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The Tesla Battery Heralds The Beginning Of The End For Fossil Fuels

Now the renewable power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defence. Last Thursday in California he introduced to the world his sleek new Powerwall – a wall-mounted energy storage unit that can hold 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy, and deliver it at an average of 2 kilowatts, all for US$3,500.

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Imagine making 2 billion fossil fuel vehicles irrelevant. Energy storage can make them unnecessary, uneconomical, and  completely unfashionable. Elon Musk is taking breathtaking entrepreneurial leaps that very few can dream about. And he will not be alone because he continues to make Tesla’s intellectual property available to all. He wants the sea change–he’s orchestrating a rising tide.  This article goes into more detail. Read more

‘Flourish and Prosper’ Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

This week I had the chance to attend the Third Global Forum for Businesses as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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This article by the Triple Pundit helps us see the next stage in sustainable value creation. Based on the new book by Chris Laszlo and the Fowler Center Distinguished Fellows, the conference set a new north star for the field. Here is what Siegal, the author, had to say about his experience:

“This week I had the opportunity to attend the Third Global Forum for Businesses as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Flourish and Prosper.’ The event, which was pioneered eight years ago by David Cooperrider — best known for his work on appreciative inquiry.

As Barbara Snyder, Case Western president said, “We’ve come a long way from talking about sustainability to talking about flourishing.” That sentiment was repeated several times on this first day — that it is time to reach beyond merely sustaining, and time to stop thinking in terms of trade-offs. We need to be smart enough to include the considerations of people, profit and planet in everything we do, to synthesize these requirements into smart solutions.

There is another dimension to this, as well. The idea of flourishing, says Cooperrider, means that the energy for innovation must come from an intrinsic caring. It must acknowledge the interconnectedness of all things. Citing the Dalai Lama, when asked about corporate social responsibility (CSR), he said that ‘responsibility’ is not the right word. It’s intimacy. It’s time for a transformation that means moving away from a preoccupation with the self and focusing on the interconnectedness.”

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Wal-Mart partners with Wild Oats to roll back prices on organic food for everyone

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(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc wants Americans, even those on a budget, to buy more organic food.The retailer that leads U.S. stores in grocery sales said on Thursday it struck a deal to

David Cooperrider‘s insight:

Wal Mart is advancing the sustainability revolution in the best way it knows how: by lowering prices, so organics are available to everyone. “If we can make that price premium disappear, we think it (the organics movement) will grow much, much faster,” Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery at Walmart U.S., said of the retailer’s small but faster-growing organic sales. How does Wal Mart build a better future for more people? By cutting out redundant steps in the process, finding new effieciencies, and lowering prices. Save money, live well is not an empty slogan and its a lesson in effective management: lead with your distinctive strengths, as you search for ways to do good and do well.

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Walmart Reports on Positive Change Milestones and Shares Its Sustainability Knowledge Openly

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David Cooperrider‘s insight:

How many  major corporations have set real environmental business goals like WalMart–with both world impact and business benefit? The retailer set a 2020 target to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy and create zero waste.

Its a thrill to track Walmart’s continuing journey in the sustainable innovation domain.  Early on, while I helped to  lead the appreciative inquiry sustainable design summit “whole system in the room” planning process, I met so many great thinkers, innovators and leaders–from the Blu Skye strategy firm to learning partnerships with Interface, Pategonia, General Mills, and many others.  It was so clear how the best in people comes out when two things happen: (1) you bring in the meaningful outside, that is stakeholders from customers to supply chain partners and communities; and (2) you bring the search for sustainable value into the mix.  There is a formula emerging here where instead of starting with whats wrong, you start by concentrating liminal strengths, what I call wholepower:

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Apple Will Emerge as a Positive Force in Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Responsible Suppy Chain Leadership–Its Happening, and Its Important.

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“Brandchannel – always branding. always on. (Apple makes improvements in #supplychain #sustainability http://t.co/0ai98e2aTU via @brandchannelhub)”

David Cooperrider‘s insight:

Apple’s Lisa Jackson is overseeing Apple’s commitment to 100% renewable energy; Apple has made systemic strides in its supplier responsibility goals; and Apple moving into health advances, educational advances, nutritional excellence advances like never before. Steve Jobs’ goal of putting a ding into the universe is expanding rapidly beyond insanely great products. One of the tools used to advance supply chain visions and responsibility goals was the Appreciative inquiry Design Summit. It involves bringing the whole system into the room as collaborative partners, sometimes as many as 100- 500 people, including customers, and workers and managers from every level and every country involved.

For more on the positive change approach of the Appreciative Inquiry Summit, see the following link and blog post and the pdf at the end on “The Positive Arc of Systemic Strengths. Click here:

http://www.davidcooperrider.com/2013/11/23/the-best-plan-is-the-plan-you-do%E2%80%94-regional-economic-development-is-all-about-uniting-strengths/

 

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Dean Rob Widing: Business as an Agent of World Benefit is an Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Thomas Edison was known to remark…

David Cooperrider‘s insight:

We are on the eve of management’s finest hour. Exponential innovation is transforming everything from energy to education, and as it does, a different perspective of the future of management emerges. Everyone is beginning to imagine once-in-a-civilization-opportunities. It is no longer utopian to speak of our witnessing the end of extreme poverty through profitability, the emergence a world of abundant, clean renewable energy, the spread of education to 100 percent of the earth’s children, of business as a pragmatic force for peace, of cradle-to-cradle factories and supply chains that turn so-called ‘waste’ to wealth, or of the birth of full spectrum flourishing where businesses can excel, people can thrive, and nature can flourish. Read more

Solar Vision – Ellen MacArthur

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Ellen MacArthur  (full title Dame Ellen MacArthur), through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is one of the main proponents of the Circular Economy.

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Ellen MacArthur is an inspiration.

Ellen MacArthur is famous for being the fastest person to sail single-handedly non-stop around the world, in 2005. In preparing for this feat she came to realize that just as what she could take onto her yacht was limited so were the Earth’s resources finite. And with this realization came an understanding of its implications.

After her round-the-world voyage Ellen spent five years speaking to experts and perhaps encouraged by her family background in teaching started the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010.

The Foundation  promotes the Circular Economy largely through programmes in schools and universities, and through the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship at ten partner universities.

I met Ellen when I helped National Grid UK launch their sustainability strategies with our Appreciative Inquiry Summit methodology (large group, multistakeholder designing). Ellen is inspiring, courageous, and applies the same single minded determination to circular economy as she applied in her world record, utterly courageous sailing.  She is a leader. And many around the world are beginning to recognize her as one of the most important sustainability forces of our time.  When will we nominate people like Ellen for a Nobel Prize?

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This Company Has Saved $3.4 billion: Now that makes a case for sustainability leadership.

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The world’s biggest retailer is blazing a path of sustainability and using its power to show the world that sustainability and profits go hand in hand.

David Cooperrider‘s insight:

Wal-Mart is on track to be a zero waste company by 2025. It was a thrill for me to be part of some of the early launch work with Blu Skye, especially when they used the Appreciative Inquiry Summit method to bring the “whole system into the room” to design the early prototypes of the sustainability index. In terms of zero waste,  Wal-Mart is now already 80% there with thier pilot showcase in California. What happens when they reach their goal of zero?

Maybe Its time for talking about “net positive sustainability.”

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National Grid is a Model of the Utility of the Future: New York City to Use Food Waste to Heat Homes

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“sustainability news (sustainability news: New York City to Use Food Waste to Heat Homes http://t.co/0qtYoex0wF via @sharethis)”

David Cooperrider‘s insight:

While many utilities are fearful and slow to embrace a bright green energy future, National Grid stands tall in its leadership and it’s capacity to partner with its communities around local green initiatives. First there was the Appreciative Inquiry sustainability summit they sponsored with Worcester Massachusetts. Then their “whole system in the room” work with Governor Deval Patrick to help make Massachusetts number one state in the union in energy efficiency (see http://www.davidcooperrider.com/2012/05/17/an-exiting-time-for-cutting-through-complexity-appreciative-inquiry-summit-for-state-energy-planning-with-governor-deval-patrick-and-whole-energy-industry/) Read more

Walmart’s RightNow Sustainability Platform is A Great Step

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“Walmart has adopted Oracle RightNow to simplify the capture of thousands of supplier sustainability innovations.”

David Cooperrider‘s insight:

When we started working with Walmart–I was the academic partner with Blu Skye working with CEO Lee Scott–we spoke about the idea of appreciative inquiry’s “accelerating strengths network” tool–to speed the spread of every innovation and progress moment in the sustainability space. Soon they had hundreds and hundreds of stories, and wisdom pouring in from suppliers and partners. Now, Oracles tools make it even easier. The idea is similar to the Romanian Proverb that says “stories have wings and they fly from mountain top to mountain top.”

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