When I set up the Finance Innovation Lab with colleagues here at the Institute of Chartered Accounts, and in partnership with WWF-UK, we were mindful of the fact that we would not be successful by attempting to solve the feasibly unsolvable - namely the financial crisis - through approaching the problem with an "answer" or single approach already in mind.
The pope provides a moving and profound view on the deep connection between environmental and social issues, between humans and animals, and between spiritual and practical. He also hits head-on the contentious issue of man's "dominion" over nature: Many have interpreted the Bible to indicate that man should conquer nature, but the pope explains how wrong that reading is.
Gretchen's organization, the Natural Capital Project (Nat Cap), develops practical approaches for valuing nature (that are available as free software) and works with governments, businesses, NGOs and community groups to make things happen. Gretchen and I recently discussed her work and vision for the future.
Water challenges, climate change, and other such issues are changing the business operating context like nothing we've ever seen before. Future-oriented companies are beginning to consider and account for impacts -- with the plan of out-competing laggards to this change in context and business measures.