Issue 041 / iPhones, Burning Man & Why We Won’t Save The Earth With A Better Kind Of Disposable Coffee Cup

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Hi Friends,

This has been the summer of podcasts for me. To keep me company on my bike commutes, I’ve been turning to long-form interview series like The Tim Ferris ShowHurry SlowlyForever 35Conscious Chatter and Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. I love getting lost in people’s stories — hearing about how they started their careers, how they overcame early obstacles, how they structure their days and orient their lives. 

It got me thinking about the incredible people I know in the social impact space. What are their stories? How did they get started? What keeps them excited?

In the coming weeks, we’ll be launching a new series answering just these questions. Is there anyone you think we should feature? Click here to nominate someone special


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This Week's Five Links

Buying an iPhone XS Is Bad for the Planet — Motherboard 
Our biggest takeaway from the latest iPhone unveiling? Apple’s plans to finally start addressing its “planned obsolescence” problem by creating phones that are (hopefully) built to last. “Because they last longer, you can keep using them. And keeping using them is the best thing for the planet,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives, told the audience. If your existing phone is on its last legs, the new iPhone XS and XR use recycled tin in their logic boards, 35% post-consumer recycled plastic in their speaker enclosures and 32% bio-based plastic for the frame around the cover glass. Not quite the 100% recycled phone we’ve been waiting for, but certainly a step in the right direction.

Exclusive: Burning Man, a Utopia for Guests, Was Hell for Many Workers — Salon
“Burning Man = Walmart.” It’s not the kind of comparison you’d expect. Burning Man is synonymous with art and anarchy. And Walmart is, well, Walmart. But according to the seasonal employees and volunteers protesting against Burning Man working conditions, the comparison is apt. “They’ve taken Guerilla art and turned it into a real corporation,” said one employee. Salon investigates the alleged labor abuses, including unequal wages, on-the-job injuries, a suicide rate much higher than the national average and a leadership team accused of turning a blind eye to it all. 

We Won’t Save the Earth With a Better Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup — The Guardian
In this op-ed, The Guardian columnist George Monbiot challenges the notion that a better form of consumerism will save the planet, arguing that we are trapped in a system that seeks to transfer responsibility for structural forces from corporate interests to individuals. “One-planet living means not only seeking to reduce our own consumption, but also mobilising against the system that promotes the great tide of junk,” Monbiot writes. “This means fighting corporate power, changing political outcomes and challenging the growth-based, world-consuming system we call capitalism.”

Hollywood’s New Development Partner: The United Nations — The Washington Post
The latest reboot of Thomas & Friends, the legacy children’s TV series featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, includes storylines on sustainable communities, responsible consumption, gender equity, education and healthy ecosystems. It’s the result of a unique partnership between Mattel and the United Nations to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into children’s programming — a new model for entertainment that combines storytelling with education around social and environmental issues. It’s a win-win for both parties: The UN gets greater reach for its initiatives, while Mattel has the opportunity to modernize Thomas and win back the pre-schoolers (and their parents) who had started to drift away.

🔧 Your Plan, Your Planet 
This fun, interactive and incredibly useful resource from Google and the California Academy of Sciences surfaces small household changes that can make a big impact on the planet. It’s divided into three areas — food, water and energy — and offers individualized tips based on your habits, along with data points that put your resource consumption in context. Bonus points for the playful graphics and easy-to-navigate interface, which make this resource something you’ll actually want to spend time with. 

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We cannot address our environmental crisis by swapping one overused resource for another.
— George Monbiot in We Won’t Save the Earth With a Better Kind of Disposable Coffee Cup (The Guardian)

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1.  adidas — Assistant Manager, Employee Engagement & Community Service (Portland, Oregon)
2. Apple — Labor Development Program Manager (Shanghai, China)
3. Arabella Advisors — Program Associate, Managed Organizations (Washington, DC)
4. Arup — Sustainability Consulting Intern (internship) (San Francisco, California)
5. Closed Loop Partners — Communications Associate (New York, New York)
6. Corporate Citizenship — Senior Environmental Researcher (London, UK)
7. Equileap — Research Analyst (Amsterdam, Netherlands or Remote)
8. Everlane — Site Content Coordinator (San Francisco, California)
9. Fashion for Good — Marketing Intern (internship) (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
10. FENDI — Corporate Social Responsibility Intern (internship) (Rome, Italy)
11. Nisolo — Marketing & Data Analyst (Nashville, Tennessee)
12. Sesame Workshop — Administrative Assistant, Refugee Programs (New York, New York)
13. Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies — Analyst (Sacramento, California)
14. Tyson Foods — Administrative Coordinator, Social Responsibility (Springdale, Arkansas)
15. Warby Parker — Strategic Project Manager, Customer Experience (New York, New York)


16. Aesop — Sustainability Manager (Melbourne, Australia)
17. Accenture — Marketing Associate Manager, Global Corporate Citizenship (Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; or Boston, Massachusetts)  
18. Bird — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Los Angeles, California)
19. Blue Shield of California — Corporate Citizenship Specialist (San Francisco, California)
20. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre — Project Lead – Workers’ Empowerment (New York, New York or London, UK)
21. Censeo Consulting — Engagement Manager (Washington, DC)
22. Humanity United — Strategy, Learning & Impact Manager (Washington, DC)
23. KeepCup — Sustainability Program Manager (Melbourne, Australia)
24. Lam Research — Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Communications (Tualatin, Oregon)
25. L'Oréal — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Jakarta, Indonesia)
26. Moody’s — Corporate Social Responsibility Manager (Omaha, Nebraska)
27. OfferUp — Sr. Product Manager, Emerging Products (Seattle, Washington)
28. Red Bull — International Social Innovation Project Manager (Salzburg, Austria)
29. Under Armour — Sustainability Manager (Hong Kong)
30. WeWork — Supply Chain Sustainability Specialist (San Francisco, California)
31. Winrock International — Private Sector Engagement Manager (Dhaka, Bangladesh)


32. Brilliant Earth — Director of Responsible Sourcing (San Francisco, California)
33. Greyston Bakery — General Manager, The Center for Open Hiring (New York, New York)
34. Johnson & Johnson — Senior Manager, Product Stewardship (Santa Ana, California; New Brunswick, New Jersey)
35. Kiva — Director, Financial Planning & Analysis (San Francisco, California)
36. Nike — Senior Director, Global Communications & Partnerships (Beaverton, Oregon)
37. Purpose — Country Director, India (New Delhi, India)
38. Santander — Director of Philanthropy (Boston, Massachusetts)
39. Social Enterprise Greenhouse — Chief Operating Officer (Providence, Rhode Island)
40. SunRice — Head of Sustainability (Sydney, Australia)
41. Tuthill Corporation — Corporate Social Responsibility Program Manager (Chicago, Illinois)
42. United — Director, Environmental Strategy & Sustainability (Chicago, Illinois)
43. Uptake — Director, (Chicago, Illinois)

Do you have an opening at your organization? Click here to submit a listing for consideration.

CAREER TIP // We’re big believers that you don’t need to work for a non-profit or have “CSR” in your job title to make a difference. You can have an impact right where you are. We loved this round-up from the Forbes Coaches Council on 10 Ways To Initiate A Positive Change At Work Even If You're Not The One In Charge.

This newsletter is curated by Jessica Marati Radparvar, with support from content strategist Ysabel Yates and jobs board curator Danielle Vermeer. If you like it, please consider sharing it!