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Decent work and economic growth

After a student graduates from university, (s)he has to search for a job. It can be that (s)he will have difficulty in searching a job and not be able to find one. As a result, (s)he will remain unemployed. In some countries, benefits would be offered to unemployees until they have found a job. Nonetheless, in other countries, unemployees would have to deal with poverty. Furthermore, countries which offer benefits to unemployees should create more jobs  for them. The eight sustainable development goal decent work and economic growth deals with  this unemployment. Moreover, the goal includes  the aspect child labour.  In some countries like India, children start working at a young in order to support their parents to nourish the whole family. These children work in manufactories where clothes are made, and it can be said that these children work in miserable circumstances. Not only children work in miserable circumstances,  adults as well.  All humans should be working in proper and good conditions and circumstances. Consequently, the eight sustainable development goal economic growth and decent work deals with this child labour, unemployement and work conditions.


This week, we want to share with you an organization that deal with this sustainable development goal:Youth Economic Empowerment Plan Nederland

Youth Economic Empowerment- Plan Nederland

Plan is an international organisation established in several countries. It aims at combating poverty in these countries and helping girls. One of its  affliation is situated in the Netherlands called Plan Nederland. Plan Nederland has one programme that focuses on unemployment in youth unemployment in developing countries called Youth Economic Empowerment. The goal of Youth Economic Empowerment is to reduce youth unemployment in  developing countries. On its website, you’ll see one of Youth Economic Empowerment in India.

For more information on this organisation visit: 
https://www.plannederland.nl/
https://plan-international.org/

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Clean energy

During the winter, you turn on the heat because it is freezing. In order to have a warm heat, energy is required to produce  electricity that creates warmth. We need energy for work, living, well-being and welfare. Energy can be found worldwide; however,  millions of people worldwide don’t have energy?

The energy we use may have its origin in various sources. The following  sources of energy are used to generate power: solar energy, wind energy, hydrogen energy, nuclear power and fossil fuels.  The latter can be running down due to use of them by companies. Moreover, the use of fossil fuels may result in pollution as  companies emit Co2.  For this reason, another durable source of energy needs to be found instead of still depending on fossil fuels, and all humans should be able to afford energy. That is all what the seventh sustainable development goal affordable and clean energy revolves around.

This week, we want to share with you two organizations that deal with this sustainable development goal: Hivos people unlimited and Solar Energy Program.

Hivos people unlimited, an international organization, deals with several world issues, and it sets up projects to solve these issues. This organization is situated  in various countries, and  one of the issues it addresses is durable energy. It has a programme for durable energy which aims at companies, governments and people without  access to energy.It is through this programme that  humans will be informed on durable energy, and persuaded of its good use. In order to persuade people of the use of durable energy, Hivos offered affordable and clean  energy to the poorest through the provision of technical tools to create affordable and clean energy.

Solar Energy  International is an international organization that aims at offering clean and affordable energy to those who do not have access to energy, and  it cooperates with universities and governments. In order to provide clean and affordable energy, trainings are offered to communities, locals etc to create durable energy.

If you want to know more on these organizations visit:
https://www.hivos.nl/ or for the English website https://hivos.org/
https://www.solarenergy.org/

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Rural Water Network Supply and Aqual for All

The fifth sustainable development goal is clean water and sanitation. You may have heard of this sustainable development  goal before  and think that it is only about having access to clean water and sanitary  facilities worldwide. On the other hand, this sustainable development goal is more than having access to clean water and sanitary facilities.  It is also about providing quality and sustainable water resources and water.  

In developed countries, people have access to clean water and sanitary facilities. For example, in the Netherlands, people have access to clean tap water and toilet. However, this is not the case for everyone.  Although the access of drink water has been improved since 1990, it can be said that 650 billion of people still do not have access to clean water.  Lack of clean water may  affect people’s live, and it may have severe consequences. The following  consequences may be attributed to lack of clean water: diseases,  less education orfood shortages.

When it comes to  sanitation, it can be regarded as important. Sanitation such as toilets prevent diseases to be spread as people go to the toilet instead of outdoor. Sanitation is considered as normal  in some countries; however, there are countries that lack of sanitation.

This week, we want to share with you the organizations Rural Water Network Supply and Aqua for All that contributes to the sustainable development goal clean water and sanitation.
In order to provide water in these countries where there is lack of water, the Rural Water Network Supply, a network of water organizations, cooperates with other water organizations, and together they improve water services and provide water supply in these countries.   Compared to the organization Rural Water network Supply, the organization Aqua for All also deals with  sanitation. Aqua for All, an organization created by the Dutch Water sector, provides expertise to countries on how to deal with challenges regarding water, hygiene, and sanitation. As a result, people will  have access to water and sanitation in these countries.

For more information on Aqua for All and Rural Water Network Supply  visit:
http://aquaforall.org/
http://www.rural-water-supply.net/en/

 

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The Accelerate Your Collective day 3

Today, the third and final day of the Accelerate Your Collective  started. During the three days event,  Pop Up companies have been working very hard on their Pop Up Companies by carrying out various activities such as design thinking,  creating a business  model canvas etcera. The following Pop Up Companies were present today: Refugees & Local Mothers,  and New Expat Event.

The day started with a short introduction of the programme of today. Followed by  Bram Alkema’s presentation on the business model canvas . During his presentation, he explained the various business model canvases that there were. As an example Google was used for explaining a business model canvas, and the customers, revenue, channels and proposition were discussed for Google. Afterwards, the Pop Up Companies had to make a business model canvas for their Pop Up Companies and define customers, proposition, channel, and revenue. After they made a business model canvas for their Pop Up Companies,  Bram Alkema explained resources,  balansheets, partnerships, costs, and revenue. All these things Pop Up Companies had to include in their business model canvas and explain what they were for their Pop Up Companies.

Then, it was up to Art Hordijk  to give a presentation on hollocracy. In his presentation, he defined hollocracy as starting an organisation in a different way. It is purpose-driven. The purpose clarifies the organizational identity and the organizational intention. In his presentation, it was also clear that each role has a purpose, and the roles provide various meetings. In order to apply what was said about hollocracy, Pop Up Companies had to  take a look on what their roles within their Pop Up Companies could be .

The exercise on looking on the roles within their Pop Up Companies was continued by Dr Roberto Valenti's presentation on the block chain. In this presentation, he explained the block chain and  tokens. As Pop Up Companies have been carrying out activities for their Pop up Companies and listening to presentations from 10 o'clock, it became  time to destress them through the exercise of searching in ourselves. In this exercise, they had to close their eyes and move their feet.

Further, the bootcamp continued with Margreet de Pijl's presentation on planning and funding.  During the presentation, the following steps were explained that Pop Up Companies had to include: planning, financial planning, agreement contract with various steps, and reason and contribution. They started directly working on these steps after the presentation. It was also moment they started working on their pitch presentations. In the evening, they presented their pitch to the audience which included people from the swarm, acquaintances and friends. Each person had the opportunity to ask some questions to the Pop Up Companies, and these Pop Up Companies managed to respond all questions.  Their presentations were followed by  Alide Roervink's video on the Sustainable Development  Goals. Her video on the Sustainable Development Goals was related to the presentation of a person from the audience on her organization. In order to end the Accelerate Your Collective , there was a cocktail party where Pop Up companies had the opportunity to network for their Pop Up Companies.
 

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Accelerate Collective bootcamp

Today, the three-days Accelerate Collective bootcamp started. During this bootcamp day one, pop up companies  carried out several duties.  The following pop up companies participated today: Refugees & local mothers, BuurtUp, and New Expat Event.

Prior starting the bootcamp, Margreet van der Pijl presented the three-days Accelete Collective bootcamp programme with the aim of informing the pop up companies what they will do during the bootcamp and what they could expect. Followed by Simone Heijhoff's presentation on searching in ourselves. The latter is a programme  already used by Google which is about mindfullness. She defined searching in ourselves as searching who you think you are and thinking what you consider as important. In order to experience how the searching in ourselves programme looks like, we had to do some exercises. The first exercise included closing our eyes; and start breathing in and out. In the second exercise, we had to select an unfamiliar person in the room as a partner, and together  we had to look at one another and stare at each other faces  while stand up. Afterwards, we  told each other what came up in our minds while we were staring at each other. Then, there was a short evaluation were we discussed how the exercise went. 

The bootcamp continued with Marjolijn Jansen's presentation on design thinking. As working for the company Guideon,  the company invented the Design kit. In her presentation,  she defined design thinking as bringing your ideas to live. In other words, a prototype is created from your idea/ideas. This prototype is  tested by people who will provide you some feedback. This can be a challenge. In spite being a challenge, feedback enables you to improve the prototype. Furthermore, she explained that design thinking can be divided into several stages. The following stages are incorporated into   design thinking: reflection, imagination, ideation, design, experience, and observation. This is also known as RIIDEO. In the reflection stage, you think what the problem is, and what do we know about it. In other words, it is all about finding out who is in the team and what the goals are of others. Everyone has a different view on the problem. In the imagination stage,  your mind  needs to be a dreamset.  You have a child's mindset . The ideation stage revolves around thinking of ideas and selecting one of these ideas. The latter results in creating a protoype in the design stage which will be tested by people on the street who will give feedback in the experience stage. At the end, conclusions will be made. 

In order to experience the stages of design thinking, the pop up companies went through all the stages starting with the reflection stage. Afterwards, they started crafting and used crafting objects that were made at their disposal for the imagination stage. This led to thinking of ideas and selecting one idea. All pop up companies transformed the idea into a prototype that was tested on the street by people or by calling people who provided feedback by interviewing them. For some, it was a challenge to obtain feedback. Prior continuing to the last stage, we did  again a searching in ourselves exercise. Then, they went through the last stage where they put everything on the table and looked where they are now. In brief, they made conclusions. At the end of this stage, each pop up company presented the conclusions to each other.

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Gender equality

Enactus Women Helping Women

When you think of the sustainable development goal gender equality, you may think of theequality between males and females in terms of wages. However, it is more than that. The sustainable development goal gender equality revolves aroundadvocating the same rights for women as men have; making an end to violence against women,  and human trafficking regarding girls and women; ensuring girl’s access to education; reducing child’smarriage; ending female genital mutilation/cutting worldwide; and assuring that women participate in politics.
This week, we want to share with you Enactus Women Helping Women that contributes to the sustainable development goal gender equality. Today, I had the opportunity to interview theteam leader of Enactus Women Helping Women on Enactus Women Helping Women. The latter is a start-up and part of Enactus, which is an international organization composed of students, business leaders, and academics where students learn in an entrepreneurial way to help to turn society (world) into a better place. Enactus Women Helping Women aims at empowering women andreintergratingteenagers who have children in society. In order to help these women reintergrate and participate in society, there are workshops. One of these workshops is a workshop where these teenagers make bags and desgin them personally. At the end, these bags will be sold. The money that is gained byselling these bags can be used by these teenagers to be invested in themselves. In order words, money is used to provide their needs such clothes, food etc.
If you want to help/support Enactus Women Helping Women, you may go to the website http://enactuseur.nl/, where you'll find information on how to help/support. Contact information can also be found on the website. Furthermore, Enactus Women Helping Women can also be contacted through their Facebook page Women Helping Women onthe following link:  https://www.facebook.com/whwenactus/
For more information on Women Helping Women, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/whwenactus/
 

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Tools to identify and assign roles in a decentralized, flexible work environment

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The world deals with innumerable challenges we need to find solutions to and we cannot wait for governments or corporations to address these challenges. We believe that collaboration is key to innovate and that by working in swarms of motivated people, we will outnumber any large organizational or governmental body, making it possible to find solutions to these challenges. Co-creation is an essential part of this, by creating ownership people become enthusiastic and motivated. With a good idea and motivation, you should be able to put your plans into action. To get the ball to roll much faster, we however first need to be able to organize these swarms. How often have you heard the buzzwords of Self realization and Flexible work environments, or Making a living of the work you do? We want to make all of this happen but have run into quite some challenges this year, leading to a big learning curve and insights we would like to share with you.

Bee Collective is purpose driven and believes in the power of the crowd to make a positive change in the world. Access to multidisciplinary knowledge capital and talent is therefor needed and crowd sourcing a variety of skills and expertise within the swarm can be made possible by organizing in a flexible way. Online tools are however needed to connect in swarms of people from different disciplines, that can choose their own projects to work on, based on what they want to. Within our swarm, individuals are encouraged for example to make decisions on their own and have decision power, therefore we are structured in a non hierarchical way.  We mainly work remotely and it was a challenge to get the whole team engaged with some new technologies for example. Even more challenging however, was changing the culture of how things are done. Within the core team of Bee Collective Holland Hive, we therefore practiced with different ways of self-management:

The platform Part-Up makes it possible for anyone to join a project that corresponds with their values and that he or she can contribute to. Making it possible to develop different qualities and pursue professional growth. Runners that have an idea on how to solve a problem can find team members within the Bee Collective Tribe or swarm on Part-Up and can start working as a Pop Up Company (PUC).  We integrated ideas from Holacracy to facilitate developments in the team structure and have used the Glass Frog platform to make this transparent and to inform each other and experienced very effective meetings due to this.

Holocracy makes it possible for each person in the team to influence governance and offers guidelines to outline the rules by which roles are assigned and on the boundaries the roles should have. People can design their own roles by matching their individual capabilities with the goals of the organization. It possible to have multiple roles in various teams and with the Glass Frog platform in “circles,” so called building blocks, individual roles are defined based on the work that needs to be accomplished. Circle member can propose changes which are adopted unless another member objects that the circle might be harmed by this. This makes it possible to experiment with new roles and easier to adapt to new situations and innovate faster.

Information on who holds which role and who is responsible for which part of the job is made accessible to everyone in the organization. Temporary (for-profit) projects, PUC´s, can be started—with a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed goal, based on these circles (also called tribes). Platform tools like GlassFrog make it possible to make interactions transparent, have desired outcomes clearly defined, which we call these milestones, and make sure things are decided on together. When the work is done milestones can be changed, copied or removed when the problem is solved.

This year, we aim to come together with more people, online and offline, with shared responsibilities, making it possible for connections to take place that co-create innovative solutions and business plans.  
We are curious to hear what makes you heart beat faster? Would you like to pursue a multitude of interests and contribute to solving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?  Become part of our community of doers that is waiting to help you get started and access the tools to build new business models that change the world positively.

By Sara Stevenson
 

You can start your own Pop Up Company on Wednesday evening the 18th of January. This day the 2nd edition of Beecoming Your Collective will take place in the new Impact Hub. If you know someone else who would like to set up a Pop Up Company, they can also subscribe here. We ask of Runners to send us a video message upfront in which they present their idea, so we can promote this and attract people who want to join their teams!

See you soon!

Warm greetings, the Bee Collective Hive

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Using the Blockchain to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s)

Pop Up Companies (PUC´s)

More and more people get uncomfortable with rigid corporate structures (1) but at the same time want to make a fair living. What can we do to help these people to work outside the boundaries of organizations while increasing the incentive for them to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Bee Collective – Swarm Solutions contributes to solving parts of complex problems by helping people to effectively work in flexible teams, described as Pop Up Companies (PUC´s).  Bee Collective is organized as a Decentralized Collective Organization (DCO), an approach that is fast and efficient as not everything has to be reported to a central lead (2). Linux (3) and assembly are famous examples that also make use of a decentralized model. For flexible work as well as for solving complex problems like the SDG´s, collaboration is of key importance. The multidisciplinary knowledge capital that is needed can be crowd sourced from the swarm through networking technologies like platform Part-Up, which facilitates working in networks (4). The PUC´s, temporary for profit companies, clearly define specific milestones that contribute in one way or another to achieving the SDGs. But what does all of this have to do with the block chain?

During the Partos Innovation Event that took place at the NEMO Science Museum on the 6th of October, Perry Smit, advisor at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, described different uses of the blockchain. Examples are the use of smart contracts and registering land titles (Bitland, Africa; Bitnation, NL) as well as votes through the blockchain. The blockchain-technology, known mainly from digital currency Bitcoin provides opportunities to reward contributions in a fair manner (5).  At the event, Bee Collective pitched the idea of using the Blockchain to increase the incentive of people and companies to contribute to reaching the SDG’s by doing just this.  But how?

The Blockchain

The blockchain is the revolutionary technology behind cryptocurrency Bitcoin and is an ever-lengthening chain of blocks of data. Each block contains a compact record of things that have happened. This means that transactions and contributions in the blockchain are registered and will forever be visible. The blockchain technology enables decentralized organizing, it is distributed and not centralized and therefore everyone can be a participant. Peer to peer transactions from phone to phone, can be made without any middleman, a central authority or entity, interfering. The main reason that central authorities or entities exist in foundations and organizations, is to control and guarantee trust. This bureaucratic and time consuming process brings prices up as the middle man also needs to be paid. A transaction with digital currency Bitcoin can be done without any bank (account) or credit card company, as transactions done in the blockchain are not changeable and will always be visible. In this way the open-source distributed database of the blockchain, facilitates tracking of collaborations, interactions and transactions (5). The idea is therefore that the Blockchain can make international collaborations between people possible, without having to establish trust through bureaucratic measures.

Rewarding contributions to reach the SDG´s

Tapscott, coauthor of the new book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World described how this technology has the ability to, through a true peer-to-peer exchange of value´ craft a much more egalitarian, prosperous society where everyone gets to share in the wealth that they create´ (6). An example could be sharing social capital (like your connections or other valuable information). This can be very valuable economically, however this is often not rewarded financially. Airbnb and Uber are examples of companies that harness social capital in the form of reviews on their on their social networks to create trust. This leads to a crowd sourced quality control that relies completely on the contributions of the people, who are currently not rewarded for this. Only a small group of people really thrive on the achieved success of the platforms. The idea of Bee Collective is to make it possible to value contributions to reach the SDG´s with bitcoins and reward them fairly financially.  As all transactions done in the blockchain, like contributions made by individuals and companies to solve the SDG´s,  will always be visible, they are more likely to be rewarded fairly. We hope this will be an incentive for people to invest time and energy in solving these complex problems. During the presentation of Perry Smit at the Partos Innovation Event, Tey Elrouja cofounder of Bitnoxx, also described a whole other array of opportunities like the registration of someone’s identity and diplomas, which could prevent a lot of misery among displaced people. 

We are very optimistic about the revolutionary use of the blockchain. If you have any idea on how to help us take advantage of the possibilities to reach the SDG´s, please get into contact with us. - By Sara Stevenson

 

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The New Expat Event


Update 31st of October

Today, the participants of the New Expat Event received: 

  1. Career coaching from the Nyenrode Business University; 
  2. The opportunity to expand their network; 
  3. Their cv's have been sent to possible matching companies by our Nyenrode Pop Up Company (PUC)

Are you interested in participating in a future edition of the New Expat Event?  Get in touch with us through info@bee-collective.com. 

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We’re proud to announce an event hosted by our Nyenrode Pop Up Company (PUC); containing a group of socially-involved and extremely motivated (MSc) students. The goal of the New Expat Event is to match ICT company's vacancies with New Expats - a more welcoming reference for refugees - who are suited for the positions. 

Filling an open IT position with a New Expat provides many benefits, including: 

  • Subsidies from the government when hiring New Expats
  • Positions the company as socially responsible and helps differentiate on the market
  • Exposure on our media channels
  • Fresh and multicultural perspectives by highly motivated new members of society
  • ICT is similar around the globe; lower introductory training required

The New Expats attending this event will be selected according to company requirements by the Municipality of Amsterdam, the students’ partner for this project.

The event will be an organized 4-hour networking session with lunch. 

Date: 31 October 2016, 9.00-13.00
Location: Hotel Casa400, Amsterdam

We’d like to invite IT companies to sign up through this link.
 

Let’s make it our social responsibility to help as many New Expats as possible to enter the job market, and reduce their dependency on the state! 


For more information don’t hesitate to contact us, or the Nyenrode PUC initiator: Daniela Resch daniela.resch.2809@gmail.com. 

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Tax evasion and sustainable development

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Today it is TAX Justice Blogging day and I am sure you have heard about the complex strategies that big multinational companies have adopted to evade paying tax. But what are the effects of tax- evasion on sustainable development and developing countries?

Let me start with a short introduction explaining the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance. Tax evasion is illegal and occurs when individuals for example intentionally do not declare their money or earnings to internal revenue services. Tax avoidance is however not necessarily illegal and means maximizing your tax deductions for example by donating to charities. Many constructions that facilitate tax avoidance in other countries are ´described as legal,´ however they can have big consequences on economic development.

Billions of dollars have been hidden in Switzerland and other more remote tax havens for example by multi-nationals and rich individuals that take advantage of the different tax rates in different countries. Also special arrangements are made between companies and the tax- authorities in countries that have more favorable tax rates than others like the Netherlands. Big companies like Apple, E-bay, Google and Starbucks pay payroll tax as well as business rates, however they are trying to avoid, where possible, to pay corporation tax. Corporation tax is the tax you pay over your profits and not over your sales. So if you can reduce your profits on paper, you can bring down this tax. Some tactics to achieve a lower profit are;

  • bringing your costs up, through heavy interest rates (agreements with investors),
  • debts or losses over past years that were not profitable,
  • royalty agreements through inter company interests on sales of a specific brand name.

Starbucks is a famous example that has officially gone into the books as paying very little corporation tax because, according to the paperwork, they have made losses for over 14 years in the UK. For every specific drink that is sold, royalties are paid for brand rights. These costs are then paid to offices located in the Netherlands for example, while ´officially´ the company is making little profit. This is convenient to bring down corporation tax.

 

Unfair competition

The flow of capital is very complicated and it is apparently not too difficult to lie about your profit. But only if the company is able to hire expensive lawyers and consultancy firms to help declare low profits and in this way reduce and minimize their tax bills.  Tax evasion tactics have become a sport for companies and bankers from banks like HSBC in the UK that has been found to facilitate ´legal tax evasion´ (Falsiani files). Lawyers and accountants facilitate schemes for big multinationals to evade tax payment while small national companies, that also pay payroll tax and business rates, do not have access to these tax cuts. Because small companies and taxpayers do not have access to these strategies designed by consultancy companies, they are paying comparatively more tax. So while public revenues, which are needed to pay the social bills of schools and hospitals are being depleted due to tax evasion, small businesses are  at the same time destroyed  because of unfair competition. This all together has big consequences for economic development.

Poverty and inequality
What I find interesting, is to wonder why big companies are investing so much in these complex offshore structures to hide their assets and refuse to pay federal taxes.  As described by Noam Chomsky, American linguist and one of the most influential thinkers of the 21st century, the fact that many countries are losing a significant amount of tax revenue is actually a gesture  symbolizing a refusal to make a voluntary contribution to the government. Not putting enough tax back into the economy means choosing not to support the continuation of social structures that are put into place by governments through  tax money. Examples are transportation (roads, infrastructure), safety to transport and sell products without getting robbed, but also quality controls and high quality ingredients and very important access to education that provides companies eventually with access to skilled employees. Negative consequences of refusing to pay federal taxes will someday be felt by everyone. This can be in bad education, resulting in bad roads, buildings as well as difficulties with finding skilled employees for your company. Noam Chomsky has nicely described our attitude towards taxes as illustrative of how democratic a society is:

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Here we are getting together to fund the society that we have decided on.´ - Noam Chomsky

According to Chomsky,  tax paying day should be a day of celebration. Tax evasion is therefore, apart from putting small companies out of work that ARE paying their taxes, due to the social function of tax causing inequality and corrupting the global economy.  

So what can we do? 

Countries need to take their responsibility and governments should and can do much more to prevent tax avoidance and evasion. The “tax planning opportunities” that are clearly available  should be corrected for example through improved information exchange between countries. The offshore-industry and trust offices are however still controversial subjects and often tax evasion is still left unpunished. According to Richard Brooks, the former senior investigator in the Inland Revenue’s International Division and leading writer on tax, countries will be ´fiscally eating itself´ if governments do not put a stop to this. Estimations have been made of numbers as big as 21 to 32 trillion dollars in 2010, of which one third is estimated to be evaded in developing worlds. This money, parked in offshore havens is desperately needed however by developing countries to build the structures to grow. While people are complaining that global aid money is being paid to developing countries, because of the tax evasion that is facilitated by the Netherlands alone, an estimated 460 million in taxes is lost by developing countries. When we look at the whole picture, the effect of loosing this money, that could have been invested back into society promoting economic development, is not contributing to the social system the company so happily took advantage of.

´One thing is sure, without commitment from rich nations, sustainable development for all people will remain an idealistic dream´ -  Mogens Lykketoft, (the President of the UN General Assembly).

As described by  the sustainable development knowledge platform, changes to the international tax laws that make multi-national companies pay their fair share of tax, are needed  and possible to make the 17 development goals (UN member states) a reality. Therefore we are calling for national action and global cooperation to make tax fair. This will contribute greatly to the reduction of poverty and  inequality andcreate a shift in the global economy to more just societies.

By Sara Stevenson

Watch and read more here

#TaxJustice  #MakeTaxFair

Why International Tax Justice blogging Day? 
Why are we campaigning today and encouraging people to become more aware about what the effects are of tax evasion? Unfair tax has a negative effect for example on the 17 Goals that apply to all UN member states and call for national action and global cooperation to end poverty and reduce inequality and build more peaceful and just societies. Tax campaigner activists, supported by over 20 organisations across Europe and the Global South as part of the EU project Tax Justice Together, are writing blogs to outline why they are campaigning in support of tax justice and why it is important to encourage young European citizens to be aware of issues around tax in their country. On the 7th September, partners will promote these blogs to create online noise and awareness about.

 

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Innovating the way we work

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Innovating the way we work

The Sharing Economy
Due to digitization, the industrial hardware driven world: focused on growth and the creation of cheap physical products, is moving to a world of collaborative consumed goods and foods. Networking technologies have made the so called sharing economy possible, in which companies like house renting platform AirBnB and shared transportation company Uber flourish. This new economy is, together with access to free products like 3D designs and open source software, disrupting existing markets for example due to greatly reduced transaction costs. Knowledge has become freely available for everyone through learning platforms creating expectations for the achievement of a redistribution of wealth. Online networks create possibilities for new ways of working, in which  individuals can pursue a multitude of interests. And resources previously mainly available to large-scale organizations like access to multidisciplinary knowledge capital and talent, has now become accessible to almost every organization or company through online platforms like Upwork, a global freelancing platform. 

Working in Networks
That the 'traditional' workplace has become less attractive is shown by the growing amount of freelancers. Social networking online influences our possibilities to move beyond organizations. New ways of working are introduces that are about much more than flexible work places at the office and co-working spaces. New ways of working give the prospect of being able to become a digital nomad for example: being able to work from wherever, whenever online. And makes it possible to search out work that creates a positive impact on the world, which is important for many Millennials (people that are under 35 years of age). These opportunities have amongst others led to the initiative of Bee Collective Swarm Solutions. Bee Collective takes advantage of the opportunities networking technologies provide to crowdsource multidisciplinary knowledge capital that is accessible through networking technologies. We do this through a distributed network that wants to solve complex problems and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’ s) together.  

Co-creating solutions
Bee Collective is an internationally-oriented organization that  understands that we are only at the beginning of understanding how we can effectively use networking technologies and the power of the crowd for complex problem solving. At Bee Collective we want to drive the Future of Business and make it possible for example for people to work on diverse projects in Pop Up companies that, while contributing to the SDGs, are also making a living out of it. To help people do this, as a learning organization we are testing and experimenting with crowdsourcing platforms, like PartUp and Glassfrog, and strategies like Holocracy. The idea is that people can use their can use their variety of (-complementary) skills to contribute to, or as we call it swarm around parts of the SDG’ s. We will share our trials and tribulations on the use of these networking technologies and are also very curious to hear:

  • What tools and platforms YOU are using to facilitate the switch from the 'traditional' workplace to new ways of working? And,
  • What has worked for you so far and what hasn’t?

By Sara Stevenson

 

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What we are doing and WHY!

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What we are doing and WHY!

Infographic Bee Collective - Swarm Solutions

We are delighted with visual artist Edwin Stoop's explanation of what we are doing and WHY!

Visual Harvesting or Graphic facilitation creates a short, visual, high-impact and easy to understand summary of an event or workshop and can be a great addition to any report or publication.

Find out more about Edwin's work here: Sketchingmaniacs

 

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