Description : When asked for the definition of mental health and fulfilment, Sigmund Freud had two words: lieben und arbeiten, love and work. In this book we will find how 16 business leaders brought together their compassion, their caring for others and the world, with their work. True, only on rare occasions are we able to meet the person behind initiatives that made a positive impact on the world, even less have an in-depth view into their feelings, concerns, hesitations, doubts and most intimate thoughts. What is seen publicly is the initiative, the impact on the bottom line and the community, or sometimes on the environment. Yet it is their _personal_ stories that can be most inspirational, since they draw our attention to the fact that amazing achievements start in simple ways, with just the thinking of one individual. And when we find out that the "exemplary individuals" have many very "human" aspects that we identify with and find in ourselves, it brings us closer; and, particularly, it may even trigger in us the question: If she could do it... I wonder what could _I_ do? The interviews, however, were only the beginning of the journey. The lessons of the interviews made it possible to identify how we can all develop a sustainability mindset: in other words, the thinking and the being that can take us from breakdown to breakthrough on this planet. Each one of us can play a part in leading the change; in fact, we are already playing a part – we are just not necessarily aware if that is the part we would like to play, or aware that we choose the change we are contributing to unfold. Part I presents the 16 leaders, including a summary of their story and their initiatives. Part II goes a little deeper, as you will find two dimensions that were not obvious but which underlie the way these business leaders championed the initiatives: the Thinking and the Being. Part III explores why sustainability change is so slow, and addresses the "elephant in the room": the values and beliefs that anchor our Western Weltanschauung, or worldview. Part IV addresses the alternatives that we have to convert the unsustainable values into opportunities that will permit humanity to thrive and to break through the obstructions that prevent us from stasis. Finally, Part V takes us beyond the tipping point, and presents us with an opportunity to evolve as humans developing a new way of thinking and being on this planet. This transformation is so radical and significant, that the author calls it the Big Bang Being.
Description : The Matrix Map—a powerful tool for nonprofit strategicdecision-making Nonprofit sustainability lies at the intersection of exceptionalimpact and financial viability. The Sustainability Mindsetoffers nonprofit professionals and board members a step-by-stepguide to move your organization towards this intersection. Asoutlined in the bestselling book Nonprofit Sustainability,"The Matrix Map" is an accessible framework that combinesfinancial and programmatic goals into an integrated strategy. Inthis next-step resource, the authors detail a rigorous process todevelop a meaningful Matrix Map and engage leadership in setting anorganization's strategy. Nonprofits that thrive in today's environment are adaptable witha clear understanding of their impact and business model. This bookoffers nonprofit boards and staff a framework to do so. Drawing ontheir in-depth experience, the authors provide an easy-to-followprocess complete with tools and templates to help organizationsvisualize their business model and engage in strategic inquiry. Thebook provides a variety of illustrative examples to show how theMatrix Map works for all types of organizations. Nonprofitexecutives and board member are sure to benefit from The Matrix Mapanalysis. Offers step-by-step guidance for creating a Matrix-Map, avisual representation of an organization's business model Helps organizations assess how each of their programscontributes toward their desired impact and their financialbottom-line. Filled with compelling examples of how The Matrix Map helpsnonprofits with strategic decision-making Written by the coauthors of the groundbreaking bookNonprofit Sustainability This comprehensive resource will give any nonprofit theframework they need to make decisions for sustainability and thetemplates and tools to implement it and help leaders address thechallenges inherent in balancing mission impact with financialviability.
Description : With an expanding awareness of the challenges of sustainability, featured more in the daily news than in higher education textbooks, scholars and faculty have been called to connect their syllabi to the ‘real world’. This book doesn’t just offer the ‘why’; it offers the ‘how’ through presenting the definition and model of the ‘sustainability mindset’ to help educators frame curricula to facilitate broad and deep systemic learning among current and future leaders. A sustainability mindset is intended to help individuals analyze complex management challenges and generate truly innovative solutions. The sustainability mindset breaks away from traditional management disciplinary silos by integrating management ethics, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, systems thinking, self-awareness and spirituality within the dimensional contexts of thinking (knowledge), being (values) and doing (competency). This book is aimed at professors, faculty members, instructors, teaching assistants, researchers and doctoral students in higher learning management education programs. Chapter contributors are all teaching professionals from programs around the world, who have been doing research and creating curricula, assessments, tools, and more for the students in their classes, and the book will be globally applicable.
Description : Do you find yourself questioning the very precepts, the very foundation of the "Sustainability" we are pursuing? As we reach out to create a modern society with better living conditions, we find ourselves making progress in various spheres but sadly wrought with deficiencies, which become the very source of problems down the line, one of them being degradation of human values.How good is the sustainability framework we are using? Will it really usher us into a sustainable world, where every element of our eco-system is seamlessly harmonized, including human beings? Does it encompass everything that needs to be considered, because a fundamental principle of life is that if we voluntarily or involuntarily miss anything, it will hit back at us sooner or later?The intricate relationship between truth and sustainability is used in this book for developing practical tools that can be used for analyzing and assessing the various facets of our life be it health, education, career, economic growth, love, sex, family, woman empowerment as well as social crises such as drugs, alcoholism, prostitution, crime, terrorism among others. By demonstrating the shortcomings we willfully or forcefully admit in our life, the prime goal is to empower each one to develop a sustainable attitude to life: a sustainable mindset and a sustainable heartset.What does it mean to be a sustainable human being? As we are busy rating the sustainability of our cars, buildings and food, it turns out that we have missed an important component of planet earth: us human beings. How can our own sustainability be measured? And if we manage to get our own sustainability right, all our secondary concerns about sustainable development related to energy, environment, society and economics will be sorted out de-facto!As we continue to engineer our modern world, the divide between the new and old generations seems to be ever-widening; it is becoming increasingly difficult to harmonize the traditions of the latter with the rational demands of the younger generation. This book will come as a useful guide for discovering life's purpose through a sustainability journey and hope to all layers of our society, unifying them so that everyone fits sustainably together.
Description : Because of a management model emphasizing standardization and a one-size-fits-all approach, the previous good health of firms depended on economic performance and maximizing shareholder value. The enduring financial crisis and the ensuing leadership void have forced us all to reconsider the rules of the game and to take into account economic and social factors, in order to address the needs of an unpredictable world. In Uncertainty, Diversity and The Common Good, contributors from leading academic institutions around the World discuss different models of socially responsible global leadership. Their perspectives embrace philosophy; sociology; psychology; ecological and environmental economics; management; and entrepreneurship. Together they explore unpredictability and how being responsible for social as well as economic outcomes requires intelligences that enable managers to adapt and to develop a sustainable, lasting and consistent managerial approach. Working with local communities, integrating minorities, and redistributing wealth, they say, requires a new model of socially responsible leadership that brings together dimensions that are incompatible within existing paradigms. This book indicates what new paradigms might look like, with particular regard to the issue of diversity as an asset with which to confront uncertainty. Case studies tell of leaders working with diversity to create social change and new visions of leadership that are impacting social and cultural norms. This leads to discussion of the nature and diversity of leadership itself which will be helpful to academic researchers and higher level students, as well as policy makers and practitioners.
Description : Case studies from the University of New Hampshire explore all the dimensions of sustainability in campus life, combining frugality and creativity
Description : This new book focuses on the important concern of sustainability in tourism and hospitality industry. As the world’s natural resource base is limited, the world is looking for solutions in the domains of energy, water, alternate building materials, resource redeployment, and sustainable livelihoods as well. The tourism and hospitality industry is a large deployer of natural and created resources. Some of the themes the book addresses include: designing sustainable restaurants sustainable accommodation practices designing green hotels energy conservation in hotels- a Green Approach technology and sustainability marketing sustainability to consumers sustainable culinary practices sustainable employee practices sustainable equipment design for the hospitality industry sustainable tourism practices sustainable transport practices sustainable tourism destinations/cities The book takes sustainability beyond the realms of external factors that matter to an organization. The authors look at various constituents of the hospitality sector and analyze each of those from a sustainability standpoint. The book includes case studies that are global in nature and that show how sustainable applications can be used and how concerns can be addressed. Environmental challenges are also discussed. This book is futuristic with lot of practical insights for the students, faculty,. and practitioners. Since the contributors are from across the globe, it is fascinating to see the global benchmarks.
Description : Reconstructing Value helps readers to build integrative thinking skills that can assist them with becoming successful sustainability champions within their organizations.
Description : Sustainable development is now considered by many organizations and their stakeholders the model to follow. An increasing number of companies currently act and communicate based on their triple performance (i.e. economic, environmental and social). Educators and scientists can follow this example by keeping in mind the bigger picture when it comes doing research and educating young people, helping improve the overall health of the society in which we live. This book assesses some of the major environmental problems facing developing and developed regions of the world and suggests solutions for resolving them. It discusses environmental education projects that help to raise awareness in young people about the interrelationships between pollution, the environment and society.
Description : This book introduces the integrated management concept of "Sustainable Value Creation", which delivers sustainability ‘inside-out’ from the core business. It is based on the premise that sustainability can provide a platform for growth, if it is implemented in a company’s products, services and supply chains (combined also known as the 'Value Chain'). Managing the Value Chain from the outset with a sustainability mindset subsequently allows profitable economical, ecological and societal growth. It combines the need for increased sustainability and its implementation in the operations of a company. The book addresses the following issues: How do economic, environmental and societal factors impact the value-creation process of a company? What requirements and expectations need to be met to balance economic, ecologic and societal value creation? What are the building blocks and measures that can be utilized on the journey towards building a sustainable value chain? What benefits can be achieved through sustainable value chains? What are the practical examples of sustainable value chains in leading companies that can inspire others to follow? The book includes contributions from the following organisations and companies: Beiersdorf, SAP, Klenk und Hoursch, VAUDE, Infineon Technologies, Independent Capital Management, BASF, Nanogate, the Federal German Council for Sustainable Development, Henkel, Symrise, shared.value.chain, Siemens, Fairphone and Thin Air Factory