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Shop on Purpose this Holiday Season

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to shine a spotlight on economic, organizational, and personal fragilities, and recovery will of course be complicated and take time. So what might each of us do to help our communities advance down the road to recovery? Start by looking at where you’re spending. LOCO BC is this week promoting its annual Buy Local Week, …

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Responding to a Terrible Idea….

“It has taken decades and centuries to build up the wider business and economic infrastructure that supports face-to-face working,” points out ‘Macro Strategist’ Luke Templeman, writing in Deutsche Bank’s Konzept magazine. “Those who can work from home… should be taxed in order to smooth the transition process for those who have been suddenly displaced.” What a terrible idea. Perhaps Konzept’s …

Context-based reporting

Sustainability reporting – But this Time with Meaning

I am simultaneously an advocate for corporate transparency and a critic of almost all reporting. Why? The simple answer is reports fail to tell readers anything valuable about how sustainable the business is. They fail at the one key thing they exist to achieve. Next year will mark 25 years since I wrote my first sustainability report—so I’ve worked on …

The connection between Cathedral Thinking and purpose

Reflections of Our CEO: Using Legacy as a Verb

The inspiration of a strong, organizational purpose only runs as deep as its connection with each individual member of the team. Yet, while “culture eats strategy for breakfast,” too few leaders tend the connection their team members feel between their personal values and their work. Years ago, I was introduced by a prospective client to the founder of his organization. …

Measuring Purpose

What is the dent you want to put in the universe? It’s a great question and one we enjoy throwing out there in our engagements with social ventures. Increasingly we use the same question with mainstream companies, too, as we help them navigate their way to the next economy. It leads to naming a purpose—the reason a business exists, beyond …