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Reinventing the Chief Marketing Officer: An Interview with Unilever CMO Keith Weed

Why marketing and sustainability must be under one leader.
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Unilever increasingly convinces me that their sustainability efforts are genuine and not just smart green-washing.

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Corporate America's sustainability gains 'not enough,' says Ceres

Corporate America's sustainability gains 'not enough,' says Ceres | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Fresh analysis of 613 of the largest U.S. companies says incremental progress is a good start — but a new report shows it's time to pick up the pace.
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Most corporations still see sustainability as a "nice to have", not as a critical necessity for their long-term future. "Incremental progress in tackling global climate change and other sustainability threats is simply not enough". We need Pavan Sukhdev's "Corporation 2020" .

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Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics

Mindsets and Money: Breaking the Grip of Distorted Economics | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Some businesses are beginning to expand their focus beyond the surprisingly recent, single-minded obsession with maximizing shareholder value. Yet we haven’t solved the core problem, because the game is fundamentally defined by its rules. And markets, for all their agility and elegance, are massively distorted in several critical ways:..."

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Excellent ideas from Gil Friend on the radical business reforms needed to make our economies sustainable.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 9:24 AM

I've been saying this for a few years now.

 

Money HAS to be put in its place, relative to the biological, social and environmental needs of humanity, in both the short and the long term.  Otherwise, we're going to kill ourselves for what amounts to pieces of cloth rag or digital signatures that we don't honestly need and shouldn't really want, if produced by those methods which kill our society, our environment and, ultimately, ourselves through killing our society and environment.

 

This would all start in the private financial sector which makes the investments and the decisoins as to what gets funded and what doesn't.  Who cares if the return is less, especially if you're still able to make a return?  Why should society and the will of society as expressed through the law tolerate or accept the pathological behavior of a few individuals who have mistaken money for something that they need over their physical, social and environmental needs?

 

Think about it.

 

Because it is a pathological mindset/brain type that's at work here.  It shows in the person's behavior, actions, perspectives and attitudes about all things that relate to them.  They need help, more than anything.  And, I don't think they should have a choice about whether they receive help or not, considering how dangerous their actions are for themselves and the rest of us.

 

Think about it.

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Professor Who Gave Famous Overpopulation Lecture Over 1,700 Times Dies

Professor Who Gave Famous Overpopulation Lecture Over 1,700 Times Dies | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A renowned former physics professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who was famous for a lecture he delivered over 1,700 times died on Saturday at the age of 90. According to The Daily Camera, he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
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Death of one of the world's greatest sustainability thinkers - "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function"

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How a Design-led Approach Can Influence Sustainability Efforts

How a Design-led Approach Can Influence Sustainability Efforts | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In recent times, the issue of sustainable consumption has gained renewed attention and relevance.
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interesting article on the use of redesigning consumption products to advance sustainability - does not address the issue of sufficiency though..;

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2013: a year to fight for scale in advancing sustainability

2013: a year to fight for scale in advancing sustainability | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Scale is the 'unreasonable challenge' we must meet to drive forward sustainability. Simon Zadek explains how to achieve this
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Sustainability "gurus"Simon Zadek and John Elkington highlighting the need for "breakthrough" capitalism and scaling up of sustainability at the end of a year which saw the freakiest weather ever, the expected failure or Rio and Doha,  political elites' obsession with the financial debt crises and new class wars in Southern Europe.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 31, 2012 8:44 AM

Scale is the zeitgeist in the world of sustainability. And although it's not in Merriam-Webster's top 10, it gets my vote for the most used word of the year. And there is a lot of it about. Our planet entertains more than 7 billion people, we are awash with digital data, our use of energy use has increased from 35 exajoules in 1900 to 550 exajoules in 2010, life expectancy at birth has increased by 21 years since 1950 and almost a billion people watched the opening of the London Olympics.

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Ignorance by consensus

Ignorance by consensus | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"We are trying to comprehend our world within the world-views and economic orthodoxies developed over an extra-ordinary, two-hundred year period of compound economic growth. This growth was coincident with increasing wealth, complexity and globalized integration. Part of our dominant consensus is that this trend will continue. Much of what is important to us, how we live, our expectations, what we value and hold dear, was shaped by this process. And we, the global 10%, have done well out of it.

 

The fringe view is that this growth is over – we are at the limits to growth, now. At issue is the stability of the globalized economy. We are moving into a deepening global deflationary depression, interspersed with dangerous and possibly irreversible shocks to the systems that support our basic welfare. We will lose much of what we take for granted and things we have come to call our own. We are entering an era of real danger and unpredictability."

 

Brilliant analysis by FEASTA's David Korowicz on why so many experts and economists keep getting it wrong on the economic and ecological crises.

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The end of recession is good for postgrowth theorists too

The end of recession is good for postgrowth theorists too | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"... a postgrowth economy isn’t just an economy that isn’t growing – it’s an economy that doesn’t require growth. You can’t create a sustainable economy by switching growth off and hoping for the best. It has to be designed, including new forms of finance and new institutions to manage them, action on inequality and debt, new tax systems and much more besides. It’s a proactive, strategic, and long term project. A sustainable economy will take decades to evolve, and will involve every sector of society."

 

Good article on the recession and the post-growth society on the MakeWealthHistory blog.

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The End of Economic Growth

Another impressive presentation by Richard Heinberg of why we have now entered the post-growth era and what will be the implications for our societies.

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The State of Sustainable Development According to Professionals

The State of Sustainable Development According to Professionals | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A recent survey asks sustainable development professionals what they think about current progress. Here's what they said.

 

This report on "Global Expert Perspectives on the State of Sustainable Development" seems to me a bit too optimistic but has some interesting points to make nevertheless.

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Individual Actions Just Don't Add Up to Environmental Change

Individual Actions Just Don't Add Up to Environmental Change | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"The bottom line is that green shopping, even when practiced by millions of people, just doesn’t add up to enough to affect the system. Sociologists call this the behavior-impact gap.."

 

Excellent contribution by Annie Leonard ("The Sory of Stuff") to an interesting NY Times debate on sustainability, green consumption and system change.

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It's Too Late for Solutions

It's Too Late for Solutions | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"There is a clamor for “solutions.” Everywhere I go, people say "Don't be a doomer; give us solutions." And I discovered that the subtext to all that is they really want solutions for allowing them to keep on living exactly the way they are living now. To keep on running Wal-Mart, and keep on running Suburbia, and keep on running the highway system, and the whole kit of parts. And what that really means is that they are looking for ways to add on additional complexity to a society that is already suffering from too much complexity.."

 

Good Podcast with American author James Howard Kunstler at Peak Prosperity.

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Is a sustainable future within reach?

Is a sustainable future within reach? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
John Elkington finds inspiration in the ready and available solutions listed in the Sustainia100 prospectus...

 

Interesting post by John Elkington on the Guardian's Sustainable Business blog but strange that the "father" of the "triple bottom line" is seriously leaving out the social dimension of sustainability. Are the capitalist elites preparing their Green Army-protected sustainability islands in the midst of civilisation collapse?

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Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe

Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy: towards a post-crisis growth strategy for Europe | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"...the Commission has launched a public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy, the EU's long-term growth and jobs plan"

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Interesting title for this Europe 2020 strategy consultation. With a bit of reshuffling, you get what it should REALLY be about: towards a post-growth crisis strategy. The reality of the 'end of growth' still escapes EU leaders.

Read this Green European Foundation publication to know about Europe's real challenge: http://gef.eu/gnd/new-publication-a-post-growth-society-for-the-21st-century-an-executive-summary/

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What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos

What We Know: American scientists' warning on climate chaos | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
What We Know helps us understand the science behind the realities, risks and response to the climate challenge.
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The scientific community is getting more vocal and outspoken(about time), but the more policy makers will understand what they will need to do (questioning the Western way of life), the more they will hide themselves in ideology and denial.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 18, 4:33 PM

The whole thing is about to break down, unless there is a significant coup against the existing private interests and their hold on policy makers' decisions.

 

One has to wonder how mentally healthy these people are who think that wealth is more valuable than health, regardless of the reasoning or justification for that wealth.

 

Think about it.

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Sustainable Business Initiatives Will Fail Unless Leaders Change Their Mindset

Sustainable Business Initiatives Will Fail Unless Leaders Change Their Mindset | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Their biggest mistake is a focus on quantifiable ROI.
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"With an isolated mindset, leaders focus mainly on the portion of the business-nature relationship that can be quantitatively analyzed.  Less tangible social and ecological factors are considered as context – something that is nice but not essential to the decision-making calculus because it is not measurable."

 

Very good article from Harvard Business Review blog.

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Governance in the Long Emergency

Governance in the Long Emergency | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Might there be more agile, dependable, and less awkward ways to conduct the public business in the long emergency that do not require authoritarian governments, the compromises and irrational messiness of politics, or even reliance on personal sacrifice?"

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I am afraid the answer to the above question is 'no'. Nevertheless one of the most interesting chapters in the latest Worldwatch Institute's State of the World. Title of this year's book 'Is sustainability still possible?'. Easy answer: no way.

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Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back

Transforming the corporate sector - fear of the future holding leaders back | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Businesses will stick to the status quo whatever the disastrous consequences unless we build a credible sustainability vision
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Excellent article by Jo Cofino of the Guardian underlining the need for the sustainability movement to stop analysing and start doing.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, April 13, 2013 5:08 AM

"To create the pathway for fundamental change, it is therefore vital that we mainstream a credible vision of a prosperous future within planetary boundaries, but the sustainability movement has so far failed to do this." - so correct!

Antoine Moore's comment, April 16, 2013 8:47 AM
To me the most salient statement of this article was this: Standing back from the whole sustainability debate, the sense I have is that before we can come up with a credible future vision, we must firstly let go of our egoic need to be in control and be right. The paradox is that only by embracing uncertainty, will the way forward start to manifest." Business leaders have to become more comfortable with uncertainty and not knowing upfront the way forward which presumably might also suggest the possibility of not acting but rather sensing into the storyline unfolding in the field of one's experience.
Eli Levine's curator insight, March 11, 2:25 PM

Even if a new and functional vision of the world were to come up, would they listen?

 

Would they see?

 

We're a species that is perfectly capable of adaptation and self-produced evolution.

 

How is it that these folks aren't changing themselves for the sake of their own long term (and short term, btw) beneft?

 

Where is the failure to connect?

 

And, more importantly, how do we actually change them, before it's too late for all of us?

 

Think about it.

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10 Steps To Transform Capitalism For The Better

10 Steps To Transform Capitalism For The Better | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Can capitalism be reformed for the better? John Elkington still believes it can and here are his interesting thoughts on how to do it.

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Sustainable cities must look beyond city limits

Sustainable cities must look beyond city limits | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio."

 

Interesting analysis: if we look at the total footprint of cities, how sustainable are they really? Is urbanisation really the key to future sustainability? And what about the social sustainability of cities in a world of increasing inequality?

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Workers Need Sustainability, Too

Workers Need Sustainability, Too | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Even companies with broad and aggressive environmental commitments are neglecting a core component of sustainability: worker health and safety. Heather Lang reports.

 

"Growing public concern over environmental issues does not yet fully extend to social issues, particularly worker treatment. Likewise, while many companies compete over environmental leadership, social issues are often critically overlooked."

 

Very good analysis of one of the often forgotten dimensions of sustainability.

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Social Innovations for Economic Degrowth

Social Innovations for Economic Degrowth | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"... a growing community of scientists and social activists, sharing the basic insight that a reduction of energy and material use implies a reduction of gross domestic product (GDP), is gathering under the heading of sustainable degrowth.3 Degrowth obviously entails a fundamental transformation of economic structures. But what precisely are the necessary steps?"

 

Very good article in Solutions Journal on the need to scale up social innovations for sustainable degrowth if we want to move from the failing growth paradigm to a new paradigm of the good life.

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August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day

August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Today, August 22, is Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Climate Change And The Next U.S. Revolution

"Climate groups cannot view their issue as separate from other groups that are organizing against corporate power. The social movements that have emerged to battle austerity measures are natural allies, as are anti-war and labor activists. The climate solution will inevitably require revolutionary measures, which first requires that alliances and demands are put forward that unite Labor, working people in general, community, and student groups towards collective action."

 

Interesting article in CounterCurrents on the effects of recent freak weather on American beliefs in climate change and the long-term implications for the US political system which is now completely hijacked by corporate interests.

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Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis

Record cereal prices stoke fears of global food crisis | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Severe drought in US - largest exporter of corn, soya beans and wheat - pushes up prices and revives memories of 2007-08 riots...

 

This recurrence of the global food crisis caused either by rising commodity prices or extreme weather events related to climate change is a strong indicator of the validity of John Michael Greer's theory of the catabolic collapse of civilisations.

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