Recurring themes in this 21st Century Organization blog are open innovation, the power of engaging stakeholders and connecting intelligence to innovate and solve business challenges, topics we've written about for Inside Knowledge.
Today we're announcing our "Wikisourcing Sustainable Enterprises" (WSE) initiative to put the theory to the test.
We are embarking on an ambitious initiative to "crowdsource", using a wiki, examples of enterprises with attention getting sustainability initiatives. We want to reach beyond the top 10 or 20 large enterprises who are always the subject of press articles. We want to hear what's happening at the grassroots and how people deep inside organizations, business partners, customers, industry observers, and you define "sustainable enterprises".
WSE grew from our contributions to The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook, Ch 8, "Transorganizational Collaboration and Sustainability Networks". What we heard at book events was story after story of the need for examples of sustainability initiatives to help people deep inside organizations make the business case for taking action.
With help from colleagues we've developed a standard profile template. With your participation we hope to create a growing library of profiles revealing sustainability initiatives happening in enterprises small and large to provide practical insights and lessons learned for others to act upon. Our thanks go to Open-Sustainability.org founders Sean and Angela McClowry for hosting us.
WSE is still in beta as we seek to fine tune the template and make contributing profiles as simple as possible. Your assistance in exploring WSE, adding profiles and or suggesting enterprises that deserve attention while providing feedback on wiki usability are all appreciated. Feel free to challenge our thinking and or make comments here.
Jenny Ambrozek & Victoria G. Axelrod