Discipline makes Daring possible.

Another country

Another country

The north is another country.

They do things differently there.

A week of walking, looking and being made to think.

Just what the doctor ordered.

And now I’m back.

 

Did you miss me?

The tragedy of markets

The tragedy of markets

“All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.” Adam Smith 1776

Smith thought the ‘invisible hand’ of the market would prevent this in the future.

He was wrong.

Perhaps its time to re-embrace the idea of ‘the commons’?

A resource, owned by no-one, managed by a rolling team to ensure its benefits can be enjoyed by everyone, including non-human communities, present and future.

What if you made your business a commons?

A resource, owned by employees (including you), managed by those employees for the benefit of present and future customers and employees?

It’s not as hard as you might think.  And once you’ve commoned your business who knows where you might go commoning next?

Discipline makes Daring possible.

Ask me how.

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Tomorrow, my friend and instigator of Connect the Carbon Dots, Anna Cosentino will be presenting our tool as part of the Carbon Newbie Summit in New York – part of New York Climate Week.

As well as contributors to the Carbon Almanac like Anna, there will be speakers and panelists from:

  • United Nations
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • World Economic Forum
  • Upstream
  • New York Passive House
  • Amalgamated Bank (a bank that’s fully divested from the fossil fuel industry)
  • Mastercard
  • Allbirds
  • NBA
  • GreenPortfolio
  • Earth Finance

The whole summit will be live-streamed from 9:30am ET (2:30pm BST), and you can follow along on the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Or use the same link to access the recording to watch at your leisure.

If you don’t know much about the climate crisis, or you’re worried that all the effort you’ve put into reducing your personal carbon footprint might just have been a con to keep things as they are, this summit and our tool will help you find more ways to make a positive impact.

Enjoy!

Radical simplicity

Radical simplicity

“Good design is as little design as possible”.  Dieter Rams.

The point is not just to keep it simple, but to keep it radically simple for the user.

That takes radical empathy.

And that means radical focus.

It took me 6 months to work out how to get back to the home screen on my ipad.  Not because I’m stupid, but because I’d grown up with Microsoft, and it wasn’t designed for me.

You can’t do radical empathy for everyone.

So…

Save it for the people who really, really need what you can do for them.

Then blow their minds with how easy it is to buy and use.

 

Discpline makes Daring possible

Ask me how.

Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass

I’m slowly working my way through “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.   Enjoying a story or two before I go to sleep is a great way to unwind and bring myself back to my proper place in the world.

Two things stood out from last night’s reading:

The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address, or ‘the words that come before all else’, the words that begin every meeting, every negotiation, every celebration.  Here’s a video of it, recorded for Earth Day.

and

“In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition.”

What would happen if I read that Address at the start of every day?

What would happen if we all did?  Whenever we gather?

 

Something good I think.

Which makes it well worth sharing.