This site is my home for sharing thoughts on a range of issues related to crafting a just, sustainable human society. (We’ve got a lot to work on there.) The main areas I dip into are bettering business (sustainability, csr, csv, esg, or whatever you want to call it.), economics, environment/climate change, & politics, but I’ll occasionally venture beyond those topics to explore some of the other various wicked problems which our current systems foster and reinforce. I work to help nudge things in a better direction through my work and related writing, and I enjoy learning from those who help me see things from different perspectives. I can’t promise to always agree, but I will work to understand your positions. Doing so tends to give me a more nuanced perspective and I’m ever grateful to those who take the time to help me get there!
Wicked problems are the massive, intractable issues which tend to defy solutions, or even progress. They’re interconnected, systemic issues, so attempts to affect change often ripple through in unexpected ways. Things like war, disease, and climate change are just a few of the things which the Wicked Problems Collaborative will try to help with. The site features clips from throughout the web as food for thought, as well as commentary, and the occasional long form post.
The first book by the WPC, “What do we do about inequality?“features 37 essays by a diverse group of contributors that includes: academics, activists, artists, business and NGO leaders, economists, and journalists. WPC Book 1 is due out on 9/5/16 (U.S. Labor Day).
L2C is my sustainability consultancy. I help firms design and implement Zero Waste solutions which divert waste from landfills to more productive uses (something I previously did in the retail grocery industry for Albertsons and SuperValu). If you have any questions, or are looking for a bit of help with making your business more sustainable, while keeping it in the black, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
L2C Zero Waste Services
- Waste Assessments
- Project Planning & Delivery
- CSR/SDG Alignment Mapping & Planning
- Capacity Building
- Product/Service Risk & Opportunity Assessment
- Executive Coaching
Ikigai is the Japanese equivalent of the French, raison d’être. In English, these translate respectively as ‘something one lives for’ and ‘a reason for being’. Although the meanings are similar, cultural attitudes toward the concept they embody differ.
Few possess a raison d’être. Those who live with an enduring passion for something can be consumed by it to the detriment of social relationships and a “normal” lifestyle. Thus, there are desirable and undesirable aspects to having a raison d’être.
Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one’s ikigai brings satisfaction and meaning to life.