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Bold: How to Go Big (new book by Diamandis and Kotler)

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World

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From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up: Bold: how to go big, create wealth, and impact the world.

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When a woman or man in Outer Mongolia answers his or her smartphone, they are using a device a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful than a supercomputer from the 1970s. That’s what exponential change looks like in the real world. Now when you combine exponential technologies with the idea of “business as an agent of world benefit” you get CEOs such as Elon Musk, Larry Page, and Naveen Jain.

 

This volume calls them exponential entrepreneurs. Exponential entrepreneurs give us the ability to solve many of the

world’s grandest challenges over the next two to three decades. That
is, we will soon have the power to meet and exceed the basic needs of
every man, woman, and child on the planet. For the first time in
history, this volume demonstrates,  humanity holds the potential to significantly and permanently address our grandest challenges on a global scale..

Thousands of years ago, it was only kings, pharaohs, and emperors who had the ability to solve large- scale problems. Hundreds of years ago, this power expanded to the industrialists who built our transportation systems and financial institutions. But today, the ability to solve such problems has been thoroughly democratized. Right now, and for the first time ever, a passionate and committed individual has access to the technology, minds, and capital required to take on any challenge.

 

Even better, that individual has good reason to take on such
challenges. As we will soon see, the world’s biggest problems are now
the world’s biggest business opportunities. This means, for
exponential entrepreneurs, finding a significant challenge is a
meaningful road to wealth.

 

Ultimately, as they teach at Singularity University—an amazing entrepreneurship program based on exponential thinking—the best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion-person problem.

 

How about a less that $20 iPAD that will bring education, knowledge, and MOOC courses from the Harvard and University of Tokyo and Indian Institute of Management to every young person on earth?

 

Some business person is likely already designing it!

 

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Germany is a Green Superpower and Deserves Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Germany is a Green Superpower and Deserves Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
This is a world-saving achievement. And, happily, as the price fell, the subsidies for new installations also dropped. The Germans who installed solar ended up making money, which is why the program remains popular, except in coal-producing regions. Today, more than 1.4 million German households and cooperatives are generating their own solar/wind electricity. “There are now a thousand energy cooperatives operated by private people,” said the energy economist Claudia Kemfert.
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Thomas Friedman, just in from meetings in Germany, concludes that the Germany's Energiewende (energy transformation) deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. What the Germans have done in converting almost 30 percent of their electric grid to solar and wind energy from near zero in about 15 years has been a great contribution to the stability of our planet and its climate. The centerpiece of the German Energiewende,  was an extremely generous “feed-in tariff” that made it a no-brainer for Germans to install solar power (or wind) at home and receive a predictable high price for the energy generated off their own rooftops.


Friedman's  prediction is also perceptive: "Germany will be Europe’s first green, solar-powered superpower. Can those attributes coexist in one country, you ask? They’re going to have to."

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World’s Largest Solar PV Plant in Motion in India

World’s Largest Solar PV Plant in Motion in India | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“A cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister of India’s Madhya Pradesh, Mr Shivraj Singh, has approved the proposal for commissioning the world’s largest solar power plant in the Rewa District.”
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It is moving forward: the proposed Solar Park would be the world’s largest solar PV power plant, with a total solar installed capacity of 750 MW. Acquisition of 1,500 hectares of land for the Rs45 billion ($750 million) project is said to be close to completion.
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Seattle Business Owner Will Pay $70,000 Minimum Wage to All Employees

Seattle Business Owner Will Pay $70,000 Minimum Wage to All Employees | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
employees will see their salaries double over the next three years, while Price himself will take a pay cut from $1 million down to $70,000 a year, or minimum wage by his standards.
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Remember when Henry Ford years ago raised everyone's wages dramatically in his belief that a strong middle class and upward pay mobility would be good for business AND society? Well here is a small company in Seattle doing something similar. And even though small, these kinds of innovations can have large impact as they enter our collective imaginations. A significant percentage of employees at Gravity Payment will see their salaries double over the next three years, while the CEO, Price himself, will take a pay cut from $1 million down to $70,000 a year, or minimum wage by his standards. 

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You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds Through Your Retirement Account

You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds Through Your Retirement Account | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Major solar provider SolarCity announced Monday that it was partnering with securities and investment firm Incapital to allow Americans to invest in Solar Bonds through their IRAs or financial advisers.
Solar Bonds, which were created by SolarCity in 2014, are a way for Americans to invest in solar through a bond structure, rather than buying stock in a company.
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

Your retirement account can help generate a worldwide transition to renewable clean energy, and “People are learning that…you can earn good economic returns and do good with your money at the same time.”

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How Girl Meets Dress is capitalising on the demise of ownership

How Girl Meets Dress is capitalising on the demise of ownership | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Girl Meets Dress is a disruptive e-commerce business with a mission to democratise luxury – believing that everybody deserves a Cinderella experience. We provide millions of women with the ability to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price.
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

People don"t need to own products, but they do want the service and the experience the product provides. This idea is powering the collaborative economy, including cloths. How about making it possible for everyone to go luxury when they want and enable easy access, complete recycling, and radical price reductions? Girl Meets Dress is a disruptive e-commerce business with a mission to democratise luxury – believing that everybody deserves a Cinderella experience. We provide millions of women with the ability to rent designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price.

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World's Largest 'Vegetable Factory' Revolutionizes Indoor Farming » EcoWatch

World's Largest 'Vegetable Factory' Revolutionizes Indoor Farming » EcoWatch | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
World’s Largest ‘Vegetable Factory’ Revolutionizes Indoor Farming
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Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., has partnered with GE Japan to make his dream of a water, space and energy efficient indoor farming system a reality, with amazing stats and nutrients: 100-fold increase in productivity per square foot;

Wasted produce down 50%; nutrient rich in 2.5 times faster than conventional outdoor farming. 


By controlling temperature, humidity and irrigation, the farm can also cut its water usage to just one percent of the amount needed by conventional outdoor farming. “What we need to do is not just setting up more days and nights. We want to achieve the best combination of photosynthesis during the day and breathing at night by controlling the lighting and the environment,” says Shimamura. The systems allows the farm to grow nutrient-rich lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm. Wasted produce is also reduced from around 50 percentdown to just 10 percent of the crop. This means a 100-fold increase in productivity per square foot. The LEDs also last longer than fluorescent lights and consume 40 percent less power.


Read more: The World's Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

 

 

http://ecowatch.com/2015/01/28/worlds-largest-indoor-farm/

 

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Citigroup sets aside $100 billion for green initiatives

Citigroup sets aside $100 billion for green initiatives | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Bank sets target to finance green initiatives over the next decade
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Citi has increasingly focused on environmental sustainability, with investments into such financing increasing over the past several years. Such financing swelled from $4.29 billion in 2008 to $8.78 billion in 2013, according to Citigroup’s global citizenship report. That report showed that the bank lends the most to solar projects, while wind and energy efficiency projects also receives sizable investments. In total, Citi's announcement of $100 billion for green initiatives represents a dramatic leap, even as the price of oil plummets. 

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Oil will flow like milk and honey--and so does that leave us with geo-engineering climate change?

Oil will flow like milk and honey--and so does that leave us with geo-engineering climate change? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
"The nearly two years' worth of reading and animated discussions that went into this study have convinced me more than ever that the idea of 'fixing' the climate by hacking the Earth's reflection of sunlight is wildly, utterly, howlingly barking mad," panel member Raymond Pierrehumbert, a University of Chicago geophysicist, wrote in Slate.
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

One of the "problems" with reductionist problem solving is that the deficit-based theory of change narrows our attention, and often smuggles in a machine-metaphor of "fixing" parts that don't work, and then we are surprised: we are saddled with a problematizing process that digs us into a black hole.  So how about the talk of spraying a substance into the atmosphere to bring down Co2 emissions? A University of Chicago geophysicist addresses studies advocating the idea of geoengineering and calls it more than mad. He says: ""The nearly two years' worth of reading and animated discussions that went into this study have convinced me more than ever that the idea of 'fixing' the climate by hacking the Earth's reflection of sunlight is wildly, utterly, howlingly barking mad," panel member Raymond Pierrehumbert, a University of Chicago geophysicist, wrote in Slate."   

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Cheap Oil and the Next Economy

“Next economics posits that for the global economy and earth's tolerances/carrying capacities to run in a mutually tolerable equilibrium, we must continue to make rapid advances in economic efficiencies in all sectors.”
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:
Does cheap oil spell doom and setback for renewables. This answer says NO. Why? Because even at cheap prices, now, renewables will eventually be almost free. As Bloomberg's Michael Liebreich recently said, "The story should not be how falling oil prices will impact the shift to clean energy, it should be how the shift to clean energy is impacting the oil price." Ultimately, the next economy can only thrive on power that is nearly free, inexhaustible, that does not contribute to systemic risks such as climate change and a toxic atmosphere, and that can be sourced nearly anywhere with a relative minimum of effort. Only solar PV, and to a slightly lesser extent wind, can reach this extraordinary level of economic efficiency. The writing is indeed on the wall, and the days of high market correlation between tech power and fossil power will soon be behind us.
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Cities are the greatest hope for our planet

Cities are the greatest hope for our planet | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Of all the things people build, cities are the most important. 

Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. 

Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, provide shelter and community for the world’s growing human population, and protect rural habitat for species in decline. 

But to make this hope a reality, we must recognize that cities — and people — are part of nature and subject to the same laws as the rest of nature. 

For too long we have ignored the relationships between built and natural environments. Economic development has focused on “taming the wilderness” with technology. And while the “wilderness” is strikingly diverse, urban technology has been disturbingly monocultural. 
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

I love this article by Denis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation. Could it be that of all the "things" that people build, cities are the most important? And I agree:

 

Cities are the largest things we build, and most people now live in them. But that’s not why cities are our most important invention. 

Cities matter because they represent our greatest hope for long-term survival, not only for humans but for all species. They offer the best chance to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, provide shelter and community for the world’s growing human population, and protect rural habitat for species in decline. 


But to make this hope a reality, we must recognize that cities — and people — are part of nature and subject to the same laws as the rest of nature. 


For too long we have ignored the relationships between built and natural environments. Economic development has focused on “taming the wilderness” with technology. And while the “wilderness” is strikingly diverse, urban technology has been disturbingly monocultural. 

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I've also blogged about the fact that governments and peoples have created these dichotomies and reinforce them. I call it the "Sacred Space Paradox." http://zenstorming.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/ecologically-sustainable-design-sacred-space-paradox/ ;

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Smart textiles and digital fashion: How about just one dress...but lots of digital patterns?

Smart textiles and digital fashion: How about just one dress...but lots of digital patterns? | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Francesca Rosella of CuteCircuit claims advances in "smart" fabrics will allow us to download new styles for our clothes rather than buying new garments.
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Design thinking is changing the world and the world of fashion too. Imagine just one thing in your wardrobe...but it can become 1,000s of styles, just by changing the software. Now this is a stylish approach to de-materialization.

 

This article says: "Instead of 10,000 skirts, for example. we could sell 500 skirts, but then could sell thousands of patterns that you download to your skirt."

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Hydro Heaven: A New Eco Friendly Quadrofoil--Sustainability as Enchanting Experience

Hydro Heaven: A New Eco Friendly Quadrofoil--Sustainability as Enchanting Experience | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
“eco friendly quadrofoil, eco friendly water vehicles, eco friendly jetski,”
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Zero Emissions and Enchantingly Designed: Luckily for insects though (and birds, and fish, and other wildlife that lives on, in or near the water) the watercraft operates quietly and doesn’t produce any waves or emissions, which makes it suitable for lakes, rivers—even in marine protected areas, where most motor boats and personal watercrafts are prohibited. - See more at: http://eluxemagazine.com/homestech/eco-friendly-quadrofoil/#sthash.1cAC4uGN.dpuf
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How Tesla's new battery will revolutionize energy consumption

How Tesla's new battery will revolutionize energy consumption | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Tesla is expanding its business beyond luxury electric cars and looking to power homes and businesses with renewable energy stored in batteries. Will Tesla's experiment prove successful?
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

Elon Musk shows how moonshot thinking, successful entrepreneurship, and a mission to harness the best in business to benefit the world is today's most important leadership formula. And yes there are the basics too: ability to inspire others; insanely great products; ability to execute and attract investments of all kinds. But all of this pales in comparison to boldness built around a purpose so powerful that it fires an internal passion, what I've called an epic positive attractor. I love how he uses very few words:   “Our goal here is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy,”Musk said during Thursday’s Tesla Energy event. “At the extreme scale.” 

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Movement Mortgage is a Business and Society Innovation Worth Watching

Movement Mortgage is a Business and Society Innovation Worth Watching | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Casey Crawford, a charisma-filled former football star, stands in a dilapidated brick building less than two miles from the stadium where he once played in front of thousands. Today, no one is watching or cheering. And he’s not smiling. The only sound is the echo of his black dress shoes tapping across the empty concrete floor of a cavernous room once used for hydraulic-equipment repairs. There’s a determined look on his face, a focused cadence to his words.

He’s in charge of a multibillion-dollar mortgage business, but today he talks about the homeless. He talks about kids who sleep in cars before going to nearby Ashley Park Elementary School. He talks about immigrants who arrive in Charlotte unable to land good-paying jobs and the generational curse of poverty in the west side.
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

Casey Crawford, 37, is chief executive of the nation’s fastest-growing private mortgage bank. He’s on track to oversee $7 billion in new home loans this year. And over the next decade, he wants to give it away. All of it--and have it generate social impact funds for years to come. How? Transfer 100% of movements shares to the nonprofit arm, yet still have the company aiming for industry-wide leadership in growth and impact.

 

After providing superior value for customers and employees, they intend for all dividends to be paid to The Movement Foundation, where it will be used to invest in community centers and charter schools.

 

“The vision is that everything beyond our capital requirements would be reinvested back into communities across the U.S.,” Crawford says in an interview. “People will come to us because we give them great service and great rates. But how cool would it be for people to know that because they patronize our organization they’re helping reinvest in the community, doing good and loving others. That’s the story I want to tell.”

 

Think about that for a moment. A rising star CEO, running an Inc. 500 success story, with no debt or outside equity, instead of plotting a big exit or an IPO while the market is hot, is preparing to gift his company to nonprofit work.

 

“I think we are cashing out — into other people’s lives,” Harris says. “If all you accomplish is making money, that’s a pretty empty life.”

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The best tech keynote I've ever seen: Elon Musk's Appreciative Intelligence

I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as he...
David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's insight:

How do you cultivate appreciative intelligence? You learn from people who see the future in the tiniest successes, progress moments, and strengths of today. For example Xerox could have been Apple. However it could not see what was precious right in front of them. Remember what Steve Jobs said in 1978 when he visited the Xerox research labs to look at what everyone else called a very flawed new computer interface. He looked at it, this ugly and very flawed display, and said something like, "“I thought it was the best thing I’d ever seen in my life…it was very flawed…still, the germ of the idea was there and within, you know ten minutes, it was obvious to me that all computers would work like this some day.” 


The other night, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk unveiled “the missing piece” in the transition over to clean energy. The Tesla Powerwall, a large household battery (with industrial applications as well), was that piece.

 

"Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told a press conference at the Tesla Design Center on Thursday night.

 

"It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon." 

 

In Musk’s mind, we orbit the key to weening the world off of fossil fuels. “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the Sun,” he said to the crowd as his keynote. Solar energy then, relying on commercially available solar panels, is the first step in the weening process.

 

We’ve long heard the promise of solar power, but the public hasn’t viewed it as a real competitor to fossil fuels (at least the American public). However, the math is all there. Musk referred to a striking graph to make his point (shown in the video). The blue square is the total amount of surface area that would need to be covered by solar panels to take the US off the grid—and the area is miniscule—like placing a dot on a basketball—a very small dot, from the tip of a felt pen.

 

Why is it so hard to think like an Elon Musk-- someone seeing so much possibility for world transformation in just a tiny battery and the ability to harness the best in business to create value and build a better world? I think, in Tojo Thatchenkery's words its an ability to "see the mighty oak in the acorn"--an appreciative intelligence that comes from disciplined inquiry (look up Tojo's book Appreciative Intelligence.)

 

Leadership = affirmation: its the ability to see the future in the tiniest signs of what works, what's best, and what's possible-- and then to unite all of that with a businessworthy purpose. Appreciative inquiry, together with meaning and purpose, is such a powerful combination.  Changing the entire fossil fuel basis of our economy is bold, for sure, and it's not often you hear CEO's give speeches like this. But its certainly a precious glimpse into appreciative intelligence. You deserve to take a look:

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8527543/elon-musk-tesla-battery-feels

 

But beware its not this leader's flawless oratory skills that make this so powerful: its the authenticity of his vision. Leadership is about seeing; its about the appreciative knowing and the ability to read the world for its intimations of something more.  

 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/1/8527543/elon-musk-tesla-battery-feels

 

 

 

 

 

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The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery

The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Phil Guidice, the CEO who’s running Sadoway’s Ambri, says new batteries emerging with the help of big backers will finally enable renewables to compete with fossil fuels. “Khosla, Gates, Musk, and the Pritzkers are all excited about changing the world in a better way, and they’re swinging for the fences,” Guidice says. “We’re getting closer every day.”
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We are in one of those once in a civilization opportunity moments: re-creating the energy basis of an entire economy. The shift to 100% renewable energy is the vision of some of the top business leaders of our times: Gates, Khosla, and Elon Musk among many others. One venture that demonstrates the huge business logic is a relatively new company called Ambri...based on the work of MIT engineers and scientists bent on providing solutions to the battery storage question. Phil Guidice, the CEO who’s running Ambri, says new batteries emerging with the help of big backers will finally enable renewables to compete with fossil fuels. “Khosla, Gates, Musk, and the Pritzkers are all excited about changing the world in a better way, and they’re swinging for the fences,” Guidice says. “We’re getting closer every day.”

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Companies proactive on sustainability have competitive edge

Companies proactive on sustainability have competitive edge | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Corporate sustainability has come a long way in recent decades, morphing from a mere adherence to regulations set down by governments in the 1970s to the integration of environmental and social responsibility principles into core business practices by many companies today. 

But to achieve sustainable development - that is, ensuring that the needs of future generations are not compromised by the present - companies must take an even more proactive approach in their practices, said Dutch professor, author, and former minister Pieter Winsemius at a conference on Tuesday. 

In a keynote address to 200 business and government leaders at Singapore’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Winsemius shared that in recent decades, business attitudes towards sustainability have evolved through four stages; reactive, functional, integrated and proactive.

In the first ‘reactive’ stage, companies merely abide by government regulations on environmental performance; as they progress to the ‘functional’ stage, they start to explore ways to implement compulsory sustainability measures as efficiently as possible.

The third ‘integrated’ stage sees companies recognising that there are business opportunities in addressing environmental and social challenges, and they begin to integrate sustainability concerns into their operations.

In the final ‘proactive’ approach, businesses take responsibility for meeting the needs of future generations, and adopt long-term thinking to anticipate and fulfil these needs.
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In a keynote address to 200 business and government leaders at Singapore’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, Dutch former Mckinsey partner and Minister Pieter Winsemius shared that in recent decades, business attitudes towards sustainability have evolved through four stages; reactive, functional, integrated and proactive.

 

In the first ‘reactive’ stage, companies merely abide by government regulations on environmental performance; as they progress to the ‘functional’ stage, they start to explore ways to implement compulsory sustainability measures as efficiently as possible.

 

The third ‘integrated’ stage sees companies recognising that there are business opportunities in addressing environmental and social challenges, and they begin to integrate sustainability concerns into their operations.

 

In the final ‘proactive’ approach, businesses take responsibility for meeting the needs of future generations, and adopt long-term thinking to anticipate and fulfil these needs.

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Walmart Sustainability Index Goes Live With Over 100,000 Suppliers

Walmart Sustainability Index Goes Live With Over 100,000 Suppliers | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
The Sustainability Leaders badge does not make representations about the environmental or social impact of an individual product, only that the manufacturer has scored well enough to earn a badge across all of the products they make in that category. For example, a television identified with a Sustainability Leaders badge indicates that the manufacturer has been identified as a Sustainability Leader among its peers in the television category for its sustainability management practices.
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Imagine someday being able to scan a product and hear the story of the life cycle/sustainability of the product--from toxins to transportation fallout. And imagine if you could then see a "sustainability leadership badge" that helps you find sustainability leadership quickly in any category--for example the most sustainably designed TV on the shelf. Well this is soon going to be a reality and soon thousands and thousand of products, companies, and industries will be made more comparable, more transparent, and help make us all more intelligent about sustainable value. And Walmart has set it in motion, already in a big way, with its new "sustainability leaders badge." And I cant wait until it matures to the point where we can sweep our i-Phones over a code and hear the whole story narrated as part of our purchasing experience. It could be revolutionary. 

 

The Sustainability Leaders badge, at this stage of development, does not make representations about the environmental or social impact of an individual product, only that the manufacturer has scored well enough to earn a badge across all of the products they make in that category. For example, a television identified with a Sustainability Leaders badge indicates that the manufacturer has been identified as a Sustainability Leader among its peers in the television category for its sustainability management practices. But this is just the beginning of something that can be remarkable and exactly what all of us need to be more conscious, informed, and inspired about products getting better and better. 

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Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Poised for Growth.

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Sustainable Investing Poised for Growth. | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Over seventy percent of active individual investors (71%) describe themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and nearly two in three (65%) believe sustainable investing will become more prevalent over the next five years, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. 
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“The trajectory for sustainable investing continues to point upward.  What used to be a bifurcated decision – one between investing to make money and giving to do good – is increasingly becoming a blended conversation as investors look to harness the power of the capital markets as a force for positive impact,” said Audrey Choi, Managing Director and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing at Morgan Stanley.  “As sustainable business practices and investment options become more important to investors, the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing is working to drive scalable investment solutions that seek to achieve market-returns that beat the market

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How SolarCity Sees The Future Playing Out And the Exponential Opportunity in Motion

How SolarCity Sees The Future Playing Out And the Exponential Opportunity in Motion | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
To summarize, solar PV technology only needs to improve at its historical rate for only 16 more years to fulfill near 100% of the world's energy needs (as was stated before, corner cases will likely stick around for longer). There is absolutely no reason to think that an S curve inflection point will occur within this 16 year timeframe. Many individuals likely find it too absurd that solar will displace the massive fossil fuels generation industry within the next decade and a half, and so subconsciously assume that the S curve inflection point of solar PV growth should occur before such a thing happens. Besides purely emotional reasons, there is no logical reason to believe that such a thing should occur within the next 16 years.
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Ray Kurzweil's exponential technology thesis is now being applied in the solar industry, and some of the analyst conclusions are stunning. They are being used to recommend stocks, such as Solar City. Here is just one conclusion: solar PV technology only needs to improve at its historical rate for only 16 more years to fulfill near 100% of the world's energy needs. There is absolutely no reason to think that an S curve inflection point will occur within this 16 year timeframe. Many individuals likely find it too absurd that solar will displace the massive fossil fuels generation industry within the next decade and a half, and so subconsciously assume that the S curve inflection point of solar PV growth should occur before such a thing happens. Besides purely emotional reasons, there is no logical reason to believe that such a thing should occur within the next 16 years.

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Apple’s New Headquarters Will Be Powered Entirely By The Sun

Apple’s New Headquarters Will Be Powered Entirely By The Sun | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Apple’s California solar farm, called the First Solar California Flats Solar Project, is the largest solar procurement deal by a company that’s not a utility. It is also the first wholesale commercial and industrial power-purchase (PPA) agreement for First Solar, which signed a 25-year PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric.
“Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact,” said Joe Kishkill, Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar, in a statement. “Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
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CEO Tim Cook knows that renewable energy is a huge business value, yet he is arguing that Apple's commitment to it is for ecological reasons. The fact is it's both: good for the world and good for business. And the end game is clear: the largest company in the world is becoming 100% powered by renewable energy. 


Apple’s California solar farm, called the First Solar California Flats Solar Project, is the largest solar procurement deal by a company that’s not a utility. It is also the first wholesale commercial and industrial power-purchase (PPA) agreement for First Solar, which signed a 25-year PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric.

“Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact,” said Joe Kishkill, Chief Commercial Officer for First Solar, in a statement. “Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

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12 Sustainable Design Ideas From Nature

12 Sustainable Design Ideas From Nature | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
““In this inspiring talk about recent developments in biomimicry, Janine Benyus provides heartening examples of ways in which nature is already influencing the products and systems we build.”-TEDx”
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Emulating life's genius requires a humility that reverses--instead of learning about nature the design mind wants to learn from nature. It's a bit like sitting at the feet of a master. For example: Life Creates Conditions Conducive to life- Life wholistically cleans nourishes and sustains the environment while preserving its own species and the systems around it for thousands of generations in the future. - See more at: http://www.thinkinghumanity.com/2014/12/12-sustainable-design-ideas-from-nature.html#sthash.YudtRhJA.dpuf
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The Positive Energy of BHAQ's

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Davide Oldani, chef at Ristorante D'O, thought it unfair that only wealthier people could afford top-quality food, while most Michelin-starred restaurants run at a loss. He wanted to create a restaurant with at least one Michelin star, aimed at 'the ordinary man', offering complete lunches and complete dinners for $25 and $45 respectively. The starred restaurant also had to be profitable. His restaurant is booked 1.5 years in advance, the ordinary man dines there, Davide makes a profit and has created an entirely new culinary movement called Cucina POP. 

The positive energy of impossible questions

Now you could say: "Such things are only reserved for a select group of brilliant entrepreneurs." But nothing could be further from the truth. I decided to see for myself and conducted an experiment. Whenever I had to deliver a workshop or speech, I started with one of the questions above. I outlined the situation of Dr. V. or Davide Oldani and presented the audience with impossible demands by asking them: “How would you tackle that?” It was amazing to witness what happened each time. There was an energetic, almost mischievous ambience in the room. The buzz increased and twenty or thirty ideas were soon proposed. Special, creative and enterprising ideas from enthusiastic people. It was very different when I asked the following question: "You have a Michelin-starred restaurant and are making a loss of around 10%. How are you going to resolve that? How will you reduce costs by 10%?" The answers to that question were just as boring and obligatory as the energy within the room. And the list of ideas was significantly shorter. 
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We have all heard of BHAG's--big hairy audacious goals--but where do they come from? The true source is impossible questions--heretical questions--big hairy audacious questions. So more attention should be placed on creative questions, not the goals themselves. But it is not something we teach managers. This article shares great examples. Take Oldani...


Davide Oldani, chef at Ristorante D'O, thought it unfair that only wealthier people could afford top-quality food, while most Michelin-starred restaurants run at a loss. He wanted to create a restaurant with at least one Michelin star, aimed at 'the ordinary man', offering complete lunches and complete dinners for $25 and $45 respectively. The starred restaurant also had to be profitable. His restaurant is booked 1.5 years in advance, the ordinary man dines there, Davide makes a profit and has created an entirely new culinary movement called Cucina POP. 


The positive energy of impossible questions

Now you could say: "Such things are only reserved for a select group of brilliant entrepreneurs." But nothing could be further from the truth. The author of this article said: "I decided to see for myself and conducted an experiment. Whenever I had to deliver a workshop or speech, I started with one of the questions above. I outlined the situation of Dr. V. or Davide Oldani and presented the audience with impossible demands by asking them: “How would you tackle that?” It was amazing to witness what happened each time. There was an energetic, almost mischievous ambience in the room. The buzz increased and twenty or thirty ideas were soon proposed. Special, creative and enterprising ideas from enthusiastic people. It was very different when I asked the following question: "You have a Michelin-starred restaurant and are making a loss of around 10%. How are you going to resolve that? How will you reduce costs by 10%?" The answers to that question were just as boring and obligatory as the energy within the room.The list of ideas was significantly shorter. "

 


 

 

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First look: environmental entrepreneur Paul Hawken's long-awaited new book

First look: environmental entrepreneur Paul Hawken's long-awaited new book | Business as an Agent of World Benefit | Scoop.it
Project Drawdown will begin as a lavishly illustrated book and online database, to be released late next year. Its purpose is to re-frame the climate debate, by showing that solving the climate crisis will bring, not sacrifice, but “more security, more prosperity, more jobs, more well-being and better health,” Hawken said.

“Drawdown is about technologies and solutions that are in place, understood, measured, documented and growing,” Hawken told me by phone. “This is a path to opportunity and wellbeing, as opposed to a tax or a loss.”

Ordinarily, the announcement of a new book would not by itself be newsworthy, but Hawken has had so much influence over corporate sustainability in the US that his work merits attention. His books, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism, the latter written with Amory Lovins and L Hunter Lovins, were among the first to point the way towards a sustainable global economy. He has advised CEOs at Ford, Walmart and Interface, the carpet company. At Greenbuild, which attracts 23,000 people, he’ll interview billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, key allies in the climate debate
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Paul Hawken's new book is attracting lots of attention.

 

Project Drawdown will begin as a lavishly illustrated book and online database, to be released late next year. Its purpose is to re-frame the climate debate, by showing that solving the climate crisis will bring, not sacrifice, but “more security, more prosperity, more jobs, more well-being and better health,” Hawken said.

 

“Drawdown is about technologies and solutions that are in place, understood, measured, documented and growing,” Hawken told me by phone. “This is a path to opportunity and wellbeing, as opposed to a tax or a loss.”

 

Ordinarily, the announcement of a new book would not by itself be newsworthy, but Hawken has had so much influence over corporate sustainability in the US that his work merits attention. His books, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism, the latter written with Amory Lovins and L Hunter Lovins, were among the first to point the way towards a sustainable global economy. He has advised CEOs at Ford, Walmart and Interface, the carpet company. At Greenbuild, which attracts 23,000 people, he’ll interview billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer and Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, key allies in the climate debate

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