63 How does the Integrative Improvement approach relate to the Sustainable Local Enterprise Network (SLEN) model?

a) The MIT Sloan Management Review at http://sloanreview.mit.edu/smr/issue/2005/fall/09/ decribes “Creating Sustainable Local Enterprise Networks” by David Wheeler, Kevin McKague, Jane Thomson, Rachel Davies, Jacqueline Medalye and Marina Prada as follows:-

“By analyzing 50 cases of successful sustainable enterprise in developing countries, the authors developed a conceptual framework they call the Sustainable Local Enterprise Network model. Analysis of the 50 cases revealed that examples of successful sustainable enterprise in developing countries often involve informal networks that include businesses, not-for-profit organizations, local communities and other actors. These networks can lead to virtuous cycles of reinvestment in an area’s financial, social, human and ecological capital. Successful SLENs, the authors found, require at least one business enterprise to ensure the network’s financial sustainability and serve as its anchor; however, that anchor role may be played by a cooperative or a profitable social enterprise launched by a non-governmental organization. While multinational corporations were some times part of the SLENs studied, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and sustainable local businesses were more common.

Using a number of examples from their research, the authors describe how SLENs operate. Examples include networks involving Honey Care Africa Ltd., a honey company based in Nairobi, Kenya, which aims to promote rural development through beekeeping, and Grameen Shakti, which sells solar energy systems for homes in Bangladesh. The authors conclude with recommendations for fostering the development of SLENs, such as setting up training programs in sustainable entrepreneurship in developing countries.”

b) In 2005, David Wheeler, in an interview about the article with World Resources Institute's Next Billion.net stated: “... most of all we need holistic thinking with all actors supporting integrated long term investments in all asset classes.” He stressed “The empirical support for the model is substantive.” He also stated “...we are only scratching the surface of the true potential for what the UN has termed the 'Unleashing Entrpreneurship' agenda.”

c) With its emphasis on entrepreneurship, Integrative Thinking and Integrative Governance, the Integrative Improvement approach seems compatible with the SLEN model and the Integrative Improvement Institutes Project could be a suitable way for facilitating its spread. 

64 How would joining the Integrative Improvement Institutes Project lead to Integrative Democracy, sustainability and peace?

a) The integrative structure of the Integrative Improvement Institutes Project and the tools embedded in the Integrative Improvement approach would help achieve individual and organisational integrity, stakeholder engagement, trust, responsible behaviour, accountability and transparency so the need for regulation and government intervention would be diminished.

b) The voice of civil society and businesses would be clearer and more structured so governments would be better informed and better able to integrate the views of all in their decision making and actions.


c) All would have a common basis for communication – the essential ingredient for any successful enterprise including democracy, sustainability and peace.

d) These three advances would provide the basis for Integrative Democracy .

e) Gross inequality of human well-being is unsustainable – it can lead to wars, unfulfilled lives, preventable illness and premature death. Just improving environmental sustainability is unsustainable – it only delays the destruction of our world. To attain a peaceful and sustainable world we will need to achieve environmental sustainability and greatly reduce inequality of human well-being so each person's life is sustainable. This is practicable if we refine capitalism in the light of our recently much improved scientific understanding of the human mind and of our complex world. The Integrative Improvement Institutes Project offers a self-funding way to begin to do this and help accelerate a move towards Integrative Democracy, sustainability and peace.