30 Jun 2013

Building contributors in society …

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During an IBCL conference (Indian Business Chamber of Luxembourg) held in Luxembourg, I met a shareholder of an interesting education program called the “i-become initiative”. It is based on the fact that the society need more people who are conscious of their contribution in educational institutions, in governments and public organisations, and in corporations. Let me provide some highlights about this initiative, that does deserve to be mentionned …


Why develop Contributors ?

A contributor is an individual who seeks and aspires to contribute – to self, to organization, and to society.
Such an individual is able to lead a life of fulfillment and increasing self-esteem. As a reward, contributors are also more valued and honored by others.

Systematically building contributors will enable our society to :
create honest and transparent institutions;
build efficient and conscious businesses;
deliver projects on time and cost;
run customer-oriented services;
– channelize resources and investment into real improvement in the lives of people

The educational institution, birthplace of a contributive society

‘Effective action’ without ‘human values’ can yield personal benefits for individuals, but lead to a long-term cost to both nation and society.
‘Human values’ without ‘effective action’ can lead to noble ideas, but may not result in real changes in the world around us.
What is needed is a combination of ‘effectiveness’ with ‘human values’. This
combination is crystallized in the “contributor mindset”.
Students who adopt and develop the right mindsets early in their professional career are able to bring about a positive and sustainable change in their overall personality. They are able to grow the right approaches to their peers, seniors, industry, and their own future. They become more responsible to society at large, and capable of shaping their own lives.
Universities can play a very important role in developing and nurturing the right mindsets within their students (and thereby “create a pipeline of contributors”).

At the end of the day, building contributors calls for an expansion of the role of the educational institution. The role must go beyond “giving degrees” to “unleashing the power to contribute” in individuals.

A change process

Building a contributor entails changes at 3 levels :
at the fundamental level, it requires the individual to re-examine his/her fundamental axioms of life. Example: “what does success mean to me? What is my attitude to success and failure ?”
at the personal practice level, the individual has to adopt supporting practices. Example: contributors practise “trust commitments” by setting clear expectations, and meeting them.
at the domain application level, the individual must visualize his/her contributions in various role contexts. Examples: contributor teacher, contributor salesman, etc.

Example of "thinking shifts"

Example of “thinking shifts”

More info. about this approach in education and training are available on the following websites :

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