Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Using "Radical Transparency" as a Force for Good

Heal the Earth

C. Coimbra photo
From A Force for Good website

“A genuine concern for humanity,” the Dalai Lama has said, “means loving the environment.” His words highlight an elementary truth: our well-being links to the ecological well-being of our planet. This holds especially true for the poor, whose lives tend to depend more directly on nature and its dwindling resources. Because environmental degradation is a slow-motion event that easily escapes our notice, we can take the following measures to understand and minimize our role in it.
  • Advocate for “radical transparency” that exposes the ecological impacts of what we buy and do.
  • Embrace tools that measure the ecological “true cost” of a product or service.
  • Encourage finding better solutions to man-made problems, and remain focused on progress—not doom and gloom.
  • Extend our compassion to include both people and the planet, in equal measure.

A sample of radical transparency is Social Hotspots Database --"A project (that) aims to foster greater collaboration in improving social conditions worldwide by providing the data and tools necessary for improved visibility of social hotspots in product supply chains."

Other sources include GoodGuide, BrandKarma, and SourceMap.

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