4 places to seek sustainability advantage

In an earlier post, I talked about the 10 key assumptions that blind many businesses to sustainability opportunity.  Once you understand them, it’s time to explore your business. There are also four key levels of business activities that you can use to explore for opportunities “hiding in plain sight”. Your product/process maintenance and improvement Your product/process upgrades Function improvements Systems …

Drawdown is coming

Update 28 April 2017:  Well worth the investment, just for a cogent explanation of key issues and options.  Biggest surprise (so far): How high up the list Refrigerant Management sits. I’ve loved Paul Hawken’s work ever since I read both Natural Capitalism and The Ecology of Commerce alongside Ray Anderson’s Mid Course Correction. (In sustainability units of a Graduate Diploma.) …

What happens when we explore beyond politicians fixing climate change?

What can we do differently when we realise that climate change solutions don’t REQUIRE government policy action? What else is possible when we recognise that expensive consumer frugality isn’t “the big answer”? (NOTE: I’m not saying that these aren’t useful – I’m asking “is this the only powerful source of innovation?“) I listened to the same old conversation on my …

What do geckos have to do with carpet tiles?

For years I tried to ignore my environmental concerns. I was worried but felt powerless.  Then I was introduced to “Natural Capitalism” and I got interested – almost in spite of myself. The story of a mid-course correction Then I read entrepreneur Ray Anderson’s first book “MidCourse Correction” – and that got me INSPIRED. 

Points of power for change-makers

Talking regenerative business and systems thinking the other day, we came around to Donella Meadows and her classic article “Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System”. Some web research found this Prezzi Points of Power that gives a nice summary of levels of influence, including:

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 …

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 …

Ontera proves Interface is no fluke

It’s great to have a local story to combat “yes – but it’s different here”.  A favourite story of ours is that of InterfaceFLOR – a commercial carpet manufacturer making a big difference. So hearing about the case study of Sydney carpet maker Ontera at a workshop last month was great. Ontera has profited significantly from their sustainability strategy, and their five …

Cloning Ray Anderson

Interface Flooring is regularly quoted as the company internationally that has fully integrated sustainability into its business strategy. A sustainable planet will need a lot more fully integrated sustainability businesses, so the question that comes to my mind is “How can we create more Interfaces?” What happened??? In his book “Mid Course Correction”, Interface CEO (at the time) Ray Anderson says he was asked to give a talk …