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Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship David Cooperrider provides his insight on current articles relating to Business as an Agent of World Benefit.
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
the global solar power market earned revenues of nearly $60 billion in 2013, and estimates that by 2020 this figure will double to $137.02 billion.
Global Solar Market Estimated To Reach $137 Billion In 2020

Global Solar Market Estimated To Reach $137 Billion In 2020

“New analysis from business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan shows that the global solar power market earned revenues of nearly $60 billion in 2013, and estimates that by 2020 this figure will double to $137.02 billion.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Tesla is so much more than an automobile revolution. It may be the most catalytic force for the big transition to renewables. With that battery gigafactory, Tesla helps advance clean energy storage. In February, Tesla revealed plans to build a 10-million-square-foot facility, or gigafactory, to produce more lithium-ion batteries annually by 2020 than were made worldwide in 2013. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based automaker estimates the gigafactory will have the capacity to produce 50 gigawatt hours of battery packs a year by 2020. The battery packs will be used for its existing Model S luxury sedan and a cheaper next-generation vehicle, to be called the Model 3. The plant will also produce cells, modules and packs for the stationary storage market.
Tesla, Panasonic Sign Battery Gigafactory Deal

Tesla, Panasonic Sign Battery Gigafactory Deal

“Electric automaker Tesla Motors has reached an agreement with electronics giant Panasonic Corp to build a massive US battery plant.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
For the past few years I have followed the Global Peace Index with great interest. Business is a real force for peace, and peace is good for business. The statistics are clear. If I had a magic wand to bring peace to the world I would ask for good business and flourishing enterprise to spread everywhere--spreading economic opportunity, dignified work, creativity, valuing of diversity, effective institutions, and the sustainable value mindset.
Where Business is Good, Peace Breaks Out: Global peace index 2014 webinar

Where Business is Good, Peace Breaks Out: Global peace index 2014 webinar

Philippa Lysaght from the Institute for Economics and Peace (economicsandpeace.org/) will talk about the recently release Global Peace Index 2014, discuss the work that IEP does, and answer questions.
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
Patigonia the company, which is owned by the Chouinards, changed its structure. It became a benefit, or B, corporation, one of an estimated 900 in the United States. This form of incorporation, permitted in 26 states and the District of Columbia, requires executives to take into account not just how decisions will affect profit and shareholders but also how they will affect the public, generally defined as society or the environment. Though the rules vary among states, companies must produce an annual benefit report to demonstrate how they are adhering to the mission. “Business can be the most powerful agent for change, and if business doesn’t change, then I think we’re all doomed,” Ms. Marcario said. “Business that puts profit above people and the environment is not going to be a healthy and sustainable way for us to live and for the planet to survive.” She added that Mr. Chouinard had said that every time he made a decision that was right for the environment, it had made the company money, though sometimes not for a while.
At Patagonia Business as an Agent of World Benefit is Real

At Patagonia Business as an Agent of World Benefit is Real

“The company, which sells outdoor apparel and gear, has an unusual commitment to advancing sustainability, sometimes at the expense of its profit.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
"The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date", said Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance. "The fact that wind power is now cheaper than coal and gas in a country with some of the world's best fossil fuel resources shows that clean energy is a game changer which promises to turn the economics of power systems on its head," he said.
Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels: It Will Turn the Energy Economy on its Head--Lessons From Austrialia

Renewables Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels: It Will Turn the Energy Economy on its Head--Lessons From Austrialia

“Alternative Energy and Fuel News (#Renewables Now Cheaper Than #Fossil Fuels in Australia http://t.co/g1UKNL3XH1 #greenliving #sustainability)”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
According to executives, sustainability is becoming a more strategic and integral part of their businesses. In past surveys, when asked about their companies’ reasons for pursuing sustainability, respondents most often cited cost cutting or reputation management. Now 43 percent (and the largest share) say their companies seek to align sustainability with their overall business goals, mission, or values2 —up from 30 percent who said so in 2012 .
Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results | McKinsey & Company

“Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go.”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
This award by an accounting association shows how sustainability is a huge business opportunity. The numbers are increasingly clear. Organisers ICAEW, the chartered accountants association, says the awards have a special focus on corporate longevity, recognising organisations that have enshrined business sustainability practices that have been proven to benefit them commercially. ICAEW's Head of Sustainability, Richard Spencer, says: "It is now more important than ever for businesses to ensure that sustainability is built into every one of their processes. "This award recognises organisations that are ahead of the curve, have made significant progress in ensuring they are built on firm sustainable principles, and are seeing the benefits to their business. Just to be shortlisted is a tremendous achievement, and I congratulate all of the finalists." One of the possible front runners is IKEA that has already picked up a UK and Ireland Company of the Year award this year at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. The judges praised IKEA for what was described "as one of the most ambitious green business strategies ever seen by a major business corporation."
BUSINESS AWARD: Sustainability awards recognise growing interest in green issues amongst business community. It's just good business.

BUSINESS AWARD: Sustainability awards recognise growing interest in green issues amongst business community. It's just good business.

“Ten businesses are in the running for a UK sustainability in business award...”
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.

That leaders such as Governor Cuomo are talking in non-utopian terms about "100% Renewable Energy" is, in my view, a milestone. Most everyone hedges: they won't share their deep desire for 100% because they will be ridiculed; or they won't share their hopes because we have such political gridlock; or they won't share their vision because....and the list goes on. The Solutions project is one of the most important projects in the world today. The Solutions Project started with a vision and a plan published in Scientific American for a world powered by 100% clean, renewable energy. Professor Jacobson’s 50 plans for 50 states turned that vision into a realistic path forward for everyone in the United States. I have covered this in earlier blog posts. And the technology exists, today. It makes economic sense. It makes health and environmental sense.  But the big question remains – do we have the political and popular will to make it happen? Today's challenge is not technological. Its about human cooperation and global (across boundaries) action. Its about consciousness of intimate interdependence. And its about good economic logic.  What an amazing adventure and it is inspiring to see leaders such as Governor Cuomo ready to share innermost dreams publically.  

100% Renewable Energy Leadership: NY Governor Cuomo's REV Proposal

100% Renewable Energy Leadership: NY Governor Cuomo's REV Proposal

The Solutions Project started with a vision for a world powered by 100% clean, renewable energy. Professor Jacobson’s 50 plans for 50 states turned that vision into a realistic path forward for everyone in the United States.  The technology exists, today. It makes economic sense. It makes health and environmental sense.  But the big question...
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.

One of our former graduate students, Allison Conte, was just interviewed for VoiceAmerica...our students are doing such great work with Appreciative Inquiry and leadership development for flourishing enterprise, and Allison is an example.


We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in human society and in organizations: a shift from modernism to post-modernism, which tends to be more inclusive, more caring, more holistic – some would say, more Feminine. "In organizations" says Allison, "this shift shows up as trends toward sustainability, appreciative inquiry, stakeholder engagement, and whole-systems thinking. In leadership, it looks like empathy, coaching, participative decision-making, emotional intelligence, etc." Allison's full interview will be posted shortly on Voice America.  

Feminine Leadership - with Allison Conte

Feminine Leadership - with Allison Conte

We are in the midst of a shift in human society from modernism to post-modernism, which tends to be more inclusive, more caring
David Cooperrider: Professor, author of Appreciative Inquiry, and designer of large group planning and whole system-in-the-room Ai Summits.
There are now around 500 crowd­fund­ing plat­forms in exis­tence and, with the world becom­ing increas­ingly con­nected through social media, it is becom­ing even eas­ier for entre­pre­neurs to tap into a large pool of finance from small investors. In May 2013, Eureeca.com was cre­ated in Dubai as the first truly global crowd-investing mar­ket­place where busi­nesses can raise fund­ing. Unlike other crowd­fund­ing plat­forms that typ­i­cally oper­ate on the basis of a dona­tion model, Eureeca.com is an online forum that enables entre­pre­neurs to source fund­ing from the crowd in exchange for equity. By har­ness­ing the power of social media, such plat­forms have made it pos­si­ble to access a mas­sive pool of resources, con­tacts and exper­tise in order to sup­port entre­pre­neur­ial moves towards achiev­ing a sus­tain­able economy. Since gov­ern­ments have a lim­ited finan­cial capac­ity, the best bet for envi­ron­men­tal­ists is those vision­ary entre­pre­neurs who can spot oppor­tu­ni­ties from poten­tial chal­lenges. And with advances in infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and boom­ing trends in busi­ness model inno­va­tions like crowd­fund­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tive con­sump­tion, pay-per-use, shar­ing and leas­ing mod­els, excit­ing changes lie ahead.
Agenda 21 - Should We Ditch The ‘Green Economy’?

Agenda 21 - Should We Ditch The ‘Green Economy’?

“Faced with pub­lic pressure to lower their car­bon foot­print, and the high cost of set­ting up sus­tain­able energy sup­plies, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments now have a third option. Forbes 7-25-1...”