Monday, November 30, 2009

The Power to Purchase

Now that "Buy Nothing Day" has passed and we're all back to consuming, we still have the power to vote with our dollars. How are you spending yours?

I am pretty conscious about my spending, both at home and work. I take pride reducing the supply chain when I buy quality products from local vendors.

As you'll note from my blog, I advocate for a different economy. Our global economy is broken, despite the illusions and mass deceit necessary to keep the game going for the near term and to serve the interests of those at the top of the pyramid. An economy based on greed is the worst kind.

The good news is that there is another economy rising up and it cherishes your support. Every dollar you invest in the new economy makes a difference. I repeat, every dollar you invest in the new economy makes a difference.

One way to support the new economy is to support Certified B Corporations. Whether your role is investor, advocate, policy maker, worker, partner, or consumer, your support of B Corps makes another world possible.

Some of my B Corp colleagues are offering holiday specials to the B Community and our friends. Click here to check out the B Community discounts.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Buy Nothing Day

Let's be honest. There is only one way to avoid a catastrophic collapse of this human experiment here on Earth - We must consume less.

Every one of our problems is exasperated by continued growth, yet the only solution offered by pundits and elected leaders is more growth.

Is there any evidence that we can grow our way out of the maldistribution of wealth and resources? Grow, grow, grow is the capitalist mantra yet these are the same forces killing the planet. Today, over 100 species will vanish from the planet forever, most as a result of our growth.

So what can we do?

Consume less.

Buy Nothing Day is the day after Thanksgiving here in the United States. Typically this day is one of the busiest shopping days of the year which is why we co opt this event in an attempt to change the current paradigm.

The creative folks at Adbusters have been sponsoring this event for over a decade now and I hope you'll take the day to reflect on consumption and how it impacts our world. There are actions all across the globe on November 27th and 28th. I hope you'll join me in reducing needless consumption this holiday season. You can start the day after Thanksgiving by enjoying some time with family and friends and just saying "NO", to shopping and mindless consumerism.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Green Office Space

TriLibrium is growing and that means we need to move our office. Of course we're doing everything to be as sustainable as possible and so I thought it would be fun to engage my readers in the process.

What are some of the leading edge ideas for professional office space?
What should be included? What should we avoid?

We are looking for suggestions, ideas and recommendations on every aspect of moving a business and readying the space from equipment suggestions, to materials, build out, furnishings, etc.

It is likely that we'll have new offices by February 1st. I look forward to starting a dialog and blogging about it as we move forward.

P.S. I like the "HELP" in the picture, not the paper. TriLibrium used less than three reams of paper in our first year of operations.