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Integration of sustainability in education

The mission of Harvard Business School is to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. So how does sustainability fit into a mission like this? On May 19, 2016, I moderated a panel with professors from Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge on… Continue Reading

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Cool innovation to improve life in hot countries

Meet Maarten ten Houten, Founder and CEO of Coolfinity, a social enterprise that brings innovative and sustainable cooling solutions to countries with power infrastructure challenges. In 2015, Maarten and I worked together on crafting an ecosystem of many different organizations… Continue Reading

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Climate change: it’s not too late if we act now

Meet Marjan Minnesma, founder and director of Urgenda, an organization aiming for a fast transition towards a sustainable society with a circular economy using only renewable energy. On the day of the interview, the Dutch government announced it would consider… Continue Reading

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Why surfing the Patagonia way is so inspiring

So inspiring to read the history of Patagonia, the outdoor apparel company. The book’s title refers to the founder’s conviction that his people should spend time outdoors, as wilderness explorers and protectors, as users and inventors of Patagonia products.  … Continue Reading

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Dare to care about what you wear

Meet Anita de Wit and Joanneke Lootsma, the executive board driving ReBlend, a Dutch upcycling startup that turns non-wearable clothes into new textiles and fashion. I recently met them at a B Corp event and was so inspired by their… Continue Reading

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Don’t just do something, stand there

Meet André Nijhof, Professor Sustainable Business and Stewardship at Nyenrode Business University. I interviewed André in the restaurant for faculty and execs, in which I worked many hours during my own time at Nyenrode. Here’s what he shared about his… Continue Reading

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B Corps for inspiration or accreditation?

Collectively, B Corps aspire to be a growing global movement of people using business as a force for good. Individually, B Corps are for-profit companies certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. On January 22, I… Continue Reading

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Simon (Sinek) Says “Start with Why”

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more from my huge pile of non fiction books before it buries me. And with 2016 as my year of positive change, I thought Start with Why by Simon Sinek would be an… Continue Reading

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It’s the year for positive change

Welcome to your new year! 2016 isn’t just any year, it’s the first year where governments, business, communities and people like you and me start to act on the historic COP21 agreement reached in Paris to fight climate change. We’ll all need to work… Continue Reading

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Creating local connections for positive change

Meet Nick Davies, the founder of Neighbourly, an online platform that connects community projects with businesses that want to help. I recently met Nick at the launch of the platform in the Netherlands – and followed up with an interview.… Continue Reading