About Me

I’m a writer, consultant, and garden-variety curmudgeon based in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m the founder of the Wicked Problems Collaborative (we’ll be publishing our first book, on inequality, in the fall of 2016), and I’ve written for a variety of platforms, including: The RSA, Harvard Business Review, and my column with SALT Magazine. I’m also Read more…

Help Co-create a Compassionate Business Future via SALT Magazine’s Kickstarter

I write a column for a new publication which is working to create a values-driven business environment. SALT Magazine is carving out a unique space among business publications, eschewing the profit over everything narrative for something more balanced and nuanced. It’s a wonderful space that will help business leaders gain perspective, but it won’t last without support. Enter the Kickstarter campaign for the magazine’s inaugural issue. (more…)

It’s time to reframe corporate sustainability

Flickr/ Randen Pederson

Flickr/ Randen Pederson

This post first appeared at GlobalCeo.com.

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 attended was an interview with Aron Cramer, the CEO of BSR.

As I recall, much of that hopeful, engaging discussion centered on transparency – a topic that’s close to my heart. The concept of radical transparency is pretty simple. It’s the idea that firms will endeavor to be as transparent as they possibly can, both externally with customers, communities and competitors and internally throughout the organization. It’s akin to asking a fully armored knight to strip down to a fig leaf. This is an idea I fully agree with, and it’s one that helped give rise to the idea which prompted this post. (more…)