Can Entrepreneurial Thinking Make Us Safer?

What do you do when you’re faced with an ambiguous and unknowable situation; one where the old playbook doesn’t quite apply? You stop planning and get into action. Or, in Babson speak, you jump into Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®.

That just so happens to be a great description of the environment that surrounds the arena of safety and security today. Our institutions were designed for a different day and age and we are facing dramatically different landscapes. Everything from terrorist acts – both foreign and domestic – to large-impact natural disasters has significantly different dimensions than was the case just a decade or two ago. (more…)

Your Chance To Connect and Spread Some Good

Go-getters, connecters and people with a hunger for change – I’d like to share this cool opportunity with you:

GOOD, the company that shares all things awesome, has announced a new initiative called GOOD Local. This endeavor gets change makers to meet and find ways to spread good actions around their communities and elsewhere. The parameters are still being designed, but it seems as though chapters of five to 10 people will be created throughout the U.S. These chapters will collaborate with the GOOD headquarters on bigger initiatives, and work with one another to bring good to their own communities. (more…)

Regulated Ritually

Last week I was given a true gift: an hour on Kerri Miller’s Daily Circuit radio show to discuss my book, Naked Civics: Strip Away the Politics to Build a Better World. As if her wicked one-two punch of intelligence-meets-wisdom wasn’t enough, she paired me with two incredibly thoughtful voices: Chris Stewart, who heads up the African American Leadership Forum, and American Public Radio powerhouse Krista Tippett.  (more…)

THE NEW “BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE”

Back in May of this year there was an announcement on The White House blog titled “Wanted: A Few Good Women and Men to Serve as Presidential Innovation Fellows.” Seven months later, 40 people have been named team members of this new initiative.

The announcement said it was looking to bring in innovators from outside the government to collaborate with our federal innovators on five projects that will make big waves in the wellbeing of our country. The idea, according to the site, is to combine the “know-how of citizen change agents and government change agents in small, agile teams that move at high speed, these projects aim to deliver significant results within six months.” (more…)

WASHINGTON, Didn’t Change (D.C.)

Presidential and congressional candidates, SuperPACs and puny PACs and national and state parties have spent massive amounts of time and treasure with the promise of bringing you change this past Tuesday. So, what did we get? Not so much change.

Same president. Same house majority. Same senate majority. In other words, the same promise of gridlock.

So what will change? (more…)

HEADING DOWN THE PATH TO COMMON GOOD

There is a point on the path to great change in which an inspired idea merges with good design. When the fusion of these two concepts occurs, public policy results can come into fruition without the sometimes-messy inclusion of the government.

GOOD Magazine is one of the greatest resources out there for all things awesome, and while getting my last fix of culture, I came across this fantastic article by Sarah Laskow.  (more…)

AUTOMAKERS TAKE CHARGE OF SELF-REGULATION

What’s better than legislated regulation resulting in common good? If you ask me, that would be self-regulation. Last week I wrote about multinational companies choosing suppliers with the smallest carbon emissions. These companies do this because their consumers care, and because they wanted to make a difference; they don’t do this because legislation says they have to. This week’s blog post is similar, but on a seemingly grander scale. (more…)

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

One concept Naked Civics is based on is using influence as a power to create outcomes that government regulation alone cannot accomplish. To a similar degree, many of the world’s biggest companies are making a bold move, not because a law states that they must, but because they want to make a difference. These major influencers are regulating themselves. This article in Green Biz shows that many multinational companies are opting to go with suppliers with significantly low carbon footprints. In fact, 30 percent of American multinationals say they’d even go so far as to drop suppliers because of an unflattering footprint. Why are they doing that? Because increasingly the people who have the greatest impact on corporate prosperity – customers, employees, and investors – are rewarding those businesses who choose to be relevant in this manner: relevant not just by what they make, but what they “mean” through their behavior and influencing the behavior of others. (more…)

THE (RE)NEW-AGE CONSUMER

As an avid news junkie, I come across surprising things all the time.  My latest find, however, goes way beyond the expected– it’s almost preposterous (in the best way possible). Patagonia, the wildly successful outdoor clothing company and already a leader in integrated product sustainability, is charting new territory by suggesting that consumers buy its products used. Used! In other words, “Don’t buy my new products unless you really need them.” (more…)

SAYING YES TO THE POSITIVE AND NO TO THE NEGATIVE

One of the pivotal concepts of Naked Civics is civic design, under which falls a slew of concepts. One such concept, community building, is of particular interest to me today.

My friend Greg Fuson wrote a piece in The Vine last month about rules and principles, and in the piece he posed a great question about homeowner associations. (more…)