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By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

When the planes still swoop down and aerial spray a field in order to kill a predator insect with pesticides, we are in the Dark Ages of commerce. Maybe one thousandth of this aerial insecticide actually prevents the infestation. The balance goes to the leaves, into the soil, into the water, into all forms of wildlife, into ourselves. What is good for the balance sheet is wasteful of resources and harmful to life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

his planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison the water, soil, or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat have been broken.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met without reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations. It can also be expressed in the simple terms of an economic golden rule for the restorative economy: Leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life or the environment, make amends if you do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We can just as easily have an economy that is based on healing the future instead of stealing it. We can either create assets for the future or take the assets of the future. One is called restoration and the other exploitation. And whenever we exploit the earth we exploit people and cause untold suffering. Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Paul Hawken

We see global warming not as an inevitability but as an invitation to build, innovate, and effect change, a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion, and genius. This is not a liberal agenda, nor is it a conservative one. This is the human agenda.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

And also, more and more businesses really want to do the right thing. They feel better about themselves, their workers feel better, and so do their customers. I think this is equally true in the transnational corporations, but it is harder to express in those situations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Don't be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Capitalism, as practiced, is a financially profitable, non-sustainable aberration in human development.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change - even though they don't really know what they're trying to prevent - then you can get pessimistic.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

That appropriation of resources and the transformation of them into goods and services through the European production system characterized, and characterizes to this day, all industrial systems including the information age.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night, and we watch television.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Paul Hawken

Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead, the stars come out every night and we watch television.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

What I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

People are naming it the Third Wave, the Information Age, etc. but I would say those are basically technological descriptions, and this next shift is not about technology - although obviously it will be influenced and in some cases expressed by technologies.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

I'd rather fail at something important than succeed at something trivial.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Luck is earned. Luck is working so hard at your craft, service or enterprise that sooner or later you get a break.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Being in business is not about making money. It is a way to become who you are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We are speeding up our lives and working harder in a futile attempt to buy the time to slow down and enjoy it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

The great thing about the dilemma we're in is that we get to re-imagine every single thing we do...There isn't a single thing that doesn't require a complete remake. There are two ways of looking at that. One is: Oh my gosh, what a big burden. The other way, which I prefer, is: What a great time to be born! What a great time to be alive! Because this generation gets to essentially completely change the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Business is the only mechanism on the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global environments and social degradation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Inspiration is not garnered from the litanies of what may befall us; it resides in humanity's willingness to restore, redress, reform, rebuild, recover, reimagine, and reconsider.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Local companies don't have to internalize their costs, and few actually do, but they tend to more often because the owners live there and they have to show their face in town, and their kids play with other kids.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We need to revise our economic thinking to give full value to our natural resources. This revised economics will stabilize both the theory and the practice of free-market capitalism. It will provide business and public policy with a powerful new tool for economic development, profitability, and the promotion of the public good.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Businesses who are members of Businesses for Social Responsibility or the Social Venture Network are internalizing costs on a voluntary basis and therefore raising their costs of doing business, but their competitors are not required to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

The problems to be faced are vast and complex, but come down to this: 6.6 billion people are breeding exponentially. The process of fulfilling their wants and needs is stripping earth of its biotic capacity to produce life; a climactic burst of consumption by a single species is overwhelming the skies, earth, waters, and fauna.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Mother's milk would be banned by the food safety laws of industrialized nations if it were sold as a packaged good.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

What we are missing, utterly and completely, in this government is accountability.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

When the planes still swoop down and aerial spray a field in order to kill a predator insect with pesticides, we are in the Dark Ages of commerce.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Natural capitalism is not about making sudden changes, uprooting institutions, or fomenting upheaval for a new social order. Natural capitalism is about making small, critical choices that can tip economic and social factors in positive ways.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

You are Brilliant and the Earth is Hiring.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

I think an old style of addressing environmental problems is ebbing, but the rise of the so-called conservative, political movement in this country is not a trend towards the future but a reaction to this very broad shift that we are undergoing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

The most unrealistic person in the world is the cynic, not the dreamer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We are losing our living systems, social systems, cultural systems, governing systems, stability, and our constitutional health, and we're surrendering it all at the same time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Business is correct to defend its right to act in order to produce a vigorous and engaging prosperity. But it is wrong if it forgets that this freedom can only be experienced within the discipline of social responsibility.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

Wrong is an addictive, repetitive story; Right is where the movement is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Paul Hawken

Most floods are caused by man, not weather; deforestation, levee construction, erosion, and overgrazing all result in the loss of ecosystem services.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

If everyone thinks you have a good idea, you´re too late

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Intelligent policies will be largely self-regulating in the sense that the system of incentives and standards makes it absolutely ludicrous to not move towards clean, internalized systems of cost and production.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

How is it that we have created an economic system that tells us it is cheaper to destroy the earth and exhaust its people than to nurture them both? Is it rational to have an pricing system which discounts the future and sells off the past? How did we create an economic system that confused capital liquidation with income?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

How much harm does a company have to do before we question its right to exist?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We subsidize the disposal of waste in all its myriad forms — from landfills, to Superfund cleanups, to deep-well injection, to storage of nuclear waste. In the process, we encourage an economy where 80 percent of what we consume gets thrown away after one use.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Healing the wounds of the earth and its people does not require saintliness or a political party, only gumption and persistence. It is not a liberal or conservative activity; it is a sacred act.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We have reached a point where the value we do add to our economy is now being outweighed by the value we are removing, not only from future generations in terms of diminished resources, but from ourselves in terms of unlivable cities, deadening jobs, deteriorating health, and rising crime. In biological terms, we have become a parasite and are devouring our host.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

We are the only species on this planet without full employment.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Green business is not about tie-dyed T-shirts. It's about transforming the industrial system itself into one that looks at all the connections.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

A local company has more accountability.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Paul Hawken

Don't go to business school.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Paul Hawken

You can blame people who knock things over in the dark or you can begin to light candles. You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing.