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Tesla Scores Again With “Interactive” Marketing: sustainable value opens surprises for everything in business...

Tesla Scores Again With “Interactive” Marketing: sustainable value opens surprises for everything in business... | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“ We hope the above “interactive” ad for a Tesla Model S captures your attention, too. It’s one of three that have been making the rounds on the internet for the past 24 hours or so.”
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Tesla Scores Again With “Interactive” Marketing: sustainable value opens surprises for everything in business...new products, better processes, and now new genres for marketing. How about this scratch and sniff "the exhaust"? Try it. It engages.
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As Wealthy Millennials Take Control Of Family Fortunes, Impact Investing Is Set For A Big Boost

As Wealthy Millennials Take Control Of Family Fortunes, Impact Investing Is Set For A Big Boost | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Campden Wealth, a specialist U.K. research group, and UBS, the Swiss investment bank, surveyed 262 family offices with average assets of $921 million. Two-fifths (40.4%) expect to increase their allocations toward areas like education, environmental and resource efficiency, conservation, agriculture and food, and healthcare and wellness in the next decade or so.
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Millennials will inherit up $59 trillion between now and 2060, the largest intergenerational wealth transfer in history, according to the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College. And allocations for social impact investments could see huge surge toward businesses that are leading in sustainable value domains: education; environment; well-being and wellness, etc.  
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Developing the Skill, the Will, and the Trill for Learning

Developing the Skill, the Will, and the Trill for Learning | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
John Hattie proposes a theory to help educators understand why various teaching strategies work at different stages of learning.
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What the purpose of schooling? The deeper purpose of schooling is to equip students with learning strategies, or the skills of learning how to learn.” John Hattie, a great researcher in this area is more concerned with this later definition than of the more narrowly defined achievement, which is why he has attempted to come up with a model of learning that takes into account students’ skills and knowledge, learning dispositions and motivation. Hattie thinks of the three inputs students bring to learning as “skill, will, and thrill.”
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Apple’s Tim Cook Says it's Time Business to Fill the Breach and Step Up to the 'Moral Responsibility’ of Business

Apple’s Tim Cook Says it's Time Business to Fill the Breach and Step Up to the 'Moral Responsibility’ of Business | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Don’t expect him to become a politician, but the Apple C.E.O. sees gaps in governmental social policies that he believes companies like his are obliged to help fill.
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Tim Cook is thrilled that his company is 100% renewable energy in the US and some 26 other countries. He loves talking education innovation and reform. He talks about the moral vacuum in government locked in gridlock, and was one of the key leaders to resign from the Presidents business leader advisory council. He sees business in a more moral leadership role than government--and talks about not so much social responsibility, but moral responsibility. As he puts it: "The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional and isn’t working at the speed that it once was. And so it does fall, I think, not just on business but on all other areas of society to step up."
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Kudos, though some would say it's past time for business to step up to fill the breach, especially on diversity, inclusion, sustainability and climate change.

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Are We on the Verge of a New Golden Age?

Are We on the Verge of a New Golden Age? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
A long-wave theory of technological and economic change suggests the financial malaise that began in 2007 may be about to end.
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Here is an interesting conversation about the possibilities of a new golden age. Yet it's only in the cards if we cooperate and create systems that support supercooperation. As Art Kleiner notes: There has been some movement toward consensus. The 2016 Paris Agreement encouraged collaboration among government and business leaders (particularly tech leaders such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg) around climate change. Some technological platforms, such as Industry 4.0, are bringing disparate operations together. The populists are forcing some governments to streamline their internal bureaucracies and raise their productivity. Some recent elections — for example, those in France and the Netherlands — showed a clear appetite for consensus solutions. Commentators, including some in , PwC, are underscoring the urgent need to reframe the current system so that the economy once again delivers for society. (See “Common Purpose: Realigning Business, Economies, and Society,” by Colm Kelly and Blair Sheppard.) Don’t elements like these help?
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Capitalism's Next Stage can Release More Innovation With a More Balanced Logic and More Elevated Aim.

Capitalism's Next Stage can Release More Innovation With a More Balanced Logic and More Elevated Aim. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
It’s time to expand capitalism’s single-minded directive, and replace it with a more balanced logic, writes
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What if the economy was designed in service to full spectrum flourishing? Can we envision a next stage where business can excel, people can flourish, and nature can thrive? When designers innovate, they love challenges, design specs, and even embrace constraints because each invites more, not less, imagination and innovation. Articles like this force us to examine deep assumptions, listen to the voices of next generations, and call for honest exploration. For example, there is a common narrative emerging that we are eradicating extreme poverty. The final report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concludes that the project has been ‘the most successful anti-poverty movement in history’. Two key claims underpin this narrative: that global poverty has been cut in half, and global hunger nearly in half, since 1990. This narrative has been touted by the United Nations and has been widely repeated by the media. But, as this article and its references show, closer inspection reveals that the UN’s claims about poverty and hunger are misleading, and perhaps even intentionally inaccurate. The MDGs have used targeted statistical techniques to make it seem as though the poverty and hunger trends have been improving when they might well have worsened. In addition, the MDGs use definitions of poverty and hunger that may dramatically underestimate the scale likely of these problems. Depending on the measures, some say that around four billion people remain in poverty today, and around two billion remain hungry – more than ever before in history, and between two and four times what the UN reports. The implications of this are profound. Worsening poverty and hunger trends indicate that our present model of development needs to be fundamentally redesigned and rethought, especially if the aim of economic success is to drive, enable, and empower not just survival but flourishing--economic, human, and ecological--as one unified fabric.
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Tiny house and Tesla are Teaming Up

Tiny house and Tesla are Teaming Up | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The Tesla Tiny House is touring Australia as a mobile design studio so homeowners can check out Tesla's solar power systems and Powerwall.
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Tiny house and Tesla are teaming up--all powered by solar--and they are on a roll. Instead of inaction and despair in relation to climate change, many are innovating and imagining the new possibilities...it been said that the sustainability revolution is unstoppable now, and it’s best understood by placing it in the context of other great global transformations – the agricultural revolution, the industrial revolution, the digital revolution...As Al Gore observes it, our sustainability revolution has the breadth and magnitude of the industrial revolution but it has the speed of the digital revolution--and while gravely serious, its call is to be creative.
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Sustainability Leaders Could Be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Sustainability Leaders Could Be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Corporate sustainability leaders can turn challenges into opportunities for society and companies alike.
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By building foresight, cultures of innovation in all aspects of sustainable value creation, cultivating whole systems collaboration, and harnessing the power of meaning, sustainability brands and leaders could be at the forefront of the next episode of a caring capitalism. Take for example the need for Workforce education and the challenges from losing jobs to gaining meaning. According to some estimates, 50 percent of jobs in Europe and the United States will be lost due to digitalization. Fast-paced technology developments mean that many employees need retrain continuously to stay proficient as their jobs evolve, or to learn new skills. Yet current education systems (including workforce development) are not prepared to meet such demands. According to May 2017 McKinsey Global Institute report, 60 percent of companies report they cannot find graduates with the right skills. At the same time, almost 40 percent of employees feel their jobs do not match their skills. Sustainability managers of the future can help here as well, not only by making sure that employees receive programming or math skills training, but also by ensuring that employees are engaged in purpose at work. “The outcome we strive for,” said Philippe Forestier, executive vice president of global affairs and communities at Dassault Systèmes, “is the employee who is happy in his or her personal and family life and powerful at work.” Ultimately, and ideally, sustainability managers can take the lead in helping their organizations partner with educators to shape curricula. And to give work meaning, they can encourage employees to rethink the purpose of the company and their individual roles. OSRAM, for example, now ventures beyond its traditional efficiency improvement goals to think more about its role in improving safety and nutrition. And adidas and Parley for the Oceans have both developed shoes made of ocean debris. As Philipp Meister, adidas’ director of strategy for social and environmental affairs, noted during a discussion, “Connecting recycling plastics with dying oceans really resonated with people and created an emotional link." Just think how important this is: A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, and only half are recycled. Every social and global issue is a business opportunity to do good and do well.
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Dan Goleman: Mindfulness, the Dalai Lama, and How Business Can Be a Force for Good

Dan Goleman: Mindfulness, the Dalai Lama, and How Business Can Be a Force for Good | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
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Here is a rich interview for leadership development that features companies such as Greyston-- see http://greyston.com/  ;   .... Dan Goleman is prolific and internationally known for his leadership work in emotional intelligence with colleagues such as Richard Boyatzis. Working as a science journalist, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years.  This interview has lots to offer including: (1) a description and definition of emotional intelligence as comprised of four parts: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, & relationship skills (2) How mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence are important for cultivating leadership that is more present and how the kind of person you are as you lead matters; (3) A winning combination for leadership: mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and values (4) Greystone Bakery as a shining example of using business as a force for good; (4) The driving principles advocated by the Dalai Lama in the vision expressed through one of Daniel’s newer books and how education is key; (5) The need for widespread education and competency development in systems thinking that’s rooted in empathy and compassion  and (6) How the news skews our view of what’s really going on in the world
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Stop scaring people about climate change. It so often does not work. Innovation feeds on inspiration, hope, and joy.

Stop scaring people about climate change. It so often does not work. Innovation feeds on inspiration, hope, and joy. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Heat death. The end of food. Unbreathable air. Perpetual war.
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I am beginning think, now more than ever, choosing and voicing optimism is a powerful political action. Optimism is political. Entrenched interests use despair, confusion and apathy to prevent change--think, for example, the early tobacco lobby. They encourage modes of deficit discourse which lead us to believe that problems are insolvable, that nothing we do can matter, that the issue is too complex to present even the opportunity for change. These are some of the ideas explored in this interesting article—and I especially like the web-links offered in this article in Grist. The links in the article show  studies on how despair lowers the probabilities of solution focused action and they suggest that Love, Not Fear, Will Help Us Fix Climate Change… As one physician—Dean Ornish proposes--fear is not a sustainable motivator—in health or in politics. In the short run, fear is powerful, it gets our attention. It activates a primal part of our brain, the amygdyla, that helps us survive a short-term crisis (e.g., the proverbial saber-toothed tiger jumping out in front of us). In the long run, though, it's too scary to think that something really bad may happen to us, so we usually don't, at least not for long. The human mortality rate is still 100%—one per person—but it's not something most people think about very often. Until something bad happens, but, even then, only for a short while. Scientists often expect fear of climate change will motivate public support of climate policies. Studies are now suggesting the opposite: that climate change deniers don’t respond to this, but that positive appeals and positive pathways can in fact change their views. In our work on “the new change equation” Lindsey Godwin and I are exploring how elevated views and experiences—think about the awe of astronauts seeing (and felling) the miracle of life on this planet and how many of their lives changed toward more altruism after experiencing “the overview effect”—it's about how conscious and co-elevationary experiences and dialogues can overpower deficit defeatism and energy depleting despair.
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Reasons to be cheerful: a full switch to low-carbon energy is in sight

Reasons to be cheerful: a full switch to low-carbon energy is in sight | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Climate change optimism is justified – a complete transition from carbon to solar and wind power looks practical and affordable within a generation
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Chris Goodall proposes that optimism about successfully tackling climate change has never been more justified because 2016 was the year in which it finally became obvious that the world had the technology, the business entrepreneurs, and people who care to solve the problem. Even as the political environment has darkened, the reasons have strengthened for believing that a complete transition to low-carbon energy is practical and affordable within one generation. Andrew Simms is right that global temperatures will probably overshoot the 2C target. But that makes the urgency of an energy transition even clearer. Despair is no excuse for inaction. Good action is the only antidote to despair. Solar power costs around the world fell by an average of another 15% in 2016, meaning that electricity from the sun became the cheapest form of energy generation in places as diverse as Chile, parts of the Middle East and the south-west of the US. The world saw the lowest-ever auction price for solar electricity in Abu Dhabi.
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'We are all entrepreneurs': Muhammad Yunus on changing the world, one microloan at a time

'We are all entrepreneurs': Muhammad Yunus on changing the world, one microloan at a time | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The Nobel peace prize laureate will be in Australia to discuss why fostering entrepreneurship is even more important in the age of automation
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The Grameen Bank, created by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus today has nine million borrowers, 97% of them women. “They own the bank. It is a bank owned by poor women,” he says. “The repayment rate is 99.6%, and it has never fallen below that in our eight years of experience.” Part of his expansion into rich countries includes a program in the US: 19 branches in 11 cities, including eight in New York. “We have nearly 100,000 borrowers there now and 100% women. Not a single man.” Globalisation and the technological revolution may make Yunus’s theory timelier than even he expected when he began. Globalisation has sent manufacturing from rich countries to poor, and robots will eventually kill many of those jobs too as corporations seek to minimise costs and maximise profits. In rich countries, jobs are more precarious, people no longer expect the security of a job for life, and welfare is rapidly being reduced by the vogue for austerity economics.
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Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut--prosperity and a flourishing world

Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut--prosperity and a flourishing world | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the planet
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In Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, Kate Raworth of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute reminds us that economic growth was not, at first, intended to signify wellbeing. Simon Kuznets, who standardised the measurement of growth, warned: “The welfare of a nation can scarcely be inferred from a measure of national income.” Economic growth, he pointed out, measured only annual flow, rather than stocks of wealth and their distribution.
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The Getting Better Hypothesis and the Role of Good Business for the Next Stage of Getting Better

The Getting Better Hypothesis and the Role of Good Business for the Next Stage of Getting Better | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The headlines have never been worse. But an increasingly influential group of thinkers insists that humankind has never had it so good. Does acknowledging good news hold us back from more advance or does our current news of pessimism hold us back? Lots of food for thought.
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In December, in an article headlined “Never forget that we live in the best of times”, the Times columnist Philip Collins provided an end-of-year summary of reasons to be hopeful: during 2016, he noted, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty had fallen below 10% for the first time; global carbon emissions from fossil fuels had failed to rise for the third year running; the death penalty had been ruled illegal in more than half of all countries....and Collins and others have been arguing that the story that things are getting worse and worse only works if your attention is stuck in the barrage of current day media. The story is totally different if you look at the longer time periods. In 1993 almost 2 billion people were living their lives in extreme grinding poverty. In just 18 years, that number is cut in half. By 2030 only 4% of people globally are expected to be living in extreme poverty. Or take life expectancy. In Japan for example, in 1900 life expectancy was not even forty years. Today it's over 80. How about education? In 1800 4 out of 5 people has no schooling. Over the last two centuries this number has flipped: today 90% have schooling. The waning of war, is another amazing story. See www.fallen.io/ww2. How did all these remarkable changes come about? See also The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Story at https://www.amazon.com/Pursuit-Human-Well-Being-Quality-Life/dp/3319391003
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300 Global Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets Ahead of Climate Week NYC

300 Global Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets Ahead of Climate Week NYC | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
At least 300 companies are now aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative, which provides a framework to help companies stay competitive while doing their part to mitigate climate change.
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Three-hundred global corporations are advancing and accelerating their climate targets... As this article shows, the number of companies committed to climate action while incorporating this initiative has roughly doubled from just over a year ago, when 155 companies had pledged to do what they could in order to limit the world’s temperature to less than a 2°C increase this century. 

 Companies now onboard include Adobe, Merck, Nike, United Technologies and the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica. 

At least 50 of the companies that have announced a science-based emissions reduction plan to date are headquartered in the U.S. These companies join the likes of Mars Inc., which earlier this month it would invest $1 billion over the next several years on plans such as climate change mitigation and sustainable supply chain programs. The food conglomerate recently had its targets approved by a team of experts from this initiative. 

Of special note, the apparel manufacturer and retailer H&M announced a long-term “climate positive” plan this spring and say it is committed to this global program. And both spinoffs of the former HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP Inc., have already set targets aligned with the Science Based Targets Initiative. 

A study released earlier this year estimated that almost half of all Fortune 500 companies recognize climate change risks and have developed a plan for climate change mitigation or more aggressive clean energy adoption.

Many companies realize that nationwide climate change goals cannot occur without the private sector’s leadership. And over 600 business schools that are signatories to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) are preparing cases and teaching modules highlighting these businesses that are leading the way!   see http://www.unprme.org/ and see also

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Six banking giants just decided to partner to create a new cryptocurrency

Six banking giants just decided to partner to create a new cryptocurrency | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Six of the world's biggest banks have partnered on a cryptocurrency that will enable the clearing and settling of transactions over a blockchain.
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While blockchain technology can be used for a variety of purposes — distributing aid, fighting climate change, tracking electricity in the grid, etc. — its potential for disruption is perhaps still greatest in the world of finance. Here are some nice links showing how blockchain is yet one more force for a more collaborative capitalism, with less middlemen, less centralization of power, and more horizontalism in the creation and exchange of value.
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Putting Humanity First in Our Organizations

Putting Humanity First in Our Organizations | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Are we overcomplicating management and leadership and ignoring what makes us people?
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Do good. Grow the company profitably. Share the wealth with employees. Ensure that everyone is having fun. Leave the world a better place. Is there a need to write anything else on how to run an organization?
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Learning to Love Design Thinking and Appreciative Inquiry into the Possible 

Learning to Love Design Thinking and Appreciative Inquiry into the Possible  | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Distributed Cognition (or embodied cognition) is the most current understanding of how cognition works. It states that rather than thinking only with our brains, we think with our environments.
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The businesses that are leading the way in business and society value creation,  are often the  innovators leading the way in collaborative design thinking. 

Apple, as a large example, is using the same design thinking used in designing "insanely great products" and leveraging this core competency in becoming 100% powered by renewable energy. Designers don’t necessarily build that new version of the world — engineers, contractors, printers and many others play their parts — but they do show the path forward for change, take for example, rapid prototyping and even low resolution models, drawings, or artifacts. This is more powerful than most realize. I have seen a executive look at a mock-up of something and suddenly see a path forward for his company. I’ve seen an engineer say, “that’s not feasible,” and the exec reply, “But it’s right there.” The exec saw it, and now must have it. Seeing is really is believing. Do designers truly think in a different way? The key is the word “thinking.” this article--and a forthcoming book--makes an argument that Design Thinking is a kind of thinking based on three key cognition theories: Distributed Cognition; Expertise Thinking; and Iterative World Modeling. Distributed Cognition (or embodied-relational cognition) is the most current understanding of how cognition works. It states that rather than thinking only with our brains, we think in relatedness with our environments.--always contextualized. And design thinking is always creating multiplicity: while most of us come up with an idea, design thinking is not about an idea but many ideas, all in motion, moving from idea to model, and again next waves of multiplicity in the form of iterations, feedback loops, and more contextualized inquiry into what works. Thats why I love what our management school is doing--. It is teaching "managing as design thinking." (see Boland and Collopy's book) and "appreciative inquiry" (see https://appreciativeinquiry.champlain.edu/) where we, through practiced positive imagination, search the world for strengths, solutions, what gives life, what works, what's possible, and what's next. And where managing as design thinking is happening we find innovations way beyond the great tradeoff illusion. Companies eclipse the tradeoffs--lets say between products that can regenerate earth systems and products that are esthetic, attractive, profitable, relevant, and distinctive. And as one of our former management students Beau Dane (now head of sustainability at Fairmount Santrol and student of Appreciative Inquiry) once said: "this is when management gets exciting--when suddenly the seeming impossible becomes possible and doing good is the most viable, valuable, and vitalizing pathway to doing well." see https://weatherhead.case.edu/centers/fowler/about/

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Solar Power to Rival Nuclear by End of 2017

Solar Power to Rival Nuclear by End of 2017 | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“Making nuclear power cheap was the Holy Grail,” said NPR’s Brian Mann, “[But] it never panned out.”
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I love these kinds of factoids: By 2022 the amount of solar capacity could increase 10-fold, which could see solar becoming more than double the size of current worldwide nuclear capacity. Nuclear power currently supplies 11 percent of the world’s total power generation, with solar far behind at 1.8 percent. “The generation gap is significant,” concludes this report, “But a crossover is approaching.” The anticipated 81 GW of solar power deployed by the end of 2017 will be more than double the amount launched in 2014, and 32 times more than what was installed a decade ago. Despite the constant fits and starts, the solar industry continues to enjoy rapid growth (some say exponential), and the sector has been creating jobs at a high pace from California to New York. Worldwide, the clean energy sector employs approximately 10 million people, an increase of over 2 million from only two years ago.
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Patagonia Steps Up Its Public Lands Activism With First-Ever TV Commercial

Patagonia Steps Up Its Public Lands Activism With First-Ever TV Commercial | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Company founder Yvon Chouinard appeals to people in Montana, Utah, and Nevada to call their government representatives.
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Business can be a powerful force for positive change. I first met Pategonia's founder, Yvon Chouinard, when he received the Inamori Prize for Ethics from our school, Case Western Reserve University.   Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, has been a leader in the world of social responsible business for decades. The company pioneered organic and recycled clothing, and works toward such quality that it says "we hope you never have to buy another winter coat in your life-time"--and then they back it up with lifetime warranty. This year the company started a campaign to protect public lands in the U.S. As part of the campaign Patagonia is now airing its first-ever TV commercial. It is so interesting to me to see the moral voice of business leaders rising clearer and louder than ever before. When I met with Chouinard you could see how heartsick he was about the state of our world's response to climate change, species loss, and quality of our biophilia. His heart was wide open and his mastery of the detailed facts--both politically and ecologically--was inspiring. So authentic. Such a role model.Such a good business leader. 
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Ikigai: A Japanese concept to improve work and life and organizations

Ikigai: A Japanese concept to improve work and life and organizations | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
To those in the West who are more familiar with the concept of ikigai, it’s often associated with a Venn diagram with four overlapping qualities: what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for.
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What is at the intersection of what you love, what you are good at, what the world is calling out for, and what you can be paid for? In Japan its called Ikigai: and its a concept that can guide the growth of individual well-being and help take a more strategic view of enterprise wide flourishing. As noted by Kyle Westaway notes in his briefing, " with no direct English translation, ikigai is a Japanese term that embodies the idea of happiness in living. Essentially, ikigai is the reason why you get up in the morning. To those in the West who are more familiar with the concept of ikigai, it’s often associated with a Venn diagram with four overlapping qualities: what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for. Ikigai is what allows you to look forward to the future even if you’re miserable right now. It’s about feeling your work makes a difference in people’s lives. But this isn’t necessarily limited to your career. In fact, in a survey of 2,000 Japanese men and women conducted by Central Research Services in 2010, just 31% of recipients considered work as their ikigai. Someone’s value in life can be work – but is certainly not limited to that. Knowing your ikigai alone is not enough. Simply put, you need an outlet. Ikigai is “purpose in action.” Learn more at the BBC (9 minutes)."
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Millennials are Investing With a Purpose, and It's Changing Wealth Management

Millennials are Investing With a Purpose, and It's Changing Wealth Management | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Money put towards 'causes' has increased 33% in just two years to $8.7 trillion. See why sustainable investing has gone mainstream in today's chart.
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Summing up the infographic is easy: Over the last decade or so, states recent research from Morgan Stanley, the amount of assets under management for sustainable investments has ballooned to $8.72 trillion in the U.S. during 2016 and 86% of millennials want to invest in companies committed to social, environmental, and economic value creation. And with a $30 trillion wealth transfer coming to millennials over the coming decades, this preference of using investments as a vehicle for creating positive change is more than just an interesting trend; it’s a powerful trajectory. Why is sustainable investing so popular among millennials? Here’s a rundown, mostly coming from recent research from Morgan Stanley: •1-- Millennials are putting money in sustainable investments at a rate 2x higher than average. • 2-- 86% of millennial investors say they are “very interested” or “interested” in sustainable investing. 3--  61% have made at least one sustainable investment action in the last year. 4--  75% think their investments can influence climate change, 5-- and finally, 84% think their investments can help fight poverty.
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Both of the President's Business Advisory Councils are Abandoned--CEO's Taking a Moral Stand is a Big Story

Both of the President's Business Advisory Councils are Abandoned--CEO's Taking a Moral Stand is a Big Story | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
"We cannot sit on a council for a President who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism," the organization said in a statement. "President Trump's remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America's working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups."
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
One after another we witnessed top CEO's--from GE's Jeff Immelt to Tesla's Elon Musk and many more--resign from Trump's two business advisory councils. Now the councils, both of them, are abolished completely. Two main reasons for resigning from the councils have been cited. The first was Trump's decision to renege on America's promise to take part in the Paris agreements. Many business leaders saw that as a bad business move economically, and morally. The second reason was Trump's response to Charlottesville. Inge Thulin, of 3M, is a perfect example where both issues forced him to take a stand: "Sustainability, diversity and inclusion are my personal values and also fundamental to the 3M Vision. The past few months have provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon my commitment to these values. "I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth – in order to make the United States stronger, healthier and more prosperous for all people. After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals. As a result, today I am resigning from the Manufacturing Advisory Council. "At 3M, we will continue to champion an environment that supports sustainability, diversity and inclusion. I am committed to building a company that improves lives in every corner of the world." There is so much to learn from this historic case and I'm sure its going to ignite timely, vital, and much needed inquiry into values-based leadership, and its relationship to good business, in hundreds and hundreds of business schools around the world... http://cvdl.ben.edu/education/doctoral-program/
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Storing clean energy in salt isn’t as crazy as it sounds

Storing clean energy in salt isn’t as crazy as it sounds | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is developing tech to solve our clean energy storage dilemma.
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Companies like Alphabet are leading the large scale R+D for sustainability innovations that could be game changing for the spread of renewable, clean energy. Alphabet's X research lab is developing a cutting-edge molten salt technology that aims to store wind and solar power for longer periods of time and for less cost than the giant lithium-ion batteries Tesla and other companies are designing. Electricity storage is totally critical to the expansion of renewables in the U.S. to help fight climate change and wean the U.S. away from electric power plants that use fossil fuel.
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Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, While Apple, IKEA, Google eye 100% Renewable

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, While Apple, IKEA, Google eye 100% Renewable | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change
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There is a “growing wave of companies that are acting in the opposite manner to the companies in this report,” says Brune. Nearly 100 companies including Apple, Facebook, Google and Ikea have committed to 100% renewable power under the RE100 initiative. Volvo recently announced that all its cars would be electric or hybrid from 2019.
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Loving Nature & Innovation-inspired Change

Loving Nature & Innovation-inspired Change | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Nature, through evolution, has been solving problems for billions of years. Now, it could help us to solve some of the most pressing global challenges.
Via Janine Benyus
David Cooperrider & Christopher Johnston's insight:
What I love about biomimicry is that it teaches a new theory of change. It's about change inspired by innovation. We often teach that people resist change. Biomimicry models something totally different. It shows scientists, designers, and innovators alive and joyful, growing and elevating their sense of the possible. The fact is people thrive in change. Sitting in on a Jennie Benyus lecture is like a spiritual feast. Perhaps it's the reverence for life. Perhaps it's the analogous storytelling. Perhaps it's the curiosity that's unleashed. Let’s ratchet that up a notch. What if we built a city that worked like an ecosystem? Porous pavements evacuate rainwater, while bioluminescent trees light buildings made of self-healing concrete. Electric cars, powered by renewable energy drive around parks where pollution is captured by smog vacuum cleaners to ensure clean air is available to all. These innovations exist. These cities have the potential to exist. Yes: change can be fun.
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