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Sustainablity: Moving from “Less Harm” to “Deep Good”

June 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Lately there’s a lot of conversation among business people about “doing good” in the world, rather than settling for doing “less bad.” Two weeks ago, at Sustainable Brands 2011 in Monterey, California, the conversation became a little louder and more intense—partly because Jeffrey Hollender was present. He has been using this language for the last few […]

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Responsible Social Entrepreneurship: What Egypt and Social Businesses Can Teach Us

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Fred Allen, Leadership Editor at Forbes, offered a short piece on February 26 called How Entrepreneurs Led the Way to Revolution in Egypt in which he cited a post by Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres’ at The New York Times and an opinion post at Politico co-written by Ayres with his fellow professor Jonathan […]

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Microlending failures: How to ensure success and ethical practice.

January 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The New York Times reports that, “Micro lending is losing its halo in many countries”. It was the darling of the economic development world and its greatest advocate won a Nobel Prize.  The idea is excellent and is still working in many places. But there are two challenges that are often not taking into account […]

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From Fair Trade to Economic Vitality: IEA Study Issues Bad Report Card

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments

The Institute of Economic Affairs took a hard look at Fair Trade Practice and found it wanting in its Fairtrade without Froth Report. Its critique looked at whether it is different than Free Trade. It is not. It is a philosophy of Free Trade. It creates an alternative distribution channel for a particular niche of […]

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CSR Needs a New Name: Altruism, Sustainability and Best Practices are Not What It Is About.

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

My mother’s most often instruction to me was to be “considerate”.  What she meant was that I needed to think about the affect of my actions on others. It was good advice although I did not appreciate it in the moment. She was also quick to point out when I was only “considering” myself, not […]

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Workplace Safety in Mines and Business: The Responsible Business view

October 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

With the Chilean miners safe above ground, it feels we all can breath easy again. This is probably not true, however, for the families of the Upper Big Branch Mine owned by Massey Energy who lost loved ones. And likely the workers and families in mines around the world will feel this is an aberration, […]

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Interview: A Different Paradigm of Sustainability

September 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I reviewed Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict Between Global Conservation and Native Peoples, by Mark Dowie. This book is about the surprising upside-down effect of the conservation movement, especially in establishing the National Park Service.  Without understanding how active Native Peoples were in managing ecosystems to increase their vitality and health, they were systematically removed. […]

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Untold Downside of Sustainability, Conservation and the Wilderness Preservation Movement

September 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Book Review: Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples by Mark Dowie The push to save the wilderness, wildlife and rivers, whether on the North American Continent or in the Amazon, or in Burma, seems such a worthy goal. It underlies much of the work of conservation groups and activist such […]

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Trade Deficits, Fair Trade and Climate Change—Where Lies Responsibility?

August 16th, 2010 · No Comments

As I read three articles in close succession, I found a tough pull between three really important concerns. The Financial Times on August 11,( Alan Beattie in Washington and Alan Rappeport in New York)  reported that the trade deficit has risen to its highest level in 21 months.  We are building a huge national debt by allowing […]

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Wired to Care by Dev Patnaik and Peter Mortenson—Book Review

July 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Wiring your company to care can change fair trade to care trade, upping the level of responsibility to truly making a better world. Doing less harm or following standard best practices is no longer sufficient.

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