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Healing hunger, poverty, war, climate change–with enlightened self-interest

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in book review, business ethics, Business Strategy, Corporate Responsibility, environment, social entrepreneurs, social responsibility, Sustainability, systems thinking | 0 comments

Let me share a note from my friend Shel Horowitz, who co-authored two Guerrilla Marketing books with the legendary Jay Conrad Levinson. Shel is quite an interesting guy. Last time I googled for him, I got more than 100,000 hits. I’ve always thought of him as visionary–he talked about marketing through both content expertise and partnering with both competitors and complementary businesses all the way back in 1985, and he wrote about business ethics as a success path in a book published in 2003. He’s also the only one I know...

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Fixing the Freest Marketplace Money Can Buy

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in articles, business ethics, Business Strategy, Corporate Responsibility, economics, equity and justice, Jeffrey Hollender articles, management, Seventh Generation, small business, social entrepreneurs, social responsibility, Sustainability, systems thinking | 0 comments

This is an excerpt from my article originally posted on the Standford Social Innovation Review on 03/30/16 We live with an illusion so powerful that we endlessly mistake it for reality. Merriam-Webster defines “free market” as “an economic market or system in which prices are based on competition among private businesses and not controlled by a government.” Consumers always wondered why Seventh Generation, the company I co-founded in 1988, sold its bath tissue—made from 100 percent recycled fiber—at a higher price than...

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The Conscious Business Blueprint

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in social entrepreneurs, social responsibility, systems thinking | 0 comments

The secret is out! Companies that give away money are actually more profitable! In fact conscious, values-driven, sustainable companies outperform the market 9 to 1! The tide has turned. Being values-driven and environmentally friendly is no longer a costly add-on to a standard business strategy. Embedding purpose into your company culture has become essential for businesses of any size seeking success in the 21st Century. To learn more about this conscious business revolution, you’ve got to check out an invaluable FREE online event. It’s...

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The Political Power of Single American Women

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in employee wellness, equity and justice, systems thinking, Women's Health | 0 comments

All the Single Ladies, a new book by award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister, explores the history of social and economic change in America…through the lens of the single American woman. The bottom line is this: historically, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, the result was noticeable social change – suffrage, abolition, and secondary education to name a few. Now, in a time when fewer and fewer young American women are getting married (today, only around 20 percent of Americans ages 18–29 are wed,...

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Insights on Millennials from Goldman Sachs

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in economics, social responsibility, Sustainability, systems thinking | 0 comments

Goldman Sachs recently published a “data story” on the social and commercial behaviors of the millennial generation Y (those born between 1980 – 2000). Millennials make up the biggest generation in United States history, and have grown up in a time of rapid economic, technological, and environmental change, which presents them with challenges very different from those of previous generations. As young people are moving into their prime spending years it is important to understand where their priorities lie, and what that means for the...

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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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