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Please keep your posts on topic!

Only share posts and stories about how companies can (or are) making the world a better place.

This means caring for the environment, helping the poor, giving back to communities, raising money for charity, and so on.

We will remove posts that are:

- general or off-topic
- cross-posted to multiple communities or categories
- consist only of a link, especially one to your own site, with no explanation or commentary

There are lots of general business communities on G+. Check the link in Gideon's comment for a list of them.

Thanks!
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Clean up in aisle five.
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Leanna Starr Dey

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A dance-party before work - get active & feel awesome! Best thing is that profits go towards teaching children to lead healthier lives. Fantastic example of good business. #movingMonday 
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George Kao

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I just listened to this (audio) and loved hearing +Mirror Living's story and philosophies. Nurturing and grounding. A way of looking at money and business that is deeply connected to Spirit, Earth, Community. Wonderful interview!  Thank you +Natalie Kent

http://sacredbusiness.com.au/sbs-radical-business-mirror-living/

#consciousbusiness  
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Simon Robinson

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Hi folks, this article has links to both our own presentations and all the presentations from last week's 24-hour on-line Rebel Jam so you can now listen again and access all the slide decks.
Last week both Maria and I gave presentations at Rebel Jam 2015, the global on-line event bringing together change agents worldwide. All of the talks are now on-line, and the links below will take ...
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Leanna Starr Dey

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Mindfulness at work. Number 1: Choose to start your day rather than letting the day start you—begin each day by noticing the sensations of the breath for a few breaths before jumping out of bed. 
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Jeff Mowatt

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People should replace profit as the bottom line says the CEO of Oxfam of a conference on #Incusivecapitalism I can't disagree because I wrote it too. What I'm quoting from however is work defended by a creative commons licence. This protects the social abjective and allows no financial benefit. Surely thos who benefit will not be those in greatest need.

http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/432
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Gideon Rosenblatt
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The company will invest $1 billion in the LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre in Denmark, which will have the sole purpose of finding and implementing new sustainable alternatives; they will hire 100 specialists to carry out the task.

What kind of material they will arrive at remains to be seen, and since there is no official definition of a sustainable material there are no technical guidelines to follow, but the company has developed some criteria for their own.
The company will spend $1 billion and employ a team of 100 to find a sustainable alternative.
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It is good that a company like #Lego  is making such a change. Other companies should take note and follow #sustainability  
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Jeff Mowatt

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Pope Francis calls for s conversation that includes everyone on the

"We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all." he says.

Is such a conversation possible when so much energy goes into denying others a voice?

http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/430
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Ben Van Brakel

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Regenerative Capitalism

The Capital Institute report, titled Regenerative Capitalism, emphasizes that the world economic system is closely related to, and dependent upon, the environment. “The failure of modern economic theory to acknowledge this reality has had profound consequences, not the least of which is global climate change,” it says.

According to the Capital Institute, the consequences of this economic worldview are vast and far reaching, encompassing a host of challenges that range from climate change to political instability.

For example, the current capitalist system has created extreme levels of inequality, the report says. This, in turn, has led to a host of ills, including worker abuse, sexism, economic stagnation and more. It could even be considered partly responsible for the rise of terrorism around the world, the report claims. In other words, this inequality has become a threat to the very system that is creating it. Without radical change, the report warns, “the current mainstream capitalist system is under existential threat”.

What is needed now, the Capital Institute argues, is a new systems-based mindset built around the idea of a regenerative economy, “which recognizes that the proper functioning of complex wholes, like an economy, cannot be understood without the ongoing, dynamic relationships among parts that give rise to greater wholes”.

In practice, this might lead to close analysis of supply chains, investigations of the effects of water use, circular economy initiatives, community economic development work or a host of other sustainability efforts.

While some people associate holistic thinking with mystics or hippies, the worldview is borne out in ways that are measurable, precise and empirical. “Universal principles and patterns of systemic health and development actually do exist, and are known to guide behavior in living systems from bacteria to human beings,” the report says.

This holistic approach flies in the face of a great deal of long-held beliefs. For example, while decision makers usually focus on finding a single ‘right’ answer, holism focuses on finding balanced answers that address seemingly contradictory goals like efficiency and resilience, collaboration and competition, and diversity and coherence.

Taken from this perspective, holism wouldn’t approach global economics from a capitalism-or-socialism perspective, but rather from a capitalism-and-socialism perspective.

The report emphasizes the importance of innovation and adaptability over rigid structures and belief systems. It also embraces diversity, suggesting that, instead of trying to find a globalized one-size-fits-all approach to change, it is vital to recognize that each community consists of a “mosaic of peoples, traditions, beliefs, and institutions uniquely shaped by long term pressures of geology, human history, culture, local environment, and changing human needs”.

Ultimately, the report argues, a holistic perspective emphasizes that we are all connected to one another and to the planet, and therefore need to recognize that damaging any part of that web could end up harming every other part.

In business terms, what would this sort of revolutionary shift in business look like? The Capital Institute, which presented a white paper at Yale University’s Center for Business and the Environment, says innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are already responsible for thousands of sustainability initiatives and movements that are helping to re-imagine capitalism, such as social enterprises, B Corps, impact investing, slow food and localism.

The report says that, while some critics view these as “disconnected feel-good activities outside the mainstream capitalist system”, they are, in fact, “in alignment with the regenerative economy framework”. Collectively, it claims, “these forces provide living proof that a new regenerative economy is emergent”.

Beyond movements of change, the institute points to a number of individual initiatives that show how the world could change for the better. For example, Mexico’s Grupo Ecologico has worked to fund impoverished small farmers and ranchers, giving them the economic freedom to preserve and regenerate their own land.

Similarly, Australia’s Bendigo Community Bank splits its net income with local community enterprises. It directs a portion of community branch earnings toward grant making, giving local leaders the opportunity to become active players in their communities.

Community development is also a primary concern for Chicago’s Manufacturing Renaissance, which is forging unusual partnerships among government, labour unions, educators, the private sector, and civil society to create programs that support the region’s advanced manufacturing sectors.

A full version of this paper may be read at www.CapitalInstitute.org/Regenerative-Capitalism
Ben Van Brakel FIPA, FAHRI, AIMM the principal of Impala Business Solutions is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Member of the Australian Institute of Management and a Internationally Accredited Business Trainer and Assessor.
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Jeff Mowatt

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I began to observe a strange pattern. The titles of articles I posted about business for social benefit were reappearing in one particular place. the Huffington Post and they were sbout much the same thing.

Then #PWC who we'd asked to respect our IP became an authority on purpose and profit, the very essence of what we introduced to them.

Our approach however was very different

http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/429 
It was a blog article on The Law of Love and Compassion which drew my attention recently. With a plug for the B Team, it had quite a lot in common with my own blog on The Law of Love and the Law of Violence, a while back,, about Tolstoy and his influence on Gandhi and MLK which also had some ...
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A reminder that people steal ideas even in 2015
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About this community

Please note that this is *not* a general business forum. If that is your interest, please see the link below to "Other Business Communities on Google+." This Good Business community is dedicated to promoting business as a force for good in this world. That includes social enterprise and mission-driven business more generally. The key questions we focus on center on how business can achieve broader social goods. It might be environmental, social, or even just a focus on taking better care of the people who have a stake in the business. We have a strict - No Spam - policy. We also discourage people from dumping links here as a way to build traffic. Our goal is to learn from one another about how to build business into a stronger force for good. We do that mostly through conversation. You will find your experience here much more rewarding by commenting and engaging with other people, rather than just posting your own content. #socialenterprise #bcorp #socent

Ben Van Brakel

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

Great leaders are not just found in big boardrooms and multi national corporations in fact the opposite is true.

With the shrinking of the world and the dawn of the age of information, startups are getting smaller. And new entrepreneurs are being born every day.
 
Whether you work for a company or manage a team, effective leadership skills are essential for the leap forward.
 
You may have that flash of insight and need to put together a team and inspire them to develop your idea further.
 
Many people remain content not to take the responsibility and burden that comes with effective leadership.
 
But all that changes when you reframe YOU as a brand. Consider the idea that you are a leader in your own life.
 
Great leadership is a quality that demands us to steer our personal, professional and social life towards excellence.
 
The most effective leadership skill is to inspire others towards a common cause. The best way that you can inspire someone else is to be inspired, enthusiastic and excited for your own work.
Ben Van Brakel FIPA, FAHRI, AIMM the principal of Impala Business Solutions is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Member of the Australian Institute of Management and a Internationally Accredited Business Trainer and Assessor.
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I belive great leaders understand humility, I enjoyed your wtite up.
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Jeff Mowatt

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Buisness can collaborate with NGOs and government for the greater good. That is what we are hearing today from the pundits who trade on opinions.  I offer the experience of calling directly on +Oxfam GB +Virgin Unite and #+USAID with a 'Marshalll Plan' proposal for #Ukraine https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-do-business-ngos-government-collaborate-social-benefit-mowatt
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Simon Robinson

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Here are my thoughts on a concept I am calling "customer experiences with soul".
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Pinolero GO made it, yesterday the sports facility for kids in Nicaragua has been opened! 
We are proud to say that this project took shape on the Babele platform (https://www.babele.co/businessplan/profile/1423), in the last CBS MOOC. So here is a great example of how ideas can become real, how community's support, hard work and a lot of dedication can change the world
https://www.facebook.com/PinoleroGO/photos/a.1591203087763188.1073741830.1587273258156171/1613318172218346/?type=1&theater
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That's awesome! I've been enjoying using Babele for the CBS  Social Entrepreneurship MOOC :)
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Simon Robinson

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This article takes a look at the mission and vision of the Green Spa Network, and how they are looking to evolve and transform in the coming years.
I am delighted to be able to announce today that I will be one of the keynote speakers at the 8th Annual Fall Congress of the Green Spa Network. The theme this year is Moving Mountains - The Streng...
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Leanna Starr Dey

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Kindness connects us. As business people we take with inspiration this child led activity.
 
Child-led inspiration: the most random acts of kindness, in a city, in a day. #selflessSaturday 
‘The most random acts of kindness in a city in a day’ Bristol, 25th June; primary school children from across the city are planning to set a new ‘kindness’ world record. It will involve 400 children from across 8 schools. The aim will be to engage their communities in doing as many random acts of …
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I think this is inspirational and coming from the next generation,  builds hope that there will be more thought for humanity in the future.
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Leanna Starr Dey

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""Values that support a healthy society and sustainable planet — self-respect, concern for others, connection with nature, equality — also make us happiest in the long term." #friendlyFriday #sustainablenz
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Brian Mawdsley

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Although not making the whole world a better place, I hope I am making a few lives better. I have a philosophy of "hire Character, train skill" all of the staff I have on my team are under 23, no real experience int he job market or extensive qualifications.  What I do is I bring them in and take the time to training them in the world of Social Media management, business skills, sales and even website design. each of them plays a part in the growth of the company and as we grow so do they. I like to think I am making the world better at least the world of my team
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If every business  thought and acted like you the world would be a much better place. We cant all make a difference on the world stage but we can all make a difference one person at time. Well done
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Ava Collins

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Many business owners and managers are aware of the fact that they need good workers and employees to run their companies, but few stop to consider the option of hiring a veteran. However, many veterans have an impressive skill set, along with years of highly focused training. Read more ›
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+Christopher Collins Thank You
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