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January 27, 200711:11 AM

Montreal Business Book Review Session Next Week Is Postponed

I'm really upset about this. We were all set to meet next week for the Montreal Business Book Review to discuss the book, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins. Unfortunately, I have to postpone this session as I have to be out of town.

I announced earlier this month that I am teaming up with HarperCollins Canada to produce and publish a new Podcast, Foreword Thinking: The Business And Motivational Book Review Podcast, so you can expect tons of great content related to business and personal development books in the coming months.

I have also been thinking a lot about the Montreal Business Book Review and it's time to shake it up a little bit. I was wondering if anyone reading this would like to host and/or moderate a session or two of the Montreal Business Book Review? For once, I would love to just be the guest. The one caveat is that it must take place somewhere in the Downtown Montreal or Plateau area.

Interested? Let me know.

I'll post in a bit when the make-up date for Convergence Culture will be and no immediate date or title has been set yet for the February session.

By Mitch Joel

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  • Posted by Marc Stamos
    Mitch Joel

    Hey Mitch,

    I'd love to help you shake up the Montreal Business Book Review! That's what I enjoy most--taking people outside of their boxes.

    The book I'd like to share/moderate is Cradle to Cradle, by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. In this book, the authors share a "new" vision for business, society, and the environment--Mimicking Nature. Adopting Nature's Wisdom is more than just a survival strategy. It's the secret to achieving abundant health, wealth, and happiness. For everyone.

    Sounds far-fetched? It's already happening:

    - Ford used an oxygen-generating, habitat-restoring, 10-acre living roof to transform the regulatory nightmare of river pollution into a savings of $30 million.

    - Oberlin College’s (Ohio) toxin-free Environmental Studies building, like the tree it was modeled after, produces more energy than it uses and cleans its own waste water. The building itself is pedagogical.

    - Interface Flooring transforms carpets that would otherwise end up as toxic waste in landfills into food for new carpets. Interface funds its ongoing RD efforts with the money saved by not generating waste and by using materials to their full potential.

    - Herman Miller transformed the typical factory job into desired employment, using sunlight, fresh air, and a reconnection with nature. Factory floor workers gush about their jobs. Energy usage dropped by 40%. Productivity doubled and absenteeism and employee turn-over are next to zero. The 15% “extra� it cost to build the building pays for itself every 6 months.

    When I first learned about such alchemy, I made it my mission to share nature's wisdom with the world. (I'm enjoying this a whole lot more than the budding corporate law career I walked away from several years ago!)

    So...I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm keen on moderating a discussion for the Business Book Review. Cradle to Cradle is a memorable story that will get and keep people talking.

    Regards,

    Marc

    PS: I first heard about you when I read your article "The Brand Within" in Motivated (the Power Within Magazine)--great article. You are among the people who convinced me that marketing and branding principles can be applied to anything.

    Reply
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