One outcome of many creative Bum Sittings over the years has recently taken us to Bangkok. Not for more Buddhas (we have lots already), not for more recipes (we have many of those), or for more art (we have way too much) but for matchmaking a consortium of investors with a suitable local manufacturing company.
As our health journey continues to grow and we recognize how deeply our health depends upon the earth’s health, and the earth’s on ours, we find ourselves being sought after more and more for our years of international business experience, and with a view to exploring the possibility of extending our health ideas into the earning world around us.
We've all heard of Cruelty Free companies, Fair Trade and Organic products, Social Enterprises, Social Businesses, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Businesses, Models and Practices, Green Business, Sustainopreneurship, Omnipreneurship, and the bottom of the pile, us Hippiepreneurs.
What is a Hippiepreneur? Definitely not a hippie. Borrowing from the work of ^Peter Drucker and **Richard Cantillon, we define a Hippiepreneur as “one who consults a multitude of stakeholders when contemplating the circulation and exchange of forces.” Recognizing that change is the essence if there ever were one, in change is opportunity, and in modern change is an unhealthy earth, the opportunity is therefore found in health - ours, yours, theirs, the earth’s. In this sense hippiepreneurship is inherently Zoecratic, does not make income generation the bottom line, recognizes the connectedness of living and inert systems (at least a Triple Bottom Line), and worships Newton's third law among other great ideas! The good news, as we learned from GE's "Ecomagination" and Esty's and Winston's "Green to Gold" years ago, thinking about the earth's health is definitely a viable strategic objective.
Zoecracy - http://www.oliveretreat.com/zoecracy
Dan Esty, Green to Gold - https://books.google.co.th/books/about/Green_to_Gold.html?id=ItuHxr92EPIC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
^Drucker's famous definition the entrepreneur is one who "always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” The thing is, we'd rather not exploit anything, though we're more than happy to earn a living.
**Cantillon we love for his historic significance!