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Sustainability

Sustainability is the philosophy and practice of using resources in a manner that will preserve their supply perpetually into the future. It prioritizes the inherent value of complex and delicate environmental systems while recognizing the human need for consumable products, as well as more abstract economic and political considerations. Advocates of sustainability promote regulations, protections, and behavior shifts on a large social scale, as well as individual habits that reduce our detrimental impact on our surroundings, aiming for a balanced relationship between ourselves and our world. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

The Seventh Fire

This essay is part of our July 2019 Uncertain Future Forum on the topic: “If collapse is imminent, how do we respond?”

Sustainability: Not What You Think It Is

MIT Sloan’s Peter Senge, founder of the Society for Organizational Learning, shows how companies, right away, can stop adopting sustainability measures that do “less bad” and start doing “more good,” both for the business and the world around it.

Eileen Fisher Wants Those Clothes Back When You're Done

At an early stage in her 34-year-old company, Fisher said she and her co-workers grew alarmed at the environmental toll of clothing manufacturing — from depleted farm fields to dye pollution in rivers.

Melissa Hemsley's 10 Simple Swaps to Make a More Sustainable Kitchen

In Melissa Hemsley’s new fortnightly column, Eat, Think, Grow, she serves up practical ideas and inspiration for everyone who wants to leave a more positive impact on the planet.

‘Rampant Consumerism Is Not Attractive.’ Patagonia Is Climbing to the Top—and Reimagining Capitalism Along the Way

There are two small holes in the chest of my black fleece, as if a vampire took a nip, but Rose Marcario, the CEO of Patagonia, does not think I need a new one.

Don’t Confuse Sustainability with CSR

No challenge derails managers from the goal of sustainability more than trying to understand what it means for an organization to really be sustainable.

Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future

Taking care of nature means taking care of people, and taking care of people means taking care of nature.

Indigenous Leader: Our Future Lies in Seeds

Starting a garden is simple with a pack of seeds, but it’s important to consider where the seeds came from. Heirloom seeds, for example, can be regrown and passed on from one generation to the next, and they have a history that can be traced back before the 20th century.

Will Mushrooms Be Magic for Threatened Bees?

We might be able to save honeybees from viruses transmitted by invasive parasites without chemical treatment.

How a Sense of Sacred Can Help Sustainable Business

Sustainability leaders could learn from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who believes in a deeper human connection with nature and looking beyond purely material consumption.

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