December 22, 2014

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    Triumphing over mobile technology

    Put down your phone – unless you’re using it to read this article. I’ve got a question for you. Is mobile technology bringing us closer together or further apart? From where I’m sitting, so-called smart phones may be dumbing down American society. According to a recent cross-platform report from Nielsen, the average adult spends nearly 12 hours a day with electronic media. To be fair, the study includes a broad spectrum of technological interfacing that extends beyond simple cell phone usage. But even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 5 hours a day online via a mobile device….

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    How pattern recognition gives you an edge

    Apollo, favorite son of Zeus, was the Greek god of light and music. In Hellenistic times, Apollo became identified with Helios, god of the sun, who pulled the sun across the sky each day with his golden chariot. We can also credit Apollo with the philosophical concept of the golden mean, the call for moderation in all things. His golden light brightened the lives of all it touched. Such mythical figures represent archetypes or universal patterns of human nature. Like humans, Greek gods and goddesses often had a balance of virtues and vices — and in many cases, a double…

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    Reshoring American manufacturing with ‘eco-industrial parks’

    As the reshoring trend is gaining strength, it is important to evaluate innovative, alternative solutions to the past industrial models. Otherwise, it might be difficult to ensure that the return of manufacturing in the US will be resilient in response to any future attempts of delocalization in serving the domestic market. There are a few main options to choose from as the decision to reshore is being made: Restart existing plants with no upgrades Restart existing plants with partial or complete upgrades Build new plants Acquire plants The reshoring location will thus be at the core of the decision process….

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    Deploying EHS systems with CSR benefits

    Making environmental, health and safety compliance sexy may seem impossible, but the Sustainable Performance Forum Americas 2014 conference came close. With former NASA astronaut Capt. John Creighton on stage, a Discovery Bar in the lobby and over 500 attendees with roles spanning the sustainability spectrum, enterprise software company Enablon turned an enterprise event into an industry influencer. Now in its sixth year, SPF Americas attracts EHS compliance managers and sustainability innovators. Rule enforcers plus silo breakers makes a potentially combustible mixture, but these elements can transform organizations — if they can find a way to work together. The EHS system is a catalyst for…

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    A science lover defends the value of illustration

    Although November 3-8th, has been Illustration Week in New York City, many New Yorkers don’t know this week exists. Don’t bother searching for it on the websites of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine or the Village Voice because you’ll come up empty. The art directors of these periodicals routinely work with illustrators, right? In the proverbial capital of publishing, advertising, fashion and art, it’s shocking that illustration has a public relations problem. Even if you didn’t know the exact days for Fashion Week, chances are you would have read or heard some headline…

Book Reviews

Putting 'responsible business' out of business
Posted by Claire Sommer on Friday, November 7, 2014

Putting 'responsible business' out of businessChristine Bader’s book The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil offers hope and practical advice for anyone trying to stimulate meaningful change in our multi-stakeholder, shareholder-beholden, profits-focused world. Doing this kind of work is hard, but then again, pretty much anything ...
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How 9 companies are creating a culture of sustainability
Posted by Claire Sommer on Friday, November 7, 2014

How 9 companies are creating a culture of sustainability Jeana Wirtenberg knows sustainability is about people. Living, caring human beings – who get things done. It’s not “green.” Or “eco.” Not goals or dashboards. Not on their own, at any rate. It’s people who make these things actually happen. Sustainability is people at ...
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The Big Pivot: A realist's guide to a climate-challenged present
Posted by Claire Sommer on Friday, November 7, 2014

The Big Pivot: A realist's guide to a climate-challenged presentIf you’ve ever thought of dropping a book on your boss’s desk, in the hopes of sparking a Ray Anderson-type conversion, here’s a tip. Don’t use the new IPCC report: It’s gloomy, terrifying and a muddle. Try this instead: Andrew Winston’s business transformation book for ...
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Sweat and the city: The urban heat island effect
Posted by Ann Drumm on Friday, November 7, 2014

Sweat and the city: The urban heat island effectCities are heating up at double the rate of global climate change, with major implications for human health. Managing urban heat is just as important a response as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and the benefits will be felt much sooner.  Cities should ...
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