Performance improvement (PI) professionals and the organizations for whom they work can help solve major environmental and social problems in today’s ever changing and fast-paced world. This was the key point Klaus Wittkuhn, CPT, President of ISPI Global, made during his presentation at ISPI Montreal’s event: “Making the World a Better Place.” Held October 27 at the PETERwHART Gallery, it was attended by 65 local chapter members and ISPI Global Board members.
Klaus discussed four problems that have global impact:
- The growing income gap between the richest and poorest individuals and the unequal distribution of wealth among rich and poor nations
- The social problems caused by the advancement of technology, including job loss and the wealth and economic power granted to companies that control technology
- The environmental degradation and unsustainable development driven by the worldwide economic system
- The resettlement of huge refugee populations from politically unstable to politically stable countries
“The rich developed societies that have developed great wealth through technology and speed have reached a turning point in their history,” he said, where their challenge is to use resources to address global problems that will only increase in scope and severity “Politics should be about how we can develop harmonious and sustainable societies in today’s world.”
Klaus underlined the importance of community involvement in solving social and health problems caused by the income gap. These problems include reduced life expectancy, lower literacy rates, higher crime rates and imprisonment, teenage pregnancy and obesity. Community-based programs, which ISPI works to support, are essential to providing the social, health and educational support that addresses these issues, he said.
Klaus explained how the three pillars of ISPI’s new strategy support the involvement of PI professionals in making the world a better place. They are:
- Pillar 1: PI is a scalable and integrative approach that enables PI professionals to add value to organizational performance, as well as to have a broader impact on society.
- Pillar 2: ISPI’s value proposition covers five areas: Develop, Collect, Integrate, Share and Recognize.
- Pillar 3: ISPI’s global reach should be systematically explored in terms of new opportunities.
For more information about the three pillars of ISPI’s new strategy, click here.