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Matt Polsky

Matt Polsky is a Ph.D. student at Erasmus University’s Sustainability Program, studying Mindset Barriers to Sustainable Transformation, and a dabbler in too many things.

Matt Polsky is tagged in 20 stories.
Is Sustainable Business ‘Complicit,’ a ‘Distraction,’ and ‘Duplicitous’? A Response, Part 2
Is Sustainable Business ‘Complicit,’ a ‘Distraction,’ and ‘Duplicitous’? A Response, Part 2

Walking the Talk / Schendler is clearly most right in his assertion that sustainable business has not achieved its potential. But I believe it is still possible for the field to become the hero we need more than ever, along with other complementary and synergistic changes from others. - 2 months ago

Is Sustainable Business ‘Complicit,’ a ‘Distraction’ and ‘Duplicitous’? A Response, Part 1
Is Sustainable Business ‘Complicit,’ a ‘Distraction’ and ‘Duplicitous’? A Response, Part 1

Walking the Talk / It will take many things to address society’s many immense problems. But there’s no reason an elevated sustainable business sector (or better, someday, a sustainable business-centric economy) can’t play a disproportionately positive and critical role. - 2 months ago

Going Deeper on Understanding, Measuring Transformational Change: Part 21
Going Deeper on Understanding, Measuring Transformational Change: Part 21

New Metrics / In 20 earlier parts of this series,Claire Sommer,Jill Lipotiand I developed 38 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields (Find them here.). - 4 years ago

Do Sustainability Metrics Foster Incremental vs Transformational Change?: Part 20
Do Sustainability Metrics Foster Incremental vs Transformational Change?: Part 20

New Metrics / In 19 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer,Jill Lipotiand I developed 38 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields (Find themhere.). - 4 years ago

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Policy Wonking Could Be Relevant, Maybe Fun? A Review of the Social Costs of Carbon
Policy Wonking Could Be Relevant, Maybe Fun? A Review of the Social Costs of Carbon

Organizational Change / The third of a three-part proposal for using sustainability to recharge America's problem-solving. Read parts one and two. - 4 years ago

On 40 Years Watching the Sustainable Business Field
On 40 Years Watching the Sustainable Business Field

Organizational Change / The second of a three-part proposal for using sustainability to recharge America's problem-solving. - 4 years ago

America’s Broken Systems: A Case for Sustainable Design?
America’s Broken Systems: A Case for Sustainable Design?

Organizational Change / The first of a three-part proposal for using sustainability to recharge America's problem-solving. - 4 years ago

What If 'Opposites' Aren't Really Opposite?: Part 19
What If 'Opposites' Aren't Really Opposite?: Part 19

New Metrics / In 18 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer, Jill Lipoti and I developed 37 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields (Find them here.). - 5 years ago

While Celebrating Improvement in One Metric, Beware of Unintended Consequences: Part 18
While Celebrating Improvement in One Metric, Beware of Unintended Consequences: Part 18

New Metrics / In 17 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer, Jill Lipoti and I developed 34 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.) - 5 years ago

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Yes, You Can Learn From a Regulator: The Pitfalls of Sustainable Business Metrics, Part 17
Yes, You Can Learn From a Regulator: The Pitfalls of Sustainable Business Metrics, Part 17

New Metrics / In 16 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 29 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.) From this point on, the series will be co-authored by Dr. Jill Lipoti. - 5 years ago

The Implications of an Emerging Corporate Conscience for Sustainable Business Metrics: Part 16
The Implications of an Emerging Corporate Conscience for Sustainable Business Metrics: Part 16

New Metrics / In 15 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 28 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.) - 5 years ago

The Implications of an Emerging Corporate Conscience for Business Metrics: Part 15
The Implications of an Emerging Corporate Conscience for Business Metrics: Part 15

New Metrics / In 14 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 26 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields (Find them here.) - 5 years ago

Is It Objective to ‘Be Objective’ About Sustainable Business Metrics?: Part 14
Is It Objective to ‘Be Objective’ About Sustainable Business Metrics?: Part 14

New Metrics / In 13 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 25 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)It is tempting to believe objectivity is possible, humans are rational creatures, and decisions should (and could) be based on these. To be a member of such a higher species is reassuring (however much one might question this status on some “Page 1” newspaper days). - 6 years ago

How Superficial Interpretations of Sustainable Business Metrics Can Be Totally Off-Base: Part 13
How Superficial Interpretations of Sustainable Business Metrics Can Be Totally Off-Base: Part 13

New Metrics / In 12 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 22 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.) - 6 years ago

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Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Five Anecdotes About Sustainable Business Metrics
Putting the Cart Before the Horse? Five Anecdotes About Sustainable Business Metrics

New Metrics / In 11 earlier parts of this series, Claire Sommer and I developed 22 pitfalls in the field of sustainable business metrics, based on the experiences of many mostly non-business fields. (Find them here.)What to make of five anecdotes from the author’s attendance at over a dozen sustainable business metrics conferences, and leading an interagency indicators initiative of New Jersey State Government in 2000-2002 that don’t fit the numbers narrative. - 6 years ago

How Postmodernism Can Help Your Company’s Sustainability Metrics. Really.
How Postmodernism Can Help Your Company’s Sustainability Metrics. Really.

New Metrics / Resources for grappling when “all perspectives seem true,” and long-established categories are crumblingIn 10 earlier parts of this series, we discussed 20 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field. (Find the first 7 articles here and the last three here.)Think you have it bad trying to accurately measure and report on your company’s carbon footprint and supply chain impacts? - 7 years ago

Storytelling and Data: Using Two Sides of the Brain Is Better Than One
Storytelling and Data: Using Two Sides of the Brain Is Better Than One

Marketing and Comms / In nine earlier parts of this series, we discussed 19 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field. (Find the first 7 articles here and the last two here.) - 7 years ago

What Mandela's Life Story, Another Mixed-Bag UN Conference, & the GNP Critique Offer Your Business
What Mandela's Life Story, Another Mixed-Bag UN Conference, & the GNP Critique Offer Your Business

New Metrics / In eight earlier parts of this series, we discussed 18 pitfalls in the sustainable business metrics field. (Find the first 7 articles here and the last one here.)Two recent events — the passing of Nelson Mandela and the COP talks in Warsaw — and the re-occurrence of a familiar critique about GNP accounting give us new insights on the place of metrics in making change, and potential lessons for sustainable business. - 7 years ago

The Uncountable and Sustainable Business Metrics: Can There Be a Productive Relationship?
The Uncountable and Sustainable Business Metrics: Can There Be a Productive Relationship?

New Metrics / In seven earlier parts of this series, we've discussed 17 pitfalls in the sustainability metrics field. We told sometimes painful stories from several fields outside of business with experience measuring things, such as education and criminal justice, and we discussed easy-to-miss things such as confirmation bias, mistakenly measuring the wrong thing, and failing to acknowledge complexity. - 7 years ago

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New Era: Can Profit-Seeking Approaches Protect Natural Capital?
New Era: Can Profit-Seeking Approaches Protect Natural Capital?

Collaboration / Mark Tercek of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has written a new book with Jonathan Adams, Nature's Fortune: How Business & Society Thrive by Investing in Nature. A video interview of him at an Aspen Institute forum last month at Hunter College, “The Case for a Profit Motive in Conserving the Environment,” with New York Times science writer Andrew Revkin showed that his theme and approach have a lot going for them. - 7 years ago

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