Why Don’t Companies Integrate Sustainability into Business Practice? | AsktheCollective 028

On this episode, I answer the question "Why don't all businesses and companies realize that sustainability must be incorporated into their practices to ensure their long term survival and success?" It is an important question, and we hope that you will gain some insights, and inspirations, from the answer. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to li…

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Is Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) Dead? | AsktheCollective 027

This week we answer the question "Is Corporate Responsibility Dead?" It is a question that we have been speaking frequently on lately as many firms look to overhaul their CSR programs, get away from having seperate departments, and are more generally looking to understand the ROI of CSR to the firm as a "non-business" essential. ? #About the AsktheCollective Series: The #AskTheCollective…

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Does Corporate Social Responsibility Give A License to Do Bad? | AskTheCollective 024

In this episode I answer a question about whether or not I think corporate social responsibility (CSR) gives companies license to do bad. It is a question with roots in the recent Freakonomics Podcast Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?  () and the rebuttal by Chris Jarvis on the Engage for Good Podcast Does Doing Good with CSR Really Give Companies, Employees License to be Bad? As…

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Ask The Collective: Rebooted!

Apologies for the absence, but after 6 months away, we are relaunching the Ask The Collective Series. The goal of this series remains no different than when we launched it: to help answer your questions about sustainability in China (and now Asia), and we are hoping that you will find some time to re-engage with us, let us know what is on your mind, and given us the chance to help you move your…

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Selling Sustainability Solutions to China: Engagements and Pilots | AsktheCollective 021

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about the scale of China's market for sustainable products and services, and how to leverage stakeholder engagements and pilot projects. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE!   #About the AsktheCollective Series: As a way to engage with you, our audienc…

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Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore. Which is Better for Social Entrepreneurship? | AsktheCollective 018

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I talk about whether I would rather be an entrepreneur in Shanghai, Hong Kong or Singapore. It is a question that I answered from my perspective, and in the context of the platforms that I have built, so if you have another view, please share it! As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and…

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Singapore, Sustainability, and Trump Leaving Paris Accord | #AsktheCollective 017

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from the voice of #AsktheCollective, Augustine Lee, about what Singapore can learn from China regarding sustainability, and what Trump leaving the Paris Accord means for Singapore.   As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #Timestamps 01:04 –…

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Sustainability, Innovation, and Action | #AsktheCollective 015

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions about environmental sustainability, business innovation, and individual action. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share, comment, and SUBSCRIBE! #Timestamps 00:22 - As environmental issues are increasingly emphasized by government, and environmental protection is formalized,…

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AI, Future of Jobs, and Teaching Innovation | #AsktheCollective014

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from university students about AI, the future of jobs, and teaching creativity and innovation. As always, we hope you find this series engaging, and if you do, please remember to like, share and comment! #Timestamps 00:20 - Will AI take away jobs, and if so, what are the industries that will be most heavily impacted? 07:10 - Are…

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Dreams of a Sustainable Career, Design, and Waste | #AskTheCollective 013

In this episode of #AsktheCollective, I answer questions from university students about following their sustainable dreams, design, and waste. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibly help catalyze you to take your next step! #Timestamps 00:34 -  I want to get into sustainable design, but my professors say that is impractical a…

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SME Opportunities in China’s Closed Loop Economy | #AskTheCollective 011

In this episode of AskTheCollective, we answered a question about the role of SME in China's circular economy, how they can play a part in the circular economy and the opportunities that present to them. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, possibly gain some new insights, and feel compelled or inspired to ask questions of your own! Enjoy Episode 011 below, check out…

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Sustainability, and Scaling China’s Progress to Africa | #AskTheCollective 010

In this episode, we answer questions about the point at which people will start to care about sustainability, and what are the lessons that Africa can take from China to tackle the environmental impact of international investments. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibly help catalyze you to take your next step! If you enjoyed it,…

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Sustainability and Engaging Executive Leadership | #AskTheCollective 008

Welcome back to another episode of #AskTheCollective! This week we answer a question about how to engage executive leadership on sustainability – a common challenge, not just for passionate Sustainability Ambassadors, but for many who seek to move, or leverage, business as a medium for change. As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, gain some new insights, and possibl…

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Robots, the Future Jobs, and More Sustainability Career Advice | #AskTheCollective 007

As a follow-up to our previous episode in #AskTheCollective, "How to Start Your Career in Sustainability or CSR", in 007 we help answer a deeper question about finding one's first job in the field, and then open a discussion about the future of jobs and what we should teach our kids to prepare them. It is a huge episode, and as always, we hope you find these questions and answers enjoyable and…

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How to Start Your Career in Sustainability or CSR | #AskTheCollective 006

In Episode 006 of #AskTheCollective, we answer a question that is asked on a regular basis: How do you get a job in sustainability or CSR? As always, we hope you find these questions and answers useful, possibly gain some new insights, and feel compelled or inspired to ask questions of your own! Enjoy Episode 006 below, check out the full playlist here, and stay tuned for Episode 007 coming…

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