Several people reacted to my last blog with the reasonable question of how we can maintain/retain the sensation of enchantment on the bleak, depressing days when everything seems to be wrong with the world (or at least our own bit of it). I have no easy answer to this (if there were one, it probably wouldn’t have been necessary to ask). So here are some […]
It was my birthday but that’s only relevant, because it’s one reason I was in a very relaxed mood and perhaps therefore more open to noticing than usual. That and the radically improved weather. In Amsterdam we have a lot of canals. Everyone knows that from the picture postcards but probably not that, outside of the old centre, some of them are used by some […]
Let’s be clear. Sustainability is about a lot more than just environmental policy. Making our footprint on the planet bearable (for the planet) will only succeed on the basis of social equity and economic viability. And not everyone is delighted about that. All Your Natural Resources Are Belong To Us A few weeks ago I happened to turn on the radio during an interview with a […]
As I set off on my Sunday morning run, I said to myself “don’t think about your blog”. I’d been having trouble getting this blog to work. I wanted to write about the relationship between circular economy and other fundamental changes that people are trying to achieve – but it kept coming out abstract and, to be honest, boring. You might think running was exactly […]
Last week I tweeted If corporations were socially responsible, we wouldn’t need a name for it. and was taken aback by how many retweets I got for it. It obviously struck a chord with a lot of folks. And, picking up on my previous post, it has everything to do with how vested interests respond to things that challenge their business model. Things like getting […]
Why is it so hard to get something repaired? Why is it so hard to find out how to do it yourself? Why do we make so little effort to change this? I had a relatively new washing machine, which every few months refused to work for a week or so. Obviously an electrical or electronic problem. So I called the manufacturer and they sent […]
Ondernemen op basis van zekerheden bestaat in veel gevallen uit het ‘afvinken’ van lijstjes. Ondernemen in een voortdurend veranderende omgeving vraagt om ‘vonken’, waarbij samenwerkende partijen op het juiste moment krachten weten te bundelen. Deze visie staat centraal tijdens ons seminar op woensdag 12 februari 2014. We geven die dag een podium aan mensen en organisaties die ondernemen opnieuw vorm hebben gegeven. Onze wereld lijkt […]
Great theories come in two sorts: the type that is so fundamentally foreign to one’s existing worldview that it’s a major effort to get your head round it (think Special Relativity here); and the type that is so staringly obvious that you can’t believe you didn’t think of it yourself – but you didn’t.
These are dark times, let’s face it. We’re still deep in the worst economic depression since the 1930’s and the number of people one knows personally who are directly hit by it just increases.