Raz Godelnik

Raz Godelnik is an Assistant Professor and the Co-Director of the MS in Strategic Design & Management program at Parsons School of Design in New York. Currently, his research projects focus on the impact of the sharing economy on traditional business, the sharing economy and cities’ resilience, the future of design thinking, and the integration of sustainability into Millennials’ lifestyles. Raz is the co-founder of two green startups – Hemper Jeans and Eco-Libris and holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE

Sustainable Business Leaders Call on Obama to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

Last week over 150 American companies signed a letter calling President Obama to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In addition to the usual suspects (aka oil and gas companies), you can find there companies like GE, AT&T, PwC, Siemens, KPMG and Waste Management, which are among the leaders in the business community when it comes to sustainability, and frankly you would expect them to make the case against the pipeline, not lobby for its approval.

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Would 69% of Americans Turn Down a Job Due to a Company’s Poor Reputation?

New survey found that 69 percent of Americans would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if they were unemployed. Is it really possible that reputation has become such an important factor that 7 out of 10 people would actually say no to a new job just because they feel the company is not good enough? And if so, what does it mean exactly for companies, especially when it comes to sustainability?

2013 Aspirational Consumer Index

Can Aspirationals’ Idea of Sustainable Consumption Bring a Better Future?

The new Aspirational Consumer Index offers a fresh glimpse into the rise of the Aspirationals, more than a third of the consumers worldwide who are uniting style, social status and sustainability values to redefine consumption. But is the future shaped by the Aspirationals’ sustainable shopping habits necessarily a sustainable one?

Featured panellists, left-right: Paul Polman, Unilever; Kajol, Help a Child Reach 5 advocate; Karl Hofmann, Population Services International; Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute.

4 Partnership Lessons from Unilever’s Lifebuoy Handwashing Campaign

By the time you finish reading this article (let’s say 5 minutes from now) 20 children around the world will die because of diarrhea or pneumonia. This is 2 million children every year. Unilever’s Lifebuoy wants to change this reality in a new campaign also representing a new era of partnerships.


Is Chipotle’s Scarecrow Film an Example of ‘Disrupt and Delight’ or ‘Disrupt and Dislike’?

This debate over Chipotle’s new Scarecrow film got me thinking – while Chipotle’s campaign obviously tries to present a “disrupt and delight” approach, where the unsustainable status-quo is disrupted in a way that offers consumers delightful solutions, it’s not clear if the result is indeed “disrupt and delight” or “disrupt and dislike.” So which one is it?

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Is There a Business Case for Selling Ugly Fruit and Vegetables?

When was the last time you bought ugly fruit or vegetables? A misshapen cucumber, a deformed carrot, or a discolored zucchini? You probably have hard time remembering because these sorts of ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables are screened and thrown away before they reach the supermarket’s shelves to ensure customers see only fruits and vegetables with perfect shape, size, and color. A growing number of entrepreneurs and organizations to look for ways to change this unsustainable reality.

Coca Cola Enterprises

The Problem with Coca Cola Enterprises’ ‘Don’t Waste, Create’ Campaign

Hearing about Coca Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) new sustainability initiative in the UK designed to boost the reuse and recycling of plastic bottles, my expectations were pretty high. After all CCE, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in Western Europe, is known to be taking sustainability seriously and is even considered one of the leaders in exploring consumer behavior change. Unfortunately I was dead wrong. If ‘Recycle for the Future’ was all about the future of using brand marketing to encourage recycling, ‘Don’t Waste, Create’ campaign is all about the past and not necessarily in a good way.

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5 Lessons in Sustainability and Innovation from Those Long CVS Receipts

The latest example that more is not necessarily better came from CVS, where its absurdly long receipts generated a public outcry on social media. This episode, which seems to be over now, provided not just with an opportunity to make fun of CVS, but also some important lessons in innovation, sustainability and responsibility.


5 Lessons in Materiality from AccountAbility

You might think that 10 years after AccountAbility published its first Redefining Materiality report it will be easier for companies to figure out what’s material and what isn’t when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Yet, in a way, it looks like things have become more complex. But not to worry, a new report is here to help.


Interview: Benzi Ronen on New Farmigo Champions and Food Communities

Farmigo is getting ready for its next evolutionary step, enabling entrepreneurs, or Champions, as Farmigo calls them, to start their own Food Communities. To learn more about the new program, I talked with Benzi Ronen, Farmigo’s co-founder and CEO.


Is Jeff Bezos Really a Long-Term Guy?

After the news broke last week that Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million, everyone, from the commentators to newspaper headlines seemed to share the notion that Jeff Bezos makes long term investments. But is it true? Does Jeff Bezos really have a long-term view? I decided to look at it through Amazon’s record on sustainability.