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Sustainable business practice | Interview with Joel MakowerFor more than 30 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, sustainability and innovation. An award-winning author, speaker and strategist on corporate sustainability practices, climate tech and the clean economy, he has advised a wide range of companies to align sustainability with business success.
Joel is co-founder of GreenBiz Group, creator of GreenBiz.com, research reports and events on corporate sustainability and cleantech strategy and trends. He hosts the company's annual GreenBiz, Circularity and VERGE conferences and is lead author of the award-winning annual State of Green Business report.
A former nationally syndicated columnist, Joel is author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including THE NEW GRAND STRATEGY: Restoring America's Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century (St. Martin's Press, 2016), about a business and investment plan for America, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a national strategic imperative.
Joel is a talented communicator and storyteller and a frequent keynoter at business conferences around the world. He brings a clear understanding of the real-world challenges and opportunities facing companies as they address social and environmental issues in a way that drives topline growth. He understands the convergence of sustainability, technology and innovation, and the vast business opportunities therein. He has watched firsthand the transformation of some of the world's biggest companies as they embrace sustainable, even regenerative, business practices.
The Associated Press has called Joel "The guru of green business practices." In 2012, he was awarded the Hutchens Medal by the American Society for Quality, which cited “his ability to tell compelling stories that both inform and inspire business leaders toward profitable action.” In 2014, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Institute of Sustainability Professionals.
This is a very common question that where to start when you realize that ‘I want to change the world’.
Have you ever felt trapped by the world around you? Have you ever looked around and thought, ‘this just isn’t right, or this needs to change’? If your answer to either of those questions was yes, then please continue reading. Personally, there has been a lot of scenarios in my life where I have witnessed something unjust that angered me and riled me up. It made me so mad that I had to sit there and do nothing while the world runs in chaos. I wanted to do something, but I just couldn’t. I felt paralyzed. So I decided to do something about it.
How and why do I want to change the world?
First off, before we get into how we need to start with the why, why do you want to change the world? Will you only benefit from it? If your answer to the latter is yes. Then stop right there. Your motives for changing the world aren’t right. When wanting to change something, it’s important to make sure you are changing it to properly and not make things worse. Therefore, before you start, you need to ensure that by doing what you are doing, you aren’t harming anyone around you and that this decision will benefit many people and not just yourself.
Now that we got that out of the way let’s talk about the reason why you are all here. How am I going to change the world? Let me start by saying that it isn’t going to be easy, far from it. But it would help if you started somewhere. There are a lot of people that won’t support you, and at times, it will feel like you aren’t making any progress or that this project isn’t heading anywhere. But the key here is commitment and perseverance. Because if you aren’t prepared to fail multiple times or run into a ton of objects along the road, then you just aren’t fit for this.
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For years the call for New Business Models is getting stronger, louder, more clear and finds resonance. We need new business models
The economy needs it, the planet needs it, the future needs it.
Now, as a community of forward thinkers, we the Black Sheep Community, a community for New Thought Leadership
organise an event on New Business Models.
On June 15th, we organise International Black Sheep DAY 2022, around the theme of New Business Models.And we invite you, challenge you, for the tBSC New Business Models Award.
Write 1 A4 or 2 min video with your idea for a new business model, or your business model that you want to innovate
On International Black Sheep DAY 2022 we’ll hand a trophy to you
but more important: we as a community of forward thinkers will gather our Masterminds to take your Business Model to the next level.
The main steps needed to carry out your dreams
Your first step is going to be setting a goal of having a vision of what you want. I find mind mapping to be a great way of building any idea from a few words to a fully-fledged idea. Mind mapping will allow you to sort through the mess of thoughts in your head and turning them into coherent steps.
International Black Sheep Day 2022
Once you have a clear vision of what you want to do, you are going to need a platform to spread a said idea and find like-minded people to support your idea forward. The black sheep community is a great example of that we wanted to change people’s views on people considered as outcasts, so we made this website to find like-minded people and share our thoughts on topics we wanted to discuss. Your platform could be online like on (twitter, LinkedIn, a website, Instagram, Facebook. Tik Tok, YouTube, and the list goes on), or it could be by hosting seminars and lectures. Whichever way you decide to share your message, the most important thing is that you do it.
This process may take months; it may take years. But if you are passionate enough about your ideas, then, in the end, they will persevere. Be patient. You can’t change the world overnight.
“Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” – Shonda Rhimes
It’s all about the little things to change the world
Changing the world doesn’t have to be this intricate and complex process. You can change the world by performing very simple yet very effective actions that would create a huge impact in the long run.
this may seem like a very repetitive request or even considered a cliché, but you have no idea how much of a change it can cause. A simple compliment could completely turn a stranger’s day around. A warm smile could put a smile on others’ faces. It’s the small acts of kindness that matter in the end.
Mind your business
That sentence may seem a little blunt, but it something that needed to be said. Something I’ve noticed all around the world is people incessant need to stick their noses in what doesn’t involve them. People love to judge all those around them. Here’s some advice that would make you a happier person in the long run; leave people be, let everyone be who they want to be. As long as no one is hurting, you leave them alone and let them live their lives.
Fix your schedule
A lot of the time, we feel like our life is spiraling out of control, and we feel like we have no idea what we are doing, and that’s completely normal. You aren’t expected to have your life put together at all times. Planning out your day, week, or year is very helpful. I would help you sort through all those thoughts in your mind.