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  • May 2014: Inventing a radical new business model. Interview with Matt Reynolds
  • S&R: How would you describe, in a sentence, the business of Indigenous?
    MR: We are a true pioneer in eco-sensitive and socially–conscious apparel. INDIGENOUS has provided ecological and fair-trade quality clothing since 1994, and has established itself as a national clothing label, employing over 1,500 highly skilled artisans through independent knitting workshops, cooperatives, and small scale family owned cut & sew facilities.

    S&R: And how would you describe the purpose of the company?
    MR: From the beginning in 1994, INDIGENOUS has used only the finest natural and organic fibers in our clothing. We want to keep harmful chemical toxins found in synthetic and non-organic clothing out of our eco-system and away from our body. In addition, we implemented a model of ethical sourcing to ensure that artisans in our supply chain receive fair wages and enjoy a safe working environment. We accomplish this through a close collaboration with our production partners, artisan workshop leaders and others. Our mission has always been to elevate artisans in the poorest regions of South America to world-renowned status in the handicraft textile market while preserving the rich cultural heritage.
  • April 2014: The three questions of our time
  • When I first presented my book, Big Bang Being, to a potential publisher, he came back with a question. “We like it”, he stated, “but can you clarify into what category this book would go? Is it to be filed under ‘Business’, ‘Sustainability’ or ‘Personal Development/Spirituality’?”

    I was pleased with his question -- which I had anticipated and feared – but more than the question, I had feared publishers would simply dismiss the work because it didn’t clearly fit into a category. By him asking, I had the opportunity to answer.

    “All three”, was my response. “It is addressing the three most important questions of our time: Who am I and what is my purpose? What will I do? (Business, Action) and How will I do it? (Sustainability)
  • March 2014: Conscious leaders creating a new model of business
  • “What do Starbucks, Nordstrom, Southwest Airlines,, UPS, Whole Foods Market and Costco have in common?”, asks Anthony J. Sadar in his column of March 2013 in the Washington Times. The answer is that they all practice “conscious capitalism.”

    “Conscious capitalism is an evolving paradigm for business that simultaneously creates multiple kinds of value and well-being for all stakeholders: financial, intellectual, physical, ecological, social, cultural, emotional, ethical and even spiritual. This new operating system for business is in far greater harmony with the ethos of our times and the essence of our evolving beings,” indicate John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Raj Sisodia, marketing professor at Bentley University, in their 2014 book, “Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.”
  • February 2014: How illiterate are you?
  • If you are a leader, an entrepreneur, a coach or a consultant to organizations you have probably noticed that something has changed drastically in the context of our lives.
    Something unusual is going on when Coca Cola declares major problems with the company’s supply of sugar cane, sugar beets, and citrus for its fruit juices, while Nike indicates difficulties with the provision of cotton for their products, due to increased droughts, or “100-year” floods that seem to happen every two years. A few years ago, floods temporarily shut down four Nike factories in Thailand.
  • January 2014: Stop doing more and better
  • I haven’t talked to a person for as long as I can remember who didn’t live under the pressure of increasing expectations and the increasing lack of time in which to meet them. Some people complain, others simply report on the pressure.
    And then there are those who recognize themselves when they hear others commenting on the demands of every day modern urban life. “Yes, I feel the same way!”, or as a young professional recently responded when I mentioned how hard it is to ponder what we want out of our life, when we’re constantly running to perform and meet deadlines. We can only determine the direction we want to go if we pause, I reflected, and he added, “ No one needs that more than me!”
  • December 2013: Principled powered innovation
  • Innovation is a hot topic. You hear daily about its democratization, globalization and acceleration. But in all the breathless wonder at our speed of progress, one question seldom gets asked: is every innovation good for us?
    This is where the concept of principled innovation comes in.
    I first heard the term from William McDonough, with whom I first spoke prior to the Sustainable Brands '13 conference. McDonough introduced the world to Cradle to Cradle thinking, and is now pushing for a radical rethink of sustainability with his new book The Upcycle.
    In our conversation, he said the massive disruption we need to create companies that are future proof (those that help create a better world, for example, instead of those that shoot for ‘less unsustainable’ output) will only come with a new twist on innovation.
  • November 2013 : Pace, tasks, time
  • A colleague shared with me recently how she is asked at work to convert her reports into simple bullet points, because, she was told "There is no time to read the full report". This caused her to wonder how bullet points could possibly convey the full meaning of a report's content that required reflection, pondering, and some intellectual work to really grasp its essence.

    But it's now a reality: we have to minimize the attention given to every individual item, in order to hopefully stay on top of all we need to do. This is fine, as long as we are not the ones who are asked to convert two months' of work into seven bullets.

    What is going on here?
  • October 2013: Developing people in down times
  • Have you been recently involved in a corporate restructuring, resizing or downsizing? That shouldn't come as a surprise, since every week more organizations are announcing acquisitions or sales of companies or business units. Others are divesting units to become more competitive. However, during a resizing (also called 'rightsizing' in a wishful thinking), there are often many more questions than answers, and uncertainty doesn't create the best working environment. And what makes an organization successul is ultimately not its products, but the people. So what can be done to minimize the undesired impacts of 'good' strategic measures?

    This month Ernie Turner, President of LIM and author of Gentle Interventions, Little Things that make a Big Difference, shares what we need to pay attention to.
  • September 2013:A new opportunity for engagement: Connecting purpose and sustainability at work
  • What if you could earn your living, do what you do best, and at the same time feel you're true to your core values? What if you, as an employer, could retain your brightest talent and hire the best, because they value the corporation's contribution to society and the planet? I am talking about connecting personal engagement with purpose and sustainability. How? Find out here.
  • August 2013:Yin and Yang -Striving for sustainable harmony in China
  • With China's government and workers driving the shift toward sustainable business practices, what does the future hold for the rising economy? That is the question that led Wayne Visser explore for readers of the blog Talkback, produced by the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire. His post, which we share here with permission, is part of the series Searching for Sustainable Business.
  • July 2013: We Act. Employees engaging with the community
  • I hear many managers worrying about how to engage employees. Univita is a company that has found an answer: helping them connect with the community by bringing purpose to, and giving back to the community.
  • June 2013: Teams and Birds
  • Birds and Teams - This month, we explore what teams can learn from birds. (And yes, LIM also changed its logo to a flock of birds in V formation!).
  • May 2013: Change everything
  • Change Everything - This month we challenge each of us to think of what it means to "change everything" as it relates to sustaining our planet. With so many things we use daily relying on petrochemicals, what do we do when that resource is no longer readily available?
  • April 2013: Nature as teacher
  • Nature as Teacher - This month we ask the question -- "how can we (humans) learn from nature to minimize our impact on the planet?"
  • March 2013: When B Corporations get an A
  • When B Corporations Get an A - This month we review how challenges (environmental, social, financial and values) can inspire you to ponder a Plan B, which may better address stakeholder needs in a responsible way.
  • February 2013: Bringing meaning to work
  • Bringing Meaning to Work - This month review the challenges of engaging employees and remaining competitive when "money" is no longer the primary motivator.
  • January 2013: The great community of Earth
  • This month review the words of Thomas Berry made at a special event held during the UN World Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders in August 2000
  • December 2012: Coaching For Change -
  • This month we interview Simona David-Crisbasanu, initiator and coordinator of the Zburd-Education Through Coaching Project.
  • November 2012: Virtual Meetings -
  • This month we overview what we have learned about the benefits of hosting virtual meetings as a means to lower both operating costs and our global CO2 footprint.
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