Here are the critical links to writers, thinkers, and organisations in the field of conscious business.
We’ll be adding more over time. Do please add your own and we may well include them.
My own definition of conscious business is a bit different from the majority of definitions in here in these links below. Most of these see “goodness” and “sustainability” and “social responsibility” as inputs to a conscious business model. I see it as a possible output. It is possible for a business to be highly conscious and yet be very cold and calculating in its practices. My own approach to “consciousness” attempts to not be value-laden when considering inputs to the model. I believe that social responsibility is an emergent property of conscious business because conscious businesses operate in environments and communities in which human beings require them to behave responsibly. This then becomes an aspect of consciousness. I don’t think that “conscious business” should become the new label for “green”. That is going to limit it to an agenda. And it is so much more than that.
That said, these links represent the field of conscious business as it stands today.
Books and Articles
75 Principles of Conscious Leadership: Inspired Skills for 21st Century Business by Michael Schantz (1 Feb 2009)
Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results Through Conscious Change Leadership by Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson
Conscious Business – How to Build Value Through Values by Fred Kofman – (Book) – a very values driven approach (Read chapter 1 here)
Conscious Business – an article in Vision Magazine
Conscious Business – Based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan – whole book, unique view
Conscious Business Trends – for 2014
Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Book) by John Mackey, Rajendra Sisodia and Foreword by Bill George
Conscious Endeavors: Business, Society and the Journey to Sustainability by Robert M. Abbott (15 Sep 2009)
Debunking the Leadership Myth: The Story of Conscious Leadership by Ryan Caradonna and Jake Caines (12 Apr 2012) (Kindle Edition)
Good for Business: The Rise of the Conscious Corporation (Book) by Andrew Benett and Ann O’Reilly (13 Oct 2009)
How to Give Up Shopping (or at Least Cut Down): The Journey Back to Conscious Spending by Neradine Tisaj (2 Feb 2010)
It’s Just Good Business: The Emergence of Conscious Capitalism & the Practice of Working for Good by Jeff Klein (23 Nov 2012) (Kindle edition)
Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism by Patricia Aburdene (13 Sep 2005)
The Narrative of Conscious Business – an article by Marc Gafni
The New Conscious Manager: Managing, Leading and Teaching to Succeed in the New Business Environment by Jim Wilson (2 Sep 2009)
Passion and Purpose: John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, on the Power of Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey (1 May 2009) (Audiobook)
Zentrepreneurism 3.0: The Inner Game Of Conscious Business by Allan Holender (5 Jan 2012) (Kindle Edition)
Organisations, Resources and Initiatives
Barry Lipscomb’s operating model for conscious business
The Conscious Business Institute is an international organization that supports businesses and leaders in creating more effective, inspiring and sustainable companies.
Conscious Business – Cath Sutherland’s site based around her book about Brand Energy and Conscious Business
Conscious Business Blog – focus on ethical capitalism
Conscious Business Center – some articles
Conscious Business UK is a fledgling community-run organisation that helps people discover the latest news and practice from the world of Conscious Business, Conscious Capitalism and other related areas. And a lot more!
Conscious Business Now – plenty of resources and ideas
Conscious Capitalism – Fred Kofman’s site, author of one of the seminal books#
Conscious Living – an interesting blog covering conscious business and living
The Conscious Manager – useful web site
Waking Up The Workplace – excellent web site with some insightful interviews
Videos and Broadcasts
Alan Cohen – interview by Patryk Wezowski and Kasia Wezowski for the Conscious Business Summit – importance of creating space
The Business of Conscious Capitalism – John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market – good interview
Conscious Business – Part 1 and Part 2 Natalie Zeituny, founder of the Conscious Business Center shares on Comcast TV what is Conscious Business her vision, mission and what is possible for businesses in the 21st century .
Closed-loop business models for the future – a fascinating view about the supply chain
Conscious Business in Today’s World – Conscious Capitalism – a broader view of consciousnsess in business
Conscious Business in Action, Tara Sheahan, Founder, Conscious Global Leadership Institute
Conscious Business Institute Founder Peter Matthies on Greg Mantell Show
Fred Kofman talks to Authors@Google about Conscious Business
Integral and Conscious Business – an overview from Integration Training’s Mark Walsh
Interview: Conscious Business and the Hero’s Journey With Brian Johnson
Megatrend 4 – Conscious Business, Patricia Aburdene, author of Megatrends 2010 gives examples of spiritual practices that can increase business productivity including meditation and forgiveness training.
The Passion of a Conscious Business – a themed video with music
Video from the Conscious Business Center – its definition and overview
What Is Conscious Business? Kimberley Lovell. Share the love?!!! A place of being?
Visit our Conscious Business Realm