One effect of recent disruptions has been an increase in the number of consumers who choose to purchase in line with their values. For businesses built on sustainable values, that’s great news.
We are excited to announce that the SEED NM YouTube channel is up and running. There you’ll find a window into the work we do in building a coalition to grapple with social policy, economic justice, the meaning and practice of sustainability, and much more.
Sustainable business practices not only protect the planet, they also value workers and strengthen communities. The discussion around family-friendly business is especially timely right now, when many employers have mentioned difficulties in finding and keeping the good people who are so important to driving an organization’s success.
I look at the trends around me — widening wealth disparities, racial injustice, climate catastrophe and more — and feel compelled to take action. It feels imperative to join forces with others similarly situated (i.e. self-employed folks) to continue learning and maximize our impact for change.
Terms like “sustainable,” “equitable,” etc., tend to be used pretty loosely these days. I spend a lot of time vexing on how we can find a common language and keep coming back to a framing question that helps bring things into focus for me: What public infrastructure is needed in order for businesses, communities and people to flourish?
Eric Griego, co-founder of SEED NM, notes some positive signs that the State is moving in the right direction in considering sustainability issues with its strategic plan. “A sustainable economy depends on healthy work environments, so it’s great to see the support for higher wages and more schedule flexibility for workers in the state’s plan.”
What exactly do we mean by a “sustainable economy”? Or just the word “sustainable” for that matter? Common meanings for these terms can be elusive,…
Greetings from the Steering Committee at SEED NM! We are just getting this organization off the ground, and excited to start sharing information and resources…