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Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

GreenMoney By Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute Originally written in 2017
Biomimicry can help sequester carbon, build a circular economy and perfect NetPositive regenerative design.

It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in building, chemistry, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing–even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise.

Facebook – Another Moral Dilemma

GreenMoney By Francis G. Coleman, CBIS
A Pew Research study revealed that social media is king when it comes to the news. In the US, 72 percent of millennials read the news via their Facebook, Twitter feed, and other social networking sites. Only 21 percent of people aged 50+ do the same. The older generation predominantly consumes news via their television.

Clients expect deep RI understanding: Kiwi Wealth

Good Returns 9 Dec 2019
Investment advisers may need to have fewer, but deeper, relationships with product providers to better understand their responsible investment stance, Kiwi Wealth’s head of retail wealth says.

Facebook Investors Vote for Change at Top. But They Can’t Win

Bloomberg By Kurt Wagner 4 June 2019
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has himself to thank for the fact he’s still chairman of the company’s board.

Results from the Facebook’s annual shareholder meeting last week show that many of the investor proposals intended to limit Zuckerberg’s power over the company he co-founded would have passed -- if not for Zuckerberg’s voting power.

Apart from Zuckerberg’s nearly 4 billion votes, which give him control of the company, investors overwhelmingly supported proposed changes to Facebook’s corporate structure, according to a regulatory filing.

Want to read up on sustainability but don’t know what to start? CEO Rachel Brown shares her Top Six.

Sustainable Business Network By Jessica Beau Paul
With the growing sense of urgency around the sustainability challenges we face, knowing how to inform yourself can be a daunting task. There are a plethora of articles, reports, podcasts, TED Talks, and books tackling some of the social and environmental issues of our time. But where to begin?

Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network, says: “Sustainability is the biggest issue of our times. It’s transforming the way we live and the way we run our businesses. So it’s important to understand what it’s all about to help you make informed decisions.

“I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite books, articles and videos. Some of the information out there can be really depressing, so it’s important to include some inspiring, solutions-based information in your learning too.”

Here are Rachel’s Top Six: Where to Start in Sustainability.

Christchurch Call to Action: Govts, tech companies agree to tackle violent online content on social media

NZ Herald 16 May, 2019 Derek Cheng
The United States has snubbed a widespread agreement struck at the Christchurch Call to Action in Paris today to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.

Seventeen countries, the European Commission, and eight major tech companies have signed up to the accord.

But in a blow to the strength of the mandate, the United States has chosen not to sign despite extensive diplomatic efforts and the fact that a representative was in Paris at a parallel meeting of G7 Digital Ministers.

One million species face extinction, U.N. report says. And humans will suffer as a result.

Washington Post Darryl Fears 6 May 2019
One million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival, according to a United Nations report released Monday.

The landmark report by seven lead co-authors from universities across the world goes further than previous studies by directly linking the loss of species to human activity. It also shows how those losses are undermining food and water security, as well as human health.

Capitalism, Red in Tooth and Claw, Is Going Vegan

Bllomberg Opinion By Mark Gilbert May 12, 2019
When pressure from investors dovetails with index-beating returns, fund managers are sure to notice.


New UN Report Says Nature Is in Worst Shape in Human History

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (SETH BORENSTEIN) May 6, 2019 via Bloomberg
People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday.

Oram: The sixth wave is coming

newsroom.co.nz Rod Oram APRIL 28, 2019
Other than the fact they are our two biggest producers of greenhouse gases, it seems cars and cows have little in common. However, both will benefit from the next wave of the industrial revolution, writes Rod Oram.