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...

Making Way for Worker Co-ops

Guest post by Taliesin Nyala, a co-owner of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), a worker-owned cooperative based in Massachusetts created to democratize education and the economy while furthering the cooperative movement. TESA designs curriculum and resources for learning, such as Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives. Wall Street is booming while...

A sustainable economy: it’s not only about the jobs.

Recent research indicates that a green economy is a strong and inclusive one that will help the shift to an economy that is fairer, more sustainable and resilient. Author Ethan Pollack of the Economic Policy Institute outlines the benefits of a green economy in his paper “Counting Up to Green.” More than 3.1 million jobs are considered “green” as of 2010...

The Startup Playbook

Fantastic new book out today that I highly recommend by entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author David S. Kidder called THE STARTUP PLAYBOOK: The Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs.  Kidder shares the raw experiences of some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and CEOs, revealing their...

Rethinking Consumption Across the Globe

For those in the sustainable products industry, it has been a long running and often elusive challenge to understand the role consumers play in creating a thriving “green” marketplace. During the holiday season when shopping reaches a fever pitch is perhaps the most interesting time to explore what underlies our purchasing decisions and how those decisions...

In Bed Together: EDF & the Walton Family

Since 2004, the Walton Family Foundation has given EDF (the Environmental Defense Fund) more than $53 million. Last year, the foundation’s donations totaled an astounding 15 percent of EDF’s budget, or $13.7 million. This news generated a front page New York Times business section story under the headline “Unexpected Ally Helps Walmart Cut Waste.” EDF...