Network Structure – Scots Beavers http://scotsbeavers.org/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:03:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scotsbeavers.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4.png Network Structure – Scots Beavers http://scotsbeavers.org/ 32 32 A new movement calls for a major change in the accounting profession https://scotsbeavers.org/a-new-movement-calls-for-a-major-change-in-the-accounting-profession/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:11:15 +0000 https://scotsbeavers.org/a-new-movement-calls-for-a-major-change-in-the-accounting-profession/ By Alina Nikishina. Formed and directed by two former winners of CPA Practice AdvisorWith the ’40 under 40′ and ’20 under 40′ awards, the Accounting Alchemy Network (AAN) movement is advocating for major change in the accounting profession by empowering accountants to be a force for positive change in the world. Ingrid Edstrom and Mathew […]]]>

By Alina Nikishina.

Formed and directed by two former winners of CPA Practice AdvisorWith the ’40 under 40′ and ’20 under 40′ awards, the Accounting Alchemy Network (AAN) movement is advocating for major change in the accounting profession by empowering accountants to be a force for positive change in the world.

Ingrid Edstrom and Mathew Heggem founded AAN in response to the recognition that the current financial narratives in our culture and, by extension, the practices of the accounting profession are unsustainable. According to Edstrom and Heggem, accounting professionals are in a particularly powerful position to promote a regenerative new story of money and finance that is not extractive from our planet or exploitative of our people, leveraging practices that consider our impact as a profession on issues like climate change, racial equity, and intentional economic structures. AAN’s vision is to create a world where accounting professionals are a positive force in the development of a sustainable and regenerative global ecosystem and culture.

“Put simply and bluntly – ‘business as usual’ practices are not only destroying our planet, but they are also outdated and must change if we are to be financially abundant, attract the best talent and provide the best customer service. d ‘today,” said Alina Nikishina, an inactive CPA and one of the AAN’s core supporters and founding members.

“Being a force for positive change in the world” sounds like an easy-to-sustain mission, but questions remain: where to start? How do we actually do this?

“Together, we are building the playbook of how accountants and their clients can effect positive change simply by increasing their awareness of the key issues facing our world and using that awareness to make more intentional decisions at the We don’t have all the answers now, but we do have a lot of brilliant people in our network working together to uncover problems and create possible solutions.

Ingrid Edstrom

The AAN officially opened its doors to founding members in March 2022 and has already attracted the attention and support of major players and thought leaders, both inside and outside the accountancy profession. , which align with the mission, including CPA Practice Advisor editor-in-chief, Gail Perry, CPA.

“I was honored to be included in the inaugural Lyceum for Accountant Alchemy Network, and I’m excited to see where it’s going. The world is ripe for change right now, and accountants are tasked with understanding , to measure and account for various sustainability initiatives in today’s business environment. As with any change, this will only go forward. Hats off to the AAN team for creating an environment for sharing ideas and creating the opportunity to team up with other like-minded people.

Gail Perry, CPA

AAN engages and engages its members in multiple ways, focusing on a combination of virtual events and asynchronous conversations through various social media platforms. One of the cornerstones of AAN’s programming is the monthly educational “high schools”, named after the place where Socrates and Plato met with their countrymen to philosophize and debate as a form of education. In AAN Lyceums, participants share their insights and offer advice on what it looks like to create positive transformation in the world through their practices as industry professionals.

For example, AAN’s October 2022 Lyceum with Harvee Pene, founder of Life Changing Accountants, 2x TEDx speaker and author of several books, inspired AAN members to tithe 1% of their time, income or profits to help end world poverty. . Other discussions at the Lyceum focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), environment, social, corporate governance (ESG), “infinite mindset” and d other topics relevant to accounting practitioners.

Additionally, AAN has proudly partnered with a non-profit organization, the Pachamama Alliance, to bring eye-opening education to its members through the Awakener and Game Changer Intensive (GCI) programs. This powerful education shines a light on the reality of the current state of affairs, framing our ecological and social crises, and offers insight into what each of us can do to help change the course of our trajectory.

“My experience with GCI has changed my life. He connected all the dots between environmental sustainability and social justice as well as the inescapable conclusion that each of us has a role to play in the solutions, regardless of our skills.

Joan Rall, retired partner at EY and CPA, and one of the latest GCI participants

In addition to monthly high schools, webinars, and educational programs, AAN hosts social forums for peer-to-peer connection and group discussions, and tops it all off by keeping the conversation alive in their social channels.

The AAN has also begun to facilitate these conversations beyond the AAN network. For example, Intuit’s QuickBooks Connect conference in December 2022 will host a panel discussion titled “Transform Tomorrow: Sustainability for Accountants,” moderated by Mathew Heggem and featuring several leaders from the AAN community.

What’s more exciting about all of this? The AAN is just getting started, and as the movement continues to grow, more accounting professionals are taking a stand for positive change. AAN members lead conversations in the network and participate in panels as advocates for some of the key issues discussed within the AAN.

This is just the beginning of what is needed to see the kind of change that is badly needed in the accounting industry and in our world.

“One of my favorite parts of the intensive Awakener and Game Changer education provided to our AAN community by the Pachamama Alliance is that it asks each of us the questions: ‘What did you do once you have you become aware of these problems?’ and ‘What should you do?’ Sitting down and carrying on like things is no longer an option. It’s time for change. We’re creating a space where it’s safe for each of us to explore what this change looks like in our lives and choose actions that fit. best to our personal values ​​and goals.

Ingrid Edstrom

For those who wish to get involved, it is free to become a member of the AAN. The AAN is especially looking for individuals who are interested in learning and deepening their current knowledge of our world’s most pressing issues by participating in the upcoming offerings of the Awakener and Game Changer crash courses, which are offered through the AAN by the Pachamama Alliance on a donation base. .

To sign up, go to accountingalchemy.net and sign up for the newsletter. Upon registration, you will receive instructions on how to join AAN’s Facebook and LinkedIn groups. This will give you access to all past events and resources, as well as information about upcoming initiatives.

If, deep in your heart, you know something needs to change in this industry and you want to be part of that change, you don’t have to figure out “how” on your own. You can join the open, open, and non-judgmental community of Accounting Alchemy Network, which is like-minded, and empowers you to get the support and tools you need to get there.

www.accountingalchemy.net

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