Over The Counter Pill = Justice

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in equity and justice, systems thinking, Women's Health | 0 comments

Despite the ongoing attacks on reproductive healthcare, with the New Year we are seeing some policies on women’s health care change for the better; California and Oregon will be providing birth control pills over the counter at pharmacies. Women who are at least 18 years can skip the mandatory doctor’s visit (consisting of pregnancy & STI testing before issuing a prescription), and  will be able to speak directly to a pharmacist, fill out a questionnaire, and receive a year’s supply of birth control on the spot for a low(er)...

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Must (absolutely positively) see this movie

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in economics, equity and justice, inspiration & reflection, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Just saw The Big Short that chronicles the 2008 financial collapse through the stories of a small handful of people who realized what was happening to the U.S. economy while it was still happening — and then made vast fortunes by betting against the markets while everyone else lost billions of dollars, their homes, retirement savings and their jobs. That of course doesn’t include the businesses that caused this disaster – they and their shareholders got bailed out by the government with our taxpayer dollars. This brilliant movie tells a...

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Unicorns, entrepreneurs and 7 great ideas

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Business Strategy, inspiration & reflection, small business | 0 comments

Yesterday I attended the annual meeting of a visionary and exceptionally responsible venture capital fund. There are not a lot of them out there — maybe these are the real unicorns. I heard a few interesting things: Extraordinary entrepreneurs take on huge, open-ended problems, never talk about revenue but are obsessed with mission. Revenue is the successful side effect of being obsessed with solving gigantic challenges (how to organize the worlds information.) Jack Dorsey – Square/Twitter – is extraordinary at getting to the...

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Let’s be Honest…

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in articles, business ethics, Business Strategy, Corporate Responsibility, social responsibility, Sustainability | 1 comment

The Guardian recently posted an interactive dictionary of corporate values and terms to explore what words like ‘authentic’ and ‘green’ actually mean when used to describe companies and products. The company values dictionary defines 8 terms: authentic, ethical, green, honest, renewable, sustainable, transparent, and trustworthy. Sustain Natural is mentioned as an exemplary company that embodies the corporate value ‘Honest’: Truthful Not meant to deceive Displaying good character Almost every brand of condom is exclusively...

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Planet Home: living green

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in book review, environment, green living, inspiration & reflection, Jeffrey Hollender articles, Must Reads, social responsibility, Sustainability, systems thinking | 0 comments

Planet Home is a guide to going green, but this book goes a step further and challenges readers to think deeply about how our actions and purchases are part of a much larger planetary system than we may be aware of. This book was written in 2010, but it is just as, if not more, potent now in 2015. Making ‘green’ the new normal goes beyond the material, and must spur a new consciousness of the environmental impact of any once choice; we must be aware of a larger picture where each choice benefits or harms not only our selves, but affects...

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Isn’t sustainability your job? Why it’s time to be nice at work

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in employee wellness, leadership, social responsibility | 0 comments

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on A recent New York Times story confirmed my suspicion that the primary reason most employees hate their jobs are lousy managers. Bad managers destroy motivation, passion, interest and curiosity. Bad managers even adversely affect productivity, effectiveness, innovation, growth, teamwork and profitability. But what about the world of sustainable business — we don’t behave...

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We’ve Lost Our Moral Compass

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in business ethics, employee wellness, equity and justice | 2 comments

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on Over the past several years, legal settlements for unethical, fraudulent or criminal activity by the world’s largest financial services firms have exceeded $100 billion. Since the end of 2010, the six major Wall Street banks — JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley — have paid the majority of those fines. Virtually all the large firms said that if...

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Scaling business sustainability: Why be timid?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Business Strategy, leadership | 0 comments

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on A report released last year by Ceres and Sustainalytics found that while a few U.S. businesses are exhibiting real sustainability leadership, most companies are taking small, incremental steps to address urgent sustainability issues that stand to adversely affect their financial performance, our planet and the economy. “Given the acceleration of environmental and social...

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8 ways to shape a more sustainable workforce

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in employee wellness, job creation, leadership | 0 comments

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on I’ve spent most of my life, since age 19, starting and running four businesses. I’ve never paid any employee who’s worked for me the minimum wage. While I support an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour, I’ve always set what’s known as a “living wage” as the minimum amount I’d pay any employee. That’s despite the fact that as a whole, we in the U.S. have...

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The Trouble with Inequality

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in economics, equity and justice | 2 comments

This post first appeared in my new column Inspired Protagonist on The Wall Street bonus pool for last year was roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who worked full time at the federal minimum wage. The New York State Comptroller recently reported that the size of the bonus pool paid to securities industries employees in New York City was $28.5 billion. Dividing this total among 167,800 workers yields an average bonus of $172,860, which seems...

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