The Pain of Avoiding Prevention

What affects 90% of Americans and costs our economy $31 billion annually? Headaches. Headache disorders cause more than 1% of all disability and 9% of all lost labor in the US every year. Headache disorders are the most prevalent neurological disorders, affecting more than 90% of all Americans. US annual direct and indirect economic costs of headache disorders...

It’s a Fact: Equitable Worker Pay Boosts Business Performance

“The combination of group incentive pay with policies that empower employees and create a positive workplace culture reduces voluntary turnover and increases employee intent to stay and raises return on equity.” National Bureau of Economic Statistics Working Paper No. 17745, January 2012 by Douglas L. Kruse, Joseph R. Blasi, Richard B. Freeman There is...

What I’m Reading: We’re More Unequal Than You Think

Andrew Hacker, writing in The New York Times Review of Books, reviews a collection of books on social inequality, including one of my all time favorites, The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. His review also covers: The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good by Robert H....

Not Good Enough: Sustainability in Business Ranks Eighth in Importance

MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group conducted their third survey of managers and executives from companies around the world, asking how companies are developing and implementing sustainable business practices. More than 4,000 managers from 113 countries participated in the survey. The survey reveals that: 70% of companies include...

What I’m Reading: Out of the Bronx; Resilient People, Resilient Planet; They Rule

Not everything about the cookie industry is sweet – in fact, the recent trials and tribulations of union workers at the Stella D’Oro and Archway & Mother’s cookie brands bring this stark reality into focus, and point to a necessary bridge to the future of business in America: we need to be a country of owners, not a country of employees. The New...

Social Entrepreneurs in Action: Co-Founders of Two Degrees Food

Guest Blog Post by Lauren Walters and Will Hauser, co-founders, Two Degrees Food, San Francisco, CA Note: This is the first in a new series of blog post I wil feature on social entrepreneurs in the field. I hope you find their stories inspiring, helpful and proof that we can build a better world through better business.  These are exciting times for social...

Sustainability Boosts Returns for Private Equity Funds by Following Common Sense

Here’s what many consider good news that also highlights why we’re not making enough progress when it comes to sustainability. Andrew Malk, founder and managing partner at Malk Sustainability Partners, reported in January that sustainability was boosting returns for private equity funds. Malk notes that: “In an era where resource constraints, climate...

What I’m Reading: George Soros Predicts Riots & Class War for America

No one likes to hear dire predictions about our future. Yet, at times, they can serve the purpose of jolting us awake from our complacency. When a man as accomplished as George Soros sees such darkness ahead it’s worth to take note. Soros is quoted in Newsweek as saying: “I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as...