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Business, Emergent Properties and Dr. Deming

Business, Emergent Properties and Dr. Deming

Essay by: Mike Shesterkin, Exec. Director Last week, we covered how it is a business fits the definition of a system and how notions of interconnectedness and emergent properties are important to grasping the business as a system. These ideas are foundational to seeing the business in terms of how it fits within the Earth …

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Local Economies and Democracy

Local Economies and Democracy

By: Eileen Gao, SMSBF Intern An avalanche of issues has collapsed on the United States—just a sample of The Atlantic’s recent headlines include: “America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic”, “A Lot of Americans are About to Lose Their Houses”, and “First Comes Police Reform, Then Comes Everything Else”. These issues have flooded my social …

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Creating Opportunities – Local businesses empowering their communities through just hiring practices and fair wages

Image: Photo by Alex Brisbey. There are some incredible companies in Detroit that embody Triple Bottom Line (3BL) business practices. The three businesses below use found or donated materials to create one-of-a-kind products; the result is lower demand for new materials, which in-turn reduces the business’s impact on the environment. Perhaps even more important, these …

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Engaging Employees is People Sustainability

Sustainability is the foundation of the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s vision and we hope to help local businesses incorporate it into their work by using a Triple Bottom Line framework. A Triple Bottom Line framework is a process by which nonprofits, companies, organizations, and/or business manage their financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and …

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Who Are Your Stakeholders? Identify, Prioritize, and Engage

Have you ever tried to make a list of everyone that affects or is affected by your company? It can be quite a daunting task; but, one that can greatly impact your success. Identifying stakeholders in a company or a specific project will allow you to holistically analyze your goals, needs, and challenges and make …

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Employing Triple Bottom Line Sustainability

How can we solve today’s problems in a way that continues to provide for a better tomorrow and years to come? Triple Bottom Line sustainable business practices were originally proposed as a complete system change to the way we measure success in business. Throwing out the numbers-only driven approach of capitalism, TBL embraces three core …

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