Climate change
Why CSR Makes Me Angry

Why CSR Makes Me Angry

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an ugly discipline – a perfect example of a secondary market created through the failures of leadership and the shortcomings of the market society. Ethical behavior – what Aristotle would have called virtuous leadership – should never be sub-contracted to working committees or remote departments. Since its emergence towards the...
Stealing Back The Commons: Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism (Part Two)

Stealing Back The Commons: Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism (Part Two)

In part one of this blog we suggested that it might be time to question the role of capitalism in securing our futures. In this second part of the blog we look at what might replace or update capitalism 1.0. Res Communes – sustainable wellbeing economics of, by and for the citizens I’m involved currently...
Stealing Back The Commons: Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism (Part One)

Stealing Back The Commons: Citizen Economics Beyond Capitalism (Part One)

Michael Jacobs, an ex-SpAd to Gordon Brown, has recently written in the New Satesman that ‘green social democracy can save capitalism’. Well, not everyone agrees. For some, the ‘green social democracy’ experiment has, thus far, not worked, and indeed, might be running out of time. And as for capitalism – or at least capitalism1.0, it’s...
Stop Swaying. Start Shifting

Stop Swaying. Start Shifting

It is time to re-consider some societal fundamentals and have an honest conversation about the legitimacy of power. Why are we surprised that the Eurozone remains in crisis? That the issue of ‘Palestine’ remains unresolved? That American kids are still being shot in the streets, only weeks after the horrors of Newtown? That austerity lingers...
Changing the World: Refuse the License to Pretend

Changing the World: Refuse the License to Pretend

Re-reading James Breiding in the Wall Street Journal on ‘The Unbearable Vanity of Davos’, I was reminded of a first encounter with the cartoonist Hugh MacLeod: ‘Change the world or go home’ was his ‘Blue Monster’ message to Microsoft in 2006. ‘Microsoft’, MacLeod later confided to authors David Brain and Martin Thomas, ‘is in the...
Fit to Trust?

Fit to Trust?

Dear Leader…… I regret to inform you that you have just failed the Trust test. There has been a flurry of noise around trust in recent days, perhaps stirred by the impending launch, from my alma mater, of the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer ahead of this year’s gathering of the great and good in Davos....
The Leadership of Trust

The Leadership of Trust

Trust trips off the tongues of most political and business leaders with worrying ease. It is a word always easy to say but a relationship more difficult to earn. And trust simply spoken is trust rarely earned. A seminal HBR blog post yesterday by John Kotter (http://tinyurl.com/aggogfz) drew the important distinction between management and leadership...
“What did you do when the earth was unraveling”?

“What did you do when the earth was unraveling”?

I lay awake last night with my six-month-old daughter sleeping in my arms and I cried. I cried for her future, for what she won’t have, what she won’t see. I grieved for a loss she is not yet aware of, for the theft of a life she deserved, stolen by my generation as we...
Hurricane Cassandra?

Hurricane Cassandra?

There is something prophetic about Hurricane Sandy in its foretaste of what Obama is now calling a ‘warming world’. Watching New York being battered by the storm was eerily like a scene out of climate-apocalypse movie The Day After Tomorrow. That prophetic nature of Sandy was coincidental in the name given to the superstorm. Those...