Consumerism: Somebody Else’s Problem?

What are the consequences of our addiction to convenience? How can we move beyond the belief that ever-increasing consumption is equivalent to progress? Ahead of the publication of Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design by Robert Crocker, foreword author – Stuart Walker – considers why it’s time for a shift in priorities.

I was sitting on a beach in a sheltered cove in Greece. I was on one of the lesser visited islands and this place was quite secluded – a lengthy walk from the nearest road. The water was calm, the sky was blue – it was a perfect scene. One could imagine Odysseus dropping anchor in such a cove, and wood nymphs playing among the shadows of the tamarisk trees that came down to the sand.

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Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship launched at IE Awards Roundtable

We are pleased to announce that Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship: Stories from the Pioneers was launched at the IE Awards for Sustainability in the Premium & Luxury Sector on July 1st.  Editors María Eugenia Girón and Miguel Angel Gardetti  participated in a roundtable discussion with luxury experts Daniel Joutard, Kresse Wesling, María José Marín and Oliver Wayman.

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To celebrate, we are offering a discount of 20% on Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship: Stories from the Pioneers. Click here to order and enter the code IEAWARD20 at the checkout.

Greenleaf at 21: “The corporation can no longer be depersonalised”

Namestyle_21Welcome to the Greenleaf at 21 blog series. To celebrate our 21st birthday, over the next few months we will be sharing original posts by influential Greenleaf authors, in which they discuss how their field has changed over the last 21 years and what they hope to see change in the future. This article by Lalith Gunaratne focuses on how the corporation has evolved over the last two centuries:

The legal license to operate a business evolved in the 19th century with limited liability laws providing a corporation the status of an “individual” and a “person”. Yet the corporation is immortal, as it can outlive its proponents. The law enables the corporation privileges and immunities, primarily to earn a profit of the stockholders, and exercise a variety of political rights – the right to freedom of speech, lobby governments and make campaign contributions.
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The Map of Meaning: A Guide to Sustaining our Humanity in the World of Work

This book introduces a ‘Map of Meaning’ called the Holistic Development Model, which provides a clear, simple and profound framework of the dimensions and process of living and working meaningfully. At an individual level this book helps people to define and stay in contact with what is most important to them as they grapple with the real problems of daily life and suggests how they can stay in charge of keeping the human search for meaning alive, especially in the face of the challenges that exist in organisational life.

We have been applying aspects of the Holistic Development Model here in classes in management and leadership at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School over the last four years. Students have found this frame an invaluable tool for orienting themselves in the face of what they see as an insurmountable range of paradoxes presented by our modern world. They ask themselves: how can I effect change ethically and meaningfully when my needs and those of the world, my values and the direction of society seem so at odds? Working with this frame has brought integration and empowerment, clarity and personal commitment to these students. It’s great to see it now in its published form.
Christian Penny, Director, Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School.

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