The Internet is always hungry. And lately it's been feasting on the viral news of a cheeseburger-stuffed pizza served by United Arab Emirate branches of Pizza Hut. Delicious? Of course. Healthy? Who cares!? First described by the food blog Serious Eats, the pizza features nubs on the edge of the crust stuffed with mini-cheeseburgers and a topping of cheeseburgers, Thousand Island dressing, cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
The recent scrutiny of Apple's labor practices in China highlight the need to improve the lives of the millions of workers making the products that drive our global economy. While it’s tempting to point to particular companies as the core of the problem, the reality is that consumers, governments, and businesses all have changes to make.
As we go into 2011, the market meltdowns of 2008 are receding from view. This means that structural changes in the world are again capturing the world's attention. These longer-term developments are pointing to an even greater focus on sustainability as one of the defining characteristics of business success.
The combination of innovation, globalization, and natural resource limits present two distinctly different futures: one that delivers dignified lives to more of the world's people than ever before, the other hits a brick wall brought on by a consumption-based model that the planet cannot sustain.
At last week’s "Summer Davos," the annual World Economic Forum meeting in China, talk about innovation was everywhere. Not surprisingly, the sense of the meeting was that waiting for governments to set consistent rules and incentives for a low-carbon economy is a fool’s game.