Quality

Quality

Essay by: Mike Shesterkin, Exec. Director In this article, we continue our journey of understanding the business as a system and the ways in which we go about applying such thinking. In the last article, we discussed the knowledge that comes through the International Standards Organization (ISO), and why it is voluntary consensus standards establish …

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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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