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Beyond SUSTAINABLE Business as Usual – GoGreen 2014

GoGreen14_SEAApril 30, 2014 | The Conference Center, 8th and Pike


The 5th annual GoGreen Conference in Seattle, Washington, is a one-day, interactive learning experience featuring tactical how-tos, a solutions-centered deep dive into new ways of thinking, and a showcase of regional business leaders and their success stories.  The GoGreen Conference builds viable networks and cross-pollinates sustainability best practices throughout the regional business community.

NBIS DISCOUNT – 30% OFF!  As a member of our NBIS network, save 30% on tickets with the promotional code NBIS (Code must be used at time of ticket purchase).


Karl Ostrom

Karl Ostrom invites you to a Solutions Lab at the GoGreen Conference:

Getting Beyond Sustainable Business as Usual: Strategies for Scaling up the Impact of Sustainable Business Practices

The growth of sustainable business leadership, innovation, management and CSR reporting has been remarkable in the last decade or two, with many pioneers based here in the Northwest. But there is widespread concern that even with these successes, we aren’t moving the dial enough to meet the deadlines our planet is setting for us. What can business leaders do to accelerate impact and what are the wider marketplace and policy conditions necessary to support greater traction? Karl Ostrom, PhD, Co-Executive Director of NBIS, convenes a Solutions Lab with participants and a thought leader panel composed of business and civic leaders to address barriers, opportunities and new strategies. Panelists include:

Mark Hower, Ph.D. | Professor of Business Leadership & Social Change, Antioch University
Marcy Ostrom, Ph.D. | Director, Small Farms Program, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University
Egils Milbergs | President & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Accelerating Innovation

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Meet Susan Dorsch and Jacob Sayles, June 13th at the Office Nomads’ Eco-Hour

Office Nomads emerged from founders Susan Dorsch and Office Nomads Susan & JacobJacob Sayles’ idea for a neighborhood based workspace that would foster co-working among Seattle’s nomadic workforce.  Susan met Jacob Sayles, who had been working on getting Office Nomads off the ground and the two began a working partnership that put them on the track to Office Nomads’ success.  According to Dorsch, the biggest concern was whether or not there would be sufficient interest in “working alongside one another and creating a community of independent workers.” The Office Nomads team was met with a pleasant surprise; “It surprises me every day how it not only got started, but flourished beyond my greatest expectations. I regularly hear from our members how much work they are able to get done or how they met people they never would have met otherwise. It never gets old for me to hear that.”

Office Nomads not only provides a physical location for co-working, but the opportunity to network with other Seattle professionals.  One project in particular that has developed from the unique environment is Cotivation. As Susan says, “It is an idea created by a great friend of mine who runs a co-working space in New York called ‘New Work City’. Part motivational accountability group, part support team, Cotivation is a structured group within Office Nomads designed to help members move forward on their goals, small & large. We meet once a week for 5 weeks to check in on our progress and have focused discussions. We’ve run one session so far, and are just getting started on the second session this week. It’s just in the early phases, but already members seem to be really into it. It’s one way that we are working to improve the quality of life for independent workers.”

Learn more about Co-Working in Action!

Register for the Eco-Hour:  www.officenomads.eventbrite.com

B Corporations, Benefit and Social Purpose Corporations: Impact-Driven Companies

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Business has a demonstrated power to deliver results. However, too often these results are biased toward the benefit of shareholders and at odds with what makes our society a better place. A new type of corporation with a formalized purpose that includes generating positive impact for society in its core was needed.

Launching a new era of sustainable business, certified B Corporations and legal entities such as Benefit Corporations and Social Purpose Corporations combine business success with social and environmental responsibility and public accountability. As their number, diversity and impact increase, these companies are demonstrating the creativity and innovation that sustainable businesses can bring to our economy. (more…)

NBIS wins 2011 Communitas Award

2011 Communitas Award Winner

March 3, 2011–Today the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability found out it is a 2011 Communitas Awards winner. Communitas Awards recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals for excellence in community service and corporate social responsibility. NBIS was recognized in the category of “Sustainability.”


Good News for Salmon—Good News for NBIS

Contacts: Mary Rose, NBIS 425-828-0982

Good News for Salmon—Good News for NBIS

(Seattle – August 31, 2009) -NBIS has been awarded a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant to support urban Salmon-Safe certification activities in the Lake Washington watershed region.

Salmon-Safe certifies urban landowners for best practices in stormwater and landscape management.

The NBIS Urban Initiative offers landowners assistance in developing cost-saving water and landscape management practices and provides public recognition through events and media campaign activities.
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Doing Well by Doing Good

The Core of Profitable Sustainability: The Future of Business Conference

By Karl Ostrom and Mary Rose, NBIS/Future 500

The key to successful business strategy includes answering the challenge to extend corporate citizenship beyond charitable giving, and to embody concern for public good within the design of products and services – “Doing well by doing good.” This new standard is, in part, a matter of self-enlightenment – we all need clean water, air, and the security of a global society that is not divided into “haves and have-nots.” But this elevated concept of corporate citizenship is also becoming a business requirement for success in the marketplace.
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