Business Philosophy

Triple_Bottom_Line_graphic.jpg
 
 

Do good to do well

This company is operated based on the idea of the Triple Bottom Line, Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics (which adds a social aspect to the wonderful research on planetary boundaries done by Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Will Steffen from the Australian National University), and finally the ideals of the benefit corporation.

 
Doughnut Economics in a nutshell. Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

Doughnut Economics in a nutshell. Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

 

The purpose of this company is to work toward the humane application of technology for the restoration, and then preservation, of the natural environment and humankind. Simply seeking a profit will not accomplish that goal. Instead, I plan on engaging in projects that will not only bring financial benefits, but also improve the communities and environments where they are implemented.

Note: We are not yet a certified Benefit Corporation, but we would like to be one day. In the mean time we still honor the ideals behind the legal status

Note: We are not yet a certified Benefit Corporation, but we would like to be one day. In the mean time we still honor the ideals behind the legal status

Officeplace Rules

  1. No large meetings unless they're of value to the entire audience. Keep them short.

  2. Don't have frequent meetings unless the matter is truly urgent. Resolve it; then propose ending the meeting.

  3. If you are not adding or receiving value from/to a meeting, walk out or drop off the call. 

  4. Don't use acronyms and nonsense words for objects, software, or processes.

  5. Avoid any terms that require explanation because they inhibit communication.

  6. Communicate directly with individuals rather than through a chain of command.

  7. Any manager enforcing chain-of-command communication will be fired.

  8. Don't follow any "company rule" that doesn't make common sense.

  9. Ideas that increase productivity or happiness are always welcome.

  10. Never do anything that would make a great Dilbert cartoon.

    - Thanks, Elon

A selection of quotes to acquaint you with our worldview

“The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of [modern] society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.”

~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality, 1754

“Hunter-Gatherers have thousands of wild sources of food to subsist on. Agriculture changed all of that, generating an overwhelming reliance on a few dozen food sources. Agriculture allowed for the stockpiling of surplus resources and thus, inevitably, the unequal stockpiling of them, stratification of society and the invention of classes. Thus, it has allowed for the invention of poverty.”

~ Robert Sapolsky

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

~ Saint Antoine Exupéry from Citadelle, posthum, 1948 - The Wisdom of the Sands

“In principle, there are only two fundamental political viewpoints. That is, two contradictory ends of the 'political spectrum.' Those two principles are freedom and slavery.”

~ Mark Da Cunha

“Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity” 

~Aldous Huxley, Island

"Terrorism is the war of the poor and powerless. War is the terrorism of the rich and powerful."

~ Peter Ustinov

“IT IS WRONG TO CREATE A MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITY FILLED WITH LOANS YOU KNOW ARE GOING TO FAIL SO THAT YOU CAN SELL IT TO A CLIENT WHO ISN’T AWARE THAT YOU SABOTAGED IT BY INTENTIONALLY PICKING THE MISLEADINGLY RATED LOANS MOST LIKELY TO BE DEFAULTED UPON”

~ middle aged woman in clip on the Daily Show at what looks to be New York Occupy movement... World of Opera Host Lisa Simione, and Caitlin Curioney??

"The three crucial factors of a growth economy are advertising, planned obsolescence and credit"

~ Some guy from Pyramids of Waste aka the lightbulb conspiracy

We couldn't have said it better ourselves