The list of what Paul Hawken hasn’t done is probably shorter than the list of what he has.
Book author? Check. He’s got six of them. Magazine writer? Yep — his credits include the Boston Globe, Harvard Business Review, and Mother Jones. He’s also been on the Today show, Larry King Live, and Talk of the Nation, and he’s been presented with seven honorary degrees. Oh, and business owner? He’s got several under his belt.
Recently, the staff at Dolphin Blue began questioning the buying practices of our government, and evaluating their overall impact on sustainability. As more corporations continue to manufacture their goods in foreign countries, many tax-supported agencies have jumped on the “low-cost” bandwagon, creating a governmental bidding system with little regard to sustainability. To answer some of our questions, we consulted with our in-house expert, Dolphin Blue Founder & President, Thomas Kemper.
Most people don’t change overnight — but then again, most people aren’t like Ray Anderson. He was in his 60’s when The Ecology of Commerce, a book by Paul Hawken, fortuitously landed on his desk. The founder of Interface Inc., the world’s largest producer of commercial floor coverings, Anderson thumbed through it, hoping to glean a nugget of inspiration for an upcoming speech he was giving on his company’s environmental vision. What he found was more than a nugget — and way more than something for a one-time-only presentation.
Having just read Michael Ruppert’s Confronting Collapse, I find this article from The Guardian to be very timely – one that serves as a wake-up call for all of us, particularly those who play an important role in determining our energy future.
Do you think that today’s business leaders are aware of the potential impact of depleting oil on the world’s economic future?
Tom Kemper is founder and president of Dolphin Blue, Inc. and is an activist in environmental causes.
During a 60-Minutes broadcast on CBS (February 18, 2010), Bloom Energy was described as amajor innovation in fuel cell technology. The Bloom fuel cell is composed of relatively inexpensive materials, and it produces electricity from oxidation of natural gas or bio-gas.