re:think speaker series

New Resource’s re:think speaker/networking series is designed to foster community, encourage dialogue and expand participants’ sustainability thinking. Programs held periodically from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the bank.


Past events

Building a Strong and Ethical Brand

October 3, 2013
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Join us for the next re:think, where Annie Longsworth, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, and James Freeman, founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee, will discuss the value of an ethical brand, the role of storytelling in building a reputation, challenges and tradeoffs of growing an ethical business, and the impact of branding on the sale of a company.

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How to Build a Sustainable Nonprofit with a Compelling Story and Robust Online Platform

June 4, 2013

Join us for the next re:think, where Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa of Groundwork Opportunities, Katherine Woo of Kiva and Pamela Hawley of UniversalGiving will discuss using the art of storytelling to build a movement, creating funding platforms that allow nonprofits to be self-reliant and turning the shopping cart into an instrument of change. RSVP via email to attend.

Engaging people in transformative change

May 10, 2012
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The Pachamama Alliance has trained 4,000 volunteers in 68 countries to conduct workshops and trainings that show people the destructive trajectory the world is on and spur them to take actions that can lead to a sustainable, just and fulfilling path for all. This campaign grew out of Pachamama’s ongoing work with indigenous Amazon rainforest peoples. Join us for the next re:think, where co-founder Bill Twist shares what he’s learned in 16 years of engaging people around the world in building the future they want to see. Bank customers can RSVP via email to attend.

Using your assets creatively to boost business success and community good

June 29, 2011
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Office supply firm Give Something Back outfitted 170,000 low-income Bay Area kids with a semester’s worth of school supplies—and got a business boost to boot. How’d they do it? Join us for the next re:think, where Give Something Back President Mike Hannigan explains how his company has deployed underused assets to benefit the community and strengthen the business through the school supplies project and many others. Bank customers can RSVP via email to attend.

Building a sustainable business: lessons from New Leaf Paper and Numi Tea

April 21, 2011
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What are the keys to success in building a sustainable business from the ground up? Find out from two business leaders who’ve done it. Join us for the next re:think, where Jeff Mendelsohn, founder of New Leaf Paper, and Ahmed Rahim, co-founder of Numi Organic Tea, will discuss what worked and what didn’t, what they learned from failed strategies, and what surprised them in the course of creating successful sustainability-focused companies. Bank customers can RSVP via email to attend.

How sustainability can drive profit—for your firm and your portfolio

February 3, 2011
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Can entrepreneurs, executives and investors profit by pursuing sustainability? Investment adviser and author R. Paul Herman, creator of the HIP (Human Impact + Profit) method of evaluating companies, will share case studies showing it’s possible to both “do good” and “make money.” Join us for the next re:think, where Herman will describe how measurable environmental and social benefits could drive your company’s bottom line and your investment portfolio’s performance.

Saving energy: How California leads the U.S

November 9, 2010
New Resource Bank Art Rosenfeld

Energy efficiency pioneer Art Rosenfeld gave the re:think audience a capsule history of energy efficiency in the United States, showing how simple improvements to household items such as televisions, refrigerators, and air conditioners can have a big effect. This country has a serious challenge: a typical American house generates 10 tons of carbon per year, compared with 4 tons for a European house. His latest passion is white roofs, which have the potential to save 25 gigatons of carbon each year—the equivalent of turning the world off for eight months.

Barriers to a sustainable economy

September 16, 2010
Gil Friend, president and CEO of Natural Logic

Gil Friend, president and CEO of Natural Logic and a veteran sustainability consultant, gave the re:think audience plenty to chew on with his “Three Barriers to Building a Sustainable Economy” talk and the lively Q&A session that followed. Attendees heard Friend’s analysis of how prices that don’t reflect true costs, products that deliver too little value, and a misunderstanding of the purpose of business are getting in the way of reforming our economy. Overcoming these barriers, he said, “is not just an enormous social challenge; it’s the biggest business opportunity we’ve seen in a very long time.”

Best practices for social enterprises

June 8, 2010
Deborah Nelson, executive director of the Social Venture Network

Deborah Nelson, executive director of the Social Venture Network, inspired a full house with her discussion about what makes social enterprises thrive and what it means to be a visionary leader. She’s found visionaries possess four qualities: accountability, authenticity, autonomy and appreciation, with the top trait for effective leadership is to be a listener. And it’s important to have fun. “Be crazy and creative,” she said. “When the going gets tough, it’s hard to loosen up.”

California’s climate policy

April 8, 2010
Bob Epstein, co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs

Bob Epstein, co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs and a New Resource board member, spoke to another full house at the second re:think, New Resource’s bimonthly speaker and networking series for bank customers. Epstein’s talk, “California’s Climate Policy: Why It’s Good for Business,” covered the benefits of the state’s groundbreaking global warming law, AB 32, as well as the campaign against it. He urged businesses to speak up in support of the law: “We have to be able to show people that AB 32 is an economic benefit,” he said.


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