Unnatural Habitats and Responsible Business

A note to the Seventh Generation community as we enter a new year. The fact that 80 percent of the world’s almond crop comes from one small part of the world, a 600,000-acre series of orchards in California’s Central Valley, is a metaphor for a world where we have dangerously bent the rules of nature to accommodate our own conveniences. The only cost...

George Carlin upon the death of his wife

Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70′s and 80′s – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate. A Message by George Carlin: The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy...

If You Look in the Trashcan, You’re Likely to Find Garbage

Now that’s a little harsh, but Ben Elgin’s Business Week cover story, “Little Green Lies”, uncovered a wealth of interesting information that led to a number of erroneous conclusions resulting from a lack of context and the highly selective use of information. The article should have been titled, “What’s wrong with CO2 Offsets?”, a much...

The Wal-Mart CEO Sustainability Summit

Imagine 400 CEOs representing Walmart’s largest vendors all sitting in one room pondering the future of sustainability. Aside from representing trillions of dollars in market value, this group could change the course of history. As I observed from the third row of this gathering on Wednesday at Walmart’s Arkansas headquarters, I was both excited and scared....

Thy Neighbor’s Cash

In the August 5, 2007 New York Times Book review of Robert H. Frank’s new book FALLING BEHIND: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class, Daniel Gross the reviewer notes: Knowing that Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group made almost $400 million last year, or that he spent $3 million last February on his 60th-birthday party, doesn’t simply make the...

Life is Short Under the Best of Circumstances

Music drifts into our back yard from the benefit party almost one mile away and it’s only 5:00 pm. This is the land of benefits; almost every Democratic candidate for President comes to the Hamptons in the summer to raise money. Last night we attended two parties, to one we were invited, to the other we were not. At the first we met Lloyd C. Blankfein,...

Can Anyone Live on $10,712 a Year?

Higher wages benefit business by increasing consumer purchasing power, reducing costly employee turnover, raising productivity, improving product quality, customer satisfaction and company reputation. Today’s minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago. We cannot build a strong 21st century economy when more...

Blessed Unrest

I just finished reading Paul Hawken’s new book “Blessed Unrest.” It is a beautifully written, extensively researched, deeply thoughtful but in the end-unsatisfying read. While Hawken talks convincing about the conversion of the environmental/sustainability movement with the social justice and indigenous rights movement (collectively described as “the...

Work, Happiness and Employee Ownership

Several months ago the UK based Employee Ownership organization published an exceptionally important and insightful report about the benefits of employee owned companies. The report has valuable insights for all businesses and I highly recommend it. A few highlights include: Employee owned businesses hold out the potential for meeting two vital objectives,...

What is it they still don’t get?

Yesterday the Financial Times reported “Nuns shocked at being on Wal-Mart’s list of threats. A community of Benedictine nuns based in Texas has called on Wal-Mart to give further details of how they came to appear on a list of potential threats to the world’s largest retailer.” It’s sad to see one of the greatest “potential” forces for a...