Over The Counter Pill = Justice

Despite the ongoing attacks on reproductive healthcare, with the New Year we are seeing some policies on women’s health care change for the better; California and Oregon will be providing birth control pills over the counter at pharmacies. Women who are at least 18 years can skip the mandatory doctor’s visit (consisting of pregnancy & STI testing before...

Must (absolutely positively) see this movie

Just saw The Big Short that chronicles the 2008 financial collapse through the stories of a small handful of people who realized what was happening to the U.S. economy while it was still happening — and then made vast fortunes by betting against the markets while everyone else lost billions of dollars, their homes, retirement savings and their jobs. That of...

Unicorns, entrepreneurs and 7 great ideas

Yesterday I attended the annual meeting of a visionary and exceptionally responsible venture capital fund. There are not a lot of them out there — maybe these are the real unicorns. I heard a few interesting things: Extraordinary entrepreneurs take on huge, open-ended problems, never talk about revenue but are obsessed with mission. Revenue is the...

Let’s be Honest…

The Guardian recently posted an interactive dictionary of corporate values and terms to explore what words like ‘authentic’ and ‘green’ actually mean when used to describe companies and products. The company values dictionary defines 8 terms: authentic, ethical, green, honest, renewable, sustainable, transparent, and trustworthy. Sustain Natural is...

Planet Home: living green

Planet Home is a guide to going green, but this book goes a step further and challenges readers to think deeply about how our actions and purchases are part of a much larger planetary system than we may be aware of. This book was written in 2010, but it is just as, if not more, potent now in 2015. Making ‘green’ the new normal goes beyond the material, and...

Isn’t sustainability your job? Why it’s time to be nice at work

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/isnt-sustainability-your-job-why-its-time-be-nice-work A recent New York Times story confirmed my suspicion that the primary reason most employees hate their jobs are lousy managers. Bad managers destroy motivation, passion, interest and curiosity....

We’ve Lost Our Moral Compass

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Greenbiz.com. http://www.greenbiz.com/article/weve-lost-our-moral-compass Over the past several years, legal settlements for unethical, fraudulent or criminal activity by the world’s largest financial services firms have exceeded $100 billion. Since the end of 2010, the six major Wall...

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...