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Connecting Nature and Fearless Leadership: Finding Your Fiercest Self

(3BL Media and Just Means)- “I would ask you, Julie, who are the seagulls in your life? How can you emulate the pelican behavior?" This was Beverly Winterscheid, the founding partner of Center for Nature and Leadership, and Leadership Development Professor in the Bard Sustainability MBA, talking and, as always, prodding.

Are You Part of the Pro Bono Movement?

Guest blog by Taproot Foundation

Charlottesville Highlights The Issues About Diversity And Leadership

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – President Trump has ditched the manufacturing council of business leaders after more CEOs quit over his handling of violent clashes in Charlottesville Virginia. Merck’s CEO Kenneth Frazier, the only black business leader in the group, was first to resign after Trump initially failed to explicitly denounce the far-right rally.

India Behind The Curve With Its Lack Of Female Diversity In Business Leadership

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – It perhaps comes as no surprise that India continues to rank third lowest in the proportion of business leadership roles held by women for the third consecutive year, according to a global survey, Women in business: New perspectives on risk and reward by Grant Thornton.

Sustainable Brands Detroit 2017 Looks For and Finds Common Ground

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — At the onset of Day Two of SB17 Detroit, the thinking behind the conference title, “Redefining the Good Life,” began to reveal itself. A subtext running through the event, like an underground spring, has been the notion that the polarization of our society has become a major barrier to the achievement of a sustainable, flourishing future. That’s why a number of workshops on topics such as “Breaking Through Gridlock,” and “ How to Have Difficult Conversations: Building Bridges in a Divided Country,” are being presented, acknowledging and attempting to address this challenge. The data presented by Solitaire Townsend of Futerra, and later by others, offered some hope that this challenge could  potentially yield.


According to Harris poll data, taken across generations and political parties, all people essentially agree on the fundamental constituents of the good life. These consist of the following four elements: balanced simplicity, meaningful connections, financial independence, and personal goals. If we all want the same things, it will be far easier to come up with a plan that we can all agree on—it’s only the “how do we get there” part that needs to be resolved. That’s not exactly a walk in the park, but its far easier than if we’d all wanted different things.


Solitaire also shared a pertinent quote from the Bard, “All things are ready if our minds be so,” and an invocation of what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Erica Parker of Harris, carried the story forward with the thought that “If you are not disrupting, you will be disrupted.”
Sharing more data, Parker said that 71% of adults today said that their lives were different than their parents, while 45% said it would be different for their children. As consumers, 51% believe that companies care, though 65% feel that products do , to contribute to a better life. At the same time, while 65% feel that they, as consumers, can influence companies, only 28% say that they have actually tried.


Chris Coulter of GlobeScan and Raphael Bemporad of  BBMG shared results of another survey in which 16,000 people from around the world said that these were the four primary elements of a good life: health & well-being, financial security, meaningful relationships,  and a sense of purpose. Note the similarities to the other poll.  So what’s the problem? For starters massive income inequality, lack of access, and a disconnect between, “aspirations and capacity.”
Oxfam reported that the wealthiest eight people on the planet own as much as the  lowest 3.4 billion people. Trust in institutions is very low. So what to do?

Sustainable Brands Detroit 2017 Sets Out to Redefine the Good Life


(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Sustainable Brands kicked off their 2017 event in downtown Detroit with a record crowd of over 2,000 attendees.  After a day filled with extended interactive workshops, the official welcome ceremony featured a who’s who of sustainability thought leaders. Koann Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Brands, welcomed the crowd that packed the Cobo Center’s main hall. She set a somewhat sober tone for the event, citing that we live in an age of unintended consequences, and that we have clearly gotten off track in our pursuit of happiness. “Our push for productivity and efficiency has inclined us to forget how inextricably connected we are.”
But, she said, “Businesses are uniquely equipped…to help us shape our collective future.” Describing the decision to move from San Diego to Detroit, she called the actively rejuvenating Motor City, ‘a fantastic living lab.” Indeed Detroit could be the poster child for a place where the industrial age has run its course and is now ready for what comes next. Citing Harris poll data, she said that a clear shift is happening across the US in the definition of the good life.


Next, Kim Patel Ford’s VP of Sustainability spoke. Quoting her boss, Bill Ford, who she was standing in for, she said, “You can do good work for the planet and for the company.” Describing the company’s shifting commitment to mobility, she quoted Mayor Mike Dugan, who said, “Great if you have a good job, but if you can’t get there, what’s the point.” 

 
Cradle to Cradle originator Will McDonough made a number of terse, but punchy points.   
How do we make the world better because we are here?
Being less bad is not being good.
We need to think differently about carbon. There are three types: Fugitive carbon, Durable Carbon, and Living Carbon  We need less of the first one and more of the other two
By 2050, the weight of plastics in the ocean will be equal to the weight of all the fish.
As a roadmap for making things better he suggested five goods, to take the place of the numerous less bads.
Good Materials are safe, healthy, biological.
A Good Economy is circular, sharing, and shared
Good Energy is clean and renewable.
Good Water is clean and available.
A Good Life is creative and dignified.
What’s next is what’s now.
How much can we give for all that we get?  
Goodness is a living things.
It’s going to take forever, but that’s the point.

Mental Illness, Low Self-Esteem Affect Women In UK Prisons

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Every year more than 9,000 women find themselves in UK prisons. For many, it is their first time. Employment for women following short prison sentences is three times worse than for men, as fewer than one in ten women have a job to go to on release. The lack of childcare support, qualifications and low pay are all barriers for many women offenders to find work.

Atlanta's Mayor Calls on Businesses to Partner With Cities on Climate Action

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Kasim Reed spoke at the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit in New York. Reed, who has been Atlanta’s mayor since 2010, has been a true leader in the battle against climate change at the scale of a major city. He gave a stirring rebuke against the pessimism and gloom that has been setting in recently among those who have taken up that fight, given recent actions at the federal level. “Seventy-five percent of US population and GDP already resides in metropolitan areas.” Groups like the 7,000-member Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate Policy can take decisive and meaningful actions. “If you want to change the world,” said Reed, “start with a city, then bring things up to scale.” He went on to say that for the most part, national governments are not working very efficiently on this problem, almost anywhere. Reed, who is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the US Conference of Mayors, told the audience, “One of the reasons I decided I wanted us to make real progress on this issue, besides having a child and a family, is that I thought that we could produce a model that shows that anybody who wants to take decisive action on this issue, can make real change.”

2016 Global Diversity List Celebrates The Power Of Women’s Networks

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Most businesswomen are familiar with the term ‘old boys club’ - an exclusive network of business men who can call in favours from their exclusive group to help close a deal, get new business or progress their career. There is no reason why women can’t do the same!

CBRE And Evolution Forces Families: Helping Our Unsung Heroes

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leaving the military can be a daunting prospect. Starting out in the civilian world can take a toll, if the transition isn't properly handled. Veterans need support and opportunities, which is why the CBRE Group, Inc. has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I.

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