Fixing the Freest Marketplace Money Can Buy

This is an excerpt from my article originally posted on the Standford Social Innovation Review on 03/30/16 We live with an illusion so powerful that we endlessly mistake it for reality. Merriam-Webster defines “free market” as “an economic market or system in which prices are based on competition among private businesses and not controlled by a...

The Charitable-Industrial Complex

Several months ago I posted about “The Poverty-Creation Industry, so I was fascinated to see Peter Buffett’s (son of Warren Buffett) New York Times Op-Ed on the “The Charitable-Industrial Complex.” Peter starts by discussing the unintended consequences of well intentioned people trying to solve complex problems with out an understanding of the complex...

The Secret to a Successful Business: Radical Transparency

I talk a lot about the concept of “radical transparency”  – in fact, it was one of the guiding principles in creating Seventh Generation – so I’d like to delve a little deeper into what exactly it means and how it can be a powerful tool to transform ordinary businesses into more responsible, conscious and profitable entities. I’ve written...

The Key to a Sustainable & Resilient Economy

On June 11–13, 2012, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a national public policy and advocacy organization, is bringing more than 125 innovative and triple bottom line business leaders from across the country to meet with at the White House with senior administration officials and congressional leaders at its Business Summit for a Sustainable...

Disgraced Executives Still Serving on Corporate Boards

Why is the former chief of Fannie Mae still a director of a public company as prominent as Goldman Sachs and Target? How can Charles O. Prince III, the former chief executive of Citigroup, who resigned under pressure in 2007 amid huge write-downs at the bank, be an acceptable director to the shareholders of Xerox and Johnson & Johnson? What about E....

Oil Industry Ponders Future of Energy

Dispatches from The New York Times/Shell Oil 2012 Energy Summit titled Earth 2050: The Food Water Energy Nexus. Last week I was in Houston to attend an intimate gathering of about 50 people to participate in The New York Times/Shell Oil 2012 Energy Summit titled Earth 2050: The Food Water Energy Nexus. The gathering included a robust participation of Shell’s...