Incrementalism is Too Slow. What Does Real Disruption Look Like?

disruptive-thinkingThe CSRwire community recently participated in a Twitter chat in response to this query: “What will disrupt your year?” Leading experts gathered to discuss CSR and sustainability trends in 2014. Over an hour’s time, a range of assumptions and common frames emerged. In spite of the challenge to explore the concept of disruption, please judge for yourself whether most of the responses were disruptive or best described as incremental.

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It’s time for a unifying metric that measures well-being and inclusive prosperity

Why does sustainability reporting have to be so complicated? It often feels like we’re striving for half measures or incremental improvements.  Surely we can do better.

Upward spiral

What if there was a unifying metric that allowed companies to measure their influence on well-being throughout their value chain? And only if and when companies performed to a high well-being standard would the rewards, financial and otherwise, follow.

[Join TSSS and CSRwire on March 20th 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST for a new WEBINAR SERIES, Capitalism 2.0: A Deeper Dive.  We will be joined by the author of “The Economics of Happiness”, Mark Anielsk, who will share his views on the Future of Capitalism and how well-being is emerging as the new bottom line for business.  Listen to a recording of the webinar by Clicking Here]

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Sustainability-Driven Collaboration: Turning wicked problems into wicked opportunities

TeamworkThis series of posts, entitled Sustainability-driven Collaboration builds on lessons learned over years of sustainability-driven transformational change efforts at the organization level and explores the value they can bring to multi-stakeholder collaboration.

In their March 2013 post to the Harvard Business Review Blog, Paul Ellingstad and Charmian Love pointedly asked the question,Is Collaboration the new Greenwashing? This attention-grabbing title resonates strongly because of the ubiquitous use of the term collaboration in the past few years, particularly with the rise of concepts such as “Shared Value” in the business community and “Collective Impact” in the not-for-profit world. Those of us who have worked in the sustainability and social change space for some time are well aware of how easily means can be confused for ends, how often talk has been confused for action, and the difficulty of achieving transformational rather than incremental improvements.

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The Future of Capitalism: New Metrics, New Models, New Outcomes

Mark Anielski

Mark Anielsk, author of “The Economics of Happiness”

The Future of Capitalism: New Metrics, New Models, New Outcomes
Has Capitalism lost its way? Can it survive or will it be replaced?  Does your company understand the strategies for the new economy?  Are you ready to compete in an economic system that rewards shared values, well being and inclusive prosperity?  Join us on Tuesday March 4th to hear from one of the world’s leading experts on the emerging metric of well-being…the new bottom line.

Mark Anielski, author of “The Economics of Happiness” and advisor to the Prime Minister of Bhutan, will share with us how progressive companies are getting ahead of the curve and optimizing their most important assets – trust and relational capital.

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DATE: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (registration closes February 27)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
NEW LOCATION: Loyalty One, 438 University Ave., 12th Floor, Toronto (use elevators on the left in the lobby)
TWITTERCHAT: #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
WEBINAR:  A deeper dive into the issues discussed at the live event – to be held on Thursday March 20, 2014 at 1pm EST (register below)
(Tickets for both the live event and the follow up ‘Deeper Dive’ webinar must be purchased in advance)

During the event we will explore some of the following:

* What’s wrong with Capitalism? Does it have a future?
* What we can learn from Bhutan – the happiest country in the world
* Why the topic of Inclusive Prosperity was such a hot topic at Davos
* How companies like PUMA and Unilever are positioning themselves for the future by expanding their metrics to include well-being
* How progressive companies are optimizing their most important assets: trust and relational capital

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Sustainability from the CEO’s Office: Intel’s Leadership in Removing Conflict Minerals from the Supply Chain

congo-conflict-mineralsThe CES Gets More than Tech Talk

The Consumer Electronics Show is Las Vegas’ biggest trade show of the year. It’s the place where crowds go to swoon over the latest gadgets and tech toys and scope out what’s new and hot in TVs, watches and phones. It’s a far cry from the killing fields of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where warlords and rebel groups have killed, maimed, raped and kidnapped millions of people.

But Intel CEO Brian Krzanich wants everyone to know that those killing fields are actually no further than that shiny new gadget they may be holding in their hands. He’s been the motivating force behind Intel’s commitment to cleanse its supply chain of conflict minerals – the tungsten, tantalum, gold and tin that are mined and sold by armed groups in the DRC to finance their murderous operations. Since 1994, more than five million people have died in civil conflicts in the DRC.

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