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....

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 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...

It’s time.

In his inaugural address, President Obama finally acknowledged publicly that when it comes to climate change, it’s time to act.  Yes, it’s time for the government to act. We knew this already. But did anyone else feel like the President was asking us, the citizens, to act on climate change? We, the people. We, the people. Words he repeated over and over...

Seventh Generation’s “Tribute to a Visionary”

After a two year absence, I was invited to return to Seventh Generation to celebrate my induction into the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame. I was honored when Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle gave an exceptional speech to commemorate the occasion and I thought I would share it with you all. Click here to read the article and...