067 / WeWork, Eco-Grief & The Most Powerful Signs From The Global #ClimateStrike

Hi Friends,

Last Friday, I attended the #ClimateStrike in Amsterdam.


This is one of the photos I took. It’s of a group of four-year-olds clustered around a bakfiets — one of many genius Dutch ways to transport children on bicycles. They’re drawing signs reading things like “The Planet Is Dying” and “Protect Our Future”. The sight of kids taking a stand for their very survival nearly moved me to tears.

This photo has stuck with me this week, especially as I’ve followed reports from the UN General Assembly and other #ClimateStrikes around the globe. When teenage activist Greta Thunberg gave her now-famous speech to UN leaders, this line brought me right back:

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. The eyes of all future generations are upon you."

That’s us she’s talking to. We talk a lot about watershed moments and tipping points. Well, we’re living in one. I hope the past few weeks have energized and brought a new sense of urgency to your work. I know they have with mine.

✌️ Jess

P.S. Next Friday, we’ll be hitting inboxes with a very special announcement. Stay tuned… if you’re a purpose-driven professional looking to make a positive impact through your work, you won’t want to miss this.


We had so much fun working on Tommy Hilfiger’s latest #MakeItPossible brand campaign, which shared the iconic fashion brand’s sustainability progress over the past year. Think achievements like 3 million more sustainable garments and 70% of cotton from more sustainable sources. Have a look at the brand video here.

Love when a protest sign just tells it like it is (Credit: Takver via    Flickr   )

Love when a protest sign just tells it like it is (Credit: Takver via Flickr)

This Week's 5 Links

😂25 of the Funniest Signs From the Global Climate StrikeGOOD

There is so much we can learn from the young people leading the #ClimateStrike movement, including — for us social impact practitioners — how to tell compelling stories about the crisis we're all facing. This round-up of creatively clever signs held by protesters around the world demonstrates Gen Z's knack for blending politics, pop culture and humor, to powerful effect. (2 minutes)

🧠 Life On Thin IceThe Guardian
This powerful long read takes us from the picket lines to the front lines of the climate conversation, introducing us to a small community in Greenland where traditional ways of life are being threatened by melting sea ice. The article makes personal the first nationwide study of climate change’s psychological effects, which revealed that 76% of Greenlanders have personally experienced the effects of climate change and many are experiencing “ecological grief” as well as “anxiety over the future of a way of life that has endured for a millennium.” There are many ways that the world will need to react to climate change; paying greater attention to the mental health of those directly impacted is one of them. (18 minutes)

📉 WeWork C.E.O. Adam Neumann Steps Down Under PressureThe New York Times

After a tumultuous IPO journey, WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has officially stepped down. Since releasing its IPO filing in mid-August, The We Company has faced increasing scrutiny over its weak business model and unconventional, oddly spiritual language around social purpose (particularly their vague company mission to “elevate the world’s consciousness”). Though the prospectus included some interesting social impact commitments — such as the unique philanthropy clause committing founders Adam and Rebekah to give away $1 billion of their wealth or lose some control of their company — they weren’t enough to distract from fundamental questions around We’s business. Said one expert: “Investors are saying, ‘We’re not going to tolerate this nonsense anymore.’” (7 minutes)

🗯️ Amazon-Owned Whole Foods’ Decision to Drop Health Benefits for Hundreds of Part-Time Workers Reveals How Promises to Workers like CEO Jeff Bezos’ Recent Pledge are WorthlessBusiness Insider
Mere weeks after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos signed on to the Business Roundtable's new purpose definition, Amazon-owned Whole Foods has announced that it will cut healthcare benefits for thousands of part-time employees. A natural conclusion — one not-so-subtly made in this headline is that on-paper pledges are useless if they don't stop moves like this one. However, the fact that press are pointing out Amazon's hypocrisy suggests that initiatives like the Business Roundtable commitment can and will be used to hold CEOs accountable. Let's hope the pressure stays on. (4 minutes)

📢 The New AgendaThe Financial Times
Financial Times print subscribers were treated to a surprise last week — a bright yellow front page take-over proclaiming “Capitalism. Time for a Reset.” The cover heralds in The New Agenda, a just-launched brand platform encouraging readers “to consider the implications of major economic and societal change, including the ethics of investing, the potential perils of big tech and the future of the corporation itself.” It's a momentous move from a traditionally conservative media outlet and yet another indication that the tides have officially turned against winners-take-all profit-seeking. Though FT content usually hides behind a hefty pay wall, a sampling of New Agenda articles is available to read for free. (5 minutes; h/t friend and reader Sarah for sharing this!)

MOST CLICKED FROM LAST ISSUE // The Year’s Best Design for Social GoodFast Company. More inspiring examples of how design can be used to make an impact here.

Social Impact Jobs

Lyft — Equity and Community Program Manager (New York). Lyft is hiring an Equity and Community Programs Manager to spearhead equity programs and efforts for Citi Bike in NYC. This individual will manage programs and build relationships to increase access to Citi Bike among lower-income populations and communities of color. They are looking for someone who can think big picture and has substantive on-the-ground experience building, managing, and launching community and equity programs in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

Early Career

Allbirds — Analyst, Sustainability (San Francisco)

Ericsson — Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Trainee (Rome)

Equal Exchange — Avocado Supply Chain Coordinator (West Bridgewater, Massachusetts)

Fair Trade USA — Producer Support Operations Specialist (Oakland, California)

Lendlease — 2020 Graduate Programme, Sustainability (London, UK)

Merck — Summer Intern, Merck for Mothers (Kenilworth, New Jersey)

OLLY — Customer Service Representative (San Francisco)

Patagonia — Worn Wear Operations Support (Reno, Nevada)

University of San Francisco — Sustainability Specialist (San Francisco)


Casper — Supply Planning Analyst (New York City)

Corporate Citizenship — Senior Sustainability Consultant (London)

Daniel Wellington — Sustainability Specialist (Stockholm)

Etsy — Senior Manager, Social Innovation (Brooklyn)

Facebook — Sustainability Program Manager (Menlo Park, California)

Google — Program Manager, Sustainability Waste (Boulder, Colorado)

Hatch — Environmental Consultant (London)

IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative — Senior Environmental and Social Manager (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Innocent Drinks — Safety & Sustainability Manager (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

INvolve — Diversity and Inclusion Lead (London)

Lloyds Banking Group — Sustainability Manager (Edinburgh)

Mars — Senior Sustainability Manager, Deforestation and GHG (Campinas, Brazil)

Ralph Lauren — Director, Sustainability (New York City)

Salomon — Program Manager, CDI (Annecy, France)

Sustainalytics — Manager, Corporate Responsibility Reporting (Boston)

The Renewal Workshop — Marketing Manager (Cascade Locks, Oregon)

Unum — Corporate Sustainability Manager (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

WWF — Seafood Senior Program Officer (Washington DC)

Verizon — Social Innovation Manager (New York City)


Danone — VP Go-to-Market, Plant Based Food & Beverage (Broomfield, Colorado)

Design Trust for Public Space — Executive Director (New York City)

Echoing Green — Director, Impact Funding (New York City)

Fitch Ratings — Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (New York City)

GSK — Director, Sustainability Communications and Government Affairs (London)

International Food Waste Coalition — Executive Director, Food Loss and Waste Reduction (Paris)

Macy's — Vice President, Sustainability (New York City)

Mattel — Head Of Sustainability (Los Angeles)

Nike — Director, Carbon & Energy (Beaverton, Oregon)

Pssst… we’re reconsidering the way we share job opportunities. Check your inbox next Friday for more. 

Flashback to what the #ClimateStrike looked like one year ago. Recalls the eternal truth of the Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Flashback to what the #ClimateStrike looked like one year ago. Recalls the eternal truth of the Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”