Book Reviews

Conscious Capitalism, 1.5 years later

June 30th, 2015 by
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Conscious Capitalism, John Mackey’s and Raj Sisodia’s triple-bottom-line bible, has orbited the social entrepreneurship sector for over a year and a half. That’s about how long it has taken me to read, as I keep putting the book down and picking it back up, wondering how a manual on keeping businesses value-driven really applies to…

Putting ‘Responsible Business’ out of Business

August 29th, 2014 by
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Christine 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 worthwhile usually is. The book tells Christine’s story of working with BP…

How 9 Companies Are Creating a Culture of Sustainability

June 30th, 2014 by
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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 every level of a business making decisions and working with their colleagues,…

The Big Pivot: A Realist’s Guide to a Climate-Challenged Present

June 10th, 2014 by
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If 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 the “new normal” of climate change-fueled disruption. It’s called The Big Pivot. The…

Sweat and the City: The Urban Heat Island Effect

January 27th, 2014 by
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Cities 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 prioritize strategies that reduce both heat and GHG emissions, and trees are…

Clearing Human Hurdles to a Sustainable Economy

January 13th, 2014 by
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It’s 2050. The roads are much less crowded, and engine growls have given way to bird song. The old zoning rules have been repealed and sprawl is no longer subsidized; developers now pay the full costs they impose on public infrastructure. Workers still go to the office a few days a week, but many work…

Can You Survive the 5 Tectonic Shifts to the Business Landscape?

January 12th, 2014 by
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In his book The Upside of Down, Thomas Homer-Dixon presents a theory of the crisis and renewal of societies.The Canadian author and complexity expert of the Balsillie School of International Affairs describes how five tectonic shifts could lead to synchronous failure in our systems. Without knowing how or when breakdown may occur, cities and companies need to…