CHAPTER 8: SUSTAINABILITY MODELS FOR COLLABORATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND COMMUNITY
- Coke claims to give back as much water as it uses. An
investigation shows it isn't even close
- Collaborating to Replenish the Water We Use
Beyond Colonialism: Regenerating the Commons - Vandana Shiva "“Every indigenous struggle in the world - in the Amazon, in Africa - is about the defence of the commons, not as property, but as the earth of which we are a part.” (Video Supplement to Chapter 8. New Business Models)
- Rwanda Is Bringing Wakanda Into Reality With The First-ever “GREEN CITY” Project In AFRICA : Rwanda is set for the development of a model green city in Kigali by January 2020. This city which will have clean technologies, electric vehicles, electric bicycle and motorcycle lanes, renewable energy, sustainable waste treatment, biogas plants, urban forests, among others is said to be bringing Wakanda into reality........The city, the first ever green city project in Africa estimated to cost $5billion will be located on a 620 hectares of land in Kinyinya Sector, Gasabo District with a system that prevents environmental degradation and air pollution......While the rest of the world is finally waking up to the effects of global warming and the positives of making policies around environmental conservation, Rwanda is currently being celebrated as the third greenest city in the world and the United Nations declared Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, as the most beautiful city in Africa.
- Three big problems to fix in 2019: 2018 will go down in the record books as one of seemingly incessant geopolitical acrimony. For many policymakers, the imminent turn of the calendar offers brief respite – a moment to clear one’s head and take stock of the most salient challenges on the horizon. What core problems need to be solved amid fast-shifting strategic alliances and the cacophony of public debates? Ultimately, most societies are grappling with a common triple task, even if local manifestations differ.....The first big task confronting many countries is to re-couple overall economic progress with gains in living standards. ....The second big task is to de-couple economic progress from environmental degradation......The third major task is to end marginalization so that absolutely no one gets left behind.
- Responsible Minerals Initiative Releases Blockchain Guidelines to Drive Alignment in Mineral Supply Chain Due Diligence: The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their mineral supply chains, today announced voluntary guidelines to drive the common adoption of definitions and concepts in the application of blockchain-enabled solutions. The RMI Guidelines represent a first industry effort to define a common set of principles, attributes and definitions for the application of blockchain technology to support mineral supply chain due diligence.
- Trust and Integrity
- Three Complementary Sustainability Indicators
- Showing how responsible business is done in Myanmar: HEINEKEN Myanmar is engaging with communities and setting an example of responsible business in Myanmar by investing in infrastructure to protect the environment.
- How Coca-Cola came to terms with its own water crisis: .....Water is a primary ingredient in virtually every Coca-Cola product and is fundamental to its agricultural supply chain. Even in locations where Coca-Cola does not consume local water resources, the brand’s prevalence drives the perception that the company is a large water consumer......Coca-Cola recognized that a sustainable approach to water is not “nice to have” but essential to its business.
- Coke claims to give back as much water as it uses. An investigation shows it isn't even close. Coca-Cola claims that for every drop the company uses, it gives one back. But “every drop” includes only what goes into the bottle. The company does not count water in its supply chain — including the water-guzzling sugar crop — in its “every drop” math. ......Coca-Cola pledged to become “a truly water-sustainable business on a global scale” in 2007. Eleven years later, by the standards of the 2008 assessment, the company still has nearly 99 percent of its water footprint to go.
- Collaborating to Replenish the Water We Use: ..Water is absolutely fundamental to life, all life. People, communities, farming, energy production, business, schools, plants, animals, ecosystems and watersheds, you name it. Without enough clean, fresh water in the time and place where it is needed, water stress exists..We also have a unique relationship with water. Water is the lifeblood of our business. It is needed to grow our agricultural ingredients, used in manufacturing, and is in each of our products. It’s no secret that our bottling plants use water to make our beverages, our finished products are liquid and anyone can easily conclude that we use water. When water resources are stressed, we are at the table to discuss and help implement solutions.
- Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene: We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced......We examine the evidence that such a threshold might exist and where it might be.....
- Why a tech giant (Microsoft) teamed up with a small north country farm: "We're trying to save the world one farm at a time," said Mark Kimball of the Essex Farm...."We realized that we also need to bring modern technology to understand how to connect all the different assets of the farm," Kimball said....Microsoft is helping advance the farm into a more modern business, like adding broadband capabilities and sensors to help with the workload. "By having Wi-Fi not just in a room of your house but through hundreds and hundreds of acres, so the farmers can communicate with each other. Sensors so you can see if a sheep or cow or crops are in some kind of trouble," Schumer said.
- Farm Beats: AI and IoT Platform for Data-Driven Agriculture: Presentation on FarmBeats Platform "...FarmBeats: End to end IoT system for environments constrained by: Limited internet connectivity, Power Variability, Sparse Sensor Deployment; Acts as a tool to enhance farm and farmer productivity; Used by farmers for applications beyond precision farming..."
- Working Cities Pittsfield and Jacob's Pillow team up to build community: November 8, 2017 – (Becket, MA) Jacob’s Pillow has been awarded $300,000 from the Ford Foundation as a strand of Challenging Inequality through Creativity and Free Expression to support the recently-imagined Pittsfield Moves! program. Pittsfield Moves! was conceived by Jacob’s Pillow in collaboration with lead partner The Berkshire Bridges – Working Cities Pittsfield Initiative to help local stakeholders within educational, social, and economic justice organizations develop a practice of storytelling and relationship building through movement.
- Being the boss is not always good: power taints how we interact with others: (Blog post) Abusive leaders cause suffering not only for their employees, but also for themselves, writes Trevor Foulk. Lord Acton’s quote that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” probably conforms to most of our experiences with powerful people.......While most people generally understand that power makes others more difficult to deal with, one thing that’s not clear is how does feeling powerful affect power holders themselves? In a recent study we set out to better understand this question. We conducted a field experiment that included 108 managers and leaders that worked in a variety of industries and organizations......
- Heavy is the head that wears the crown: Recognizing that power-holders operate in dynamic relational and interdependent work contexts, we posit that the effects of psychological power on power-holders are more complex than currently depicted in the literature. Although psychological power prompts behaviors and perceptions that harm the powerless, these reactions are not without consequence for the actor. We integrate the social distance theory of power with consent-based theories of power to posit that, although psychological power elicits negative behaviors and perceptions, these same reactions hurt leaders’ subsequent well-being.
- How to do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development - "...Coming together to make our communities lively, beautiful and resilient through the arts surely makes them places worth living. The arts are a powerful agent of community transformation. They can re-kindle the love of one's community, and serve as a force for civic cohesion and development. allowing the best of a local community's vision for their future to emerge. This compilation of essays and case studies demonstrate the powerful role of arts breathing new lives into downtowns, neighborhoods and rural communities, and connecting people to one another
- Sustainability models for collaboration, technology, and community
- Tecate, for a Mexico Without violence against women
- Working Cities Pittsfield Initiative, In, Pittsfield, Mass., feedback loops elevate resident voices
- Help Us Green, an organization based in Kanpur, India: Radical idea of recycling tons of waste flowers in temples & rivers into incense sticks, compost fertilizer, biodegradable containers (video download)
- Interview with Vinay Gupta, along with Marleen Stikker about Blockchain and Etherium - It relates to many threads in the Chapter including how we make assessments about risks and opportunities holistically and ethically, systems approach to recognizing interconnections, and call to responsible, innovative action engaging the best of human nature.