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How Brands And Consumers Build A Sustainable Future

July 31, 2014 Comments


A study by Mckinsey and the CECP, Shaping the Future: Solving Social Problems through Business Strategy,  lays out four alternatives for our future: 1. Corporations respond to expectations for greater social responsibility and government allows corporations to voluntarily meet these expectations. 2. …

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21st Century Leadership: 3 Master Strokes by Elon Musk

June 20, 2014 Comments


When Elon Musk announced last week that he would open source Tesla’s valuable intellectual property he commanded great attention across the auto industry and the private sector. Not only did he do something profoundly counterintuitive in terms of the traditional self-serving …

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The Sustainability Imperative and What It Means for the Future of Your Brand

April 24, 2014 Comments


Sustainability is an ever-evolving conversation that is becoming increasingly sophisticated in the demands it places on brands. For instance, several decades ago it was considered a competitive advantage to be called a green company, yet after more and more brands …

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How Conscious Capitalism is Driving Business and Social Change

April 1, 2014 Comments


Each year, the Conscious Capitalism Movement holds an event that provides marketing leaders with insights on how to marry purpose and profit in ways that build their business and a better world. I’m thrilled to participate in one of these …

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Steve Jobs, Virgin America, and Millennials: Key Insights from 2013

January 3, 2014 Comments


It’s always fun to review the year and see which stories resonated most. Taken together they represent a landscape of the community’s focus and what will shape 2014. Here are the Top Ten posts of 2013 from the We First …

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Unilever and the Integrity of Brand Storytelling

November 25, 2013 Comments


With the launch of Project Sunlight, Unilever has taken another leap forward towards what is increasingly recognized as the future of effective social marketing. Central to such leadership is the recognition that a brand needs to lead with its social …

Posted in Brands, Corporate Websites, Future, Innovation, Leadership, Purpose | 2 Comments

 

Story vs. Data: A Battle to Fix the World

November 22, 2013 Comments


It was such a pleasure to attend the Social Innovation Summit at Stanford this week and the experience confirmed what we see as a fundamental tension between Story and Data, underscoring predictions of the future and how we facilitate social …

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Free Training Tuesday: 10 Steps to Leverage Customer Activism and Protect Your Brand

November 12, 2013 Comments


We hope you enjoyed last week’s Free Training Tuesday video all about the key technology trends that are reshaping brand engagement as we know it. In today’s video, Customer Activism, you’ll see that companies are now in a dynamic dialogue around accountability with their customers and how …

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