Context in a Time of Panic

The Economist recently reported that from the early 1980′s to the peak last year, the financial services industry’s share of total American corporate profits rose from 10% to 40%. In other words, 40 cents out of every dollar earned by every company in the entire country came from banks, brokers, venture capitalists, and private equity investors. If...

My Tribe

A few nights ago, I reunited with a tribe that has shaped much of my life over the past 25 years. A tribe committed to making the world a better place through community and commitment, joy and love, passion and possibility, business and politics. At the center of the tribe is its chief, its foreman, its court jester, and its visionary leader—Josh Mailman. We...

PepsiCo’s Pepsi Challenge

In a February article in Fortune, reporter Betsy Morris sang the praises of Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo’s sophomore CEO. The piece described PepsiCo’s new motto under Nooyi, “Performance with Purpose,” which strives to balance “the profit motive with making healthier snacks, striving for a net-zero impact on the environment, and taking...

Strange Bedfellows?

Why Seventh Generation is Doing Business with Walmart’s Marketside Stores I’ve sometimes said that hell would freeze over before Seventh Generation would ever do business with Walmart. In fact, at times I’ve made even more strongly worded statements. Now I’ve got to concede that I was wrong. For the first time ever, the Seventh Generation logo is...