2017 will be interesting

This is my first post here in a few months now. Somehow real life took over everything in October until now. But I will try to post as often as possible here again.

Some of topics I will write about will be:

  • The Trump effect on Sustainability as I see it.
  • Sustainability trends in 2017

More topics to follow.

If you have any suggestions please let me know by commenting in the box below.

Resuming normal blogging service this week

The past two weeks where totally packed with private appointments. It was therefore impossible to find the time to blog in my regular capacity unfortunately.

Now everything is getting close to normal and I can start to catch up on the Sustainability / CSR news and events I missed.

Here are some interesting news and blog items I found this week so far:

More posts to follow this week if all the catching up goes according to plan. If there is anything you have to share in terms of Sustainability / CSR news please let me know in the comments section.

Twitter as a one-way Social Media channel only from now on

I have been a member of Twitter since 2008 and always enjoyed the possibilities to connect ot likeminded people from across the globe.

But that has changed a lot over the years it seems. What I am missing the most at the moment is the lack of two-way engagement from individuals on Twitter. This is the post I did about this a few days ago: Where is the Engagement these days? Marketing their own products or services seem to be the main objective these days. Over the past months I tried to build up more engagement via Twitter. The result was to put it mildly, disappointing. I call it the one-way Social Media channel after this experience.

Twitter as a one way Social Media channel

I have been wondering whether this one-way Social Media channel is the best way forward for me too and came to the conclusion that it is the best alternative for me at this point in. In the future this might change of course!

From now on going forward will Twitter be used as a pure one-way Social Media channel and not an two-way engagement tool anymore. Why? Well I want to focus on my content and writing. Not spending time on hunting for some short-lived two-way engagement that does not lead to advancing Sustainability / CSR best practice. I am disappointed about this development but feel that this is the sign of the times now that Twitter has been become a platform focusing on marketing of Sustainability brands and services from what I can make out.

What are yours experiences with this? And have you experienced a similar trend? All feedback appreciated.

Turning into a Sustainability / CSR skeptic with all that marketing mumbo jumbo

I have to say that I am becoming more of a Sustainability / CSR skeptic each day now. Not that I do not believe in the ultimate goal for Sustainability or responsible business practice. In this I believe even more then ever before.

What I am becoming very skeptical about the whole overflow of Sustainability / CSR related news and comms these days. I call it Sustainability / CSR mumbo jumbo (phrase).mumbo-jumbo

A sign of the times with more marketing people involved?

What are the reasons? Well, one aspect could be that there are more and more marketing professionals involved in the sustainability profession then ever before. As we all know marketing people are excellent communicators. But ultimately they listen to the businesses that pay their bills. And this can be seen by all the different mumbo jumbo news items. I want to hear about relevant Sustainability / CSR news and not the latest marketing campaign to gain as many clicks as possible on a Sustainability report for example. The list is endless and I know from many people in the field that the daily frustrations of an overflow of irrelevant Sustainability / CSR news these days leads them to place the news into their junk folder and forget about them. This is a problem as the relevant Sustainability / CSR that does exist is being forgot about too.

Where does that leave me as a stakeholder?

We all have a choice what we want to be influenced by if we stay sceptical about the Sustainability / CSR news we come across.

To start of I would look for the following signs of quality in a Sustainability / CSR news item:

  1. Is the headline too grand to be true?
  2. Is this original content or content that has been duplicated from another site?
  3. Where did the article originally get published?
  4. Who wrote the article? A company or an individual?
  5. Are there any comments possible? Or is it simply a site pushing content out?
  6. Does that website publish on a regular basis or is it publishing all news items all at once?

I hope this is of help to anyone reading this and all feedback is appreciated. I am a big critic when it comes to irrelevant Sustainability / CSR news so watch this space for more on the topic.

Picture Credit: Mumbo Jumbo

The Whitelist issue: No more Forbes articles for me

I have been reading Forbes articles on Sustainability / CSR for a few years now and mostly enjoyed them. But over the past months I have been hindered by this blockage from their website administration to Whitelist Forbes from my ad blocker to let them show advertising.
This is the message:
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Today this happened again and I decided to delete my Forbes RSS subscription. I use my ad blocker in the Chrome browser for a purpose. To not be overloaded with ads that I am not interested in.
More and more websites have been doing this and I will avoid these sites altogether from now on because I believe this is an irresponsible corporate practice only intended to earn them easy money with their advertisers.

And if Forbes prides themselves to be an advocate for Sustainability / CSR by promoting these topics they should reconsider this malpractice of forcing readers to whitelist their site.
Bye bye Forbes. May you prosper without me as a reader from now on.