Root Causes

Description

Understand root causes: proactively seek to understand and learn from prior incidents, problems or concerns related to sustainability.

Question

To what extent do you proactively seek to understand and learn from prior incidents, problems or concerns related to sustainability?

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Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner cover

Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner

Usable knowledge for learning from mistakes is hard to come by. However, planning for iteration may lead to failures that are "small scale and early, rather than late and large." Part I of this book uses a number of stories to introduce a data-driven approach to learning from failure. Parts II and III serve as a field guide for reflecting on a current project or planning for an upcoming initiative. It was written by Anjali Sastry, from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kara Penn is from Mission Spark, a social enterprise consultancy.

Confessing and Celebrating Failure as a Path to Successful Sustainability Strategies cover

Confessing and Celebrating Failure as a Path to Successful Sustainability Strategies

In this article, Carol Cone reflects on a panel discussion from the Sustainable Brands ’16 San Diego Conference. At this conference, Cone lead a discussion around the topic of failure in the world of sustainability. The panel included industry leaders such as JetBlue Airways, The Nature Conservancy, Nestlé Waters, Keurig Green Mountain and the National Hockey League. Touching on themes of communication, culture, and connection, Cone summarizes key learnings from failure that these companies have experienced. For the full panel discussion, watch the video in the link provided.

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