Presidio Buzz

Welcome to the Presidio Buzz! Here you can catch up on the musings, thoughts, and revolutionary ideas being discussed by the students at The Presidio Graduate School.

Presidio is a higher-education institution dedicated to developing business and civic leaders with the competencies and courage to implement their ideas for a sustainable future. At Presidio the discourse is lively and frequent, and this blog highlights the most timely and interesting structured class conversations, as well as informal open dialogue in the Presidio community.

Now get reading, commenting, and enjoy yourself, all while keeping an eye on that integrated bottom line…people, planet, and profit!

Only as Strong as Your Weakest Link

By Marie Perriard All economic production depends on our scarce natural resources and we can apply insights from physics and ecology to help…

Community Organizing and the Free-Rider Problem

As a community organizer, I am all too familiar with the free rider problem and with economically rational ways to circumvent it. Under…

Imperial Death March: Assigning value to ecosystems

We’ve asked and attempted to answer this question may times: What’s the cost of a tree? This question inherently implies that there is…

On the Shoulders of Giants

Reflections on Power Politics by Arundhati Roy and the Presidio MBA Program As we move forward and pursue our definition of progress, we…

Hot Trends in Social Venture Finance

The world of social capital is small, but it’s hot. With rising uncertainty about both the moral and economic underpinnings of the traditional…

The Next Leap Forward – Thanks Mr. Nixon

Thank you, Richard Nixon. I’d like to begin this post by thanking Richard Nixon for creating the historic opportunity for the US to…

Hope, Not Fear – A New Relationship to Money and Material

The current financial crisis has made me stop and think about my relationship to money and just what it provides you with. Is…

My Vision of Hospital Sustainability

I envision walking into a med-room, accessing low-toxin medications from a reusable dispenser, and carrying them in a reusable pill cup into a…

Rocks Storing GHG? Part 2

Shripal, your observation that business considerations tend to delay the implementation of carbon sequestering is acute. The ecological value of an implementation now…

Rocks Storing GHG? Questioning Our Focus on Technology

I am worried that our reliance on finding large scale technological solutions can potentially stunt the growth of sustainable development. To me, Sustainable…

Purpose vs Profit : Stakeholder Management

The concepts behind stakeholder management seem to be so obvious, yet have been largely ignored for a long time by corporations that are…

Beyond Leadership: Focus on the Right Questions

The intuitive visioning section of Beyond Leadership particularly resonated with me due to a number of contributing factors. The sense of pessimism associated…

Dana Meadows Memorial

On Earth Day 2001, Hunter Lovins wrote the following memorial to Dana Meadows, a true hero of the planet. Dana Meadow’s writings can…

The Business Case for Sustainability: Intercontinental Hotels

Bob Willard’s video, “The Business Case for Sustainability” explains that companies on the journey towards sustainability move through several stages before reaching a…

Faith in Greed

I think that I’m beginning to understand why greed is good. Greed provides clarity and focus in a world of steadily increasing and…