Magnify Your Voice & Your Influence

Give yourself a gift this holiday season that will magnify your voice and your influence. For the millions of small- and medium-sized businesses in America, the machinations that take place inside the Washington beltway may feel like stories of aliens on another planet. The issues are always more complex than the TV sound bites allow for, the actual policy...

Happy Holidays: Homeless Children in U.S. Now Number 1.6 Million

This holiday season, think beyond yourself – and think beyond wasting money on stuff you don’t really need. Instead, consider helping someone who really needs the help. Like homeless children in the US – in your own state or community. This is a population without a voice. We can give them a voice through our actions. Consider this: The National Center on...

A Manifesto for Sustainable Capitalism

Al Gore and David Blood, his partner in the multi-billion private equity fund, Generation Investment Management, recently opined on “How businesses can embrace environmental, social and governance metrics,” on the Op-Ed page of The Wall Street Journal, an unlikely location for such a conversation – but, just the place it should be happening. Their...

Awards for Green-ness

What we need today are companies who are willing to make bold, revolutionary commitments even if they don’t yet know how they’ll be able to fulfill them. I’m thrilled that these awards recognized such leadership! The 6th International Green Awards were recently held at London’s Natural History Museum.  The Awards are accredited by the Royal Society...

The New Generation of Social Entrepreneurs Gives Me Hope

If anything is going to jump start America, it may just be the new generation of entrepreneurs. I say that because I just spent time in Kansas City as a speaker and mentor at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit 2011, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and organized by the Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (YES) and Conscious Capitalism...

I Want it Yesterday: The Dangers of Our Obsessive Focus on the Short Term

We are a society consistently in search of a quick fix – from diets to energy, we want the quick and easy solution, and we want it today, to hell with what tomorrow brings. One would hope that those whom we trust to invest our money would be wiser, yet, we know how unlikely that is if you’ve see the balances in your 401K plunge over the past three...

Don’t Buy This: The Truth About Sustainability

Having not broken my obsession with the print version of The New York Times, I was thrilled to greet Black Friday by opening to a full-page ad from Patagonia that urged readers “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” To the best of my knowledge, Patagonia has never purchased a full-page ad in the Times, and for this, the first time that they did, they are...

Can Humanity Solve Current Global Environmental & Social Crises?

So here’s the good news: we absolutely have the ability to solve our current global environmental, social and economic crises. The not-so-good news: Do we have the will to do it? From my perspective, the challenge is not about technology, but rather about consciousness, values and priorities. We must move from one extreme of the dichotomy to another: from me...

The Wrong Kind of ‘Reputation’ Insurance

The Associated Press recently carried an announcement from the once-bankrupt insurance company AIG. The headline read, “AIG unit offers companies ‘reputation’ insurance.” The coverage, in the form of a new kind of insurance product, would help companies protect their reputation in the event of major corporate crises, such as executive scandals,...

CEOs Need a New Set of Beliefs

The Harvard Business Review hosts an excellent Online Forum titled The CEO’s Role in Fixing the System. A recent post by Raymond V. Gilmartin caught my attention. Gilmartin is the former chairman, president, and CEO of Merck and is currently an adjunct professor at Harvard Business School. Despite the fact that Gilmartin, resigned abruptly in 2005 over...