‚Being Right Is Not Enough‘ – How to Be a #Change Agent as an ‘Invisible Leader’

My then-client Nick Lakin and I wrote and published our Book ‘Corporate Community Involvement – The Definitive Guide’ for Greenleaf and Stanford University Press in 2009/2010. The final chapter was about how to instigate #change and #transformation inside the company towards sustainable business practice. We were honored to interview for that chapter Dr. Mark Wade, […]

Sustainability, leadership, empathy, mindfulness – what have they all got to do with each other?

I have tried to really condense my thinking on this into a few short sentences. So here you go: Sustainability must include sustainable leadership – and that means ethical, participatory leadership. Lead in a circle, consider the concerns of stakeholders and allow/hear/consider/think with their voices, starting with your employees. We must accompany managers on their […]

Do you still talk CSR, or ESG impact?

ESG are ‘Environmental, Social And Governance Criteria‘ – a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen investments. We have heard of the Triple Bottom Line before, and of the 3Ps – people, planet, and profit. Here’s ESG: Environmental criteria determine how a company performs as a steward of the […]

Crowdfunding and Subscription Billing in Community Involvement – this needs to be on your radar screen!

– Have you heard about crowdfunding yet? It’s all the latest hype in the Community Involvement field, and a trend that will not go away – the Tsunami wave is only just starting. – Crowdfunding is new – the word did not exist before 2006. It first started in the US with websites like kickstarter.com and indiegogo.com. Now everybody can do fundraising from […]

Crowdfunding – was ist es, was ist erfolgreich, hat es Zukunft? Kongress in Berlin 25. Oktober

Weltweit werden immer mehr Projekte über Crowdfunding finanziert. Was genau ist es? Die Begriffe ‚Crowdfunding’ oder auch ‚Crowdsourcing’ sind im Sprachgebrauch seit etwa 2006. Es handelt sich hier, kurz gesagt, um ‚Mittelbeschaffung aus der Menge’. Im Zeitalter des Internets und der sozialen Medien sind wir alle miteinander vernetzt, und wir alle können innerhalb von Sekunden […]

Hot off the press: UN Global Compact International Yearbook 2012 – get my chapter here as free pdf

“This fourth edition of the Global Compact International Yearbook showcases many inspiring examples of businesses turning challenges into opportunity, leveraging their competencies, capacities and resources for the common good. I hope these diverse expressions of support for the UN’s global mission will inspire many more businesses to follow this path and bring corporate sustainability to […]

Contributing chapter to UN Global Compact Yearbook 2012

I was asked to contribute a chapter to the new UN Global Compact Yearbook 2012, to be published at the end of July. The chapter is titled ‘From Corporate Handouts to Corporate Partnerships’. Based on our book ‘Corporate Community Involvement: The Definitive Guide’ (see http://www.cciguide.com/), my contribution argues against mere corporate philanthropy and for truly involved, […]

Now available: My conference essay on The Future of Strategic Employee Volunteering

On November 28, a conference took place in Vienna, Austria on the future of strategic Employee Volunteering. This conference was part of a European Union series, on the occasion of 2011 being the European Union Year of Volunteering. The ‘usual suspects’ were there – representatives of IBM and TNT, Bea Boccalandro, Chris Jarvis and – […]

Engaging stakeholders around the topic of sustainability

http://www.simply-communicate.com invited me to contribute to their online conversations, talking about the role corporate communicators have in the context of sustainability. My contribution engages with stakeholder expectations and their view of corporate performance, and with the opportunity for communications professionals to engage in stakeholder relationships (also through social media) and allow stakeholders to become sustainability […]