Why China’s Culture of Philanthropy Has Yet to Take Hold

The 5.12.08 Sichuan earthquake that left 90,000+ Chinese dead was seen by many as a turning point in philanthropy.  It was an event that brought the country together in a way that I have not seen at any other time in my 12+ years here, and it was a time when the best of China showed through. Part of this experience (for me), was defined by the outpouring of support that spontaneously erupted. …

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Marjorie Yang: Leadership, Innovation, & CSR

Thoughts from Marjorie Yang, Chairman of the Esquel Group and featured in Fortune's Most Powerful Women of the Asia-Pacific: Esquel Group has matured into a company that competes in a global market and no longer relies on the traditional strength of cheap and efficient labor. Under such a situation, I believe transparency, accountability and discipline are the key elements of leadership. We do…

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Bill Clinton: It’s Time to Choose

Thoughts from Bill Clinton, former President of the United States and Founder of the Clinton Foundation: The 21st century is either going to be the most interesting time in human history, or it is going to be very bleak, and I don't think we have decided yet. We haven't made the fundamental decisions about whether we are going to share the future or fight over it. - Bill Clinton After…

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Why Corporations Will Feel Increased Pressure to Recalibrate

When speaking about sustainability, I often revert to a patter of addressing the what, why, who, and the how much. What are the problems. Why these problems are important Who will is responsible for addressing them How much it will cost And without exception, I can carry a crowd of MBAs, EMBS, EVPs, or CEOs, through the first two because with a couple of tweaks to my pitch I can c…

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BeyondBAU Event – Social Innovation as a Sustainable Business Model

Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series - Business Beyond Usual - Social Innovation as a Sustainable Business Model Can Social Innovation be a sustainable business model?  Nowadays, we do not simply rely on the government or NGOs for solving social problems.  What can be done by a start-up enterprise or multinational corporation?  How will Social Innovation be incorporated into their business pr…

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I’m Going On a Quest. A Leadership Quest.

If there is one thing that I have come to understand over the years it is the value of learning.  At times, that means getting out into the field to learn about the challenges that are faced in society / environment, while at other times it means spending time with executives from different industries to understand the pressure that firms are facing. But, this week I will be doing something differ…

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TEDx: A Single Step Taken by a Single Person Can Change the World

Here it is folks. My first TEDx presentation - One Person Can Make a Difference. I was fortunate to have followed 6 speakers in August at the TEDxWanchai event. 6 speakers who had taken steps to change the world in their own little way, and by being the closer for the evening it was my job to take all that inspiration and turn it to action. I hope it inspires you to act as well. "Inst…

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Map of the Future of Social Innovation

When I first saw this map on a Google+ posting I was awed struck by the sheer size of the brand portfolios exist. Of course, I knew for years that these groups were actively consolidating a number pf brands (including the "green" ones), but when it is put onto a map like this ... well, wow. Interestingly enough,  over the last 2 weeks I have had three discussions with firms represented in th…

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Trade-Offs and Externalities

While doing a bit of research on externalities and trade-offs this afternoon, I came across this graphic representation of sustainable development, and the forces that are in play. For me, it was a nice and clean graphic about how one can think about / present the forces that are occurring in today's market, environment, and society, and offers a starting place for framing the recalibration tha…

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Should We Even Worry About Externalities?

Last week while debating the NEED for government action in the US on car efficiency as part of their energy policy, a good friend of mine wrote the following: You are worried about externalities? The consequences of using fossils fuels is an almost unimaginable improvement in the quality life for the average person. The average American today lives a better than the richest Medieval Kings of Euro…

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