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#ParticipationSignal - Issue #3

Op-Ed by Cathrin Frisemo, Founder of 'I Am Cebra' At a female investor meeting some weeks ago I was d
November 12 · Issue #3 · View online
Op-Ed by Cathrin Frisemo, Founder of ‘I Am Cebra’ 
At a female investor meeting some weeks ago I was discussing the emerging new business life with a senior male investor. One of the points that I made was the increase of female entrepreneurs and investors will influence and change the way business is made because women have other ways of doing business.
“Why not use the ways to do business that we know works?” was his response.
And then he turned to a male colleague that was the head of a well-established accounting firm looking for support. He felt pressured and I had earlier recognized his insecurity in the discussion missing many points on how the transition from the industrial age to the digital age is having major influence on work and business life.
A global mindset is emerging, and a new attitude to work as being something you do, rather than a place you go to. The workplace is 'work-wherever-you-are’ as long as there is electricity, a mobile device and Internet access. The increase of women and non-white male entrepreneurs doing business differently, including new business models is here to stay. Either you adopt or you become extinct.
The opportunities have never been so many, different, and available to so many people as it is today. People are increasingly using their supertalents and getting together in communities online, and overcoming problems that need to be solved. 
The power of networking is immense and barriers of prestige and money are diminishing. One recent example of this is the launch of the bio-hub financed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. They’re investing three billion USD to help cure, prevent and manage all children’s diseases by the end of the century. They’ve managed to get UCSF, Stanford and Berkley working together for the first time, and recruiting top-notch researchers globally to network and collaborate.
Collaboration is a common way of working for digital natives and needs to be picked up by digital immigrants to take advantage of new ways of thinking, and blending it wisely with work life experiences. Challenges lie in integrating the analogue mindset of digital immigrants, with the digitized mindset that digital natives are growing up with and developing. An open mindset and willingness to change, share, and cooperate is the way to move wisely through this transformation of society and business life that’s happening right now.
Cooperation for a common goal to create a better life for all and a sustainable planet is the only way for anyone and anything to survive. It is up to us to work together and create a prosperous and thrivable future for all who inhabit this planet.

The Real Moonshot of Our Time
The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Issue a Press Release
Empathy: The One Skill Essential to Innovation
How Companies Are Different When More Women Are in Power - WSJ
Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded - The New York Times
The Power of a Dinner Table
The myth of self-control - Vox
The Story Of How Better Began
January 2015 - Imagining what could be possible.
How two entrepreneurs from different continents embark on very different journeys that, in retrospect, taught them exactly the same things about brands, businesses and the people you need to have in your corner. And why Better Ventures existed even when it didn’t.
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What We're Listening To
Heidi's 'Better' playlist on Spotify
Meet The Team
Jame Jensen, self proclaimed 'design nerd'
This weeks featured team member is James Jensen
What We're Watching
Theather Of Life
Better Wisdom
We're on the lookout for talent to join our team
At Better Ventures, we work with some of the world’s biggest (and most loved) brands to bring new participation-based business models to life. We focus on developing bespoke participation strategies, compelling community experiences and digital/analog interfaces to facilitate both commercial transactions and social interactions between businesses and their employees, partners, consumers or fans. Our core belief is that everyone who contributes to the creation of value deserves to win.
We need new teammates who can help us make that happen.
Full details of the Participation Producer opportunity can be found on our website
We can’t wait to hear from you.
You Are What You Eat
Chicken & chorizo paella
Chicken & chorizo paella
2 cloves of garlic
1 onion
1 carrot
15 g fresh flat-leaf parsley , (15g)
70 g quality chorizo
2 skinless, boneless higher-welfare chicken thighs
olive oil
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 red pepper
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 organic chicken stock cube
300 g paella rice
100 g frozen peas
200 g frozen peeled cooked prawns , from sustainable sources
1 lemon
1) Peel and finely slice the garlic, peel and roughly chop the onion and carrot. Finely chop the parsley stalks, then roughly chop the chorizo and chicken thighs.
2) Put a lug of oil into a large lidded shallow casserole or paella pan on a medium heat, add the garlic, onion, carrot, parsley stalks, chorizo, chicken and paprika, and fry for around 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
3) Deseed and chop the pepper, then add to the pan for a further 5 minutes.
4) Stir through the tomato purée and crumble in the stock cube, then add the rice and stir for a couple of minutes so it starts to suck up all that lovely flavour.
5) Pour in 750ml of boiling water and add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Pop the lid on and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, stirring regularly from the outside in and from the inside out, and adding a splash of water if needed.
6) Stir in the peas and prawns, replace the lid, and cook for a further 5 minutes, or until hot through.
7) Season to perfection, then chop the parsley leaves, scatter them over the paella, and serve with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over.
Brought to you by Rob Dawson and Niels Jepsen (aka Better foodies)
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