Stumbling toward away from Sustainability

Some of you have observed that I have been wandering far from the focus on sustainability. I always try to keep a thread to the primary subject even though it may be very fine. I’ll try to keep closer to the topic, at least for a while. So today, I will comment on a recent [post](http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/695-acting-as-if-tomorrow-matters-mapping-the-obstacles-to-sustainability) that I saw in the CSR Newsletter. John Dernbach, author of the post, has written and edited several books on sustainability. His 2002 edited volume book was entitled, *Stumbling toward Sustainability*, a prescient title given his comments in the post. He notes: > In two prior books about the U.S. sustainability effort, I asked… Read More

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A Few Book Reports

I’m back, tanned and rested, but not ready for the winter that welcomed me back. I have always been quite content with the winters in New England, but find myself less happy with the concomitant snow shoveling that goes with it. But all that fades on a morning like today’s. Last night it snowed slowly but steadily with the temperature just about freezing. The result was a winter wonderland. Every tree had a sparkling white winter coat, glittering in the bright sunshine. The warm day that followed was most welcome, but at the cost of all the beauty as the snow quickly melted and fell off. The publication date for… Read More

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Headed for the Sun

Time to get away from all this snow. The piles are still several feet high all around our house. And more is supposed to be on the way. I will be back in about 10 days. My new book is only about a month away. You can pre-order a copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Just look for Flourish: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability.

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Sustainability and Resilience

After an unexpected prolonged stay in Cleveland, I am back home. My flights back were canceled for the two days it took Boston to dig out of the blizzard that left a couple of feet of snow on the ground. I was there to teach a class to the Doctor of Management students in the Weatherhead School. The course is entitled, Designing Sustainable Systems, and is organized to emphasis both systems thinking and sustainability. I had prepared a class based on my book, as usual, but wanted to incorporate more systems context than I generally do. The syllabus had a large dose of complex systems theory and I thought I… Read More

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[Slowly] Boiling a Frog

If you don’t already know this tale about perceiving change, it goes like this. If you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to jump out. But if you put it in the pot and slowly raise the temperature, it will remain there until it is cooked. The story may not be biologically accurate, but it does metaphorically describe the failure of people to observe very slow changes until it is too late to do something about it. The growth and diffusion of the usage of the word “sustainability” fits the “boiling the frog” tale. Our public concerns about the deteriorating conditions of the… Read More

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