Force fields for change-making

Changing human systems starts with understanding them and the glue that holds them together. Human systems are heavily geared towards maintaining themselves and they often actively resist change. They want to conserve themselves. (Equally true for individuals, families, communities, organisations and societies.) Human systems also have the potential to transform themselves when the need arises. Given a big enough breakdown …

Entrepreneuring and behaviour change

Being an entrepreneur is fundamentally about being in the business of behaviour change.   Behaviour change is a process – hence the word “entrepreneuring”. The real work is in convincing your target market to adopt the new behaviour implicit in your product or service. To sell smarter phones and tablets, Steve Jobs had to convince people to use them – …

Business innovation supplied by nature…

Back in the 19th century the human race got hooked into chemical and mechanical engineering. We developed steam power and learned to make soap in quantity, then later fell in love with petrochemicals. While these have been useful tools to a point, their side effects are showing up as increasingly damaging. Biomimcry is showing up as a new source of …

Is attack your last option – or your only strategy?

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller Are you in automatic fight mode? One of our great modern philosophers – Humberto Maturana – has commented, that we live in an age where society’s prevailing mood is one of aggression. One of the …

Collaborative consumption and the sharing economy

A different aspect of the shift to regenerative thinking is the development of a group of value-sharing initiatives that leverage the Internet to deliver value. In their book “What’s Mine is Yours”, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers identify different forms of collaborative consumption systems including: Product service –  based on users paying for the benefit of using a product without needing to own the product …

Are you a potential deep green cubicle commando?

I pulled the book “Cubicle Commando. Intrapreneurs, Innovation and Corporate Realities” off my bookshelf this week.  Here’s the back cover intro: “You don’t have to leave your job to express your true self.  You can do it right there from inside the tent.”  Lisa Messenger & Zern Liew Likewise, if you want to make a big environmental sustainability difference, you …

Can you afford to miss out on the business opportunities of the emerging circular economy?

I’ve been watching a LinkedIn conversation about “taking the immense risk that Climate Change is posing” and watched it transform into a believe/don’t believe conversation about human-induced climate change. To me, sustainability advocates have a much more powerful challenge to make, especially to business players.  We can ask them a different and more immediate set of questions: What does the …

eMyth Revisited

How could understanding Gerber’s eMyth Technician improve your sustainability results?

Michael Gerber first published his business classic “The eMyth” in 1986, and it’s been a business book bestseller for decades, revised as “The eMyth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It“ in 1995. (NOTE: The “e” is nothing to do with the Internet – it stands for “entrepreneur”.) Its insights into how business works – …

what specifically

Who specifically? What specifically?

What’s beyond ‘someone should do something’??? OK, so you want a change in your world – what’s that change going to look like?  Do you know ?  Can you describe what you want instead? A web post I was referred to recently said that: “Those in charge of our world currently are clearly not doing the job that needs to …

The Upcycle

Going beyond Cradle to Cradle – The Upcycle…

I was inspired by ‘Cradle to Cradle’ when it first came out – as a business analyst in the manufacturing game it just made so much sense. Good to see a followup – “The Upcycle” is going on my reading list – after I get through “The Blue Economy”. As an Ontological Practitioner who believes that we create new realities …

Sustainablity hero

Could you help generate the next Ray Anderson?

More and more people these days know who Ray Anderson was – one of the great  global entrepreneurs, and a world leader in regenerative business. It’s tempting to just accept the 20th century’s “super hero” assumption – but there was more to it than just inspiration.  Ray got inspired because he  had to be inspiring – giving a kick-off speech …

Winning the sustainability game with Good to Great

In 2001, Jim Collins published his research into the factors that turned good businesses into great businesses, performing well above their industry average over long periods of time. The title of the book is “Good to Great. Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t”. Collins described a cyclic process of 6 steps that – pursued persistently – significantly …

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Is there a process behind our heroes?

Joel Makower’s recent blog “Why aren’t there more Ray Andersons?” was an interesting read with great insights into who Ray was from other famous sustainability players.  The ongoing conversation from that article is the basis of this post. There was a PROCESS behind Ray Anderson’s “aha” moment on sustainability… I only met Ray through his books, including “Business Lessons of a Radical …

Is Cleantech the future of Australian manufacturing?

As different industries grapple with what sustainability means, different terms are being developed to suit specific contexts. One term emerging in the manufacturing sector is Cleantech – short for Clean Technology. John O’Brien of Australian Cleantech defines it as: “Products and services with economic AND environmental benefits” It’s about thinking win/win and letting go of 20th century notions of cost, …