Today marks the first installment of Big Think's new series on business sustainability, sponsored by Logica. For the next thirteen Mondays (through June 8, 2010), we will release in-depth discussions with top European experts focusing on how we can better align the interests of business with the greater social good. Today we release clips of interviews with a few international industry leaders and policy makers: Chairman of Nestle Peter Brabeck, former Prime Minister of Norway Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, and CEO of WPP Group Sir Martin Sorrell.
Peter Brabeck isn't particularly worried about the oil crisis. He thinks we'll invent new ways of obtaining oil. What concerns him is the dwindling global water supply. Brabeck argues that we cannot continue to consider water a free human right, but a commercial good that costs money.
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland critiques the popular notion of sustainability as having become defined too narrowly in terms of carbon emissions. She thinks that sustainability efforts must encompass broader social issues like global equity and humankind's shared destiny.
Sir Martin Sorrell discusses what he sees as a war for talent, given a number of demographic changes occurring across the globe. Between falling birth rates, rising divorce rates, later marriages with fewer children and the rise of women in the workforce, the talent supply will surely be reduced. It's up to businesses to decide how to deal with it.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
10 of the most sandbagging, red-herring, and effective logical fallacies.
- Many an otherwise-worthwhile argument has been derailed by logical fallacies.
- Sometimes these fallacies are deliberate tricks, and sometimes just bad reasoning.
- Avoiding these traps makes disgreeing so much better.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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