The Coming Food Crisis – And Yes, Global Climate Change is Largely to Blame

The rapid growth in farm output and productivity that we came to expect in the latter half of the twentieth century is now failing to keep up with the demand for food. Population increases, rising affluence in once-poor countries and changing weather patterns are to blame. As The New York Times noted in their June 4, 2011 story, “A Warming Planet Struggles to...

Calling all Capitalists, $100 Billion in Search of a More Sustainable Future

I’ve never met Jeremy Grantham, but if you read what he writes there’s some big money that believes the time has come for transformational change. Grantham is the co-founder of an investment firm named GMO that was launched in 1977. Grantham began his investment career as an economist with Royal Dutch Shell and earned his undergraduate degree from the...

Failing Our Children

Following up on my blog post titled “The State of America’s Children 2011,” I want to return to a little-noticed story from earlier this summer on college-readiness. Sharon Otterman, writing in The New York Times, reviewed the dismal data that the New York State Education Department  released in June. The study shows “that only 37 percent of students...

Our Children, An Ever-Growing Crisis

Charles Blow of The New York Times recently selected some of the saddest and most depressing statics from the recently released “The State of America’s Children 2011” report, issued last month by the Children’s Defense Fund.  The report highlights the impact of the recession on our children’s well being. The results are nothing short of...

If I Wanted Someone to Talk About My Brand it Would be Alexandra Zissu

Many companies are slowly becoming more sustainable and toying with transparency in an effort to establish greater consumer trust and brand authenticity. And consumers are clearly interested in more responsible products from trustworthy companies. Yet, companies are chronically having a tough time deciding what initiatives to take and how to translate the often...

A Visit to Mondragon: Innovation & Knowledge

Fred Freundlich, a native of the Boston area, moved to Mondragon for the first time in 1982, in his mid-twenties. He was fascinated by a business world that he believed was impossible to create. Corporations that value human dignity over profits were, in his experience, an oxymoron. Today, almost three decades later, he is a professor and researcher at what...

A Visit to Mondragon: Training Board & Governing Council Members

“Trained people will build better companies.” -Director of New Member Training at Mondragon Cooperative Corporation- What if the board members of every US corporation were trained in the basics of corporate governance – before they took office? Imagine that kind of business world. Such ideas are not “what ifs” at the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation....

A Visit to Mondragon: Interview with Mondragon’s Director of Cooperative Dissemination

“This is a people society, money is only a resource” -Mikel Lezamiz, Director of Cooperative Dissemination at Mondragon- As part of a group of 17 people from the Co-Lab at MIT, we all had lots of questions during the initial orientation. Our guide and primary teacher was Mikel Lezamiz, Director of Co-operative Dissemination at Mondragon. He’s spent...