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Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay (Sallust, 86-35BC)

Since Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020, The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society has posted case examples of systemic, harmonious enterprises that have focused not just on “ making as much money as possible” (Friedman, 1970) but on Elkington’s (2004) Triple Bottom Line of Profit-People-Planet. Each…

“May it be a light to you in dark places when all other lights go out” (J.R.R. Tolkein)

Originating in the 16th century, but not becoming commonplace until after William Murdoch’s invention of the gaslight in 1802, street lights are now regarded as an essential feature of modern living. Not only do they aid security but they contribute…

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that” (Martin Luther King)

WaterLight (E-Dina) According to SDG 7, by 2030 the aim is to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”. The problem is that in 2021, only 9 years away, some 940 million people (13% of the…

“He was a wise man who invented beer” (Plato, 427-347 BC).

Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world. Its origin dates back some 5000 years, possibly more, and by 2018 188.79 million kilolitres were being consumed, the equivalent of approximately 298.2 billion bottles. However,…

The best anti-poverty program is a world class education (Barak Obama)

As Nelson Mandela recognised “Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world” yet it is estimated that in 2020 260 million children globally were not being educated and millions more were not receiving a good quality education. This is particularly…

One fortnight in the life of the HES team

The HES has been extra busy these couple of weeks getting key messages out to new and established networks, so I thought I'd share a snapshot. Today, Professor David Kirby, myself, and Paul Ranson, our very skilled HES advisor teamed…

Notpla: God created seaweed…The seaweed made the world”

Seaweed is an extremely versatile and important product. Amongst others it is a food, a fertiliser, a medicine, a fuel, a cosmetic and, significantly, a vital element in the ocean ecosystem, producing oxygen, absorbing nutrients and providing a habitat for…

“On a bicycle made for two”…or three, or more!

Despite its image of pure, unpolluted mountain air, the air quality in Nepal is one of the worst in the world, particularly in the country’s capital city, Kathmandu. Here the incidence of smog is five times greater than it was…

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay (Sallust, 86-35BC)

Since Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020, The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society has posted case examples of systemic, harmonious enterprises that have focused not just on “ making as much money as possible” (Friedman, 1970) but on Elkington’s (2004) Triple Bottom Line of Profit-People-Planet. Each…

Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society and the G7, June 2021 –  “How beauteous mankind is! Oh Brave new World”(Shakespeare)

In between relaxing by the sea, cosying up to the new President of the USA, having a beach barbecue, and meeting the Queen, the leaders of the 7 strongest economies in the world (the G7) clearly did some serious thinking…

“There’s a way to do it better – Find it” (Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Though a profound invention that has impacted significantly on modern society, plastics are a major sustainability challenge as they do not decompose and contribute to environmental problems both on land and in the sea, as well as to the health…

AD870 England, King Alfred may have burned the cakes, but in the 21st century, women and children…

It is estimated that in the developing economies some 3 billion people cook their food on open fires, using solid fuel, usually wood. Apart from polluting the atmosphere, the smoke from the fires kills an estimated 3 million people, mainly…

The Millennials Lead The Way

Water pollution: Brian Yurasits, 2019 How did a meal in Glasgow lead to the UK’s first green debit card made from recycled ocean plastic? Well, it is quite simple, over a meal with a friend, one of the co-founders of…

“Waste not want not” (1772, idiom) or “wilful waste makes woeful want” (1576, idom)

For two student entrepreneurs, Josh Shefner and Claire Friona, long-established idioms are a living reality. Both are students of Engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering, and both are passionate about poverty elimination and the eradication of waste. They are also…

HES to join RESET Tourism Sustainability event May 25th

David and I are honoured to support TLC Harmony's fantastic Tourism Sustainability hybrid event on the 25th May 2021. Organised by our HES friends, Nicki Page (founder of TLC Harmony) and Executive Director, Leo Downer (https://harmonious-entrepreneurship.org/he-and-the-tourism-industry/) and supported by our project…

An Innovative UK solution to the Global Pollution Problem Caused by Urban Trucking

In the USA it is estimated that trucks/lorries (Heavy Goods Vehicles/HGVs) account for 5% of the number of vehicles on the road but 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, while in Europe the Environment Agency estimates that HGVs…

The world is green and beautiful, and we are its custodians

(Image credit: North Wales Police) In an attempt to limit the spread of Covid-19, it has become law in many countries for people to wear disposable face masks. 129 billion face masks are being used globally each month and in…

The “Grameen” Bank of Wales

Outside of Wales few people know of Karen Davies but in South Wales, she does what Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank do in Bangladesh. Through her not-for-profit microfinance social enterprise, “Purple Shoots”, which she established in…

Latika Golyan demonstrates the need for graduate entrepreneurs in Nepal

Nepal, population 28.61 million, is a factor-driven economy meaning it relies on its people and natural resources. Over 55% of the population is under the age of 25 and there are some 450,000 students enrolled at different universities in the…

Entrepreneurship Education in Schools: The Celtic Fringe leads the way

Whilst interest in entrepreneurship education has increased over the decades, fuelled by committed advocates such as the European Commission, its implementation remains sporadic, even across countries that have developed relatively comprehensive entrepreneurship programmes. Although it is widely recognised that entrepreneurship…

“Oh Food! Magical food! Wonderful Food! Marvellous Food! Beautiful Food!”

Despite Lionel Bart’s “Oliver” eulogy of food, it is a problem. We need it to live, yet both an excess and a shortage can kill us. Some 850 million people, globally, are believed to be undernourished and each day an…

EntreCompEdu & International Council for Small Business Webinar Videos

A key part of our work at the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society is getting 'our' message out throughout our international networks. So, hot off the press, to catch up with our work: Felicity's 'Creating Value through the SDGs' video for the…

Fast Fashion and the reGain app conundrum

The trend to Fast Fashion, particularly among young people, is having a significant negative impact on the planet. While most of the garments produced are sourced internationally, particularly from low-income countries, and may appear, therefore, to be addressing SDG goals…

Who wants to be millionaire?

In the global knowledge economy, universities have become the catalyst for economic and social development and many have added to their two traditional missions of research and teaching a third mission that involves the transfer and commercialisation of the intellectual…

Build Alternatively, Build Affordably, Build Sustainably

“Build Alternatively, Build Affordably, Build Sustainably” – the motto of Gjenge Makers in Nairobi Between 1950 and 2017 the world produced some 9200 million tonnes of plastic waste, of which only 2700 million tonnes (29%) was still in use in…

Sustainability Education through the entrepreneurial recycling of glass bottles: Oseng-Rees Reflection

Reception desk, UWTSD. Photo: T. Oseng-Rees. Being brought up in 1980s Norway, “environmental awareness, frugality, creativity, independence and empathy for everything and everyone” is fundamental to Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity St.…

Creating value through the SDGs

At the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society, we recognise the powerful value creation opportunities of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), committed to facilitating their achievement. This week I had the good fortune to lead an educator-centric multi-country webinar tying together the…

Affordable Sustainable Social Housing in Wales

As a result of urban-rural migration and the demand for second homes in the countryside, there is a shortage of affordable social housing in Wales, and, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this is contributing significantly to the level of…

Sanergy and the Power of Systems Thinking

Currently, some 2.5 billion people globally do not have access to basic sanitation, and some 1 billion defecate outdoors, exposing themselves, their families and their neighbours to faecal bacteria. As a result, half of the hospital beds in developing countries…

Too Good To Go

In 2016, three entrepreneurs from Copenhagen, Leeds and Paris co-founded “Too Good To Go” (http://toogoodtogo.org) a social impact company intended to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 Sustainable. Consumption and Production, also supporting 13 Climate Action. Globally 1.3 billion…

Harmonious Entrepreneurship and the Terra Carta: a charter for Nature, People and Planet

Professor David A Kirby and Mrs Felicity Healey-BensonCo-founders The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society Launched on 11th January, 2021 by HRH The Prince of Wales at the “One Planet” Summit in Paris, the seventeen page Terra Carta is a seminal document that…

Solving one global problem but creating others: the need for Harmonious Entrepreneurship

The world population is growing at around 83 million people a year or 1.1 per cent. Apart from needing space to accommodate such a population increase, there is another major problem facing the planet. The topsoil responsible for supplying 95%…

Terra Carta – HES commitment

Today, 11th January. 2021, at the Paris “One Planet Summit”,  HRH The Prince of Wales is launching the Terra Carta (https://www.sustainable-marketsorg/TerraCarta_summarium_Jan11th2021.pdf) a 10 point Sustainability Charter intended to harness “the transformative innovation and resources of the private sector”. Like the…

The Renaissance of Cheese Making in Wales: The story of Caws Cenarth, a Harmonious Enterprise

Located in the lush valley of the river Cych in rural mid-Wales, Caws Cenarth is one of the most renowned artisan cheese producers in the UK. Like so much entrepreneurship its origins were founded in adversity. In 1984, the European…

Father Christmas/Santa Claus, the Harmonious Entrepreneur

HES Christmas Message (c) HES2020 by Vanessa Randel His factory in Lapland does not pollute the atmosphere. He has a happy workforce that always delivers on time. His enterprise is customer-focused and aims to meet and exceed expectations. He is…

Systems thinking and the sustainability agenda

It isn't easy to pin down a succinct definition of system thinking. Coined by Barry Richmond in 1987, and rooted in Ludwig Von Bertalanffy’s General Systems Theory and cybernetics, it has evolved over the decades and through many schools of…

Harmonious Entrepreneurship and the Tourism Industry

Globally tourism accounts for 10.3 per cent of GDP and some 330 million jobs. Thus, it contributes significantly to income generation and job creation and is set to grow further. Traditionally, however, it has not been eco-friendly. Apart from the…

Dr Laila Iskander and the Zabbaleen

Dr Laila Iskander Dr Laila is a former Egyptian Minister of the Environment and founder of CID (Community and International Development) Group, a consulting firm that “strives to create holistic growth solutions by bridging corporate and development objectives”. In 1994 she…

Saltaire, a 19th century manifestation of Harmonious Entrepreneurship?

Saltaire The concept of harmonious entrepreneurship is perhaps not entirely new. Possibly one of the earliest proponents of it is the industrial entrepreneur Sir Titus Salt (1803-1876) who, in 1851, built Saltaire, now a UNESCO World Heritage site in the…

Might Harmonious Entrepreneurship be of interest to China?

In 1995, at a time when China was opening up to Free Enterprise, my colleague, Dr Fan Ying, and I wrote a paper entitled "Chinese Cultural Values and Entrepreneurship" (Kirby and Fan, 1995). We even won a "Best Paper" award…

Entrepreneurship and sustainability: is there a need for a new harmonised approach?

Published by Advance HE 28 October 2020 https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/news-and-views/identifying-and-creating-entrepreneurial-university Introduction In recent years, considerable attention has been paid to the problem of sustainability and to the role that entrepreneurship might play in its amelioration. New forms of entrepreneurship have emerged but if entrepreneurship…

Identifying and creating the entrepreneurial university

Published by Advance HE 10 February 2020 https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/news-and-views/identifying-and-creating-entrepreneurial-university Increasingly it has been recognised that entrepreneurial education itself will not be effective unless there is a change in the teaching paradigm and the educational institutions themselves become entrepreneurial. Not only do…

Interview with Professor David A. Kirby with Felicity

Originally published: 30th July 2020 on Emergent Thinkers.com https://emergentthinkers.com/2020/07/30/the-mind-behind-entrepreneurial-mindset-education/ The mind behind entrepreneurial mindset education Professor David A. Kirby, Holder of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, is one of the UK’s founding fathers of Entrepreneurship Education (EE). His interest…