Blogposts

Finding today’s local heroes

The author by the iconic phone box from the film Local Hero. Forty years ago, in 1983, the film Local Hero was released. The director, Bill Forsyth, won a BAFTA, its red telephone box became an icon of Scottish cinema, and its theme, by Mark Knopfler, still echoes, especially when Newcastle United run out on

Don’t resign, but re-sign: fighting climate change is in our hands

We have not failed yet. There is too much resignation in the whole climate change discussion for me. However, the word resignation is derived from the Latin word resignare and means not only to give up, but also to make a new contract with oneself. Maybe we need a re-signing. A new contract between us

The case for a better US

We should start a conversation on a new meaning of “US”, one that is evolutionary and not confrontational, one that includes and integrates rather than opposes and negates.

What it takes to be a brand with a conscience and insights from Dutch Design Week

Sandra Horlings and Erika Uffindell, both members of Medinge, discuss the themes and learnings coming out of attendance of Dutch Design Week and share their thoughts and ideas on the big themes that are challenging and guiding todays brands: the importance of elevating planet before profit, stopping creating “more” things, new concepts on circularization and

For your listening pleasure: Medinge members on podcasts

Medinge Group members have been creating some excellent, thought-provoking podcasts lately. Here is a sampling of several recent ones. From November 2020, Nicholas Ind mentioned Medinge Group and SAP in this podcast with Mark Stinson. Nicholas wrote this afterwards as a follow-up. Sandra Horlings was interviewed in January about responsible brands and how to strengthen

Generation Co: reconnecting with nature

‘The Lagoon is like a mirror. There’s not a boat to be seen, the water is crystal clear, and schools of little fish are swimming in the canals. We have a gondola landing at our entrance, and we are seeing little crabs crawling up the gondola poles. Ducks are nesting on the vaporetto docks, and

Generation Co on society: from me to we

We know different societies vary in terms of their orientation towards individualism (me) and collectivism (we), rooted in their histories, political systems and cultural values.1 We also know that the orientation—from Asian Confucianism to northern European social democracy to American individualism—has consequences in terms of social trust and cohesion.2 What we have seen, in the

Generation Co: Business

Business leaders have long operated with the mindset that the purpose of a private enterprise is to maximize value for shareholders. A business seeking investors to grow exchanges a slice of ownership to investors for their capital, with the investors’ expectation that the monetary value of their slice will grow and therefore also their wealth.

Will Generation Co and conscientious organizations save our world?

Everyone says coronavirus and the resulting deep recession will change everything. The Great Pause and the Great Restoration of the last weeks will finally make us a more caring, united and responsible community. They are wrong. The double-crisis of the virus and the recession aren’t a revolution. But they are a radical acceleration of trends