Scaling business sustainability: Why be timid?

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/scaling-business-sustainability-why-be-timid A report released last year by Ceres and Sustainalytics found that while a few U.S. businesses are exhibiting real sustainability leadership, most companies are taking small, incremental steps to...

8 ways to shape a more sustainable workforce

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/8-ways-shape-more-sustainable-workforce I’ve spent most of my life, since age 19, starting and running four businesses. I’ve never paid any employee who’s worked for me the minimum wage. While I support an increase of the minimum wage to $15...

The Trouble with Inequality

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/trouble-inequality-sustainability The Wall Street bonus pool for last year was roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who worked full time at the federal minimum wage. The New York State Comptroller recently reported that the size of...

Net Positive: The Future of Sustainable Business

This article by Jeffrey Hollender first appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review, April 29, 2015 Business efforts must become more sustainable and responsible to turn the tide on social inequity and environmental decay. Net positive is a new standard that can help ensure a resilient and regenerative world. “Governments no longer govern the world, or even...

The Best Advice You’ll Ever Get

Many of you know David Brooks, the reasonably conservative, Republican-ish, op-ed columnist of The New York Times. The first and only time I ever attended a TED conference, Brooks was there, speaking to promote his latest book at the time. I found him arrogant and chauvinistic, confirming my expectations of him. There’s more than enough to read on any given...

Rating Investors

The tech community has an amazing resource: TheFunded.com. This website allows entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review venture funds from around the world, providing invaluable information and guidance to entrepreneurs looking to raise critical growth capital. Wow do I wish there was a site that provided that information for the rest of the venture and...

Sex And No Common Sense

We created a national crisis by not investing in birth control and family planning. We often do things that totally defy common sense, and when it comes to sex we’re often outright stupid. Where does this stupidity come from? The sources are many: our discomfort with the subject of sex, our failure to talk openly with our children, and pediatricians failing to...

Managing My Mind: A New Years Resolution

My mind is usually unmanaged. Within the boundaries of my memory and consciousness, thoughts arise, and memories flow. I worry about what I’m going to say to someone tomorrow, whether I left a document in my hotel room or the plane will arrive on time for me to make my connection. My mind acts as if it were it’s own master.   Other times,  I catch the...

Let’s Not Talk About Sex

In a recent New York Times editorial, Paul A. Offit Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explored the reasons behind the incredible slow and limited use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents several types of cancer.     Offit...

Depriving pregnant women of liberty and justice

As we are seeing more states legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage, one may be led to believe our nation has discovered a progressive bent. Yet, gridlock has not prevented a state level war on abortion rights and the advance of the “personhood” rights for fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses.   In an outstanding New York Times Op-Ed story entitled...