"If you stand inside a large corporation and ask how to make a sustainable economy, the conversation has to fit itself into the frame of profit maximization. (“Here’s how you can make more money through sustainability practices.”) Asking corporations to change their fundamental frame is like asking a bear to change its DNA and become a swan."
In a world of growing uncertainty and mounting performance pressure, it’s understandable that resilience has become a very hot topic. Everyone is talking about it and writing about it. We all seem to want to develop more resilience.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismay’d ? Not tho’ the soldier knew Some one had blunder’d: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die, Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
"Many from the “peak oil” community say that what we should worry about is a decline in world oil supply. In my view, the danger is quite different: The real danger is financial collapse, coming much earlier than a decline in oil supply".
From Sharing Economy to Sheconomy: The Evolution of Women and their Sphere of Influence In its’ fourth installment of Women, Power & Money, Fleishman-Hillard and Hearst Magazines have released their...
If you witnessed any of the activity surrounding Global Sharing Day, and feel inspired to learn more, read on. Here, Reuben Sagar reviews five green enterprises adding considerable momentum to the Collaborative Consumption movement.
social systems are not just like living systems they are living systems. In business we need commercial succession – to move from a toxic linear shareholder driven system to one that regenerates, is low impact and creates value for all including nature
If we want the world economy to grow by 4% per year, world oil supply will need to grow by close to 3% per year. This is more than world oil supply has grown per year since the 1970s–giving a clue as to why the world is having so much problem with economic growth now.
Another must-read article by Gail Tverberg explaining the energy limits to economic growth, a factor not taken into consideration by any of the "expert" economists trying to work out solutions for the global economic and debt crisis.
"What we've got, then, is a great dereliction: leaders who are incapable of fixing the broken institutions that are creating a lost generation, a planetary meltdown, a never-ending series of financial crises, mass unemployment, and a(t least another) lost decade. You'd think with all those icons blinking in the heads-up display, our leaders would act at least a little, well, concerned. But mostly, they seem to be clueless."
May 10, 2013 AL GORE : 400 PPM Yesterday, for the first time in human history, concentrations of carbon dioxide, the primary global warming pollutant, hit 400 parts per million in our planet's atmosphere. This number is a reminder that for the last 150 years -- and especially over the last several decades -- we have been recklessly polluting the protective sheath of atmosphere that surrounds the Earth and protects the conditions that have fostered the flourishing of our civilization http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-gore/carbon-dioxide-400-parts-per-million_b_3253361.html?ref=topbar
Some 85 percent of companies have more complex supply chains as a result of globalization, and adjusted climate forecasts mean businesses should expect climate change to have an even more destructive effect than previously assumed on supply ...
Two new remarkable reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers paint a scary 6-degrees climate future and economic turmoil for global business. High time one of the big consultancies goes beyond the usual "let's keep it positive" approach and starts talking reality.
Claims of climate-friendliness made by some of the world's biggest brands. Check the small print, and the responsible green hue soon fades to something resembling bullsh*t-brown (or whatever color denotes hypocrisy). At least that's the conclusion after reading Australian author and researcher Guy Pearse's latest book.
Pearse spent close to four years immersing himself in some 3000 TV commercials and viewing about 4000 print and web adverts, all of which make claims of climate friendliness.
After checking the brand's actual contribution to climate change (or their lack of transparency) in more than 700 company reports, Pearse finds in Greenwash: Big Brands and Carbon Scams that the green revolution is being either grossly overblown or faked.
"Business leaders, said Porter, should focus on creating win-win outcomes that strengthen society as well as satisfy the profit motive. They can do so by reaching out to serve broader constituencies and by being attentive to long-term social impact."
The World Bank blog tackles Michael Porter's "Shared Value" concept but avoids the tough question: what if "shared value" approaches bite into corporate profits? If interests of shareholders clash with interests of society, which side wins in a world rules by the financial markets?
Facilitated by new networking technologies and platforms, people are now sharing all kinds of things – food, tools, gadgets, couches, homes, cars, workspaces, time, money. According to Rachel Botsman, co-author of What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, what this means is that we are richer than we think: “We are surrounded by assets that have ‘idling capacity’ – the untapped social and economic value of under-utilised spaces, skills, time, gardens, and ‘stuff’.”
ndustrialised world reductions in material throughput, energy use, and environmental degradation of over 90% will be required by 2040 to meet the needs of a growing world population fairly within the planet’s ecological means. Business Council for Sustainable Development1
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