CWRU undergraduates including second-year Weatherhead finance major Evan Harris earn over $100,000 in funds for developing a foot-pedal generator for off-grid villagers.
Richard Boyatzis will lead this one-day seminar on June 11, 2015 at Cleveland State University.
Chris Laszlo, associate professor of organizational behavior, argues for sustainability as an opportunity for students to study, scholars to invent, businesses to innovate, nonprofits to influence, and governments to legislate all in service of the democratic majority's desired outcomes.
80% Of New Jersey’s Electricity From Renewables.
Unilever's CEO is a leader.
Business and society: ceo's like Doug McMillon fully embrace the multistakeholder view of the firm
So many of the award winning entrepreneurs are working with exponential technologies intended to change the world for the better.
For example: Vivienne Harr, chief inspiration officer at Stand.
When a 10-year-old entrepreneur partners with Biz Stone to launch a mobile platform designed to spur social change, you watch. Vivienne Harr has come a long way since selling lemonade to fight human trafficking; and if she’s already accomplished so much, who knows what’s possible next.
15 Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015
Angelia Trinidad, founder, CEO and designer at Passion Planner.
It’s no surprise that a woman who dedicates her time to helping people pursue “that thing that makes them excited to get up everyday” has caught our attention. Angelia Trindad initially created Passion Planner – a portable life coach, organizer and daily dose of inspiration, all within the pages of a planner – in 2013. Two wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns later, she shipped more than 2,000 Passion Planners in just 20 days and will continue to help transform the habits of thousands in years to come.
When a woman or man in Outer Mongolia answers his or her smartphone, they are using a device a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful than a supercomputer from the 1970s. That’s what exponential change looks like in the real world. Now when you combine exponential technologies with the idea of “business as an agent of world benefit” you get CEOs such as Elon Musk, Larry Page, and Naveen Jain.
This volume calls them exponential entrepreneurs. Exponential entrepreneurs give us the ability to solve many of the
world’s grandest challenges over the next two to three decades. That
is, we will soon have the power to meet and exceed the basic needs of
every man, woman, and child on the planet. For the first time in
history, this volume demonstrates, humanity holds the potential to significantly and permanently address our grandest challenges on a global scale..
Thousands of years ago, it was only kings, pharaohs, and emperors who had the ability to solve large- scale problems. Hundreds of years ago, this power expanded to the industrialists who built our transportation systems and financial institutions. But today, the ability to solve such problems has been thoroughly democratized. Right now, and for the first time ever, a passionate and committed individual has access to the technology, minds, and capital required to take on any challenge.
Even better, that individual has good reason to take on such
challenges. As we will soon see, the world’s biggest problems are now
the world’s biggest business opportunities. This means, for
exponential entrepreneurs, finding a significant challenge is a
meaningful road to wealth.
Ultimately, as they teach at Singularity University—an amazing entrepreneurship program based on exponential thinking—the best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion-person problem.
How about a less that $20 iPAD that will bring education, knowledge, and MOOC courses from the Harvard and University of Tokyo and Indian Institute of Management to every young person on earth?
Some business person is likely already designing it!
Bold: How to Go Big (new book by Diamandis and Kotler)
From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up: Bold: how to go big, create wealth, and impact the world.
Elon Musk shows how moonshot thinking, successful entrepreneurship, and a mission to harness the best in business to benefit the world is today's most important leadership formula. And yes there are the basics too: ability to inspire others; insanely great products; ability to execute and attract investments of all kinds. But all of this pales in comparison to boldness built around a purpose so powerful that it fires an internal passion, what I've called an epic positive attractor. I love how he uses very few words: “Our goal here is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy,”Musk said during Thursday’s Tesla Energy event. “At the extreme scale.”
How Tesla's new battery will revolutionize energy consumption
Tesla is expanding its business beyond luxury electric cars and looking to power homes and businesses with renewable energy stored in batteries. Will Tesla's experiment prove successful?
Thomas Friedman, just in from meetings in Germany, concludes that the Germany's Energiewende (energy transformation) deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. What the Germans have done in converting almost 30 percent of their electric grid to solar and wind energy from near zero in about 15 years has been a great contribution to the stability of our planet and its climate. The centerpiece of the German Energiewende, was an extremely generous “feed-in tariff” that made it a no-brainer for Germans to install solar power (or wind) at home and receive a predictable high price for the energy generated off their own rooftops.
Friedman's prediction is also perceptive: "Germany will be Europe’s first green, solar-powered superpower. Can those attributes coexist in one country, you ask? They’re going to have to."
Germany is a Green Superpower and Deserves Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize
This is a world-saving achievement. And, happily, as the price fell, the subsidies for new installations also dropped. The Germans who installed solar ended up making money, which is why the program remains popular, except in coal-producing regions. Today, more than 1.4 million German households and cooperatives are generating their own solar/wind electricity. “There are now a thousand energy cooperatives operated by private people,” said the energy economist Claudia Kemfert.
Casey Crawford, 37, is chief executive of the nation’s fastest-growing private mortgage bank. He’s on track to oversee $7 billion in new home loans this year. And over the next decade, he wants to give it away. All of it--and have it generate social impact funds for years to come. How? Transfer 100% of movements shares to the nonprofit arm, yet still have the company aiming for industry-wide leadership in growth and impact.
After providing superior value for customers and employees, they intend for all dividends to be paid to The Movement Foundation, where it will be used to invest in community centers and charter schools.
“The vision is that everything beyond our capital requirements would be reinvested back into communities across the U.S.,” Crawford says in an interview. “People will come to us because we give them great service and great rates. But how cool would it be for people to know that because they patronize our organization they’re helping reinvest in the community, doing good and loving others. That’s the story I want to tell.”
Think about that for a moment. A rising star CEO, running an Inc. 500 success story, with no debt or outside equity, instead of plotting a big exit or an IPO while the market is hot, is preparing to gift his company to nonprofit work.
“I think we are cashing out — into other people’s lives,” Harris says. “If all you accomplish is making money, that’s a pretty empty life.”
Movement Mortgage is a Business and Society Innovation Worth Watching
Casey Crawford, a charisma-filled former football star, stands in a dilapidated brick building less than two miles from the stadium where he once played in front of thousands. Today, no one is watching or cheering. And he’s not smiling. The only sound is the echo of his black dress shoes tapping across the empty concrete floor of a cavernous room once used for hydraulic-equipment repairs. There’s a determined look on his face, a focused cadence to his words.
He’s in charge of a multibillion-dollar mortgage business, but today he talks about the homeless. He talks about kids who sleep in cars before going to nearby Ashley Park Elementary School. He talks about immigrants who arrive in Charlotte unable to land good-paying jobs and the generational curse of poverty in the west side.
World’s Largest Solar PV Plant in Motion in India
How do you cultivate appreciative intelligence? You learn from people who see the future in the tiniest successes, progress moments, and strengths of today. For example Xerox could have been Apple. However it could not see what was precious right in front of them. Remember what Steve Jobs said in 1978 when he visited the Xerox research labs to look at what everyone else called a very flawed new computer interface. He looked at it, this ugly and very flawed display, and said something like, "“I thought it was the best thing I’d ever seen in my life…it was very flawed…still, the germ of the idea was there and within, you know ten minutes, it was obvious to me that all computers would work like this some day.”
The other night, in Hawthorne, California, Elon Musk unveiled “the missing piece” in the transition over to clean energy. The Tesla Powerwall, a large household battery (with industrial applications as well), was that piece.
"Our goal is to fundamentally change the way the world uses energy," Musk told a press conference at the Tesla Design Center on Thursday night.
"It sounds crazy, but we want to change the entire energy infrastructure of the world to zero carbon."
In Musk’s mind, we orbit the key to weening the world off of fossil fuels. “We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the Sun,” he said to the crowd as his keynote. Solar energy then, relying on commercially available solar panels, is the first step in the weening process.
We’ve long heard the promise of solar power, but the public hasn’t viewed it as a real competitor to fossil fuels (at least the American public). However, the math is all there. Musk referred to a striking graph to make his point (shown in the video). The blue square is the total amount of surface area that would need to be covered by solar panels to take the US off the grid—and the area is miniscule—like placing a dot on a basketball—a very small dot, from the tip of a felt pen.
Why is it so hard to think like an Elon Musk-- someone seeing so much possibility for world transformation in just a tiny battery and the ability to harness the best in business to create value and build a better world? I think, in Tojo Thatchenkery's words its an ability to "see the mighty oak in the acorn"--an appreciative intelligence that comes from disciplined inquiry (look up Tojo's book Appreciative Intelligence.)
Leadership = affirmation: its the ability to see the future in the tiniest signs of what works, what's best, and what's possible-- and then to unite all of that with a businessworthy purpose. Appreciative inquiry, together with meaning and purpose, is such a powerful combination. Changing the entire fossil fuel basis of our economy is bold, for sure, and it's not often you hear CEO's give speeches like this. But its certainly a precious glimpse into appreciative intelligence. You deserve to take a look:
But beware its not this leader's flawless oratory skills that make this so powerful: its the authenticity of his vision. Leadership is about seeing; its about the appreciative knowing and the ability to read the world for its intimations of something more.