Youth Perspective: Are Companies Actually Preparing for the Future?

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Youth Perspective: Are Companies Actually Preparing for the Future?

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Monday, July 15, 2013 - 4:45pm

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By Italo Alves, 21 years old, CEO of React & Change Organization

Brazilian Global Teen Leader
Education: Junior international business student at Quinnipiac University, CT

We live in a world whose future will make resources become even scarcer. This is the case for both natural resources, due to destructive actions of human beings, the effects of global warming; and human capital, as job destruction rates have increased drastically, demanding people to become multi-tasking, trying to fill the gaps of efficiency demanded by companies, and re-defining the concept of specialization as multi-specialization. On the other hand, some probable responses to these challenges have appeared: the wide-spread of education in developing countries and the substantial global population growth, but mostly in developed countries.

As I think about it during my first internship experience in the United States this summer at Ashoka – the world’s leading non-profit organization in social entrepreneurship and innovation – I wonder what could potentially happen when the scarcity of certain resources that are essential for conducting business obliged corporations and employees to turn their individualities on to meet personal and organizational goals.

Collectivity – and by that I do not mean the cultural roots of collectivist countries like Japan and Brazil, but the notion that all sectors of society must be intertwined to sustainably enhance the macroeconomic goal of high living standards – has required companies (maybe forced by governments, or maybe not) to dedicate more human and financial capital toward community development, whether it is through CSR investments or employee volunteerism. However, are companies preparing to increase community development when scarcity of resources, natural disasters, and other external factors come into play in this globalized world? How can they ensure there is enough innovation in their communities, and within their headquarters, to create real social and corporate sustainability? The answer can be creating changemaking companies.

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