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Breaking Ice On Plastic

An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives Outside Online, 8 August 2019, Rowan Jacobsen

Crossing Oceans In Search Of Common Ground

“The subtropical island of Bermuda does not see many icebreakers, but on a warm May day, Dave Ford is standing on one, welcoming his uneasy guests aboard. Technically, the RCGS Resolute, 400 feet long and eight decks high, is an ice-strengthened expedition ship, one class below an icebreaker. But the choice still seems inspired, because as the factions of environmentalists and plastics executives arrive, the chill on the ship is palpable, and the only way Ford’s vision of some sort of Paris Accord for plastics is going to happen is if a whole lot of icebreaking goes down.”

Through the WI Lens

What happens when you put together leading activists and the senior executives of consumer goods and packaging companies aboard a small ship and sail them out to one of the world’s biggest rubbish tips of floating plastic? And the Greenpeace and Nestle reps are bunkered in the same small cabin just for added piquancy? This account of the world’s most unlikely environmental summit is fascinating not just for the anecdotes and the exchanges that take place, but equally for the exploration of a new kind of issue engagement that is based around experience. Imagine if you could apply this approach to every kind of conflict, so leaders of fast fashion brands were enticed to work in a Bangladeshi sweatshop for a few days. Or even the managers of your local fast food retailers could spend some time finding out about teenage obesity? Some leaders turned down the invitation but many others didn’t – and those who showed up seemed to be transformed by the experience. Could there be a smarter way to promote vital causes and resolve intractable issues in society than conventional protest and reputation management? This could be the blueprint.

Pluses (and minuses) Of Positive Thinking

November 10, 2020

What this article goes on to explain is how positive thinking – described here as ‘thriving’ – can counter the effects that come from the negativity outlined above, from reduced memory to diminished performance. Based on studying people in a series of organisations in different industries, one of the authors has found that people who attain this state are more resilient, experience less burnout, and are more confident in their ability to take control of a situation

Working With Nature

November 10, 2020

“Behind the jargon what this is really about is how we address the challenge of biodiversity under threat, move away from fossil materials like plastic and concrete, and use nature in a sustainable way, all of which could be summed up by “living in harmony with nature”.”

Resetting Company Culture

October 12, 2020

“In the new ‘consensual contract’ between employer and worker, what’s required is a commitment from the employer to safeguard the wellbeing of their people, and a commitment in return from employees to take personal responsibility for their performance of their job.”

Countering Loneliness

October 3, 2020

“Could loneliness not only be damaging our mental and physical health but also be making the world a more aggressive, angry place? And if so, what are the implications for a cohesive society and democracy?”

Staking The Moral High Street

August 30, 2020

“On such fragile foundations are built the first steps towards a more ethical kind of business, and who knows what virtuous circles might result?”

Breathe Easy

August 28, 2020

“Scientific evidence recently emerged that, contrary to earlier beliefs, Covid-19 can be spread by tiny droplets that we breathe out when we respire, called aerosols.”

Why Obesity Needs Weighty Solutions

August 6, 2020

“Economic wellbeing is part of the story, but it is also about finding less stressful lifestyles, in which healthy diet figures as a meaningful measure of success.”

Pulling Together Out Of Lockdown

July 8, 2020

“The industry has every asset needed to be a guiding light in the shift toward personal health priority. Will that become a prevention legacy, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the Covid-19 ashes?”

Opening The Right Doors

July 2, 2020

“Looking at the bigger picture, putting the measures in this order represents a lost opportunity that the pandemic could have offered for a cultural pivot pivot towards getting people more focused on their health, a powerful statement of intent.”

Home (working) Truths

June 26, 2020

“Employment is necessary to fulfil our most basic human needs such as food and shelter. Any significant increase in long-term unemployment will spell a retrograde step for human wellbeing like no other.”

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