047 / COP24, L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls & Making Change FUN

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Hi Friends —

This was a big week for us! After months of research and writing, we published Making Change Sustainable — a new playbook exploring how insights from the world of behavioral science can supercharge the way companies embed social responsibility into their business. You can download the free resource here.

We celebrated the launch with an interactive “workshop-meets-cocktail party” held at the Fashion for Good Experience in Amsterdam. I was blown away by the warmth, intelligence and creativity of the group that came together. Pics below.

If you’ve downloaded the playbook, I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Did any chapters feel particularly relevant? Are there other change insights you would add? Hit reply and let me know what you think.


P.S. If you read the playbook and found it valuable, would you consider sharing it? Here are some special links to make it easy. #pathofleastresistance #behaviorchangejokes

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More than 50 people joined Reconsidered’s first-ever meet-up in Amsterdam, held at the inspiring Fashion for Good Experience. Special thanks to 🏛 Fashion for Good for providing the perfect venue, 🍷YanFlorijn Wijn for the delicious natural and biological wines and 🍻Two Chefs Brewing for the locally-brewed craft beers. The meet-up was organized by marketing and PR pro Caitlin Clark, whose effort and dedication made the event go flawlessly. View more pictures on our Facebook page →


This Week's Five Links

Forget Trinkets. These Gifts Change Lives.The New York Times
Each year, more than $1 billion worth of holiday gift cards are never redeemed. Why not redirect those gift-giving dollars to a present with purpose? Nicholas Kristof shares his annual list of “gifts with meaning,” which include sponsoring women’s health programs and supporting overlooked causes like post-hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico. (Thanks to RC reader Cathy for sharing this useful resource!)

The Strange Phenomenon of L.O.L. Surprise DollsThe Atlantic
Speaking of holiday gift-giving, this Atlantic piece dives into one of the biggest children’s toys trends of 2018. L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls were created specifically for a YouTube generation raised on “unboxing videos”. Basically, after tearing away seven layers of packaging, you wind up with a cheap toy that’s bound to be in landfill by New Year’s. Ridiculous? Yes. Wasteful? You betcha. This article explores the sociological and psychological reason kids are losing their s*** over them.

We Built a Sim of World’s Climate Battle – Here’s What Happened When Delegates Played It At COP24The Conversation
This past week was COP24, the annual UN climate conference hosted in Katowice, Poland. Though government action has been shameful (ahem, U.S. and Australia) business stepped up in a big way, with a major investor statement and fashion industry pledge among the notable commitments. Hidden among the press releases was this gem on an interactive role-playing game showcased at COP24 that simulates how current climate action will impact the world in the future. "The whole point is to use narrative storytelling and imagination to make the human and economic cost of these events more concrete,” said the creators, which include researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University, Utrecht University and Purdue University. “People have emotional reactions to what is apparently real – not to what actually is real. Games give us a platform to create just such an apparent reality."

Period-Tracking Apps Are Not for WomenVox
The “femtech” market is estimated to be worth $50 billion by 2025, and fertility and period-tracking apps are among the fastest-growing segments. This article argues that most apps on the market aren’t actually built for women, but rather for the men, marketers and medical companies that see a business opportunity in women's health. From inaccurate algorithms to stereotypically gendered design (SO MUCH PINK) to a deep insensitivity to real challenges like miscarriage and abortion, this fascinating piece goes deep.

🎧 Daniel Kahneman On Misery, Memory, And Our Understanding Of The MindNPR Hidden Brain
Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and behavioral economist whose research on judgement and decision-making forms the bedrock of modern behavioral science. This conversation with Hidden Brain’s Shankar Vedantam is wide-ranging, but the part I found most fascinating comes around minute 23:50, when the two start to discuss the behavioral response to climate change. “If you were to design a problem that the mind is not equipped to deal with, climate change would fit the bill,” Kahneman said. The two discuss this phenomenon — as well as some possible solutions, which we quoted in our new playbook.

MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The State of the Sustainability Profession 2018GreenBiz. Our archive is the best place on the Internet to get lost this holiday season. 

Social Impact Jobs

Early Career

1. 4imprint — Corporate Social Responsibility Associate (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

2. ALDI — Corporate Responsibility Assistant (Chicago Area)

3. Creative Artists Agency — Brand Consulting, Social Impact Assistant (New York)

4. ESPN — Project Coordinator, Corporate Citizenship (Bristol, Connecticut)

5. Happy Socks — CSR & Sourcing Coordinator (Stockholm, Sweden)

6. Nike — Sustainability Graduate Intern (internship) (Beaverton, Oregon)

7. People Tree — Design Assistant (part-time) (London)

8. Raise for Good — Partnership Associate (Flexible) *contact mary@raiseforgood.co if interested in this role*

9. Samasource — Digital Marketer (Nairobi, Kenya)

10. The Estée Lauder Companies — Associate, Sustainability (New York)

11. Tommy Hilfiger — Intern, Corporate Responsibility (internship) (Amsterdam)

12. Twitter — Project Manager, Public Policy & Philanthropy (contract) (Washington, DC)

13. VIZIO — Social Responsibility Analyst (Irvine, California)


14. Allstate — Community Engagement Sr. Consultant (Chicago Area)

15. Apparel Impact Institute — Director of Mill Improvement Program (Flexible U.S. or Europe)

16. ASOS — Senior Sustainability Manager (London)

17. Benetech — Sr. Human Rights Program Manager (Palo Alto, California)

18. Fair Trade USA — Senior Standards Manager, Apparel & Home Goods (Oakland, California)

19. Goodnation — Philanthropy Advisor (New York)

20. IKEA — Health & Sustainability Manager (Malmö, Sweden)

21. League of Intrapreneurs — Digital Community Manager (Flexible)

22. JCPenney — Director, Responsible Sourcing (Dallas, Texas) *contact jlippman@jcp.com if interested in this role*

23. Johnson & Johnson — Senior Manager, Responsible Procurement Compliance (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

24. Razer — Employee Experience, Internal Communications & CSR Lead (Singapore)

25. SAP — Sustainability and Ethics Program Manager (Walldorf/St. Leon-Rot, Germany)

26. Samsung Electronics — Corporate Citizenship Manager (Panama)

27. Solidaridad — Communications & Campaigning Advisor, Europe (Amsterdam)

28. Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society — Events & Partnerships Manager (Stanford, California)

29. Target — Senior Analyst ESG Systems and Reporting, Corporate Responsibility (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

30. Too Good To Go — Country Manager (Warsaw, Poland)


31. Airbnb — Manager, Global Refugee Response Program (San Francisco)

32. Amazon — Principal Product Manager, Sustainability (Seattle) *contact Danielle.L.Vermeer@gmail.com if interested in this role*

33. Converse — Global Social Impact Director (Boston)

34. Fenton — Vice President (Washington, DC)

35. Next Street — Director of Finance & Administration (New York) *contact careers@nextstreet.com if interested in this role*

36. Nike — Senior Director for Partnerships & Engagement, Sustainable Manufacturing & Sourcing (Portland, Oregon)

37. Nokia — Head of Human Rights (Espoo, Finland)

THE HIGH NOTE //  15 — age of the bad-ass teenager who called out world leaders at COP24. “Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago,” said Sweden’s Greta Thunberg. 💪