Justmeans

JustMeans

Posts by This Writer

11 years 2 months ago

<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>On Monday, John Friedman blogged about fair play and doing the right thing at the Olympics, as exemplified by Italian Olympian Eugenio Monti in the 1964 Games. So I thought I would share a few thoughts of my own on what I observed of the Games.<br /> <br /> I was a gymnast in college, so I was pretty much glued to the TV and my laptop throughout the Olympics. As I watched, I noticed that just about every other commercial focused on some aspect of corporate social responsibility.<br /> <br /> Dove Soap is talking the...


11 years 2 months ago

<p>For many people, ecotourism is a means of minimizing the &ldquo;footprint&rdquo; left behind in ecologically sensitive regions of the world, while satisfying an urge for visiting exotic places. While it is generally recognized that travel, especially internationally, broadens one&rsquo;s perspective, for many people it has become difficult to justify indiscriminate wanderlust. Never mind the expenditure of fuel on long airline flights (and the resulting exhausts into the atmosphere); the sheer mass of visitors in some areas is literally killing entire ecosystems....


11 years 2 months ago

<p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: ">Tom Szaky was a freshman at Princeton when he and some friends stumbled upon a killer fertilizer: worm poop.<span>&nbsp; </span>&ldquo;We were trying to grow better pot and it turned out worm poop did the trick&rdquo; Tom told me matter-of-factly at the start of our conversation.<span>&nbsp; </span>At the time they were just trying to improve their homegrown plants, but Tom knew this find had broader implications.<span>&nbsp; </span>And furthermore...


11 years 2 months ago

<p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Helvetica;"> </span></p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica">Last week I met up with a young social entrepreneur who's looking to set up his first social business.&nbsp; He'd been working on his business plan but had recently been on a well funded &amp; respected training programme, where he had been told that he probably didn't need a business plan after all.</p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica">Are they right?&nbsp;...


11 years 2 months ago

<p><strong>Three problems, one solution: <br /> </strong><br /> <strong>1.&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; Like many others, I know recyclables have value, but I don&rsquo;t care to spend my time sorting through trash to sell the materials at a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/jtr/comm/pricing.htm">measly price</a>, especially when even mixed scrap glass goes for only <a href="http...


11 years 2 months ago

<p>Founded by Joseph Wharton over 100 years ago, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's original purpose included a focus on benefiting society as well as advancing the practices of business.&nbsp; It was the Progressive Era of the late 19th Century, and delivering both Human Impact + Profit was at the core of how companies could create value for society - just as Adam Smith had outlined in The Wealth of Nations.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/faculty/edmans.html">Dr. Alex Edmans</a>, an assistant professor at the Wharton School (my alma mater), has recently completed an analysis that honors the tradition of its founder.&nbsp; Edmans, who...


11 years 3 months ago

<p>With so much green washing underway at the moment because of the political process, including slick and persuasive (but ultimately misleading) spots by the likes of ExxonMobil and their fossilized friends, it is easy to be uncertain about the adoption of compact fluorescent light bulbs. After all, many designs utilize mercury and are manufactured in nations with lax environmental laws (and even more lax enforcement).</p>
<p><img src="http://www.mistersustainable.com/images/cfl5.jpg" border="0" alt="" hspace="10" vspace="5" align="right" />Which is better? Which is the greener choice? Remaining with incandescent bulbs which we utilize less or compact fluorescent bulbs which consume...


11 years 3 months ago

<p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; ">Yes, I&rsquo;m back to add another dimension to the discussion about water.&nbsp; In honor of the Beijing Olympics, let&rsquo;s start with this little fact:</span>&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times New Roman">China controls only 8% of the world&rsquo;s water but has 22% of its population.</p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times New Roman">&nbsp;</p>
<p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times New Roman">Here&rsquo;s another fact:&nbsp; Over 70% of China&rsquo;s rivers and lakes are polluted, some past the point where the...


11 years 3 months ago

<p>To those of us who live in the industrialized world, living more sustainably is mostly a matter of choice. We can choose to drive less. We can choose food which is grown locally. We can boycott brands with a poor track record on social issues. We can choose to invest our savings in firms and funds which avoid practices which we deem unfavorable.<br /> <br /> Sadly, for more than a billion people, there is no choice. Their existence is so very hardscrabble and their dietary habits so hand-to-mouth that the only choice is death or a most meager existence.<br /> <br /> When underprivileged people, especially parents, are asked to live a greener, more environmentally friendly existence, their thought process quite understandably turns to basic necessities...


11 years 3 months ago

<p>In recent years Dove has won considerable praise for its CSR initiatives, most notably its <a href="http://www.campaignforrealbeauty.com/">Real Beauty</a> campaign.&nbsp; However, this is far from the first time <a href="http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/3212.html">Unilever</a>--<a href="http://www.unilever.com/ourbrands/personalcare/dove.asp">Dove...


Pages