The Next Economy

The myriad new models and processes aimed at fixing the flaws in capitalism and laying the groundwork for practical, alternative economic frameworks designed to benefit all stakeholders.

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The Future of Meat: Likely Somewhere Between Regenerative and Alternative

The Future of Meat: Likely Somewhere Between Regenerative and Alternative

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The broad spectrum of choices in today’s ‘meat’ aisle will continue to diversify as brands work to satisfy the appetites of ever-growing climate-conscious consumer market — and each product has its own benefits, challenges and impacts.

Intrepid Travel Introduces 22 New ‘Impact Initiatives’ for 2022

To provide experiences that enrich destination communities and travelers alike, the new initiatives span 16 countries and include activities such as meals at local establishments supporting women, migrants and seniors; and immersive tours preserving Indigenous and ethnic minority legacies.

Unique Public-Private Partnership Ensures Climate-Proof Future for Sake Production

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Companies and industries are being forced to innovate to ensure success in a climate-changed future. One win-win partnership epitomizes the ingenuity of a legendary, highly particular sake brewery and a city government seeking to leverage local characteristics to revitalize the region.

Climate Failure, Growing Social Divides Top WEF’s Global Risks for 2022

The World Economic Forum's annual global survey of experts finds only 1 in 6 are optimistic and only 1 in 10 believe in our ability to implement a stable, sustainable global recovery.

5 Consumer Trends That Will Shape How Brands Source, Produce Goods in 2022

Consumer insights demonstrate need for brands to make good on their sustainability and human rights claims, and make it even easier for shoppers to shop their values.

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Dome Sweet Dome: Geoship’s ‘Livingry’ Model Aims to Reconnect Home and Nature

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. Geoship’s bioceramic, climate-resilient dome villages offer a glimpse into a new model of zero-carbon community living and a future-proof world built through regenerative architecture.

Report Presents Decarbonization of Fashion Industry as $1T Investment Opportunity

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. Estimating an investment opportunity of $1 trillion, a new Fashion for Good-Apparel Impact Institute report breaks down the funding needed by solution category and identifies the types of funders best placed to take advantage of the opportunity and benefit from the positive returns.

HSBC to Phase Out Coal Financing by 2040 — Will Wall Street Follow Suit?

Cross-Posted from Finance & Investment. HSBC announces its thermal coal phase-out plan on the same day as a Sierra Club-Center for American Progress report calls out Wall Street’s outsized contribution to the climate crisis. Can the necessary sea change be made in time to avoid disaster?

‘Get Nature Positive’ Responds to Urgent Biodiversity Crisis, Offers Guidance for UK-Based Companies

The UK has lost almost half its wildlife and plant species since the Industrial Revolution. The new campaign, from the Council for Sustainable Business, specifically addresses nature-focused challenges and solutions for businesses.

How Carbon Removal as a Service Is Poised to Aid the Clean Energy Transition

Cross-Posted from Cleantech. Energy company Occidental and its subsidiary, Oxy Low-Carbon Ventures, are on a path to achieve net-zero emissions in their own operations and those associated with their products before 2050. And they are helping others reduce theirs, too.

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The Way We Think About Carbon Markets Is About to Change

What has been sorely needed is an agreed-upon international framework that broadly establishes who can sell carbon credits; who can buy them and for what purpose; and what constitutes a quality carbon credit. COP26 took a major step towards such a framework.

Racing to Zero, Part 2: It’s the (Circular) Economy, Stupid.

Many organisations have not yet connected the dots between climate-change mitigation and a circular economy — the successful shift to which could be our greatest tool. Here, we examine the climate math for circular strategies, and the role of the humble car door in radical climate action.

Circularity Is the Future — But Getting There Means Facing Some Fears

Building a circular economy to deal with our e-waste challenges means embracing a new level of industry-wide transparency.

Business ‘First Responders:’ How Can Companies Thrive While Solving for Relentless, Real-Time Crises?

Cross-Posted from Leadership. In his new book, “Lead With We,” Simon Mainwaring urges business leaders to adopt a ‘first-responder’ mindset — and provides a blueprint for a proactive, ‘prepare for anything’ approach that enables them to lead with purpose in an increasingly challenged world.

5 Lessons Learned from Employing a Second-Chance Workforce

Cross-Posted from Organizational Change. About half of our employees have a criminal record, and I’ve learned valuable lessons from working with them. If your business is considering hiring formerly incarcerated people, the following lessons may help you avoid common obstacles to building a positive environment, so both your new employees and your business can thrive.

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Racing to Zero, Part 1: On Track, or Playing with Numbers?

Cross-Posted from Walking the Talk. Many companies say they’ve reached their net-zero goals, but is it really that easy? We can make the numbers look good, at least in the short-term; or we can strive for greater impacts — towards real zero and beyond. If we don’t take this challenge seriously today, we won’t be in business in ten years’ time.

This Industry-First Online Marketplace Is Helping Companies ‘SourceGreenPackaging’

Cross-Posted from Product, Service & Design Innovation. The newly launched B2B marketplace helps connect companies with vetted, sustainable, plastic-free packaging options, as well as education on materials and the evolving regulatory landscape.

Shimokawa Town: A Collaborative Approach to Building an SDGs Future City

Shimokawa Town in Hokkaido is a designated SDGs Future City and the winner of the first Prime Minister’s Japan SDGs Award in 2017. Four years on, Shimokawa is still working earnestly to achieve the goals and is keen to share its progress, new initiatives, and challenges along the way.

Reimagining Canada’s Economy: Putting Purpose Before Profit Will Ultimately Net the Highest Returns

In Canada’s first-ever Purpose in Business Week, business, government and thought leaders are creating a Roadmap to accelerate the purpose economy and mainstream social purpose in business that will require cross-sector engagement and collaboration across six critical levers.

Net Zero: 4 Signs We’re on the Verge of a Systems Change

The roadmap and momentum are there; so, the big issue now is acceleration. We have the capacity to build a better future — and right now, some leaders are driving a fundamental redefinition of value by adopting new metrics and standards.

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