In a world with such big problems, it is easy to feel hopeless. It is also tempting to dismiss the seemingly less violent problem of bullying as a school yard ill, an annoying rite of passage. Bullying is far from a "small" problem, and is not only devastating to children and schools, but impacts the larger community.
After six years in the software industry, I began to question what difference I was making to society through my work. The values of service and giving which I carried deep inside influenced my thinking and kept me socially conscious. The social disparity that I witnessed all around disturbed me, and I asked myself how I could use my knowledge and skills to change it.
The shift in the way an increasing number of businesses see their role in the world has been one of the most exciting, promising and desperately needed developments of the past few years. That's why today I'm delighted to announce What's Working: Purpose + Profit, a new platform, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, that's putting a spotlight on the ways businesses are working toward solutions, widening the lens of their concern and moving beyond the obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term gain toward a very different vision. Purpose + Profit will feature stories, insights and tips from leaders in the world of business and thinkers who are driving change, with an emphasis on what's working in entrepreneurship, B-corporations and impact investing.
Most scientists like to solve problems. That makes us very susceptible to anyone who asks us to come up with a solution to a technical challenge. Even worse, we love scientifically and technologically glamourous problems. And as a consequence, we are making decisions that I can only categorize as "really very stupid."