Net Positive: The Future of Sustainable Business

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Business Strategy, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability | 0 comments

This article by Jeffrey Hollender first appeared in Stanford Social Innovation Review, April 29, 2015 Business efforts must become more sustainable and responsible to turn the tide on social inequity and environmental decay. Net positive is a new standard that can help ensure a resilient and regenerative world. “Governments no longer govern the world, or even their little bits of it. The nation state—yes, even America and China—has been usurped as the pre-eminent unit of power. Save for extreme outliers like North Korea, all governments...

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The Best Advice You’ll Ever Get

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in book review, inspiration & reflection | 1 comment

Many of you know David Brooks, the reasonably conservative, Republican-ish, op-ed columnist of The New York Times. The first and only time I ever attended a TED conference, Brooks was there, speaking to promote his latest book at the time. I found him arrogant and chauvinistic, confirming my expectations of him. There’s more than enough to read on any given day in the New York Times, and that’s doubly so on Sundays. But several weeks ago, the title of Brooks’ article, “The Moral Bucket List” on the front page of the News in Review...

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Rating Investors

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Business Strategy | 0 comments

The tech community has an amazing resource: This website allows entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review venture funds from around the world, providing invaluable information and guidance to entrepreneurs looking to raise critical growth capital. Wow do I wish there was a site that provided that information for the rest of the venture and private equity universe. It might have saved me and countless others from some awfully painful mistakes. lists over 4,000 funds with contact information for...

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Sex And No Common Sense

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized, Women's Health | 1 comment

We created a national crisis by not investing in birth control and family planning. We often do things that totally defy common sense, and when it comes to sex we’re often outright stupid. Where does this stupidity come from? The sources are many: our discomfort with the subject of sex, our failure to talk openly with our children, and pediatricians failing to do their jobs. Those are the obvious ones, but underneath the surface lies a callous disregard on the part of politicians and public policy leaders for the chaos and their...

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Managing My Mind: A New Years Resolution

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My mind is usually unmanaged. Within the boundaries of my memory and consciousness, thoughts arise, and memories flow. I worry about what I’m going to say to someone tomorrow, whether I left a document in my hotel room or the plane will arrive on time for me to make my connection. My mind acts as if it were it’s own master.   Other times,  I catch the eye of a passing stranger, setting off an imaginary story. The suitcase of a fellow passenger runs unpleasantly over my toe. The cover of The New York Times causes me to shake my head...

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Let’s Not Talk About Sex

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In a recent New York Times editorial, Paul A. Offit Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explored the reasons behind the incredible slow and limited use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents several types of cancer.     Offit wrote, “Every year in the United States thousands of men and women die from cancers that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. Sadly, uptake of this cancer-preventing vaccine is...

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Depriving pregnant women of liberty and justice

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As we are seeing more states legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage, one may be led to believe our nation has discovered a progressive bent. Yet, gridlock has not prevented a state level war on abortion rights and the advance of the “personhood” rights for fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses.   In an outstanding New York Times Op-Ed story entitled “The Civil Rights of Pregnant Women,” Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin expose the dangerous and increasing risks to all pregnant women. Unbelievable as it is heartbreaking,...

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Many, many thanks!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The only gift that’s required – is the giving of thanks. We can never have to many opportunities to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for. In a world where environmental destruction, violence, inequality, and fear make daily and now, minute-by-minute headlines, it’s easy to forget how blessed we are to be able to do the work we do.   Yes, the world is in pretty tough shape, but how lucky are we to be able to be so fully engaged in trying to mitigate those problems and...

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And the rich keep getting richer!

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s true. A picture is often worth a thousand words.   In Neil Irwin’s New York Times story he cites two charts from Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century that bring home the outrageous nature of our increasing unequal society. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, most of the income gains accrued to the majority of people and the bottom 90 percent of earners captured at least a majority of the rise in income. By the time we reach the period from 2009 to 2012, 116% of income growth goes to the top 10% with everyone else...

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Birth control pill turns male fish into females and led to near extinction of fish in lake

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Reported by Aly Thomson in The Regina Leader-Post, the study, being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.   Lead researcher Karen Kidd of the University of New Brunswick said the study has been ongoing since the late 1990s, when researchers in the United Kingdom discovered that male fish began to develop eggs when estrogen from birth...

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