Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"What We Think About Is What We Talk About"

I wish I thought about what GOOD magazine writes about. Instead, my thoughts are like a Redbull Vodka, the depressant (daily duties) and stimulate (future optimism) counteracting when the 5 am alarm chirps good morning.

Having been involved in Special Olympics, subscribing to GOOD magazine, and recycling, I sometimes feel I'm contributing to the bigger picture. Short lived. Until I hop into my GNC Envoy to go pick up more computer paper and bottled water. My thoughts are often jumbled between my immediate concerns and surroundings, and what life I want to lead and leave behind for younger Steichen generations. Having taken the Strength Finders 2.0 test by Tom Rath, which I suggest grabbing a copy of, I was reminded that futuristic is one of my five strengths (along with developer, competition, strategic, and empathy).

Given that, my thoughts paused from thinking about food and sports for a couple minutes and wondered, are consumers or corporations the influential group to start social change? Consumers voice wants and needs, but aren't often in position to make new environmental or political change without provided an alternative option. Corporations have R&D, resources, and ad budgets to take a responsible approach. Those that are proactive such as GE will succeed, their thought bubble is much bigger than my average consumer bubble is.

I'm impressed by a new and upcoming clothing company in my backyard called, Holy Cow. Their brand promise stands on sustainable methods from production to product. By developing sustainable practices in third world countries, companies like this are changing what we wear and changing how we think to better business.