Degrowth is Necessary

Branko Milanovic recently published a post that tackles the idea of degrowth (an idea I favor) head on. He’s one of my favorite economic thinkers, who has spent years focusing on the topic of inequality, long before it became a topic of broad interest. That, and the fact that I find him to be incredibly forthright, […]

IDDS Sisaket Thailand – Creating a Food and Agriculture Innovation Hub in Rural Thailand

A few of my colleagues who also run Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership Global (DSIL Global) are running a design summit and setting up a center for innovation that will work to improve food and agriculture practices for a marginalized community in Northern Thailand. (The project is also being supported by MIT’s D-Lab and […]

Waste & Recycling in Singapore

I’m headed to a zero waste event with the Singapore’s National Environment Agency and the Singapore Hotel Association next week. In doing some homework for the event, I found a surprisingly large gap between what I’d call commercial vs. retail recycling rates. I’m looking forward to working with businesses to help close that gap. If […]

The SDGs turn 1 (Do you know what they are?)

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) turn 1 year old this weekend. Before the SDGs, there were the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals), a UN program that’s widely held to have come up far short of its 8 targets. The UN took a more coordinated approach with the SDGs, aligning all of its units around the 17 goals, and […]

It’s Time to Re-frame Corporate Sustainability

My first big CSR/sustainability event was the 2010 Net Impact Conference held at the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School. I had been invited there to speak on a panel on the topic of intrapreneurship, which gave me the opportunity to sit in on a number inspiring and insightful talks. One of the sessions I […]

Waste is not a thing that’s made, but a thing that’s done

I was fortunate enough to participate in the UN ESCAP’sAsia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development this week. The forum included a number of informative sessions in which representatives affirmed their countries’ commitments to progress while discussing the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals. They shared news of impacts from things like climate change that their citizens […]

Will Driverless Cars Take Over the Roads?

Technological advances can be both a blessing and a curse. One’s labour saving invention can be another’s pink slip. But technology itself is value neutral. Tools can build or destroy – heal or wound. It’s up to us to choose. Well, at least for now it is. We appreciate machines for taking on dangerous, arduous, and monotonous […]

TOXIC Garbage Island – Film Screening & Panel

The Net Impact chapter run by the SASIN Center for Sustainability Management is hosting a film screening tomorrow night. The documentary, “TOXIC: Garbage Island” is on the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. I’ll be sitting on a panel which will be discussing the film, and the role businesses need to play in […]