Employees Are Key
/ January 26, 2012 0 COMMENTS

“People now trust one another more than they do established institutions.” That’s one of the findings from the just-released 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer.  Now in its 12th year, this online survey sampled 25,000 people across 25 countries. This graphic highlights some of the key findings… Essentially, we increasingly trust our peers and regular employees rather…

If There’s a Problem, It’s Us Not Them
/ November 10, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Talking with an environmental educator recently I was struck by his reference to apathy.  He told me the college students he teaches express a good deal of frustration about public apathy relative to environmental issues. This is not an uncommon theme.  Those of us engaged in environmental issues (or social issues or economic issues for…

Nobody Wants to Be Left Out
/ October 13, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Author and journalist Chris Benjamin shared some thoughts about the power of community in a recent blog that bear repeating here: Almost nobody wants to be The Guy who hurts the community – the One Person who won’t sort the recycling or take out the compost, or show up when the church has a broken…

Study: Communication happens in bursts. Behavior change too?
/ September 8, 2011 0 COMMENTS

Spanish researchers have crystallized what people intrinsically understand and sustainability program managers (ahem, that’d be me) need to grapple with: communication is social. The study’s main conclusion, published in the journal Physical Review E, is the finding that people communicate in bursts. In this way, our behaviour (in communication as well as in other activities) does not happen…

Business in the Lead on Sustainability
/ September 1, 2011 0 COMMENTS

An environmental transformation is happening and it is being led, somewhat unexpectedly, by…people in suits—all kinds of suits, ranging from NASCAR jumpsuits to bikinis and even the button-down styles preferred by people in corner offices. While the headlines suggest we are divided on issues of energy and sustainability, US corporate leaders—across all kinds of industries—continue…