Paul Hawken Quotations

-Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

-How much harm does a company have to do before we question its right to exist?
-As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.

-Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.

-The best way to discover alternative material and technologies is to have a compelling economic reason to look for them. In a restorative economy, the least expensive means of manufacturing a product should also be the most environmentally benign and constructive means.

-Now, sustainability is really about this negotiation, negotiation between the two most complex systems there are, which is human systems – society, civilization, including commerce and business – and living systems, that are vastly mysterious, endlessly fascinating, and beyond any one person’s comprehension. So in a sense, it’s changing this relationship.

-We must design a marketplace that obviates acts of environmental destruction by making them extremely expensive, and rewards restorative acts.

-The economics of restoration rests on the premise that people, if given honest information, not only about price, but about cost, will improve both their own lives and the life around them.

-In a way, the ozone holes, oil spills, closed beaches and assorted episodes of degradation may be some ultimate benefit, because it forces us to face the facts.

-I don’t think that there is any question that, if we imitate natural systems in our economy, we will create more well-paying jobs for people.

-A cyclical, restorative economy thinks cradle-to-cradle, so that every product or by-product is imagined in its subsequent forms even before it is made. Designers must factor in the future utility of a product, and the avoidance of waste, from its inception.

-In California, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, salmon runs on 88 rivers are now extinct. Over 1 billion has been spent on salmon recovery in the past ten years. Biologists now conclude that this attempt at renewal has failed because it did not focus on the cause of the salmon’s decline: habitat and ecosystem degradation.

-The largest 1,000 companies in America account for over sixty percent of the GNP. The five hundred largest companies in the world control 25 percent of the world’s gross output while employing .05 of one percent of the world’s population.

-The world uses over 4.1 billion pounds of pesticides a year.

-Since 1970, the United States has spent over $1 trillion dollars to monitor, litigate, contain, and curb pollution and hazardous waste.

-Jack Welsh, the Chairman of General Electric, nicknamed “Neutron Jack” because of his brutal and sudden firings, has eliminated 170,000 jobs during his reign and is considered one of the most admired CEO’s in America by his peers.
Paul Hawken