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Did you know that every other week, our team collaborates across three different time zones to bring you this newsletter? 🌎 Ysabel is a New York-based content strategist who also writes hilarious satire that never fails to make me LOL. Danielle is an incredible connector who curates our jobs board and works at the intersection of fashion, tech and impact in Seattle. And our latest team member, Kimberlee, is a social impact strategist and recent Amsterdam transplant who’s leading the charge on our growth strategy.
And me? Well, at my core I’m passionate about making positive change happen. In addition to publishing this newsletter, I also work with companies and organizations on projects that combine social impact, strategy, communications and behavior change.
You can get to know us a bit better here. And if you have time, give us a shout to introduce yourself! We’d love to hear what excites and inspires you.
This Week's Five Links
Oysters on the Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York’s Eroding Harbor — NPR
As climate change causes storms to increase in intensity, coastal cities are being forced to protect their shores. New York City is pioneering a brilliant solution: living breakwaters made from leftover oyster shells, which protect harbors while also filtering water and contributing to a healthier ecosystem. The shells are sourced from local restaurants, then populated with new oysters hatched by students in a public high school’s aquaculture program — a unique model that brings together non-profits, businesses, schools and local government.
Climate Change Will Get Worse. These Investors Are Betting on It — Bloomberg
Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a groundbreaking report warning that a global climate crisis will be felt by 2040 if we don’t radically curb emissions. Reactions ranged from fear to denial (guess who?) to… well, opportunism. A growing number of investors are seeing dollar signs in investments like storm protection, desalination plants, new agriculture approaches and land that’s far from the ocean. “I would love to give up these investment opportunities in a second if people would listen and stop polluting the environment,” says one investor. The silver lining? “If people are making money off it, that gets attention.”
You Buy a Purse at Walmart. There’s a Note Inside From a “Chinese Prisoner.” Now What? — Vox
In March of 2017, a woman in Arizona discovered a note inside a purse she purchased at her local Walmart. Written in Mandarin Chinese, the message detailed horrific abuses and forced working conditions inside a Chinese prison where the purse was manufactured. Was the note real or was it an activist stunt? Does it matter? A reporter travels 7,000 miles to find the prison and get answers.
Indonesia’s Tsunami and the Problem of Human Empathy — The Atlantic
This article uses the case of the recent tsunami in Indonesia to explore “compassion collapse” — a social phenomenon that explains why people have an easier time connecting with individual stories of pain over the suffering of a large group. Understanding this phenomenon can help NGOs and aid groups craft stories that override our tendency to tune out.
Mr. Money Mustache
We first learned about Mr. Money Mustache, a blog created by personal finance guru Peter Adeney, in an article on the FIRE movement (Financial Independence, Retire Early) that spent nearly a week at the top of The New York Times’ most emailed list. FIRE is a radically simple concept: live well below your means and invest your salary so that you can quit your job and do what you really want to do. What we found fascinating was the environmental motivation behind Adeney’s way of life — he regularly talks about the pro-environment benefits of reducing his consumption and focusing on the essentials. His blog can offer a clue on how sustainability communicators might reframe their messaging to reach different audiences.
MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // Will We Soon Be Renting Rather Than Buying Our Clothes? — BBC. Our archives have a lot more where that came from.
3 Questions With: Michael Crooke, Co-Founder of WAYB & Ex-CEO of Patagonia
“I like to say we are on a path to sustainability. No company is truly sustainable. There’s waste in any company. The bottom line is we have to stay transparent. And transparency means that we have to say what we aren’t, as well as what we are.”
Social Impact Jobs
1. Allbirds — Senior Analyst, Supply Chain Operations (San Francisco, California)
2. BlueOrchard Finance — Portfolio Manager, Investment Solutions (Zurich, Switzerland)
3. Elekta — Corporate Responsibility Program Coordinator (Stockholm, Sweden)
4. Host Hotels & Resorts — Corporate Responsibility Program Coordinator (Bethesda, Maryland)
5. Iridescent Learning — Corporate Volunteer Engagement Manager (Remote) (Email Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested)
6. ITW — Matching Gift and Volunteer Program Coordinator (Chicago, Illinois)
7. PwC — Corporate Responsibility Associate (Hong Kong)
8. The Black Sheep Agency — Community Engagement Intern (internship) (Houston, Texas)
9. TwentyFifty — Human Rights/Responsible Sourcing Consultant (London, UK)
10. Twilio — Account Executive, Social Impact (San Francisco, California)
11. AccountAbility — Manager, Sustainability Services (London, UK)
12. Alexander McQueen — Senior Manager, Sustainability (London, UK)
13. Ascena Retail Group — Manager, CSR Strategy & Communications (New York, New York)
14. Barilla Group — Sustainability Professional (Parma, Italy)
15. Baxter — Manager, Global Community Giving & Engagement (Chicago, Illinois)
16. Bupa — Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager (London, UK)
17. Capital One — Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion (Washington, DC or Richmond, Virginia)
18. Cathay Pacific — Assistant Manager, Sustainable Development (Hong Kong)
19. Electronic Arts (EA) — Senior Consultant, Inclusion, Diversity & CSR (Redwood City, California)
20. Facebook — Finance Manager, Ads and Social Impact (Menlo Park, California)
21. Global Fund to End Modern Slavery — Communications & Media Specialist (Washington, DC)
22. GlobalGiving — Business Partnerships Manager (Washington, DC)
23. GoFundMe — Region Manager, North Europe (London, UK)
24. LEGO Foundation — Sr. Communications Manager (Billund, Denmark)
25. L'Oréal — Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility (Mumbai, India)
26. Patagonia — Global Marketing Manager, Sportswear (Ventura, California)
27. PVH Corp — Corporate Responsibility Manager (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
28. Radley Yeldar — Sustainability Consultant (London, UK)
29. Snap Inc. — Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives Program Manager (Los Angeles, California)
30. Tata Consultancy Services — Graphic Designer and Web Master, Corporate Social Responsibility (Edison, New Jersey)
31. ULTA Beauty — Community Relations Specialist (Chicago, Illinois)
32. Unilever — Senior Content Marketing Manager (Burlington, Vermont)
33. Emory University — Assistant VP of Social Impact Innovation (Atlanta, Georgia)
34. Girl Effect — Director of Partnerships (London, UK)
35. Rothy’s — Director of Product Management (San Francisco, California)
36. RSF Social Finance — Chief Financial Officer (San Francisco, California)
37. The Wonderful Company — Director of Marketing and Communication, Social Impact Initiatives (Los Angeles, California)
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