net). 

Maria Florencia Segura: ¿ Que piensas de la teoría de la autopoiesis de Humberto Maturana? ¿ Es importante para construcción de un mundo mas sustentable desde lo individual?

Fritjof: la teoria de la autopoiesis de Humberto Maturana y Francisco Varela, que identifica la vida biologica con una auto-organizacion, cognitiva, de redes, es la parte central de mi sintesis del entendimiento sistemico de la vida.

Maria Florencia Segura: What do you think about the autopoiesis theory of Maturana? Is it important to build a more sustainable world from the individual level?

Fritjof: the autopoiesis theory by Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, which identifies biological life with self-generating, cognitive, networks, lies at the very core of my synthesis of the systemic understanding of life.

Maria Florencia Segura: ¿Cual es la situación actual de su actividad en Brasil? 

Fritjof: he trabajado con instituciones brasileras- organizaciones de negocios, ONG´s y agencias gubernamentales- por mas de 20 años. Mi mayor socia en Brasil es Amana-Key, un programa de educacion ejecutiva en San Pablo. Las clases de mi curso on line fueron producidas por el equipo de video y diseño de Amana-Key.

Maria Florencia Segura: What is the current status of your activity in Brazil?

Fritjof: i have worked with Brazilian institutions — business organizations, NGOs, and government agencies — for over twenty years. My main partner in Brazil is Amana-Key, an executive education program in São Paulo. The lectures of my online course were produced by Amana-Key’s video and design team.

María Florencia Segura: América Latina cuenta con un gran índice de corrupción ¿Como piensas que se podría luchar contra la corrupción de una manera mas sana y eficaz en nuestros países?

Fritjof: cuando mencione anteriormente que la etica es un tema critico en los negocios de hoy en dia, la actual corrupcion dispersa por todos lados en los negocios y la politica estaban ocupando el primer lugar de mi mente. Es importante reconocer, desde mi punto de vista, que la corrupción existe, no solo en Latinoamerica, sino en muchos otros países alrededor del mundo. En los Estados Unidos, por ejemplo, hay muy, pero muy pocos políticos que no son corruptos, pero la palabra corrupción es raramente mencionada.  En cambio, la gente habla de financiación de las campañas políticas. La situación es exactamente la misma: los políticos son pagados por individuos ricos y corporaciones para desarrollar políticas que sean ventajosas para ellos.
Los valores centrales de una ética eco social son dignidad humana y sustentabilidad ecológica. Desarrollar las implicaciones detalladas de estos valores centrales no es una tarea sencilla, pero afortunadamente tenemos un magnifico documento, La Carta de la Tierra “ The Earth Charter”, que cubre el gran rango de la dignidad humana, los derechos humanos, y el respeto y el cuidado por la comunidad de la vida. La Carta de la Tierra es una declaración global de 16 valores y principios para construir un mundo justo, sustentable y pacifico. Es un resumen perfecto de la ética que necesitamos para nuestro tiempo.

Maria Florencia Segura: Latin America has a high rate of corruption How do you think we could fight corruption in a more healthy and effective way in our countries?

Fritjof: when I mentioned before that ethics is a critical issue in business today, the current wide-spread corruption in business and politics was foremost in my mind. It is important to recognize, in my view, that this corruption exists not only in Latin America but also in many other countries around the world. In the United States, for example, there are very, very few politicians who are not corrupt, but the world “corruption” is rarely mentioned. Instead, people talk about “campaign finance.” The situation is exactly the same: politicians are paid by wealthy individuals and corporations to develop policies that are advantageous to them.
 The core values of an eco-social ethics are human dignity and ecological sustainability. To develop the detailed implications of these two core values is not an easy task, but fortunately we have a magnificent document, the Earth Charter, which covers the broad range of human dignity, human rights, and the respect and care for the community of life. The Earth Charter is a global declaration of 16 values and principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful world. It is a perfect summary of the ethics we need for our time.

Para mas informacion sobre Fritjof visita http://www.fritjofcapra.net/about/

miércoles, marzo 23, 2016

2 de abril, Día Mundial de Concienciación sobre el Autismo

El próximo 2 de abril es el Día Mundial de Concienciación sobre el Autismo, establecido por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) y ratificado en nuestro país por la Ley 27.053. En este marco, se realizarán distintos actos y eventos conmemorativos para difundir y concientizar sobre esta condición. Un grupo de Acción de Rotaria invita a participar en sus proyectos sobre la temática.

Buenos Aires, Marzo de 2016.- El Trastorno del Espectro Autista (TEA) es una condición que afecta a 1 cada 68 niños según la estadística de Estados Unidos (CDC 2014). En los TEA se encuentra alterado, en distintos niveles, el desarrollo de la comunicación y el lenguaje, la interacción social, y la flexibilidad de la conducta. En apoyo a una condición que crece a nivel mundial, Rotary Internacional puso en funcionamiento distintos proyectos de servicio.    
Hace un año se formó el primer Grupo de Acción rotaria en Latinoamérica sobre Salud, Educación y Bienestar, enfocado en Autismo (HEWRAG, por sus siglas en inglés). Su principal objetivo es actuar en beneficio de una mejor calidad de vida para miles de niños con TEA (Trastorno del espectro Autista) y sus familias. En el día a día, asesora y apoya la implementación de proyectos gestionados a partir de alianzas estratégicas entre Clubes Rotarios y organizaciones de la sociedad civil especializadas en autismo. 
Rotary Club de Montserrat (Distrito 4895, Argentina) y APAdeA (Asociación Argentina de Padres de Autistas) se unieron para llevar adelante dos iniciativas: 
Aplicativos para dispositivos móviles: Este proyecto de inclusión surgió a partir de una alianza estratégica entre el Rotary Club de Montserrat, APADEA (Asociación Argentina de Padres de Autistas), CESSI (Cámara Argentina de Software) y IT Polo Tecnológico de Buenos Aires. La iniciativa consiste en el desarrollo de aplicativos gratuitos para tabletas y celulares cuyo fin es estimular la enseñanza y desarrollar habilidades cognitivas en niños y jóvenes con autismo. 

Centro de Día y Residencia-Respiro: La casa del Autismo: Este proyecto consta de la puesta en funcionamiento de un Centro de Día en la Localidad de Pilar, Provincia de Buenos Aires – Argentina. “El Centro brindará oportunidades a muchas personas afectadas por este trastorno y a sus familia en procesos educativos, informativos y de adaptación en la vida cotidiana. También se realizarán cursos a profesionales médicos de manera gratuita para futuros tratamientos, no solamente para quienes están cubiertos por obras sociales sino fundamentalmente para aquellos que no poseen estas coberturas y se encuentran desprotegidos por el actual sistema de salud. En una segunda etapa, el Centro generará espacios para futuras residencias permanentes. Es un modelo de gestión replicable en varios Centros más de Argentina y Latinoamérica”, asegura Horacio Joffre Galibert, Fundador y Presidente Honorario de APAdeA, Asociación Argentina de Padres Autistas. 
"Hablemos de Autismo" es otra iniciativa que apoya este Grupo de Acción. Se trata de la alianza entre el Rotary Club Devoto Parque (Distrito 4895, Argentina) con la Asociación TGD Padres, y su objetivo es la coordinación de un ciclo de Charlas informativas para concientizar y difundir el autismo. Cada presentación está orientada a despertar el interés sobre la temática, informar y dar a conocer distintas campañas e iniciativas relacionadas a mejorar la calidad de vida de personas con TEA. 
“Es un gran desafío apoyar el desarrollo de proyectos educativos y en salud que beneficien a miles de personas, en este caso relacionado con el trastorno del Autismo. Hay Clubes rotarios en Argentina trabajando en esa dirección y nuestra misión es que continúen sumándose muchos más para expandir el alcance del servicio y la acción de nuestro Grupo en toda Latinoamérica”, dice Miguel Angel Martinez Pereyra, del Rotary Club Montserrat Distrito 4895, y miembro del Consejo Mundial de Asesores del Grupo HEWRAG-Autismo.

Sobre Rotary
Rotary es una organización internacional de servicio humanitario compuesta por 1,2 millones de socios en 34.000 clubes rotarios que funcionan en más de 200 países y regiones geográficas. Las filas de los clubes rotarios la conforman hombres y mujeres profesionales y líderes cívicos y sus proyectos se enfocan en temas como la promoción de la paz y la resolución de conflictos, la prevención y tratamiento de enfermedades, suministro de agua y saneamiento, salud materno-infantil, alfabetización y educación básica, y desarrollo económico e integral de la comunidad.

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