I almost didn’t go to the Women’s March

As a man, I almost didn’t go to the Women’s March. It was a rare Saturday that I had set aside to clean up the house in preparation for a small renovation project. The sky was grey and the air was damp. Spending hours standing outside in Northern Vermont in the middle of winter has limited appeal for most people. My oldest daughter Meika had traveled from...

Healing hunger, poverty, war, climate change–with enlightened self-interest

Let me share a note from my friend Shel Horowitz, who co-authored two Guerrilla Marketing books with the legendary Jay Conrad Levinson. Shel is quite an interesting guy. Last time I googled for him, I got more than 100,000 hits. I’ve always thought of him as visionary–he talked about marketing through both content expertise and partnering with both...

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 Conscious Business Blueprint

The secret is out! Companies that give away money are actually more profitable! In fact conscious, values-driven, sustainable companies outperform the market 9 to 1! The tide has turned. Being values-driven and environmentally friendly is no longer a costly add-on to a standard business strategy. Embedding purpose into your company culture has become essential...

The Political Power of Single American Women

All the Single Ladies, a new book by award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister, explores the history of social and economic change in America…through the lens of the single American woman. The bottom line is this: historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the result was noticeable social change – suffrage, abolition, and...

Insights on Millennials from Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs recently published a “data story” on the social and commercial behaviors of the millennial generation Y (those born between 1980 – 2000). Millennials make up the biggest generation in United States history, and have grown up in a time of rapid economic, technological, and environmental change, which presents them with challenges very...