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...

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...

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...

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...

Business profits are an illusion, based on a slight of hand.

If business stopped externalizing its costs it would stop making money! I’m somewhat obsessed with the concept of “externalities” and its companion concept developed to capture them, “full cost accounting.” “Externalities” are the costs and negative impacts imposed by businesses onto society and the environment that are not paid for by those...