A sustainable economy: it’s not only about the jobs.

Recent research indicates that a green economy is a strong and inclusive one that will help the shift to an economy that is fairer, more sustainable and resilient. Author Ethan Pollack of the Economic Policy Institute outlines the benefits of a green economy in his paper “Counting Up to Green.” More than 3.1 million jobs are considered “green” as of 2010...

It’s time.

In his inaugural address, President Obama finally acknowledged publicly that when it comes to climate change, it’s time to act.  Yes, it’s time for the government to act. We knew this already. But did anyone else feel like the President was asking us, the citizens, to act on climate change? We, the people. We, the people. Words he repeated over and over...

The Relationship Between NGOs and Big Business

We’ve come a long way from the time when NGO leaders and businesses stood at opposite ends of the spectrum, with little collaboration or compromise.  Now, with the realization that issues are interrelated, that big problems such as climate change, fresh water depletion, natural resource destruction can be solved by partnerships and collaboration, we see NGO...

How Multi-National Business Holds the US Economy Hostage

In Jeffrey Sachs’ new book, The Price of Civilization, he states in no uncertain terms that the US economy is held hostage to a narrow group of corporate interests. ”Corporate wealth translates into political power through campaign financing, corporate lobbying and the revolving door of jobs between government and industry; and political power...

The Startup Playbook

Fantastic new book out today that I highly recommend by entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author David S. Kidder called THE STARTUP PLAYBOOK: The Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups From Their Founding Entrepreneurs.  Kidder shares the raw experiences of some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and CEOs, revealing their...

580

580. This is the number of times you have to multiply the lowest paid McDonald’s employee salary in order to arrive at the CEO’s salary. Twenty years ago, that number was 230. Reading this article from a few weeks ago in Bloomberg was distressing to say the least and really highlights the day-to-day impacts of the pay disparity between the highest and lowest...

Fair Trade sales increase rapidly despite economic downturn

The Ethical Consumerism Report 2010 was produced by The Co-operative Group, which has tracked shopping trends in the United Kingdom for more than a decade, found that, “despite the economic downturn, sales of ethical goods and services have remained resilient, going up almost 9% last year from £43bn to £46.8bn. Acting as a barometer of green spending since...