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Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

Engagement is one of those words we often hear, but probably don’t share a common understanding of its meaning. Not long ago, I brought up engagement during a discussion about setting goals and metrics and was immediately challenged to describe how it could be accurately measured. In the virtual environment, terms such as “impressions”, “open …

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Mediating Structure

Mediating Structure

by: A.C. Nomen, Staff Writer Considering what will happen twenty days from now, it’s likely the age-old tradition of gathering together for holiday celebrations will be one of the most difficult. Engaging in conversations with family members, some of whom harbor ideas that don’t necessarily jive with our own, are difficult under “normal” circumstances, let …

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Democratizing the Workplace

Democratizing the Workplace

Essay by: Eileen Gao, Student Intern, Cornell University Democratizing education, democratizing data, democratizing work—all these phrases apply democracy to areas beyond government to mean increasing access in order to increase equality. The phrase “democratizing work” caught my eye in particular. The COVID-19 pandemic has had particularly devastating effects on work as millions of Americans lost …

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Is a Museum the Best Place to Talk About Sustainability? The Wright Museum Believes So

As a beacon of education in Detroit, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History approaches sustainability in a participatory, not prescriptive, way. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Leslie Tom, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Edward Foxworth, Director of External Affairs at The Wright, about the path to create a greener museum …

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C2BE – Leading the Way to Employee Ownership

In our recent article, we looked at the importance of developing a thriving local economy. The Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE), a non-profit based in the heart of Detroit, supports local business through the expansion of worker-owned businesses. This June, C2BE joined us as a presenter at our Triple Bottom Line Forum at Wayne State …

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Sustainable Resolutions Celebration a Success!

Celebrating the milestones of time is a uniquely human thing. It’s something we do to recollect where we’ve been and give pause to reorient ourselves to where we’re going. This past Thursday, at Hop Cat Detroit, SMSBF continued its tradition of marking the passage of another year with its “Sustainable Resolutions Celebration”. The room was …

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SMSBF Award Presentation

Triple Bottom Line Business Leader Award & Holiday Party

Randy Walker (left) receives the award from SMSBF president, Mike Shesterkin. “Jeff McCabe has been a long-time friend of SMSBF and a true triple bottom line business leader. As a representative of the SMSBF board, I couldn’t be happier presenting our first Triple Bottom Line Business Leader Award to Jeff”, Shesterkin said as he presented …

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Sustainable Community Optimistic at SMSBF Breakfast Featuring Maurice Cox

By Robert E. Mattler Beyond Detroit’s Bankruptcy Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s (SMSBF) Member- Guest event was held last week at Next Energy and it certainly provoked some good conversation and a better perspective of what’s in store from Maurice Cox, Director of Planning from Detroit’s Planning & Development Department. Members and guests had several …

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